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Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Occasion

A great wedding is completely unrivalled when it comes to social plans; music, good food, great company and an endless flow of fizz. Everyone is so joyous celebrating the happy couple that the good vibes radiate throughout the day. No doubt everyone will be dressed up to the nines but the question is where do you even begin with wedding guest dress shopping?

You know this day is most likely going to be filled with photos so something new is on the cards, definitely more colourful and glamorous than usual. However, it can be hard to predict the weather forecast or what accessories to add. So, here is our wedding guest dress edit with some dresses that instantly make you feel the part.

Short Wedding Guest Dresses

Midi wedding guest dresses

This is your safe option, a timeless, classic dress that will perfectly fit into any style of wedding. Whether you want a classic silk or a floral midi-length dress, these are loose-fitting so it gives you that level of glamour and comfort. Those 50’s style waistlines are back and perfectly complement summer shoes and accessories.

Black tie wedding guest dresses

There's something nice about seeing all the gent's dressed in black tie for the special day but it does come with an expectation. Take away any outfit woes with an elegant dress that will subtly make a statement for the occasion.

Baum Und Pferdgarten Wedding Guest Dress

Destination wedding guest dress

Predicting how hot or cold it is going to be is one of the great challenges we face in English summers so if you are heading to a sunny destination make the most of it. Opting for something floaty and fresh with light fabrics or florals that add a cheery pop of colour.

City wedding guest dresses

Whether it's at the town hall or registry office, city weddings often have a more laid-back feel at the same time as being fun and less traditional. Why not opt for a short dress or a co-ord for a more modern feel without losing an elevated aesthetic?

Sleeper Wedding Guest Dress

Short wedding guest dresses

Often discouraged as they can be harder to pull off for a wedding, short dresses should not be written off. Especially with some of the new arrivals this season from Cult Gaia and De La Vali which are effortlessly elegant for any wedding setting.


Matching your accessories to your dress can be a real deal-breaker as they say ‘it's in all the details. You always want a small bag for your essential lipstick and powder but something that can be put on the table while you dance. Whether you are looking for a contemporary clean-cut mini bag or that little statement colour pop these are some favourites.

Looking at your jewellery whether you have gone for a classic, timeless dress or cottage core cute-chintz here are some suggestions for completing the look. One thing to note; if your hair is tied up pair it with some great earrings. If your hair is down opt for a necklace, it will bring a focal point, something with a pendant to capture the eye and add that finishing touch.

Footwear is always tricky because you are torn between those killer heels you have had your eye on or whether to be sensible and wear a comfortable wedged heel. Consider whether you are getting your toes out which we know is dependent on the weather forecast. Neutral colours are always a go-to, and you'll be able to dig them out again and again.


Holly Thompson
Holly Thompson Writer and expert

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