The 16 Best Spring Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Dress Code

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A spring wedding is the epitome of romance. With warmer weather on the horizon, fresh flowers in bloom, and an optimistic spirit all around, attending a ceremony during this gorgeous time of year is a real treat. If you’ve received a save the date and are beginning your search for the perfect spring wedding guest dress, you’re in luck—options abound. 

Violet Gross is the founder of Tulerie, an invite-only, peer-to-peer designer fashion borrowing platform and community, which also happens to offer a bevy of pieces well-suited for a springtime ceremony. A top style she sees for dresses borrowed or purchased? Florals. “Our users borrow lots of florals and prints for the spring weddings they attend,” Gross shares. “For the daytime [outdoor] wedding, I love floor-grazing maxi dresses from Agua by Agua Bendita or Reformation that can be worn with flats.”

On top of details like puff sleeves and romantic florals, Gross adds that you can incorporate trends into your wedding guest outfit through accessorizing.

Ahead, shop standout spring wedding guest dresses for every dress code to solidify your look.

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Most Stylish Black Tie Formal: Rebecca Taylor Toile Slip Dress

Rebecca Taylor Toile Slip Dress

Rebecca Taylor

This ankle-length dress features a v-neck and slim silhouette, beautifully punctuated by the soft floral pattern. To top it all off, free-flowing straps in the back make dancing all the more photographable.

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Best Garden Party: Christy Dawn The Colette Dress

Christy Dawn The Colette Dress

Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn knows good spring dresses, and this green ruffled delight is no exception. The delicate floral fabric is printed in India and the piece is handmade by the label's in-house seamstress. Pair with a straw bag and strappy sandals.

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Cutest Outdoor Attire: DÔEN Whisper Dress

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DOEN

Gingham is one of spring’s most beloved prints; try it out with this ruffled hem puff-sleeve midi dress for an outdoor wedding. Float across the venue effortlessly with this flowy number; the self-tie belt ensures a perfect fit. Accessorize with delicate gold jewelry for a polished finish.

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Most Effortless: Lisa Says Gah Marina Dress

Lisa Says Gah Marina Dress

Lisa Says Gah

With its pale blue hue, check pattern, and tiered detailing, this maxi dress hits all the marks. Dress code permitting, add in some bold and playful jewelry pieces to add more personality.

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Most Dance Floor-Friendly: Naya Rea Iman Dress

Naya Rea Iman Dress

Naya Rea

You can never go wrong with a floral dress for a spring wedding. But if you’re hoping to take it up a notch, consider contrasting straps; it’s also an easy way to tie in black heels.

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Most Versatile for Dress Codes: Sandy Liang Salve Dress

Sandy Liang Salve Dress

Sandy Liang

Is there anything better than a backless dress? It keeps you cool and adds drama and elegance to your look. Pair this romantic number with some clog sandals and a bamboo clutch.

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For the Casual Evening: SVNR Vee Midi Slip Dress

SVNR Vee Midi Slip Dress

LCD

If you’re in search of an effortless dress style, consider a midi slip dress crafted in a fun pattern (like tie-dye) or an unexpected color (such as sky blue)—it mimics a cloudy sky on a spring day.

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Most Colorful Cocktail Style: Mara Hoffman Sloan Dress

Mara Hoffman Extended Sloan Dress

Mara Hoffman

If your personal style tends to skew more nostalgic, try a retro-inspired color-block dress for a fun take on wedding guest dresses. To finish, statement earrings and strappy heels.

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Best Outdoor Formal: Coco Shop Short-Sleeve Maxi Dress

Coco Shop Short-Sleeve Maxi Dress

Coco Shop

When in doubt, a cottagecore moment always does the trick. Puff sleeves? Check. Floral print? Check. Full skirt? Check. The gorgeous vintage-style print helps, too.

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Most Casual Color: Rhode Julia Dress

Rhode Julia Dress

Rhode

Yellow is one of those colors that always manages to elevate a look. For your next spring wedding, consider this golden ombre maxi. For added elegance, complement with some gold-tone slide sandals.

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Best Springtime Cocktail Attire: Farm Rio Toucans Garden Embroidered Dress

Farm Rio Toucans Garden Embroidered Dress

Farm Rio

You can always rely on Farm Rio for a festive print, particularly those of the spring wedding guest dress variety. This embroidered maxi does not disappoint. Plus, you can count on all-day comfort.

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For the Prairie-Inspired Dress Code: Boden Blouson Sleeve Maxi Dress

Boden Blouson Sleeve Maxi Dress

Boden

Boden is beloved by the Duchess of Cambridge, so it's a brand worth adding to your dress collection. For those seeking eternal effortlessness, this long-sleeve floral dress cut in a flowy silhouette ought to do the trick.

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Most Vintage Casual: Toit Volant Ayni Dress

Toit Volant Ayni Dress

Courtesy of Toit Volant

This kind of dress by Toit Volant is what you’ll find yourself wearing for every special occasion. Wear with heels for a wedding, flat sandals for a picnic, or even sneakers for an errand run. It's even bump-friendly.

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Best Floral Affair: Zimmermann Mae Tie Shoulder Floral-Print Maxi Dress

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MATCHESFASHION

This floral dress is made event-ready thanks to the self-tie shoulder straps and tiered gathered skirt. Add a straw purse and block heels for instant romance.

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Best Spring Style: Faithfull The Brand Palino Midi Dress

Faithfull the Brand Palino Midi Dress

Courtesy of Faithfull the Brand

Double-puff sleeves and a subtle sweetheart neckline take this floral frock to the next level. The under-$250 price tag doesn’t hurt, either.

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Best Silhouette: Sea Ines Midi Dress

sea-ines-midi-dress

Maisonette

A flutter-sleeved and subtle peplum dress crafted in a delicate floral print—a recipe for springtime success. Add a pair of wooden or woven heels to cement the aesthetic.

FAQ
  • Are Any Colors Off-Limits?

    It depends. White is, naturally, reserved for the bride. Also, if your dress is white with a very pale print and could be mistaken for white, you might want to err on the side of caution and wear something else. Traditionally, guests have been advised against wearing bold colors (like red) so as not to draw attention away from the bride, but preferences are shifting so go with your gut and what you think the bride will care (and not care) about.

  • What Are The Best Fabrics for Spring Wedding Guest Dresses?

    So many! Silk, chiffon, tulle, and cotton blends are all great options. If it’s not a casual wedding, you may want to avoid more relaxed textures such as jersey.

  • Does Dress Length Matter?

    It does. If it’s a super casual wedding and the couple has expressed that guests can wear cocktail attire, feel free to go with a shorter hemline. Anything else and you’re best opting for a midi or ankle length. If the wedding invite specifies black tie, then you’ll definitely want something on the longer side. 

Why Trust Brides?

Brides contributor Nicole Kliest has over nine years of experience writing in the spaces of fashion, travel, and food. Her work has appeared on sites including Who What Wear, The Zoe Report, Cools, Popsugar, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle, among others.

Meet the Expert

Violet Gross is the founder of Tulerie, an invite-only, peer-to-peer designer fashion borrowing platform and community.

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