Spring and summer are the biggest wedding seasons of the year, so chances are if you have friends are family that are recently-engaged, you’ll be attending a wedding (or two, or three!) in the next couple of months. If you are, then you might be wondering what you should wear as a wedding guest.
What you choose to wear as a wedding guest will definitely depend on the formality of the wedding you’re attending, because some will require very formal attire, and some will call for a more casual style. However, there are some overall tips you should follow when choosing the dress (or outfit) you’ll be wearing to a wedding, regardless of the season:
Never Upstage the Bride!
Make sure you choose a dress that is formal enough for the wedding you’re attending, but not overly formal or embellished so that your dress is more dazzling than a standard bridal gown. Use your best judgment- if something seems like it might be too over-the-top, stay on the safe side and choose another, more simple dress! You should also ALWAYS avoid white, even if the bride isn’t wearing it.
Weddings tend to be formal, extravagant events because they are (hopefully) once in a lifetime! Because of this, your attire should reflect the importance of the event, so you should choose a dress that is more classy and formal than one you would wear in your normal life, even if the wedding theme is more casual than your traditional wedding. Also, many weddings take place in churches among families of all types and ages, so wearing a dress appropriate for that environment is definitely something you should consider!
Plan for the Weather
The season and weather can both have a huge effect on the style or dress you choose to wear to a wedding, so you should always consider these factors when shopping for your perfect wedding guest dress. If you’re attending a fall or winter wedding, dresses with heavier materials and darker colors would be more appropriate, as well as bringing some extra layers to cover up in case you get chilly. For spring and summer weddings, especially outdoor ceremonies, you should keep your dress or outfit light and airy, in softer colors like pastels to complement the season and keep you cool!
We hope these few general tips will help you narrow down your options for what to wear as a wedding guest. We’ve also chosen a few dresses we think would work perfectly at a spring or summer wedding, to give you even more inspiration in your wedding guest dress shopping journey! View and shop our picks below, all available on the Something New Boutique website!
Sherri Hill #52654
The light lace, precious pastel pink, and one-shoulder neckline on this gorgeous, long gown all scream “Spring!”, making it an amazing choice for any trendy woman attending a wedding in the next couple of months!
We love the tweed-esque, woven material of this pretty-in-pink cocktail dress that would look amazing at any wedding! The sleeves, pockets and neckline are even embellished with some shimmering sequins for some extra glamorous fun!
Sherri Hill #52178
The light blue of this swishing, fit-and-flare cocktail dress would perfectly mimic the beautiful color of a spring or summer sky! The high, halter neckline and floral brocade print also make this gorgeous dress a great choice for a spring or summer event!
Pink is a major color trend for weddings, meaning you can never go wrong with it, especially for a spring wedding! We love the sleek, classy silhouette of this cocktail gown and the soft shimmer from the glittery material- perfect for anyone who wants to be the best dressed wedding guest!
Sometimes dresses just aren’t your thing, and that’s okay! Flowing jumpsuits are so in for spring, and would give you the same look and feel of a dress, with all the comfort of pants. The ruffled, one-shoulder neckline make this baby blue jumpsuit a trendy choice for your next wedding!
Light up your look with some intricate embroidery, which is what makes this flowing, fit-and-flare cocktail gown an amazing choice for a wedding guest! The pastel, bird embroidery and the sheer sleeves create an unforgettable look that you can wear again and again!
Ruffles have definitely been a major trend this season, so you definitely can’t go wrong with any look that includes them, like this one! This pastel blue, long gown features a ruffled, off-the-shoulder neckline and a side leg slit that both look so stylish, and will keep you cool in the spring and summer heat at an outdoor wedding!
Lace definitely has a summery, boho vibe, which is what makes this long, blue, lace gown a winner for any spring or summer wedding guest! The flowing silhouette and the simplicity of the V neckline also make this dress chic without being too over-the-top!