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19 Killer Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas You Should Wear to a Wedding

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What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

So you’ve been invited to a wedding and you absolutely have no clue what to wear right!? I’ve got you covered on this page you will find wedding day guest outfit ideas, wedding guest makeup, shoes, clutches and accessories


The Main Key Points to think about when attending a Wedding as a guest is

  • You should blend in with the other guest and not wear anything that will make you stand out or look out of place for example a white mini dress.



white mini dress

  • To dress appropriately  according to the type of wedding and season, for example you don’t want to wear a leather dress and fur to a summer wedding.


  • Wear something that makes you  feel comfortable so that you can focus on enjoying the celebration and having fun with your friends and family.


  • As a women you might want to still feel sexy and fashionable but don’t wear anything too revealing or skintight.


  • If any part of the wedding takes place in a house of worship, you will want to be prepared with something to cover your shoulders or any cleavage (or adjust your hemline) while you are there.



The choice of venue can  suggest a lot about a wedding’s  formality level

  • State parks and community centers generally indicate a more casual event.
  • Galleries, museums, banquet halls and upscale restaurants usually suggest more formal attire.



If you know that the venue you’ll be attending is a popular place for weddings, visit their website look at photos online of weddings that have been held there before, and observe how guests tend to be dressed.


In order to better assist you lets first decide what type of wedding are you going to?




What I Wore

I wore a Calvin Klein animal print wrap dress (no longer available try the black one) to a daytime summer wedding, I love wrap dresses they are so comfortable and versatile. A wrap dress is also perfect for any body type and will compliment your curves.

fashion-blogger-summer-wedding-outfit calvin klein wrap dress back


Summer Daytime Wedding

If the wedding is in Spring or Summer and it’s outside or during the day try wearing a semi formal casual dress like below

*** The looks below are for inspiration if you like any of the items they are linked for purchase.

Outdoor weddings tend to be less formal than indoor weddings.

Key Fabrics to Look for……

  • Casual: Cotton, Ponte knits, linen
  • Extremely casual: Jersey* knits, crochet

Scroll below and click on any picture to purchase

Look # 1


Outfit Details

1.Dress-Plein Sud Neck Pleated Tunic $1,199  2.ShoesGiuseppe Zanotti Strappy Sandals $727 3.Bag-Chanel Small Metallic Gold Boy Bag $4,300 4.SunglassesLinda Farrow rounded cat eye rose gold plated sunglasses $932  5.Lipstick-Marc Jacobs

Look # 2

Outfit Ideas

1.Dress-BowKnot sleeveless hit color dress $99 Zaful.com 2.ShoesJimmy Choo Anouk Reflective Pumps $377
3.BagValentino Women Mini Lock Flower leather shoulder bag $2725  4.Sunglasses-Prada rounded cat eye sunglasses $300  5.Jewelry-Anne Klein $175

Look # 3


Outfit Ideas

1.DressMax Mara Danzica Dress $497 2.ShoesAquazzura Womens  Amazon Lace up Sandals $695 3.Bag-Tyler Alexandra Customizable Handbag $3650 Neimanmarcus.com 4.SunglassesValentino Oversize Sunglasses $175 5.Earrings-River Island

The Makeup

For the makeup try to keep it pretty and
“summerish” with a peachy or coral lip.







Source-Instagram @makeupshayla

Summer Nighttime Wedding


If the Summer Wedding is taking place at night then it might be more formal, try a light colored formal gown like the ones  below.

Key Fabrics to look for……

  • Most formal: Satin, silk, fur, chiffon
  • Medium formality: Lace, brocade, crepe


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Scroll below and click on any picture to purchase

Fall and Winter Daytime Wedding

If the wedding is in the Fall or Winter and the wedding is in the daytime it’s most likely a Semi Formal wedding.

Evening weddings tend to be more formal than daytime weddings

Key Fabrics to look for…

  • Most formal: Satin, silk, fur, chiffon
  • Medium formality: Lace, brocade, crepe

Look # 4

Outfit Details

1) Fur- Liska Cropped Mink Fur Coat $3,279 Skirt-Burberry Prosum Corseted Silk Satin $530 Heels-Steve Madden Pumps Bag- Chloe Leather Drew Clutch $1,250 Earrings- Vintage Chanel

 Outfit Details

1)Top2)Skirt-Lipsy Faux Leather Pencil Skirt $21 3)Shoes-Tom Ford Booties 4)Jacket-Chanel Vintage Double Breasted Coat $5,610 5)Bag-Gucci Clutch

Wedding Accessories


First Row Left to right

  1. Tevolio Womens Beaded Shell Clutch Handbag $35
  2. Yoins Lace Clutch Bag in Apricot $27
  3. Oscar de la Renta Soft Pink Embroidered Satin D.D Bag $1,490

Second Row Left to Right

  1. Chicnova Fashion Box Clutch $23
  2. Womens Dolce and Gabbana Lace Pouchette Clutch $1,745
  3. Alexander McQueen Metal Bird Box Clutch $1,795

Third Row Left to Right

  1. Yoins Diamante Clutch Bag in Gold Sequin $29
  2. Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Satin Saya Minaudiere $2,110
  3. Dolce and Gabbana Beige Dolce Pochette Clutch $1,305

Last Row Left to Right

  1. Yoins Knotting Clutch Bag in Gold $35
  2. Yoins Shell Clutch in bag in Gold Sequin $31
  3. Love Moschino Clutch $160







The First Row from Left To Right

  1. Bandolino Madia Dress Sandals $59
  2. Women’s Pink Paradox London Harriet Sandal – Silver Glitter Dress $70 Shoebuy.com
  3. Badgley Mischka Clear Crystal Leather Dressy Sandal $139

Middle Row from Left to Right

  1. Touch Ups Jane ( Champagne) Women’s Bridal shoes $57
  2. Badgley Mischka Bride Meredith Retails Ivory Formal Shoes $149
  3. Aquazzura Milla Crystal Embellished Metallic Leather Sandals $1,325

Last Row from Left to Right

  1. Jimmy Choo Kayden Glitter Metallic Sandals $590
  2. Rene Caovilla Crystal Leather Gladiator Sandal $835
  3. Stuart Weitzman Bridal & Evening Collection Galaxy Women’s Bridal Shoes $120 6pm.comm


Black Tie Wedding
Most formal: Key Fabrics-Satin, silk, fur, chiffon
  • Men will be expected to wear tuxedos
  • Black tie weddings calls for women to be in floor-length evening gowns,
  • Extremely fancy cocktail length dresses may be acceptable



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Dress Above are from-TS Couture Formal Evening / Military Ball / Black Tie Gala Dress – Sparkle & Shine




Black Tie Makeup


Semiformal Wedding

Specifically means that tuxedos and floor-length gowns are not expected (and may actually look out of place).

  • Men are expected to wear suits
  • Women should wear cocktail-length dresses.


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Midi dress by ASOS Collection, Soft-touch slinky fabric, Lace yoke and sleeves, Lined bodice, Zip back with hook and eye closure



Semi Formal Makeup



Casual Wedding

  • Casual: Cotton, ponte knits, linen, Jersey, crochet


ASOS Wrap Front Jersey Jumpsuit $46

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Below are some more outfit ideas for inspiration based on the type of wedding you may be attending



What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest #1

Formal Wedding Attire

Look # 4-Semi Formal Look


Outfit Ideas

Top-Sold Out

Skirt-Lipsy Faux Leather Pencil Skirt $21

Shoes-Saint Laurent Sandals

Bag-Givenchy Black Leather 3D Panel Antigona Envelope Clutch $730

What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest #2

Look #5- Casual Wedding Look

wedding-guest-outfit-11Outfit Ideas

Top-River Island Black 90s ribbed crop top

Skirt-Amazon Doubji Brand Pencil Skirt

Shoes-Giuseppe Zanotti Women’s



What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look # 6- Semi Formal Look
wedding-guest-outfit-1Dress-Herve Leger

Shoes-Christian Louboutin

Bag-Tom Ford Faceted Brass Ring Clutch

What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look #7-Casual Look

What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look # 8

Outfit ideas

Top-Alexander Mc Queen


Shoes-Giuseppe Zanotti Design pointed toe pumps $405

Bag-Saint Laurent ‘Classic Monogram’ clutch $1550
iconLipstick -Yves Saint Laurent beauty

What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look # 9

1.Jacket-Tome Solid Cotton Trenchcoat $1850

Dress-Dsquared 2 Short Dress $405

Shoes-Giuseppe Zanotti Womens Strappy Gold Dress Sandal

Bag-Chanel Gold Boy Bag

What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look # 10

Dress-Santia House of CB $157

Shoes-Steve Madden Keenton $57


What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look # 11

Jacket-The Row Triklon Suede Coat $4,190

Dress-Herve Leger Printed Bandage Dress $900

Shoes-Aquazzura Beverly Hills Suede Sandals $745

What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look # 13-Casual Weddingwedding-guest-outfit-9

Jacket-Balmain Wool Trench coat $2,102

Dress-Doubji Brand Amazon



What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

Look # 14
What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest-8





Bag-Diane Von

Look # 15






Bag-Yves Saint Laurent

Guest Outfit

Outfit ideas
This body con dress will give you a killer shape it accentuates all the right places with the right shoes and accessories you will look and feel great about yourself . What do you think about this look?

Outfit ideas
Look # 16

What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest-12



If the wedding has a certain color scheme for example pink and gold, do I need to dress in that color scheme?

The color scheme is only for the individuals in the wedding party for example the bridesmaids and groomsmen .If you know that the wedding has “theme” colors, you can incorporate one color slightly but don’t wear anything exact. Otherwise let the season, time of day and personal preference be your guide.

I’m a female can I wear pants?

Dress pants are okay if the blouse is festive and/or fancy.  If you wear a pantsuit that would look good too.  You don’t want to look like you’re going to the office.  You still want to look like you’re going to a wedding.

Do I have to wear heels?

No, but: if you are going to wear flats, you will still need to adhere to the stated or implied formality level or dress code. Taking away the heel from a shoe knocks it down a notch in formality, so you will need to use other factors (like materials, toe shape and color) to compensate for that to the degree necessary. Also keep in mind that depending on your body proportions and preferred silhouette, wearing flats will change the way the rest of your outfit looks and possibly how flattering you find it.

Can I wear white to a wedding?

The only exception—the only one—is if the bride and groom specifically request that their guests wear white. In that case, by all means: Yes! Please wear this dress. But, good news: You CAN wear black to a wedding!

What about ivory? Cream? Beige? Champagne?

White or ivory. This is probably the most important rule. Do not, we repeat, do not wear a white or cream colored dress. It doesn’t matter if you‘ve just come back from the Caribbean and have the most fabulous tan ever and the perfect white dress to show it off.

What if there is white included in a print on my dress?

Use your best judgment with regard to whether the dress looks white from far away, and if in doubt, don’t wear it. Keep in mind that dresses with a white bodice, or a white shrug/shawl/jacket on top will look like a white dress when you are sitting down.

Can I wear black to a wedding?

Maybe. Traditionally, black is thought to indicate that you are in mourning or wish the couple ill, however in recent years this connotation has weakened somewhat (and many wedding parties now wear black themselves). Your best bet for wearing black will be if the wedding is higher on the formality spectrum, taking place in the evening or in winter, and accessorized with some bold or sparkly details or accessories. If you are unsure about wearing black, opt for navy or grey instead.

Can I wear red to a wedding?

Maybe. See Regional and Cultural Considerations above. Your best bet for pulling off red will be at a very casual, non-traditional wedding. If you are unsure about wearing red, opt for pink or orange instead.

But I went to a wedding once where everyone wore flip flops and muscle tanks! Surely that must be okay?

That sounds very fun! This guide is not intended as a comprehensive description of everything that anyone has ever gotten away with wearing to a wedding. Presumably if your hosts wanted you to wear flip flops and muscle tanks, they would let you know… and if you were comfortable wearing those things regardless of the hosts’ instructions, you probably wouldn’t be asking for advice here.


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