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Women's Wedding Guest Dresses

The best wedding guest dresses must fill 2 simple criteria: They should make you look and feel GREAT & they shouldn't overshadow the bride!

With warmer weather comes an increase in weddings, and the chances of sharing a friend or family member’s happy day with them can become a daunting one as you start struggling to find unique, fun wedding guest dresses that you can wear to each individual occasion.

Other than those two simple requirements, picking a dress to wear to another person’s wedding leaves a lot to an individual’s choice and style, so making sure you have an outfit that’s suitable to the kind of wedding you’re going to attend can help you narrow the choices down a bit further.

When selecting wedding guest dresses, think about whether the wedding and reception will be held indoors, or outside. A cute little minidress might be perfect for an indoor, cocktail-party-style reception, but if the wedding is being held somewhere with a breeze you might wind up showing off more than you meant to! Pick long dresses with more volume if weddings are being held outside, as this will help protect you from the elements as well as giving your dress motion and energy. Be careful not to be too over-the-top, though, as a long train or dramatic embellishments might wind up drawing attention away from the wedding party – a serious breach of rule number two!

Sometimes, a wedding can be an extremely formal occasion, and multiple dresses might be required for alternate stages in the event. Families will often attend a rehearsal dinner, in which case another dress may be needed! If the reception is likely to be informal but the wedding is being held in a church, a more conservative look for the ceremony can be changed for a sensual party dress for later on. Gauge the formality of the wedding by your knowledge of the couple, the kind of invitation they send out (hand-engraved, or Facebook invite?), and the location where it’s being held. The more formal the wedding, the more formal the reception is likely to be, and if you find yourself picking a gown for both these occasions you’ll probably want something both conservative and full-length. No matter what kind of wedding it is, however, make sure that you don’t wear a white dress – that’s the Bride’s province, and guests should leave plenty of room in any shade to avoid stealing her thunder.

No matter what kind of dress you want to wear or image you’d like to project, if you pick a silhouette or style that isn’t flattering on your body, you won’t be happy with the end result. Take stock of your physical features and try on different styles of dresses before you choose the dress you want to wear, and remember that if you look best in a simple dress, you can always dress it up to create different looks at other occasions. Look for features in wedding guest dresses that can be used for other occasions, or that you wouldn’t mind going out on the town in – unless the wedding is extremely formal, in which case, refer to the previous section. By buying a wedding guest dress you can wear to other kinds of events, you’ll double your wardrobe for half the price – and that’s always a way to feel good about yourself.

By picking cute, complimentary accessories to go with your wedding guest dress, you’ll be able to bring your own unique flare into your look. It’s a good idea to have a small bag or clutch with you when you head to the reception, as you may have makeup or other supplies that you want to bring to the table with you. Choose subdued, classic items – most weddings aren’t the place for bold, attention-grabbing pieces that buck general fashion trends – and buy quality, since high-quality earrings and jewelry can be worn over and over again, and looked at as an investment rather than a one-time purchase.

No matter what kind of wedding you’re attending, remembering the two rules of selecting the perfect wedding guest dress will help make your search much easier. If you find yourself with several dresses to choose from, ask yourself which genuinely makes you look and feel your best. Once you have that dress, try and assess whether it’s a demure and sophisticated piece which will help add to the tableau created by the event’s other guests, or whether it’s an attention-grabbing piece that will make everyone look your way. If the former, then congratulations – you’ve found your dress! If the latter, then you may want to take a moment to remember that as a wedding guest, it’s your responsibility to help make the bride and groom’s marriage day special – not to hog the limelight with your own fashion sense, no matter how stellar it might be.

Each of the wedding guest dresses here at www.newyorkdress.com has been selected for its beauty, quality, and appropriateness for a wedding venue. To get an idea of the kinds of dresses that are available for you to wear to the upcoming weddings on your social calendar, look through the options in this section. You’ll be sure to find the perfect wedding guest look for the occasions!

Wedding Guest Dresses

  • Colors Dress 1768
    Colors Dress 1768

    Precious Perfection Hollywood Evening Gown by Colors 1768
    Available in 6 colors

  • Lara 33202
    Lara 33202

    Sleeveless crystal-clad evening gown with plunging neckline by Lara 33202
    Available in 3 colors

  • Lara 33435
    Lara 33435

    Romantic Fishnet Overlay Gown with Lantern Sleeves by Lara 33435
    Color: Black

  • Faviana 8083
    Faviana 8083

    Elegant off-the-shoulder evening gown with tony tucks by Faviana 8083
    Available in 5 colors

  • Marsoni M182
    Marsoni M182

    Classic Princess Evening Gown by Marsoni M182
    Available in 4 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51405
    Sherri Hill 51405

    Romantic lush long-sleeve gown from Sherri Hill 51405
    Color: Navy

  • Lara 33277
    Lara 33277

    Feminine elbow-sleeved evening gown with filmy flutters by Lara 33277
    Available in 2 colors

  • Mon Cheri 217950
    Mon Cheri 217950

    Sleek Beaded Evening Gown by Mon Cheri Montage 217950
    Available in 2 colors

  • Marsoni M184
    Marsoni M184

    Off the Shoulder Glamour by Marsoni M184
    Available in 2 colors

  • Mon Cheri 217937
    Mon Cheri 217937

    Shining Lace Evening Gown by Mon Cheri Montage 217937
    Available in 2 colors

  • Adrianna Papell AP1E202013
    Adrianna Papell AP1E202013

    Radiant Jewel Asymmetrical Evening Dress by Adrianna Papell AP1E202013
    Color: Midnight

  • Terani 1721C4016
    Terani 1721C4016

    Embellished and Contrast Cocktail Dress by Terani 1721C4016
    Available in 2 colors

  • Lara 33529
    Lara 33529

    Feathered Flirt Belted Evening Gown by Lara 33529
    Color: Blush

  • Terani 1721E4179
    Terani 1721E4179

    Modern Classic Evening Gown by Terani 1721E4179
    Available in 2 colors

  • Terani 1723E4263
    Terani 1723E4263

    Brilliant Ruffled Jewel Evening Gown by Terani 1723E4263
    Available in 2 colors

  • Marsoni M102
    Marsoni M102

    Pleated Perfection Full Length Gown by Marsoni M102
    Available in 3 colors

  • Mon Cheri 217932
    Mon Cheri 217932

    V-Neck Quarter-Sleeve Beaded Evening Gown by Mon Cheri Montage 217932
    Available in 2 colors

  • Clarisse M6445
    Clarisse M6445

    Heavenly caped evening gown with fluted skirt by Clarisse M6445
    Color: Periwinkle Blue

  • Aidan Mattox 201326
    Aidan Mattox 201326

    Perfect sleeveless gown with contrasting skirt by Aidan Mattox 201326
    Color: Black Multi

  • Shail K 1284
    Shail K 1284

    Modest Beaded Evening Dress by Shail K 1284
    Available in 2 colors

  • Ivonne D 217D84
    Ivonne D 217D84

    Diaphanous sleeveless gown with lace peplum by Ivonne D 217D84
    Available in 2 colors

  • Jovani 37938
    Jovani 37938

    Captivating ballet-sleeved evening gown with gathered skirt by Jovani 37938
    Color: Gray

  • Aidan Mattox 201364
    Aidan Mattox 201364

    Recherche one-shoulder evening gown with split by Aidan Mattox 201364
    Available in 3 colors

  • Marsoni M151
    Marsoni M151

    Angelic Mermaid Gown by Marsoni M151
    Available in 3 colors

  • Marsoni M165
    Marsoni M165

    Starry Sensation V Neckline Gown by Marsoni M165
    Available in 3 colors

  • Morrell Maxie 15626
    Morrell Maxie 15626

    Romantic Enchantment Lace Evening Dress by Morrell Maxie 15626
    Color: Gold

  • Marsoni M159
    Marsoni M159

    Textured Treasure Pleated Evening Gown by Marsoni M159
    Available in 4 colors

  • Lara 33273
    Lara 33273

    Sleeveless illusion evening gown with gossamer overskirt by Lara 33273
    Available in 2 colors

  • Jovani 49531
    Jovani 49531

    Mega Floral Print Evening Gown by Jovani 49531
    Available in 2 colors

  • Morrell Maxie 15695
    Morrell Maxie 15695

    Floral Indulgence Appliquéd Evening Gown by Morrell Maxie 15695
    Color: Nude/Multi

  • Adrianna Papell AP1E201418
    Adrianna Papell AP1E201418

    Scrolling Wonder Embellished Evening Dress by Adrianna Papell AP1E201418
    Available in 2 colors

  • Johnathan Kayne 8050
    Johnathan Kayne 8050

    Timeless Glamour Plunging Evening Dress by Johnathan Kayne 8050
    Color: White

  • Aidan Mattox MD1E201669
    Aidan Mattox MD1E201669

    Airy cap-sleeved formal with handkerchief hemline by Aidan Mattox MD1E201669
    Color: Black Multi

  • Lara 33549
    Lara 33549

    Embellished Beauty Tonal Evening Gown by Lara 33549
    Color: Nude

  • Adrianna Papell AP1E200066
    Adrianna Papell AP1E200066

    Deco Dreams Draped Evening Dress by Adrianna Papell AP1E200066
    Available in 2 colors

  • Morrell Maxie 15635
    Morrell Maxie 15635

    Origami Asymmetrical Peplum Evening Dress by Morrell Maxie 15635
    Available in 2 colors

  • Marsoni M116
    Marsoni M116

    Marsoni M116 Dress | NewYorkDress.com Online Shop M116
    Available in 2 colors

  • Dave and Johnny A5703
    Dave and Johnny A5703

    Sleeveless gown with folkloric florals by Dave and Johnny A5703
    Color: Black

  • Cameron Blake 217652
    Cameron Blake 217652

    Elegant Lace Flutter Evening Dress by Cameron Blake 217652
    Color: Rose Quartz

  • Morrell Maxie 15729
    Morrell Maxie 15729

    Glamorous Illusions Sleeved Evening Gown by Morrell Maxie 15729
    Available in 2 colors


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