The 21 Best Country Wedding Guest Dresses

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Brides / Brian Kopinski

Countryside weddings are as popular as ever these days—whether they’re set in an open field, a barn, or the family backyard. It’s not hard to see why so many couples choose to get married among nature—makes for the dreamiest, most romantic backdrop, and can also infuse the wedding with a more laid-back feel, as guests mingle and dance under blue skies or a canopy of stars.

But just because a country wedding setting may feel more casual, it doesn’t mean you have license to wear shorts and sneakers—make sure to double check the dress code before buying a new outfit. Sundresses and flowy cotton numbers are wonderful for a summer country wedding with a more relaxed dress code, while a more formal attire request may call for silks and satins. And florals, subtle lace details and ruffles are always good ideas.

Here are the best country wedding guest dresses for a rustic wedding—whatever the season and, importantly, the dress code.

Best Splurge

Maison Amory French Chateau Floral Flutter-Sleeve Gown

Maison Amory French Chateau Floral Flutter-Sleeve Gown

Anthropologie

Stylist Kat Minks adores the dressed up feel of this fluttery gown, and we’ve fallen irrevocably in love with it too. It features dramatic, pleated sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, a full skirt, and ruffles at the bottom—so it’s definitely not one for the shy fashionista. Although this is a white dress (sometimes considered a no-no for wedding guests), the pink floral print feels bright enough for us to not be a concern. If you’re unsure, you can always run it past the couple before ordering.

Price at time of publish: $499

Size range: XS-XL | Materials: Polyester, Nylon, Elastane | Color: Floral Candy/White

Best for Summer

By Anthropologie Tiered Cap-Sleeve Dress

By Anthropologie Tiered Cap-Sleeve Dress

By Anthropologie

You really can’t go wrong with florals for a country wedding (even though they may not be groundbreaking). Stylist Alison Bruhn loves this Anthropologie number, which features feminine cap sleeves and a tiered skirt, and is designed with a more relaxed fit that will suit the setting beautifully. We’re particularly entranced by the lavender version for double the flower factor. Pair it with flat strappy sandals or booties.

Price at time of publish: $348

Size range: XXS-3X | Materials: Cotton, Viscose | Colors: Neutral, Lavender

Best for Fall

World of Crow Caramel Brown Midi Dress

World of Crow Caramel Brown Midi Dress

Madewell

We’re loving this caramel-colored frock’s romantic, rustic vibe—and the fact that it’s size-inclusive. With its thick straps, cinched waist, and A-line midi skirt, it will serve you well for a fall country wedding. Pair it with an elegant mid-season jacket to elevate the look and ward off any incoming chill.

Price at time of publish: $325

Size range: XXS-4X | Materials: Cotton | Colors: Caramel Brown

Best for a Casual Wedding

Mara Hoffman Sydney Belted Organic Cotton-Crepon Midi Dress

Mara Hoffman Sydney Belted Organic Cotton-Crepon Midi Dress

Net-A-Porter

Mara Hoffman is such an incredible label: They consider the environment throughout the production process, so you know that each piece is kind to the planet. This dress is made from organic cotton and comes in sizes up to a 3XL, to better reflect body diversity. The crepon fabric makes it a slightly more relaxed number, perfect for a garden wedding that’s not overly formal—plus the poppy color will make you fit right in with the local flora.

Price at time of publish: $315

Size range: XXS-3XL | Materials: Organic Cotton | Colors: Bright Orange

Best Long Sleeved

Windsor Swept Away Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress

Windsor Swept Away Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress

Windsor

For a chillier day out in the country, or if you prefer to have your arms covered to attend a wedding, this long-sleeved maxi dress from Windsor is just what you need. The floral print makes it an ideal pick for dancing around a field, as do the leg slit and flowy chiffon fabric. Pair it with strappy heels for a touch of glamour, or with cowboy boots if the dress code calls for ‘em.

Price at time of publish: $59

Size range: XS-L | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Black/Multi

Best Midi

Vince Camuto Floral-Print Pleated Midi Dress

Vince Camuto Floral-Print Pleated Midi Dress

Dillards

Bruhn recommends this design as something that's a little dressy, but still really easy and comfortable. This halter chiffon dress is cinched at the waist before flowing out into an asymmetric pleated skirt that will float in the breeze. The multicolored floral print is perfect for spring or early summer in the country.

Price at time of publish: $158

Size range: 0-14 | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Off White/Multi

Best Mini

Lulus So Stunning Orange Multi Floral Jacquard Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Lulus So Stunning Orange Multi Floral Jacquard Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Lulus

If you’re in the mood to wear a mini dress for this country wedding, may we suggest a bold and playful dress like this pretty option from Lulus. It would be especially fitting for an evening look, thanks to the silky jacquard fabric and shimmery embellishments, but you can definitely pull off the candy pink version for the daytime, too. We love this design paired with woven wedges or stiletto sandals.

Price at time of publish: $89

Size range: XXS-XL | Materials: Rayon | Colors: Navy Blue, Orange, Black

Best Maxi

Free People Santa Maria Maxi Dress

Free People Santa Maria Maxi Dress

Free People

Lace is a welcome addition to any country wedding guest’s dress, but if you’re not willing to commit to the all-over look, Free People has exactly the piece for you. Designed in the brand’s signature boho style, this maxi is incredibly detailed—from the cutout back to the tassel embellishments, it’s guaranteed to make a splash. It also comes in an amazing range of colors, so you can tailor your pick to whatever setting, weather and dress code you’re working with.

Price at time of publish: $128

Size range: XS-XL | Materials: Rayon | Colors: 16

Best Lace

Lilly Pulitzer Majorie Eyelet Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Majorie Eyelet Dress

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer has been a go-to for country chic dressing for decades now, and to this day, the brand never disappoints when it comes to high quality and bright-colored clothing. We absolutely love this eyelet dress in pistachio green for a fun wedding look, and the white one would be great if you’re headed to a wedding where you’ve been asked to wear white. Either way, it’s so easy to wear and will quickly become one of your favorite sundresses long after the party is over.

Price at time of publish: $268

Size range: 00-16 | Materials: Cotton | Colors: Pistachio, White

Best Denim

Veronica Beard Kova Dress

Veronica Beard Kova Dress

Saks Fifth Avenue

For a country wedding—emphasis on “country”—denim is more than appropriate. That doesn’t mean you should show up in daisy dukes, however, but an elegant midi dress like this one from designer label Veronica Beard is a lovely choice. The fabric is lightweight enough to work for mid-seasons or a mild summer day, and the long sleeves, matching belt, and tiered skirt elevate the look.

Price at time of publish: $448

Size range: 00-16 | Materials: Cotton | Colors: Light Wash

Best Ruffles

ASTR The Label Wedelia Floral Bustier Ruffle Midi Dress

ASTR The Label Wedelia Floral Bustier Ruffle Midi Dress

Revolve

We’re telling you—florals are where it’s at when it comes to country weddings, according to Bruhn. This is the expert’s pick for a romantic dress that’s perfect for twirling on the dance floor, but that also features a little structure from the cupped bust and darted bodice. The delicate rose print, ruffled straps and lace-up back make this sweet dress into a truly special piece of clothing.

Price at time of publish: $178

Size range: XS-XL | Materials: Rayon, Lyocell, Nylon | Colors: Purple Floral

Most Edgy

BHLDN Jia Bias-Cut Ruffled V-Neck Gown

BHLDN Jia Bias-Cut Ruffled V-Neck Gown

Anthropologie

For an afternoon ceremony that turns into an evening party, Minks love the edgy feel of this bias-cut ruffled gown. The red option is gorgeous for a dressier countryside event, but will still infuse a ton of personality into your ensemble. Pair it with black or metallic sandals to really make an entrance.

Price at time of publish: $328

Size range: 0-16 | Materials: Viscose, Polyester | Colors: Black, Red

Best Bright-Colored

Show Me Your Mumu Stella Smocked Dress

Show Me Your Mumu Stella Smocked Dress

If you can appreciate a pastel or muted color palette, but you feel most in your element in shocking brights, Show Me Your Mumu has got your back. This extra fun smocked, ruffled, tiered dress comes in candy pink, adorned with lively flowers in shades of fuchsia, turquoise, electric blue and apple green. We love that the straps are adjustable and can be tied into a halter, too.

Price at time of publish: $228

Size range: XS-XXL | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Pink Floral

Best Stripy

Cupshe Striped Ruched Maxi Dress

Cupshe Striped Ruched Maxi Dress

Target

For a daytime country wedding in the middle of summer, a sundress is a wonderful choice. Cupshe is the perfect destination for affordable, hot weather-friendly wedding guest attire, and this dress doesn’t disappoint: The stripes may be a little beachy, but the sweetheart neckline and maxi skirt make it party-ready. This one would look lovely with flat sandals or wedges.

Price at time of publish: $43

Size range: S-XL | Materials: Cotton, Polyester | Colors: Gray/White

Best Gingham

J.Crew Ruffle-Hem Slip Dress in Oversized Gingham

J.Crew Ruffle-Hem Slip Dress in Oversized Gingham

J.Crew

Gingham is a countryside classic, but we’re super on board with this modernized version with oversized checks. Starting at a size 00 and available in up to a 24, this slip dress comes in polished black and white or charming pink and lavender. The ruffled bottom adds a little extra intrigue, so pair this dress with some unfussy shoes—perhaps in black or white.

Price at time of publish: $198

Size range: 00-24 | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Black/White, Pink/Opal

Best Budget

Lulus Loveliest Looks Dusty Blue Floral Jacquard Tie-Strap Midi Dress

Lulus Loveliest Looks Dusty Blue Floral Jacquard Tie-Strap Midi Dress

Lulus

Arrive in style with this whimsical dusty blue dress from Lulu's to witness your friends exchange vows this season. Metallic silver and floral designs on a sweetheart neckline are the epitome of a country wedding guest dress. You can wear this dress for a wide variety of occasions after the wedding, and it will serve you well.

Price at time of publish: $72

Size range: XXS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Dusty Blue, Pink, Black, White, Emerald Green

Best Slip

AllSaints Bryony Rosalia Dress

ALLSAINTS Bryony Rosalia Dress

AllSaints

A summer wedding in the countryside calls for a dress like this one by AllSaints, which is both sophisticated and fun. The ombre sunrise light blue, gray, and rose petal designs draw attention to your every move, elevating your wedding ensemble to the next level of elegance. The slip dress, which is available in sizes 0 to 12, works well with any figure. 

Price at time of publish: $169

Size range: 0-12 | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Sunrise Blue

Best Halter

Ieena for Mac Duggal Halter Neck Body-Con Gown

Ieena for Mac Duggal Halter Neck Body-Con Gown
Ieena for Mac Duggal.

Play "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles while you slip into this classic yellow halter top dress by Ieena. For the simple reason that you will radiate joy and major '70s glitz at your best friend's wedding. The open-back design, high thigh split, and figure-hugging body-con style are perfect for basking in the fresh air of the countryside. Complete your look with a pair of nude strappy heels and dangling earrings. 

Price at time of publish: $398

Size range: XS-L | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Marigold

Reformation Nadira Dress Es

Reformation Nadira Dress Es

The Reformation

Featuring sizes 0 through 12, this Nadira dress is perfect for a summertime outdoor wedding in the countryside. The floral print, poet bowtie tank details, and flowing skirt of this dress will have you ready to dance the night away and catch the bouquet. Those attending a wedding in the South will appreciate its lightweight and breathable fabric. Choose from three different floral designs: Countryside, a yellow and green garden fantasy; Lucca, featuring blue rose petals; or Rose Garden, with pink and white peonies. 

Price at time of publish: $278

Size range: 2-12 | Materials: Viscose | Colors: Countryside/Lucca/Rose Garden

Best Evening

JUMISEE Backless Draped Maxi Dress

JUMISEE Backless Draped Maxi Dress

JUMISEE

Perfect for a wedding under the stars, this backless, draped maxi dress harkens back to the roaring twenties. The straps can be adjusted to your desired length and are offered in a wide range of colors to complement your personal taste, from dusty blue to green to brown. To let the dress shine, wear your hair pulled back in a bun and accessorize simply with a dainty necklace and stud earrings. 

Price at time of publish: $29

Size range: S-L | Materials: Polyester | Colors: Blue, green, pink, and more

Best Low-cut

H&M Oversized Tie-detail Dress

H&M Oversized Tie-detail Dress
H&M.

Raglan-style balloon sleeves are a major selling point for this floral yellow dress. It's available in both regular and extended sizing, and its fluid silhouette looks great on all body types. You'll be ready to accept an invitation to a wedding in the country after seeing this one, thanks to the cuteness of the oversized v-neck and low-cut v-back, as well as the narrow drawstring details. 

Price at time of publish: $40

Size range: XS-4XL | Materials: Rayon, Polyamide 15% | Colors: Light yellow/floral

What to Look for in a Country Wedding Guest Dress

Climate

“Since the wedding and/or reception could be outside or in an indoor/outdoor location, the climate dramatically influences the choice of what to wear as a wedding guest,” explains Bruhn. The good news: as long as you do your research, you’ll be able to put together a lovely weather-appropriate outfit, no matter the season. “If it is going to be warm outside, steer clear of silk dresses in solid colors, stay away from tight-fitting dresses in heavier fabrics, and look for lightweight, soft fabrics with plenty of movement,” Bruhn advises.

Meanwhile, stylist Stacee Michelle shares her advice about dealing with unexpected chilliness. “Adding a blazer is a great way to elevate a sleeveless peasant dress and provide added warmth,” she explains. “A fitted turtleneck can also work underneath a sleeveless dress to make it suitable for cooler climates. Limited on space? Pack a scarf—it is the perfect lightweight travel accessory and easily stores in your purse when not in use."

Dress Code

As with weddings in any other kind of setting, country weddings will have a certain dress code you should follow. “Whether the wedding is in a barn or a sophisticated vineyard, you can never go wrong with an elevated-casual ensemble,” says Michelle. “For a casual dress code, trade in your jeans for a nice airy maxi dress or jumpsuit for comfort and functionality. For dressier requests, continue to think of free-flowing silhouettes and incorporate fine (or costume) jewelry to elevate your countryside look.”

Color

Choosing a color for your wedding guest outfit is your opportunity to have fun, and there aren’t many rules to follow here (although the no-white rule does usually still stand—sorry), but Michelle shares the following advice. “The landscape is typically the base color palette for a country wedding, so I encourage guests to be inspired by the natural elements—flowers, mountains, sky, water, or fall foliage—when selecting an outfit,” she says. “Choose light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding and opt for darker tones during evening nuptials.”

FAQ
  • What dress styles are best for a country wedding?

    It depends! Make sure to double check the dress code before making any decisions. Once you know what the mood will be, you can feel free to have fun with your dress choice, while following a few guidelines to make the process easier. “Function and comfort are two words to remember when selecting a dress or jumpsuit for the occasion,” says Michelle. “A midi or maxi-length dress with movement will allow you to easily flow from the barn to the bar with elegance. Where you may feel safe with a solid dress, rustic weddings are the perfect place to welcome floral and patchwork patterns, along with embroidery, lace, and crochet details to maximize your look.”

  • What shoes should I wear to a country wedding?

    “Footwear needs to be well thought out,” says Minks. “Most wedding venues will dry out the grass in areas surrounding a venue so nothing is too wet and heels don’t sink in—but if the wedding is at a family estate or farm, these types of considerations may not be taken by venue owners or the hosts of the wedding.” For these reasons, the expert loves the comfort and style of wedges or flat sandals for attending a country wedding, but suggests wearing heel protectors if you do opt for a stiletto.

    Another way to wear heels despite having to potentially trudge muddy terrain is to go for a chunkier heel. “A block heel or mule can still give you the height you want with a dress without having to wear a stiletto,” Michelle says, adding, “At a country wedding, you have more freedom to incorporate unique details into your looks like cowboy boots and a hat. Even though most country weddings are more laid back, leave the tennis shoes at home.”

Meet the Expert


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Iris Goldsztajn is a Paris-born, London-based freelance writer with 10 years of experience covering fashion, beauty, wellness and lifestyle for the likes of Brides, InStyle, Marie Claire, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Refinery29 and many more. As the former associate editor for Her Campus, she was responsible for all style and beauty news coverage. In order to write this article, Iris drew on her knowledge of fashion, and spoke to bridal styling experts Stacee Michelle, Kat Minks and Alison Bruhn for their insight on the best dresses to wear to a country wedding.

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