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!

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White, Pink and Lime Houston Country Club Wedding

Introduced by a mutual friend when the groom moved to Houston for work in 2009, Leanne and West “instantly clicked,” the bride says. Lots more clicking came one fateful eve when the two arrived at their fave Tex-Mex spot for what the bride thought was a regular ol’ Saturday-night date. We’ll let her tell the tale in her own words: “When I reached the top of the stairs, on the way to our seat, I saw a table on the landing with flowers, candles and a frame that said, ‘Leanne and West, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, June 16, 2012?’ When I turned around, West was on one knee with the whole restaurant cheering him on as he proposed. Before he even put the ring on my finger, the curtains to the upstairs flew open and all of our family and friends were there waiting to celebrate with us. It was fantastic!” Nice work, Mr. Gotcher. The pair’s June wedding, with its “crisp, clean, summery” feel and Who Made The Cake creations—including a surprise groom’s cake in the shape of West’s favorite boots—treated more than 500 guests to an evening of dining (chicken-fried steak and green-tomato sliders, anyone?), dancing and general merriment. Big thanks to Chris Bailey for images of this fresh and fabulous Houston wedding, and big congrats to Leanne and West!

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Photos: Chris Bailey Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Christos from Mia Bridal Couture ~ Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ~ Jewelry: Past Era Fine Antique Jewelry (her); Zadok Jewelers (him) ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Flowers: Bergner & Johnson Design ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Coordinator: Keely Thorne Events ~ Venue & Catering: Houston Country Club

HWB Hearts: Watercolor Weddings

We’re engaged in a major love affair with watercolor at the moment. The dreamy, soft-edged, ombré effect of this art form (think Paul Cezanne’s landscapes, Paul Klee’s abstracts, Georgia O’Keeffe’s magnificent flowers) is just so perfect for spring and summer weddings, we can’t get enough. Look for it in custom save the dates and wedding invitations, billowy chiffon destination-wedding dresses, table linens and plates—even shoes! And don’t forget to talk to your florist about creating a WOW watercolor effect with flowers like parrot tulips, peonies and hydrangeas. Lovely stuff!

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Credits (Photos top to bottom, left to right): Ever After Papery, Anthropologie, Ovadia & Sons, Delia’s, ALDO, Printerette Press, Becky Hill Photography, Jen Aitchison