12 Dress Styles for a Wedding Guest

Colorful flower embroidered mini dress by Oscar de la Renta for wedding guests
Photo: Cass Bird/Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

From sophisticated city weddings to casual countryside ceremonies, it can be challenging to figure out what to wear to a wedding, as a guest, especially while keeping the changing seasons and trends in mind. There are so many factors that go into picking a style, but ultimately you want a gown that makes you feel confident, stylish and fits well.

We loved gathering our top picks for each season for you. Match the dress of your choice to the time, location and formality of the wedding you will be attending! From a black-tie formal gathering to a laid-back country wedding, we have a variety of full-length, midis and mini dresses for you to choose from.

Fall Styles

Sequins, satin and metallic textiles take center stage for autumn.  Mix these textures with rusty amber and copper hues, and you will be up-to-date on the fall trends. Sheer chiffon and heavily embellished florals make the ultimate dynamic duo for the months to come.

1. Colorful Wildflower Embroidered Tulle Mini Dress

Detailed colorful flower embroidered mini dress for fall 2021 Oscar de la Renta styles.
Oscar de la Renta Floral-Embroidered Tulle Mini Dress | Available at Moda Operandi

2. Metallic Shimmer Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress

 

Fall midi dress with shimmering metallic copper fabric and puff sleeves.
Theia Mya V-neck Midi Dress | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

3. Sparkling Gold and Silver Sequin Ombre Gown

Silver and gold spaghetti strap sequin gown for fall.
Halston Noah Ombre Sequin Gown | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Winter Styles

Choosing a dress for a winter wedding can be difficult, especially when you factor in the climate and location of the occasion.  With sequins and satin being a fashion statement for the season, these three designs will have you sparkling and snug in the frosty weather.  Deeper hues like pomegranate red and glimmering amethyst will set the holiday spirit. Heavily embellished gowns, faux fur and heavier fabrics are also good options to consider. 

4. Sophisticated Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Evening Gown

All black gown with sheer long sleeves and a turtleneck by Ralph Lauren for winter wedding guest.
Ralph Lauren Long-Sleeve Turtle Neck Gown | Available at Ralph Lauren

5. Enchanting Puff-Sleeve Sequin Midi Dress

Purple sequin puff sleeve midi dress for winter wedding guest.
ROTATE Birger Christensen Sirin Sequined Midi Dress | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

6. Sleek Burgundy Ruched Satin Wrap Minidress

Silk burgundy long sleeve mini dress with puff sleeves for winter wedding guest
Lavish Alice Ruched Satin Wrap Minidress | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Spring Styles

When spring is in the air, it’s time to include light yet lively colors into your fashion choices.  Silky sky blue and bubblegum pink are just a few of the hues that are favored in spring, along with sophisticated 3D embellishments and shoulder-less gowns. Dainty garden-style patterns and billowing gowns are also a top-notch choice for a classic, whimsical outdoor wedding.

7. Sweetheart Neckline 3D Gardenia Embroidery Mini Dress

Pink strapless mini dress with gardenia embroidery for spring.
Oscar de la Renta Spring 2022 Collection

8. Sky Blue Satin Off The Shoulder Dress

 

Sky blue satin midi dress with one long sleeve for spring wedding guest
Alice + Olivia Dora Asymmetrical Off The Shoulder Dress | Available at: Revolve

 

9. Peony Silk Off The Shoulder Column Gown

Light pink off the shoulder gown with a train for spring wedding guest
Off the Shoulder Column Gown | Available at Monique Lhuillier

 

Summer Styles

Sweet summertime calls for vivid and brilliant colors to nourish the fashion soul.  Electric aquamarine, sunset coral and pure honeyed gold will have you radiating with confidence.  Shimmering sheer fabrics and elegant flowy gowns are also clever picks to prepare for the summer heat.

10. Sea Foam Sparkly Plunge Cutout Gown

 

Sea foam green shimmery long sleeve gown for summer.
PatBo Sparkly Plunge Cutout Gown | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

11. Sunset Coral One Shoulder Ruched Cocktail Dress

One shoulder sleeve coral sparkling fitted midi dress for summer wedding guest
One Shoulder Ruched Cocktail Dress | Available at Theia Couture

12. Electric Aqua Halter Neck Dress

Aqua blue halter neck mini dress for summer.
Amanda Uprichard Samba Dress | Available at Tootsies

 

Match the dress of your choice with beautiful accessories and your outfit will be complete! Read more on the Houston Wedding Blog to see our top shoe and jewelry picks. You can also click the link to our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Blush And Ivory Summer Wedding At Big Sky Barn

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Photo: Kelley Craig Photography | Reception Venue: Big Sky Barn

Allie, an elementary school teacher, and Adam, a marine corps officer, met in high school when Adam played football and Allie was the cheerleader assigned to make him treats on game day. They officially started dating before Adam graduated and continued to be smitten with each other while attending Texas A&M University. Adam planned the perfect proposal with the help of Allie’s family. He popped the question to Allie on a platform at her family’s ranch, overlooking a bluff, as Allie’s grandfather hid in a deer blind to capture it all on camera!

For their summer wedding, the couple exchanged vows in a traditional ivory and blush church ceremony. Adam’s favorite moment was his first glimpse of his bride when the church doors opened. The decor for their reception at Big Sky Barn continued the timeless theme with lush flowers in shades of blush, light pink and ivory. Notes Allie: “Big Sky Barn has a sophisticated farmhouse feel which we complemented with neutral flowers and decor.” The 300+ guests enjoyed a delectable plated dinner of grilled petite filet and pollo Azteca, followed by a classic white wedding cake, a chocolate Aggie themed groom’s cake, and mini Boston cream pies (inspired by Adam’s mom who passed away in 2015) for dessert. After dinner, the celebration moved to the dance floor where the DJ had guests dancing until the wee hours of the night! “Our wedding planner asked if we were ready to go, but the dance floor was full and everyone was having such a great time that we decided to extend the reception for another 30 minutes,” says the bride.

We’re so happy to feature this young Houston couple and their gorgeous blush and ivory summer wedding at Big Sky Barn. Congratulations, Allie & Adam!

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Elegant And Romantic Wedding By Emily Figurelli Photography

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Photo: Emily Figurelli Photography | Venue: Iron Manor

Anna had been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl so when Jack, her college sweetheart, proposed she was looking forward to every aspect of the planning process…but then the global pandemic hit and the wedding had to be postponed. “Instead of worrying about napkin colors and floral arrangements, I was filling hand sanitizer bottles and making sure each table was spaced 6 feet apart,” says the bride. Fortunately, love conquered all, and the wedding day Anna dreamed about came to life at Iron Manor. “We wanted an atmosphere that represented both of our personalities—the industrial yet avant-garde ambiance of the Iron Manor did just that,” notes the bride. “From the venue’s vaulted ceilings and extravagant chandeliers to the breathtaking florals, every detail of our day was truly perfect.”

The couple pledged their love in Iron Manor’s grand Iron Chapel amidst 235 of their loved ones. The reception décor was modern and elegant with a romantic color palette of blush, burgundy and gold. A unique and personal touch was a scroll that flowed off the cake table with hand-scripted lyrics of the song from the couple’s first date and dance. “For Jack and me to say that we were on cloud nine at our wedding would be an understatement — we were truly #OnCloudShine thanks to our amazing vendors, venue and coordinators, and supportive loved ones.”

Join us in celebrating this sweet couple and swooning over their elegant and romantic wedding at Iron Manor, all beautifully documented by Houston wedding photographer Emily Figurelli Photography. Congratulations, Anna & Jack!

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Vintage Chic Wedding Styled Shoot by Emily Figurelli

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Photo: Emily Figurelli Photography

Houston wedding and elopement photographer, Emily Figurelli, aims to bring life, movement and romance into every photo —and that’s exactly what she accomplishes in this gorgeous vintage chic wedding styled shoot!

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Magnolia Houston Summer Wedding Special Offer

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Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Hotel Houston
The Magnolia Houston, already one of the city’s top hotel picks for luxurious weddings in a sophisticated Downtown setting, just got a little more awesome.

Rated “One of the Top 100 New Hotels in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, and the “Best Boutique Hotel in Houston” by the Houston Press, the Magnolia Houston is not just a historic icon, it’s a bona-fide favorite for leisure travelers, business visitors, and utterly amazing weddings. So we’re incredibly excited to let y’all know that when you book your Summer 2019 wedding at the Magnolia Houston, you’ll score not just one fabulous extra…but a whole bunch of ’em!

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Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston | Photo: Sharon Nicole Photography
Decor, drink and luxury accommodation extras are all part of the Magnolia Houston’s Summer Wedding Booking Special!

Book your June, July or August 2019 wedding at the Magnolia Houston, and you’ll receive not just one, but ALL THREE of these fantastic incentives:

  1. Complimentary Spandex Chair Covers
  2. Complimentary Beer & Wine Reception Upon Arrival
  3. A Gift Certificate for a One-Night Stay On Your One-Year Anniversary Date

All these, plus the fine cuisine, gracious service and gorgeous interior design touches that come with being a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, make the Magnolia Houston a superb choice for your Summer 2019 wedding celebration! Want to see more of this storied Houston hotel property? Check out Danielle and Michael’s lovely Magnolia Hotel wedding, here; and learn more about the Magnolia’s event spaces, here! Then schedule your tour, and get ready to take advantage of one of the best booking offers we’ve ever had the pleasure to share with our couples!

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Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston | Photo: Sharon Nicole Photography

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