74 Holiday Wedding Guest Dresses That Are Perfectly Festive

Sparkle, shine, and everything in between

Updated 11/29/18

Courtesy of Parker

One of the best parts about attending a winter wedding? An increased level of merriment surrounding nuptials courtesy of the holiday season! As a wedding guest, we can’t think of a better reason to deck yourself out in a shiny number whether you’re attending a wedding on an actual holiday or something that’s closely timed.

Festive dresses abound to fit all scenarios and one of our favorite ways to wear a high-shine number is with glittery sequins and metallic fabrics. Or, for a New Year’s Eve wedding, something moody in noir will dazzle with rhinestone detailing or fanciful feather trim.

Prime for standing out no matter where you fall on the style spectrum, glimmering gowns and dresses are fail-safe in modern hues like pewter, copper, or rose gold whether you’re shining bright at a black-tie wedding or observing ‘I do’s’ before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Around the holidays, the shinier the better, right?

If you’re not keen on mega-watt sparkle and prefer something more understated, it’s no problem. Shimmer goes far beyond sequins and glitter—fabrics with a subtle sheen or frocks flecked with glitter put a demure spin on shine, especially so if you opt for a sophisticated silhouette like a timeless sheath, simple slip dress, or figure-flattering wrap. If you’re somewhere in the middle, a Jacquard, lamé, or velvet fabric is stunning in a rich jewel tone or you can tone it down further with something neutral that has just a flash of metallic detailing—a subdued yet still-spirited take on seasonal shine.

For the most impact sans sparkle, voluminous silhouettes á la the ‘80s and wintery floral prints will make a statement whether you go for an asymmetrical silhouette or luxurious velvet number. Of course, ravishing shades of red and gorgeous greens are beautiful this time of year from floaty chiffon gowns to frilled mini dresses.

Whether you’re ready to embrace a glitter-and-be-gay vibe or plan to prefer a low-key luxe approach, ahead, scroll through our edit of holiday wedding-guest dresses for every budget and style. Shine on!

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Forever 21 Sheer M-Slit Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Forever 21

SHOP NOW: Forever 21, $24.90

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Who What Wear Plus Size Long Sleeve Lace Mix Midi Dress

Courtesy of Who What Wear

SHOP NOW: Target, $36.99

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Express Off The Shoulder Twist Front Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Express

SHOP NOW: Express, was $69.90, now $34.95

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Simply Vera Vera Wang Mockneck Asymmetrical-Hem Chiffon Dress

Courtesy of Simply Vera Vera Wang

SHOP NOW: Khol's, was $69, now $33.99

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AQUA Ruched-Sleeve Metallic Dress

Courtesy of AQUA

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, was $148, now $62.16

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Michel Studio A-Line Long Sleeve Faux-Wrap Pleated Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Michel Studio

SHOP NOW: Addition Elle, $99

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Boohoo Plus Sequin Wrap Split Front Midi Dress

Courtesy of Boohoo

SHOP NOW: Boohoo, was $60, now $24

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LOFT Plus Shirred Wrap Dress

Courtesy of LOFT

SHOP NOW: LOFT, was $69.50, now $64.99

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Bershka Sequined Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Bershka

SHOP NOW: Bershka, $69.90

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River Island Ink Plisse Midi Boat Neck Bodycon Dress

Courtesy of River Island

SHOP NOW: River Island, $72

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ASOS DESIGN Satin Midi Dress with Drape Armhole and Side Split

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $72

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John Zack Plus Knot Front Satin Midi Dress

Courtesy of John Zack

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $87

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Oasis Sequin Tinsel Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Oasis

SHOP NOW: Oasis, $88

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Motel Meli Plunging Sequin Mini Dress

Courtesy of Motel

SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $89

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Topshop Cut-Out Midi Dress

Courtesy of Topshop

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $95

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Queen Bee Square Neck Shirred Pencil Dress

Courtesy of Queen Bee

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $95

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Astr The Label Metallic Lace Midi Dress

Courtesy of Astr The Label

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, was $99, now $74.25

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Lane Bryant 3/4 Sleeve Sequin Swing Dress

Courtesy of Lane Bryant

SHOP NOW: Lane Bryant, $99.95

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Courtesy of H&M

H&M Dress with Appliqués

SHOP NOW: H&M, $119

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Torrid Special Occasion Burgundy One Shoulder Chiffon Gown

Courtesy of Torrid

SHOP NOW: Torrid, $128.90

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Zara Long Dress

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $129

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Massimo Dutti Black Dress with Feather Trims

Courtesy of Massimo Dutti

SHOP NOW: Massimo Dutti, $130

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Warehouse Metallic Spot Midi Dress

Courtesy of Warehouse

SHOP NOW: Warehouse, $134

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Eliza J Sequined Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Eliza J

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $138

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Chelsea28 Tiered Skirt Midi Dress

Courtesy of Chelsea28

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, was $139, now $83.40

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Ali & Jay Made for Walking Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Ali & Jay

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $148

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& Other Stories Ruched Jacquard Midi Dress

Courtesy of & Other Stories

SHOP NOW: & Other Stories, $149

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Sam Edelman Feather Hem Sheath Dress

Courtesy of Sam Edelman

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $158

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Habitual Leila Dress

Courtesy of Habitual

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $168

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ASOS EDITION Asymmetric Soft Cocktail Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $151

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Jason Wu X ELOQUII Sequin Wrap Gown

Courtesy of Jason Wu X ELOQUII

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $179.95

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Endless Rose Lindsey Lace Dress

Courtesy of Endless Rose

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $188

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Aidan by Aidan Mattox Sequined Chiffon-Tie Dress

Courtesy of Aidan by Aidan Mattox

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $195

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Mango Sequined Gown

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $199.99

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C/Meo Collective Opacity Dress

Courtesy of C/Meo Collective

SHOP NOW: Fashion Bunker, $215

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Keepsake No Signs Sequined Midi Dress

Courtesy of Keepsake

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $220

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Scalloped Silk Jacquard Dress

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

SHOP NOW: Michael Kors, $225

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Seen Worn Kept Poinsettia Silk Dress

Courtesy of Seen Worn Kept

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $228

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Brides x Fame And Partners Customizable One-Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Brides x Fame And Partners

SHOP NOW: Fame & Partners, $229

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Dress The Population Tiffany One-Shoulder Midi Dress

Courtesy of Dress The Population

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $232

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J.Crew Long-Sleeve Lace Sheath Dress

Courtesy of J.Crew

SHOP NOW: J.Crew, $248

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Free People Lily Mini Dress

Courtesy of Free People

SHOP NOW: Free People, $250

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Yumi Kim Carol Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Yumi Kim

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $268

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Saylor Maude Dress

Courtesy of Saylor

SHOP NOW: Saylor, $275

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Reformation Nicola Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $278

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French Connection Aventine Velvet Maxi Dress

Courtesy of French Connection

SHOP NOW: French Connection, was $278, now $199.99

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LPA Gown 626

Courtesy of LPA

SHOP NOW: LPA, $228

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Club Monaco Aatami Dress

Courtesy of Club Monaco

SHOP NOW: Club Monaco, $288

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Adrianna Papell High Low Sequin Beaded Halter Gown

Courtesy of Adrianna Papell

SHOP NOW: Adrianna Papell, $289

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For Love & Lemons Nadine Velvet Bustier Dress

Courtesy of For Love & Lemons

SHOP NOW: For Love & Lemons, $297

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Parker Selma Dress

Courtesy of Parker

SHOP NOW: 11 Honore, $338

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Jill Jill Stuart Sequined Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Jill Jill Stuart

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $348

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Alice + Olivia Enid Ruffled Velvet Minidress

Courtesy of Alice + Olivia

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $375

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Misha Collection Brielle Sequin Mini Dress

Courtesy of Misha Collection

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $380

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Hutch Gemma Dress

Courtesy of Hutch

SHOP NOW: Hutch, $396

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BCBGMAXAZRIA One Shoulder Sequin Sleeve Gown

Courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

SHOP NOW: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $398

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Nanette Lepore Fire Breather Sequin Slip Dress

Courtesy of Nanette Lepore

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $398

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Whistles Mina Silk Mix Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Whistles

SHOP NOW: Whistles, was $399, now $279.30

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Milly Double Sided Sequins Ella Dress

Courtesy of Milly

SHOP NOW: Milly, $475

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Ronny Kobo Georgina Dress

Courtesy of Ronny Kobo

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $478

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Rixo Lucy Tiger Print Silk Slit Dress

Courtesy of Rixo

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $485

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Nicole Miller Structured Heavy Jersey Plunge Dress

Courtesy of Nicole Miller

SHOP NOW: Nicole Miller, $495

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ML Monique Lhuillier Fransisca Dress

Courtesy of ML Monique Lhuillier

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $495

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Rachel Zoe Aly Velvet Faux Wrap Midi Dress

Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

SHOP NOW: Rachel Zoe, $495

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Diane Von Furstenberg Crystal Front Tie Dress

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

SHOP NOW: Diane Von Furstenberg, $498

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Karen Millen Draped Metallic Jacquard Dress

Courtesy of Karen Millen

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $499

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Tanya Taylor Kara Dress in Zodiac Print, Extended Size

Courtesy of Tanya Taylor

SHOP NOW: Tanya Taylor, $575

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Rebecca Taylor Ruches Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $595

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Kate Spade New York Chinoiserie Pamella Dress

Courtesy of Kate Spade

SHOP NOW: Kate Spade, $598

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Shoshanna Feona Lace Dress

Courtesy of Shoshanna

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $600

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Cynthia Rowley Flocked Hearts Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley

SHOP NOW: Cynthia Rowley, $495

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Wilfred Tilda Dress Long, Cinched, Printed, Thigh-Slit Dress

Courtesy of Wilfred

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $178

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Self-Portrait Tiered Sequined Midi Dress

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $520

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RACHEL Rachel Roy Lauren Dress

Courtesy of RACHEL Rachel Roy

SHOP NOW: Rachel Roy, $129

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