The best wedding guest dresses that are perfect for wedding season

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by Samantha Price |
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Wedding season is just around the corner, and sure enough, it won't be long before you're getting wedding invitations through your door and wondering where you can find the best wedding guest dresses for the special day.

But as much as we love shopping for an outfit, there's nothing quite like the dread that comes with planning your wedding guest attire. With so many codes, conventions and unwritten rules, navigating what wedding guest dress to choose can be stressful, to say the least.

Turns out, there are an array of affordable high-street brands selling glorious wedding guest dresses. For this wedding season, an ASOS wedding guest dress might be your saving grace when attending any nuptial ceremony.


To give you some inspiration for your next wedding, we've put together some stunning wedding guest dresses so that you look and feel unreal throughout the day. Whether it's a spring/summer wedding guest dress or an autumn/winter wedding guest dress, we've put together some of the best we could find on the internet.

Shop our pick of the best wedding guest dresses suitable for the occasion here, especially if you're looking for some spring wedding guest dresses for this season.

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Nobody's Child

One that's already become popular, this Nobody's Child dress features pretty puff sleeves and a gorgeous springtime floral print that is so suited to the season. The fit of this dress could not be more flattering, and this dress has quickly become one of our personal favourites.

Warehouse Petite Satin Halter Neck Backless Slip DressWarehouse

If you're on the petite side, looking for petite wedding guest dresses can often be a challenge. This stunning dress from Warehouse is simple, elegant and in a beautiful green shade that's so on trend for the spring. Perfect for fellow petite women in that it won't overwhelm your frame.

Flounce London Balloon Sleeve Maxiasos
Price: £30 (was £60)

As always, Flounce London delivers with its Balloon Sleeve Maxi Dress. With summer approaching, there's nothing like a brightly coloured dress to set you apart. We're in love with this fuchsia shade that will really make your features pop.

Omnes Riviera Midi Dress in Pink & Green Zebraomnes
Price: £18 (was £59)

Zebra print just got a whole new look with this Riviera dress in pink and green, and we love the cut-out back. It'd be great for a summer wedding abroad, or in the UK (if it's sunny enough). Reviewers say it's 'the perfect length' and 'looks great on.' Plus, Omnes has great sustainability credentials.

Pink And Red Swirl Print Satin Wrap Dresssimply be
Price: £31.50 (was £45)

Bring the romance with The Love Dress from Simply Be. More than fitting for the occasion, this wrap-style dress features a pink and red abstract heart print with LOVE printed on the sleeves. A popular dress that stocks sizes UK10 to UK32, it makes a great option as a plus size wedding guest dress.

We're in love with this pretty summertime dress from Monsoon over at M&S. The Floral Square Neck Strappy Midi Tea Dress is ideal for any ceremony or reception, complete with pretty ruffle shoulder straps, classic silhouette and dainty floral print.

A bestseller on Club L London, and is it any wonder why? The Golden Girl Midi Dress will have you feeling like a million. It comes in six different shades, including gold, blush, burgundy and bottle green (our favourites for a wedding), meaning you'll be the best dressed there. Classy, sophisticated and elegant, what more could you need?

ASOS Cape Sleeve Bias Maxi Dress In ChiffonASOS

A chiffon wedding guest dress is one way to bring a floaty, ethereal vibe that any wedding needs. This stunning lilac dress is a sure choice. The best thing? You can wear it again and again, whether it's another event or a fancy date night with the partner.

H&M MAMA Flounce-Trimmed DressH&M
Price: £49.99

Watch your loved ones say 'I do' in the Flounce-Trimmed Dress from H&M, ideal if you're shopping for a maternity wedding guest dress this summer. Totally dreamy and delicate, it features lightweight and floaty material which will make it super comfortable on the big day.

Karen Millen Tailored Tuxedo Wrap Mini DressKaren Millen
Price: £143.20 (was £179)

How about a classic blazer dress in the form of this Karen Millen bestseller? It combines a structured fit with a flattering wrap waist and feminine, soft pink colourway that we just adore. One for weddings and beyond, it also comes in pastel shades like coral and blue that make it perfect for spring/summer dressing.

PrettyLittleThing Emerald Green Satin One Shoulder Draped Midi DressPrettyLittleThing

Go with PrettyLittleThing's Satin One Shoulder Draped Midi Dress in this rich emerald green. Not only will the fabric feel gorgeous against your skin, it'll look oh-so luxe at the wedding reception. This versatile dress is one you can wear again for other events, nights out and beyond. Glass of bubbly, anyone?

ASOS Frill Tiered Hem Maxi Dress In Blue FloralASOS

Looking for a long sleeved wedding guest dress? This ASOS Frill Tiered Hem Maxi Dress ticks all of the boxes. It features a stunning blue floral print, tiered frill hems and a criss cross style back that is just a dream. The dress to end all others.

New Look Gold Foil Sleeveless Ruffle Asymmetric Midi DressNew Look

From Nadine Coyle's latest collection with New Look, this Asymmetric Midi Dress has made the edit. It looks SO much more expensive than it actually is, featuring flattering carefully-placed ruffle details and beige/gold shimmering fabric suited to any nuptial affair. Reviewers say, it's a 'nice lightweight material' and a 'flattering fit'.


What should a guest wear to a wedding?

It goes without saying, but a wedding tends to be a formal occasion with a formal dress code. However, it might be worth having a look at the invitation to see if there's an unconventional dress code or a requested colour to wear by the bride and groom.

There are a few things to consider when finding a dress to wear as a wedding guest. Consider the season. If it's an autumn or winter wedding, long-sleeve options with richer colours will keep you warm as well as stylish. For a spring or summer wedding, anything from florals to pastel shades will work well here.

You'll also want to dress according to the venue or theme. Is it a beach wedding? How about something printed and floaty to keep you cool. Is it at a countryside stately home? Dainty floral prints all the way. For something more toned down, like a registry office, block prints and fitted midi dresses always work a treat.

What not to wear to a wedding as a guest?

As a wedding guest, there are two particular colours you should avoid - white and black. Unless, of course, it's specifically written in the invitation.

As you can imagine, white is reserved for the bride. Lighter shades that could be mistaken for white should be avoided as well, such as cream, champagne and extremely pale pastel colours. Black tends to be associated with funerals, so wearing black can be a tricky one. You might be able to get away with darker shades like navy for a winter wedding, though.

While you should be dressing for a formal occasion, don't wear anything that draws attention away from the bride. And, try not to choose the same colours as the bridal party. You can do this by asking around or taking hints about the colour scheme from wedding invites.

Final tips to remember when choosing a wedding guest dress:

Fashion experts at Karen Millen have revealed top tips on ensuring you dress to impress without stealing the limelight from a bride at her wedding. 'The main goal for a wedding guest is to blend in, but this does not mean your outfit has to be dull and drab,' they say.

• Dress to impress in comfort - don't forget you'll be wearing this dress all day!

• Nothing overly extravagant - let the bride's dress do all the talking.

• Avoid anything too casual - nothing should take away from the bride.

• If in doubt, aim for neutrals and pastels - the perfect way to blend in and still look elegant.

Samantha Price is a Beauty, Fashion & Wellness Product Writer for Closer. With two years of experience at Bauer, she has worked on several projects, from championing the Closer newsletters to writing expertly crafted buying guides.

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