What to wear to every type of wedding: Dresses for destination weddings, dresses for fall and winter weddings, spring and summer weddings, and more

With wedding dress attire themes getting more and more creative, and each wedding becoming more and more unique, finding the perfect dress for every type of wedding is anything but easy! You’re likely going to get invited to a bunch of different weddings this year, many of which have different dress codes, from black-tie, to semi-formal, to ‘country chic’ and ‘tropical elegant’, so where do you even begin when it comes to how to dress for a destination wedding, a city wedding, a beach wedding, or a country club formal wedding? Here are my favorite picks of dresses and jumpsuits for every type of wedding imaginable. 

Important things to note: Unless requested, proper wedding etiquette is it’s still never, ever okay to wear white to a wedding! I’d also steer away from white for a bridal shower, or a bachelorette party, or an engagement party. Anytime it’s a wedding-related event, the bride will most likely be wearing white, and it’s best and most polite to reserve the color for her. 

It’s always better to overdress than underdress. Long dresses are VERY in for weddings, and you’re unlikely to see people in mini dresses at a wedding (if it’s a more casual affair, I’d opt for a midi or a flowy maxi, instead).

What to wear to a black tie wedding

A black tie wedding is FORMAL! Your date will need to wear a tuxedo, and you should opt for a formal, upscale, long and luxe gown. 

Here are the best wedding guest dresses for a black-tie wedding 

 

(only $89!)

 

NBD Charlotte Gown in Silver & Nude  

Jay Godfrey for the win again on this goes-with-any-event black dress.

Lovers + Friends Lambella Gown in BlackBCBGMAXAZRIA Plunging Hi Low Gown in Black


I wore this one to a wedding in Napa Valley this year, and it was such a hit.

 NBD x Naven Riley Jumpsuit in Flame Scarlet

LIKELY Rudina Gown in CoralLIKELY Maxson Gown in Scarlet

 

.  .Katie May Legacy Gown in Blush NBD Evan Gown in Light Blue

Amanda Uprichard Channing Gown in Electric Teal 

What to wear to a black tie optional wedding

Wondering what to wear to a black-tie optional wedding? These elegant semi-formal dresses are a great option for black tie optional weddings. While you might be inclined to wear black, you can go brighter or bolder in the summer, and amp up your look with bold jewels and heels!

MAJORELLE Gia Gown in Hot Pink

 

Amanda Uprichard Queens Gown in Lipstick (only $86!)

Norma Kamali Diana Gown in Acid 

BCBGMAXAZRIA High Low Halter Gown in True Blue NBD Floreena Gown in YellowKatie May X Grace Kong Dress in Coral

NBD Tere Mini Dress in Bright CobaltJay Godfrey Kerr Dress in Magenta

 

Katie May Leo Gown in BlackBCBGMAXAZRIA Eve One Shoulder Dress in BlackHEMANT AND NANDITA Veena Dress in Nude

Amanda Uprichard Amalia Gown in English LavenderYumi Kim Dream Maxi in French Rose Royal

What to wear to a Destination Wedding

Wondering what to wear for a destination wedding? Whether you’re attending a wedding in Mexico, the Bahamas, Hawaii or Bali, these are the best destination wedding guest dresses for warm weather and fun, tropical elegance. Your date should opt for a blazer, but depending on the wedding may be able to go without a tie. If so, I’m a big fan of the classy hawaiian shirt and blazer look. 

MISA Los Angeles Faizah Dress in Teal Multi 

Poupette St Barth Tamara Wrap Dress in Blue PalmLovers + Friends Noah Wrap Dress in Lime GreenHouse of Harlow 1960 X REVOLVE Eliana Dress in Pink Floral NBD Kyra Midi Dress in Fuchsia & OrangeMISA Los Angeles X REVOLVE Micaela Dress in Orchid

 

 

Show Me Your Mumu X REVOLVE Meghan Wrap Dress in Pink CrepeLovers + Friends Xael Gown in Golden Rod

L'Academie The Marie Midi Dress in Lemon YellowLIKELY Decklin Dress in Fuchsia Rose

All I Need Royal Blue Floral Print Lace-Up Maxi Dress$76 on Lulus!

What to wear to a fall wedding or winter wedding

NBD Elijah Jumpsuit in Emerald Green

I love a jewel-toned jumpsuit for a Fall wedding. This one is gorg!  and this fall floral dress is EVERYTHING for a fall wedding!! 

BCBGeneration Open Back Jumpsuit in Pine Green

As far as wedding guest dresses under $100 go, this jumpsuit is gorgeous, perfect for a Friday night before the wedding too! 

MAJORELLE Bedford Mini Dress in Cobalt Blue

Another one that would be great to wear to the friday night wedding welcome party

 

 

Can you tell I’m obsessed with this color for Fall/Winter wedding guest dresses!?

Norma Kamali Off the Shoulder Fishtail Gown in BlackKatie May Titan Gown in Dove

 

 

Lovers + Friends Keegan Maxi Dress in Black

Katie May Attention Seeker Gown in RubyNorma Kamali Diana Gown in Plum

Zhivago Algeny Dress in OrangeKatie May Surreal Dress in Deep Sea

LIKELY Lillianna Gown in Blueprint

Harmonious Love Forest Green Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress Under $100 on lulus!Only in Dreams Navy Blue Floral Print Maxi Dress

Heavenly Hues Magenta Maxi Dress Under $100 on Lulus!

Beach-chic, or summer casual

Adorable casual but still elegant looks for attending a summer wedding

MISA Los Angeles X REVOLVE Micaela Dress in OrchidNBD Chancy Midi Dress in Pastel Yellow

Free People Under The Moonlight Maxi Dress in Pink

Susana Monaco Ruffle Strap Dress in Violet

What to wear to a vineyard wedding

Depending on the dress code, these are some of my favorite dresses for a wedding in Napa or wine country

Amanda Uprichard Amalia Gown in English LavenderNookie Lust One Shoulder Gown in Blush

LIKELY Rudina Gown in Coral 

 

What to wear to a country club wedding

Depending on the dress code, these are some of my favorite looks for a more formal country club wedding

Lovers + Friends Harlow Gown in GreenLovers + Friends Tricia Gown in Pink

House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE Katrien Dress in Kelly GreenCostantine Slate Blue Satin Maxi Dress ($68 on Lulus!)

 

What shoes to wear to a wedding

Because you’ll want some heels that don’t hurt the second you hit the dance floor!!!!

Valletta 105 - Black Suede Tamara Mellon Heels

This is NOT sponsored – I just freaking love Tamara Mellon so much!!! If you’re going to invest in a pair of shoes that will take you all the way through wedding season, Tamara Mellon‘s award-winning heels are IT. Even Oprah deemed these heels as life savers. They’re seriously the best. Make sure to break them in before your first wedding though, because like all shoes they need a good break in! But once they are – they are worth EVERY penny. I love them so much I might wear their white ones to my own wedding. 

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. 

RAYE Forte Heel in Nude I haven’t worn these ones so can’t speak to how comfy they are, but I’m obsessed with their design. 

Comfy block heels for weddings – perfect if you’re on a lawn!

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Still wondering where to look online for dresses for a wedding? here are some of the best websites to shop for dresses:

Revolve – I get everything from there, and absolutely love their dress selection. 

 
The Reformation – really good selection of cute and elegant formal dresses for every occasion. 
Fame and Partners – Fame & Partners is a really hot brand right now for wedding guest and bridesmaid dresses.
 
BHLDN – another really hot bridesmaid dresses site that has expanded into formal dresses for wedding guests, too. 
Saks Off Fifth – I love peeking at Off Fifth to find good deals on formal dresses. 
 
Shopbop – high-end but always has amazing dresses. 
 
Nordstrom – of course always a good place to start when looking for dresses!

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