What to Wear to a Destination Wedding: 15 Wedding Guest Dresses I’m Obsessed with for 2019 & 2020

I LOVE destination weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I love every wedding. But when you get to combine celebrating love with a vacation in an exotic tropical destination? The best.  I’m all for celebrating my favorite couples’ nuptials in tropical, exotic locales like Bali, Hawaii, The Amalfi Coast, Italy, Mexico or France. There’s only one problem – PACKING! What do you wear to a destination wedding? And what are some good destination wedding dresses for guests heading to 2019 and 2020 weddings? I’m here for ya, chicas. And I even have some awesome recommendations for what your guy should wear to a destination too at the bottom of this post!

What are the best dresses for destination weddings?

Don’t be afraid of bold color, and a pretty tropical print that suits the destination. 

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MISA Los Angeles Faizah Dress in Teal Multi

Currently OBSESSING over this dress, which I bought for a destination wedding this Fall. I think it’s the perfect dress for a destination wedding. 

MISA Los Angeles Melany Dress in Burgundy Floral

I love this dress for a beachy destination wedding. I see this dress looking fuego at a Mexico wedding in Cabo or Tulum, or somewhere else South of the Border like Colombia

Lovers + Friends Eve Gown in Rose Violet

I love the color of this dress for a destination wedding because it pops! So cute. 

Only in Dreams Navy Blue Floral Print Maxi Dress

I love this dress for a beach wedding guest – and the best part is that it’s under $100.

MAJORELLE Manda Gown in Yellow

I love this yellow beauty for a warm climate destination wedding! It’s long and formal-enough without looking out of place on a beach.

Lovers + Friends Orchid Dress in Lucky Charm

This emerald color is everything. I could see it being good for a Friday night welcome party outfit as well. 

Carolita Yellow Floral Print Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Obsessed with this dress!!! And it’s only $66. Grab it before it’s gone. 

Evening of Splendor Hot Pink Surplice Maxi Dress

Love this color for a little pop in a tropical destination. Only $58 on Lulus

ASTR the Label Janine Dress in Lavender & Pink Floral

This beautiful tropical print dress makes for a great destination wedding staple. Love the colors and love the fit and flare style. 

Lovers + Friends Ahamani Gown in Meadow Floral

I love this dress for a Napa Valley wedding – especially in the Spring! Or anywhere in California really. Such a cute, feminine print. 

LIKELY Rudina Gown in Coral

I’m obsessed with this coral color for any destination wedding. This dress is a showstopper. LOVE it. 

What shoes should I wear to a destination wedding?

Find out what kind of ground you’ll be on (if you’re on a lawn or in the sand, you will want to stay away from stilettos), if you’re in a ballroom, anything goes. 

Allegra - Blush Nappa I love wedges for outdoor weddings because you don’t have to worry about grass or sand getting in the way of you having a great time – and they’re SO much more comfortable. These ones from Tamara Mellon are my go-tos


Prowess - Beige Patent I love investing in a pair of good, comfy nude heels because they go with every dress, so I can wear them wedding after wedding after wedding!

RAYE Caia Heel in BlackSchutz Enida Heel in Natural

I always go for chunky heels when I know there will be a lot of dancing, SO much more comfortable.  

Dolce Vita Noles Sandal in NudeSteve Madden Camille Sandal in Clear

What should guys wear to a destination wedding?

Pay close attention to what the invite states as the dress code. There’s a big difference between a ‘beach wedding’ attire and ‘tropical formal’ or ‘tropical elegant’ attire. If the wedding you’re attending leans less formal, you won’t be expected to wear a suit and tie (they should make it clear on the wedding website whether or not guys are supposed to wear suit jackets and ties), and you’re definitely not expected to go black-tie. However, with a tropical elegnt or tropical formal dress code, you should assume a suit or blazer (a tan, grey, blue or cream-colored linen suit with a white shirt will keep you looking good and feeling cool), and you should refer to the dress code to see if you should wear a tie or not. 

No matter what, unless it’s strictly stated somewhere, stay away from sandals, shorts, or anything overly casual. This is a wedding, after all.

So what should a guy wear to have some fun at a destination wedding, while still looking elegant and formal enough?

I love when guys pair a Hawaiian shirt with a blazer! Kenny Flowers Hawaiians have awesome prints (that range from trendy and wild to subtle and preppy, to tropical and fun, depending on the type of guy you are or the vibe you’re going for)  They look great under a blazer and are a great way to tow the line between fun, beach wedding and elegant, formal affair. 

VINCE CAMUTO Regular Fit Sport Coat, Main, color, INDIGO HEATHER


BONOBOS Slim Fit Chambray Cotton Blazer, Main, color, SOLID BLUE


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