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 fall wedding or winter wedding
As far as wedding guest dresses under $100 go, this jumpsuit is gorgeous, perfect for a Friday night before the wedding too!
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!?
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 Jay Godfrey Cameo Gown to the Points Guy Awards in New York City last winter and LOVED it. So many compliments
Jay Godfrey for the win again on this goes-with-any-event black dress.
I wore this one to a wedding in Napa Valley this year, and it was such a hit.
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!
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.
Beach-chic, or summer casual
Adorable casual but still elegant looks for attending a 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 wine country
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!!!!
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.
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.
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!
I always go for chunky heels when I know there will be a lot of dancing, SO much more comfortable.
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.
Check out my other related blog posts!
The 20 Travel Essentials You Need to Jetset Like a Boss