16 Best Winter Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Budget

Looking for winter wedding guest dresses? From moody tones to more classic styles, we’re rounding up the best dresses to wear to a winter wedding. This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you.

winter wedding guest dresses

According to The Knot, winter is the least popular time that couples plan a wedding. However, I think winter wedding guest dresses are the most beautiful.

Moody, velvery and rich — all words to describe some of the dresses I’m loving this season.

This post is about winter wedding guest dresses and the gorgeous styles you’ll feel beautiful wearing.

I love love and weddings are just so beautiful. Also, I love getting all glammed and dressed for the occasion. I love rich fabrics, like velvet and satin, jewel tones, and sequins this time of year. But you will also have to consider the weather.

Before you start planning your OOTD, consider where the wedding will take place.

Will it be in a climate-controlled building or hotel, or outdoors? Will the wedding be in the daytime or nighttime?

Additionally, try to keep your attire occasion-appropriate. Bright floral prints or tight dresses may not fare well at a black-tie wedding.

However, if the wedding takes place during the day and the weather permits, a mini dress may be OK for a wedding guest dress option.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A WINTER WEDDING

The best thing to wear to a winter wedding is something that you will be comfortable in. If dresses are not your thing, try a jumpsuit or black slacks and a festive top.

You’ll also want to refer to the wedding invitation for a dress code. Many will let you know if the wedding event will be semi-formal, formal, or casual. You’ll want to adhere to these recommendations as the couples prefer.

Wedding Dress Code Recommendations

Wedding dress codes can vary widely depending on the formality and style of the wedding. It’s always a good idea to follow the dress code specified on the wedding invitation, as it often reflects the couple’s vision for their big day.

Here are some common wedding dress code recommendations:

  1. Casual: For a casual wedding, such as a beach wedding or a backyard ceremony, opt for relaxed and comfortable attire. Men might wear slacks and a dress shirt, while women can choose a sundress or a skirt and blouse. It’s best to avoid jeans and overly casual clothing.
  2. Semi-Casual or Cocktail Attire: This dress code is a step up from casual but still more relaxed than formal. Men should wear dress slacks and a blazer, while women can choose a stylish cocktail dress or a well-coordinated skirt and blouse. Avoid overly casual or formal options.
  3. Formal or Black Tie Optional: At a formal or black-tie-optional wedding, men should wear a dark suit or a tuxedo, and women should wear a long formal gown or a dressy cocktail dress. A tie or bowtie is typically expected for men, and women can opt for elegant accessories.
  4. Black Tie: For a black-tie wedding, men should wear a tuxedo with a black bowtie and polished dress shoes. Women should choose a floor-length formal gown or a very upscale cocktail dress. Elegant jewelry and accessories are a must.
  5. White Tie: This is the most formal dress code. Men should wear a black tailcoat, black trousers, a white wing-collared shirt, a white bowtie, and black patent leather shoes. Women should opt for a full-length formal gown, often with gloves and other elaborate accessories.
  6. Beach or Destination: For beach or destination weddings, choose lightweight, breathable fabrics in bright or tropical colors. Men can wear khaki pants with a linen shirt, and women can choose a sundress or a more relaxed maxi dress.
  7. Rustic or Country: For a rustic or country wedding, go for more relaxed, yet stylish attire. Men can wear dress boots, jeans, and a sports jacket, while women can choose a casual dress or skirt and blouse with country-inspired accessories.
  8. Vintage: If the couple has a vintage theme, consider clothing from the era they’re emulating. This could be anything from 1920s flapper dresses to 1950s retro chic. Check with the couple or their wedding website for specific guidance.
  9. Cultural or Traditional Attire: Some weddings may require specific cultural or traditional attire, such as a sari for an Indian wedding or a hanbok for a Korean wedding. Make sure to respect and follow these traditions.

Always double-check with the wedding invitation or the couple’s preferences for any specific guidance on attire. When in doubt, it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.

Additionally, dressing modestly and respectfully is always a good rule of thumb when attending a wedding.

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Formal Winter Wedding OUTFITS

If you have a formal wedding to attend this season, here are some formal winter wedding guest outfits to consider:

velvet wedding guest dresses

Jenny Yoo Issa Off-The-Shoulder Stretch Velvet Column Gown

wedding guest dresses under 100

STRUT BABE MIDI DRESS BLACK

Love the Day Navy Lace Tie-Strap Midi Dress

Chic Sensibility Dark Green Satin Jacquard Pleated Midi Dress

MARIN DOLMAN SLEEVE MIDI DRESS

Alex Convertible Dress

Wrapped Up In Love Dark Green Satin Faux-Wrap Midi Dress

ROSALIND MIDI DRESS

autumn wedding guest dresses

BHLDN Ruby Twist Halter Satin Gown

BHLDN Dylan One-Shoulder Satin Side-Slit Gown

Jenny Yoo Issa Off-The-Shoulder Stretch Velvet Column Gown

BHLDN August Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress

dark wedding guest dresses

BHLDN Piper V-Neck Side-Slit Satin Gown

Hutch Bow-Tie Maxi Dress

Norma Kamali Tara Long-Sleeve Deep-V Ruched Midi Dress

Enchant My Love Dark Purple V-Neck Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

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