20 Fall Wedding Guest Dresses We Love

From velvet gowns to long sleeve silhouettes.

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While the winter, spring, and summer months all have their allure, there’s something particularly enchanting about attending a fall wedding. After all, the season is known for its beautiful golden foliage, crisp temperatures, and cozy venues. But when it comes to dressing for autumn nuptials, it can be tricky for wedding guests to find an outfit that's both stylish and season-appropriate.

Fortunately, there are plenty of fall wedding guest dresses out there that are practical and fashionable—even for outdoor ceremonies. Certain silhouettes like floor-length gowns, with long sleeves and high necklines, are perfect for fending off chilly temperatures in style. When it comes to colors and patterns, dresses in jewel tones, metallics, and moody floral prints, will complement autumn's rich and earthy hues. And the best fabrics for a fall wedding? Plush velvet, heavy crepe, satin, and silk are all great options for the cooler autumn months.

Whether the wedding takes place in a rustic barn in the mountains or at a modern city venue, read on the best fall wedding guest dresses for every style and budget.

For the Boho Guest: Lulus Navy Blue Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress

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Stun from every angle in this boho-meets-sexy gown from Lulus. The floor-sweeping style is utterly romantic for a fall wedding at a rustic setting.

Best Little Black Dress: Reformation Square Neck Dress

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Minimalists will love the simplicity and versatility of this little black dress. It's easy to wear, flattering, and can be dressed up or down according to the dress code.

Best Slip: Jenny Yoo Velvet Midi Dress

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If you want to wear a slip dress to a fall wedding, but are worried about those chilly evening breezes, opt for one crafted from velvet. This BHLDN slip is warm and flattering, and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Best Maxi: Lovers + Friends Maxi Dress

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This maxi dress is crafted from supremely soft fabric and features a flattering front twist. The high-low hemline is perfect for showing off a pair of fun shoes.

Best Wrap Dress: Zimmermann Asymmetric Ruffled Silk-Satin Wrap Dress

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There’s nothing more flattering or comfortable than a wrap silhouette. We love this one in particular for its flouncy ruffled hem and blouson sleeves.

Best Sparkle: Needle & Thread Ruffled Sequin-Embellished Tulle Midi Dress

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Sparkle from head to toe in this sequin-embellished number. It's perfect for taking you from the ceremony to the after-party and will shimmer beautifully in all of your photos.

Most Party-Ready: ASOS EDITION Ombre Sequin Wrap Dress

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If you’re always the first guest out on the dance floor, then you need this party-ready dress. We love it with matching silver accessories and a bold red lip.

Best with Long Sleeves: Jenny Yoo Velvet Maxi Dress

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A surefire way to stay warm at an outside wedding in the fall is to outfit yourself in head-to-toe velvet. This beautiful long-sleeve gown from BHLDN is an effortless way to look stylish while braving the elements.

Best Mini: WAYF Lace Floral Dress

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Show off your legs in this striking mini dress crafted from allover floral lace. We love this look for a garden wedding in the early fall.

Most Modest: ASOS DESIGN Maxi Dress with Batwing Sleeve

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While black and jewel tones are popular for fall weddings, if you’re looking for something a little more statement-making, consider a bold mustard hue. This ASOS gown is also a great option for those who prefer a more conservative silhouette.

Best Jumpsuit: Eloquii Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit

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If jumpsuits are more your speed, opt for this style from Eloquii. The intricate lace bodice and sleek wide-leg pants strike the perfect balance between romantic and modern.

Most Whimsical: Saloni Velvet Midi Dress

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Equal parts fashionable and whimsical, this plush velvet ensemble couldn't be more fun for a semi-formal or festive dress code. We can't help but envision it at a chic city wedding.

Best Midi: Markarian Black Floral Brocade One Shoulder Dress with Train

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Luxe brocade fabrics feel instantly classic for an autumn affair. This frock from Markarian comes complete with a long black train for added drama. 

Best Mermaid Silhouette: Norma Kamali Off Shoulder Gown

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Elegant and timeless, this off-the-shoulder gown is perfect for a formal fall wedding. The body-hugging mermaid silhouette is utterly flattering, to boot.

Most Unique: Markarian Velvet-Trimmed Bronze Brocade Gown

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Make an entrance in this velvet-trimmed gown from Markarian. This beautifully balanced silhouette features an alluring sweetheart neckline and a sexy front slit.

Best One-Shoulder: Pinko Metallic Dress

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Invited to a black-tie wedding? This shimmering bronze dress is ultra-sophisticated for any formal occasion. The pleated skirt moves with your every step while the metallic flecked fabric catches the light at every angle.  

For a Casual Wedding: Mara Hoffman Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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We love this off-the-shoulder dress for a more casual ceremony. The burnt-orange feels especially appropriate for the autumn months.

Best Floral Velvet: The Vampire's The Villanelle Floral-Print Cotton Maxi Dress

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You can never go wrong with a floral print dress in moody hues. Voluminous padded shoulders, ruffle cuffs, and back bow set this rose-print dress apart from the rest. 

Most Fun: Retrofête Sequin Mini Dress

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Who says you can't wear a mini dress to a fall wedding? This sparkly number is fun and sexy and perfect for twirling around the dance floor. We love it with matching metallic shoes, and statement earrings for a dazzling look.

Most Versatile Print: ASOS DESIGN High Neck Tiered Maxi Dress

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If you’re looking for a versatile floral print that could easily work for any season, this ASOS dress has you covered. Wear it with booties for the fall and strappy sandals in the summer.

What to look for in a fall wedding guest outfit

If you're attending a fall wedding, you'll want to find an outfit that not only adheres to the dress code but is season-appropriate, too. During the cooler months, swap out springy pastels for jewel tones and moody floral prints. When it comes to fabrics, opt for dresses and jumpsuits in warm materials like velvet, heavy-weight satin, and lace. Hoping to make a daring fashion statement? Look for details like beaded embellishments, dramatic long sleeves, and alluring open backs. Of course, when it comes to shopping for a fool-proof fall wedding guest outfit, you can never go wrong with a little black dress.

FAQ
  • What should a guest wear to a fall wedding?

    If the wedding is being held outdoors, you'll want to look for long sleeve dresses in warm fabrics like velvet and heavy crepe. For an indoor wedding, dresses in jewel tones, earthy hues, metallics, and classic black feel especially fitting for a fall wedding.

  • What should I wear over my outfit for a fall wedding?

    Floor-length coats in wool or faux fur, boleros, cropped jackets, and shawls are all stylish ways to complete your fall wedding guest outfit.

  • What shoes should I wear to an outdoor fall wedding?

    For outdoor weddings, we suggest wearing closed-toe pumps, booties, and mules.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, and more. When it comes to fall wedding guest attire, Sophie personally loves long sleeve dresses in rich jewel tones or muted floral prints.

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