Formal, semi-formal, black tie, black tie optional—with so many dress codes out there, choosing the right wedding guest dress when you’re attending a wedding can make your head swim faster than the open bar can. But with a little guidance, you’ll be saying, “I do” to a dress in no time.
To help you out, we’ve put together this collection of nine stunning women’s dresses wedding guests will be dying to wear. Whether the party dress code is tropical, festive, cocktail, or anything in between, you’ll be ready to celebrate love—and snag a golden-hour selfie—in style.
#1 Floor Length in Floral
For a black-tie wedding during the day or at a less formal venue, the closer to floor-length, the better—but you aren’t stuck with solid colors only.1 We love a dark-hued floral print that lets you stand out while keeping it low-key and tasteful. A deep side slit leaves you feeling light and breezy, while a halter-style bodice balances sultry bared shoulders with a demure high neckline. Keep the accessories clean and classic with a simple clutch in a neutral tone and a nude or beige heel.
#2 Jewel Tones and Jacquard
A strapless midi dress in a sophisticated jewel-toned jacquard print is perfect for cocktail or semi-formal dress codes, with just the right balance of old-world glamor and up-to-the minute bright color. Take it more formal with:
- A black bag
- Black block heels
- A few bangle bracelets.
Top it with a cute cropped jacket for when the sun goes down and dial up the dazzle with statement earrings for a dressy casual event.
#3 Just Tulle-ing Around
One of the newer wedding dress codes you might encounter is “festive.”2 If you’re not quite sure what kind of style fits, just think semi-formal or dressy casual and you’ll be on the right track.
You can safely reach for brighter colors, shorter lengths, and fun silhouettes and fabrics. A layered tulle mini dress or bodycon dress in a bold, bright color is guaranteed to turn heads. Style it with a nude pointed-toe heel, understated jewelry, and a bag in a softer coordinating tone to keep the look grounded.
#4 Good Day Sunshine
For a semi-formal or dressy casual wedding, especially during daylight hours, you can venture into sunnier colors and more relaxed styles. A look we’re wild about is a satin maxi dress in a dainty floral print. Daring side cutouts and a draped neckline add a dash of spice to the otherwise uber-sweet style. Pair it with a light-colored clutch, airy jewelry, plus a graceful, slim-lined heel to elevate the look.
#5 High-Low Flower Power
Semi-formal, dressy casual, festive, and cocktail dress codes all give the green light for shorter lengths,2 and a high-low dress offers you the best of both worlds. A maxi with a fluttery hemline that comes up high in the front highlights the length of your legs, while still offering plenty of side coverage. Plus, a floral print in subdued hues on a black background is always fashionable. Pair with:
- A dark heel and sparkly accessories to dial it up for an evening affair
- Hoops, layered necklaces, and a strappy kitten heel for a daytime do
If the setting is something of a rustic and country feel, you can opt for stylish western booties with dress to fit the theme.
#6 Fresh and Festive Mini
Looking to go beyond the midi and long dresses? For festive, casual, or tropical dress codes, you can splash out with mini lengths and bolder prints.2 Tropical prints and paisleys will be right at home, while buttery satin and a draped cowl neckline practically scream sophistication. An adorable lace-up kitten heel will complete the beach-chic style. Contrast a busier print with a black clutch or bag, and try a multi-strand or layered necklace to take advantage of a wide-open neckline.
#7 Elegance in Asymmetry
When the dress code calls for cocktail or semi-formal, you can’t go wrong with a structured, asymmetrical silhouette in a show-stopping solid color. An oversized, one-shoulder sleeve makes a dramatic on-trend statement, while a draped front skirt softens the lines. Pair a bold mini like this with a delicate heel to keep the look light and fresh, and use an embellished or larger-sized hoop earring to bring attention back to your face.
#8 Take the Plunge Into Maximum Glamor
For a formal or destination wedding, you can go all-out on glamor and opt for a floor-length maxi in a shimmery satin. This maxi dress style features a daring plunge neckline and deep side slit letting you amp up the allure while staying within the bounds of the formal dress code. A pair of clean-lined drop earrings and a cuff bracelet add an elegant edge, while a kitten heel in a neutral tone is the perfect finishing touch to channel old Hollywood glam.
#9 Polished and Parisian
A midi-length black dress fits almost any wedding dress code, whether it’s evening formal or daytime dressy. But black doesn’t mean boring, as this filmy, feminine confection proves. Layers of tulle, a gathered bodice with a deep V neckline, and sheer panels in the tiered skirt create a dreamy-yet-daring vibe with this midi dress. Style it with:
- A pair of eye-catching earrings
- A bold necklace
- Coordinating heels
- A contrasting bag for a pop of color
Dress for Any Wedding with VICI Collection
Wedding dress codes can sometimes seem daunting, but when in doubt, opt for dressier—you’re more likely to feel underdressed than overdressed. Timeless accessories like a clean-lined clutch and neutral heels are always tasteful no matter the occasion. Whether you're looking for a formal wedding guest dress or a mini dress for the wedding season, there are many options to help you find the one.
When you start your search for the perfect look with VICI Collection, you’re sure to be in style, whether you’re looking for wedding guest or date night dresses. Whether it’s classic and refined, modern and bold, or all-out tulle and florals, VICI can help you check off all the boxes. Shop all your favorite styles and find the perfect wedding guest dress at our women's online boutique.
- The Knot. The Ultimate Guide to Black-Tie Wedding Attire for Guests. https://www.theknot.com/content/what-to-wear-black-tie
- Brides. Every Wedding Guest Dress Code, Explained. https://www.brides.com/story/wedding-dress-code-explained