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 likely have a ton of different weddings, each with different dress codes, from black-tie, to semi-formal, to ‘country chic’ and ‘tropical elegant’ and destination weddings, 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 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, which is what most of the guys wore at our destination wedding in Maui this year.
For tropical affairs…
I see this yellow dress looking fuego at a Mexico wedding in Cabo or Tulum, or somewhere else South of the Border like Colombia.
This bold color block dress would be so perfect for a wedding in Palm Springs!
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
I wore this dress to a black-tie wedding in Paris and it was such a hit! it’s been sold out forever but is finally back!
I love pairing black tie dresses with a statement earring like these:
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!
What to wear to a fall wedding or winter wedding
This floral midi dress would be so perfect for a more casual fall wedding!
What to wear to a beach-chic, or summer casual wedding
Adorable casual but still elegant looks for attending a summer wedding
I LOVE this tropical floral print dress for a beach front summer wedding!
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
I wore this one to my brother’s welcome party in Napa and it was so cute and flattering!
This midi dress would be gorgeous for a more casual Napa wedding!
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
What Shoes to Wear to a wedding
Because you’ll want some heels that don’t hurt the second you hit the dance floor!!!
These bold heels would be SO fun as a pop of color for your destination or summer wedding outfit!
Comfy block heels for weddings are perfect if you’re on a lawn!
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.
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Curious to get your thoughts on what to wear to a wedding+reception being held in an outdoor courtyard venue where the invitation indicates ‘cocktail’ attire.
For cocktail attire outside in a courtyard, I’d usually wear a midi summery dress. You can ask around how dressed up people are or aren’t being for it, and dress up a simple solid midi with the right shoes and jewelry, or dress it down if that’s what the vibe is more!