33 Wedding Guest Dresses For Every Type Of Venue

Perfect looks for gardens, vineyards, big cities, and beyond

Updated 05/09/18

Courtesy of Zara

As a wedding guest, various nuptials will likely take you to all sorts of locales whether it’s the beach, a backyard, the woods, and beyond. For your wedding guest dress, finding a style that befits the scene is a fun and easy way to narrow in on the type of dress you want to wear. If you’re the type who appreciates a good theme, this method of dressing is definitively for you!

Choosing a wedding guest dress that feels specific to a certain location is smart for making sure that you’re appropriately garbed. You never want to upstage the bride, but she’ll appreciate your effort in selecting a frock that’s in step with her venue.

Whether you’re attending one wedding after the next or have one or two on the calendar, here, we’ve pulled together an edit of dresses for every type of venue.

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Backyard

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

An at-home setting is an occasion to go for relaxed fabrics and abbreviated hemlines. A gingham print, frilled wrap silhouette, or bow-tie straps feel special without going overboard.

Ann Taylor Gigham Off The SHoulder Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Ann Taylor, $149

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Lost Ink Tie Shoulder A-Line Dress, $64

Courtesy of Lost Ink

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $64

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RIXO London Abigail Dress

Courtesy of RIXO

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $395

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Church

Courtesy of Finders Keepers

Look to a prim and proper shape for a church wedding. Dainty sleeves or a capelet-style top are feminine details that will help you avoid a too-bare look. As for the length, aim for to-the-knee or longer.

Finders Keepers Maella Midi Dress

SHOP NOW: Fashion Bunker, $190

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Forever 21 Dark Pink Tiered Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Forever 21

SHOP NOW: Forever 21, $78

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Adeam Flounce Dress

Courtesy of Adeam

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $895

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City

Courtesy of Mango

Go sleek and sophisticated for a big city wedding. A color-block satin maxi, tiered pastel gown, or silk midi dress are elegant choices.

Mango Wrapped Gown

SHOP NOW: Mango, $129.99

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A.L.C. Verena Silk-Blend Sleeveless Dress

Courtesy of A.L.C.

SHOP NOW: Barneys, $695

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Glamorous True Decadence Ruffle Tier Dress

Courtesy of Glamorous

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $168

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Garden

Courtesy of Reformation

A garden wedding is a lovely chance to sport your freshest floral prints. A dress with feminine details like puffy off-the-shoulder sleeves, a smocked waist, or in a wispy fabric feels right on target.

Reformation Cordova Dress

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $248

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Réalisation The Kate Summer Loving Green Dress

Courtesy of Réalisation

SHOP NOW: Réalisation, $195

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Rebecca Taylor Lemon Rose Pleated Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $595

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In The Woods

Courtesy of H&M

There’s something about a forest setting that feels magical and romantic. Embrace the natural elements by choosing a mixed-print slip, blossoming motif, or fresh shade of green.

H&M Patterned Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $69.99

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Topshop Mixed Pansy Ruffle Slip Dress

Courtesy of Topshop

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $100

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Self-Portrait Lace One-Shoulder Midi Dress

Courtesy of Stylebop

SHOP NOW: Stylebop, $369

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Laid-Back Beach

Courtesy of Kalita

For a wedding where your toes will be in the sand, choose an easy silhouette that billows with the sea breeze. A vivid print, graphic chevron, or delicate cotton style is tasteful yet relaxed.

Kalita Aphrodite Cloud Day Dress

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $570

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Zara Printed Dress With Knot

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $69.90

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Edita Pleated Maxi Dress

Courtesy fo BCBGMAXAZRIA

SHOP NOW: BCBGMAZAZRIA, $398

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Lake

Courtesy of Express

A lake-side reception calls for easy elegance. An asymmetric midi, lacy drop-waist, or ruffled wrap dress are effortlessly chic.

Express Ruffle Wrap Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Express, $88

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Dress The Population Lily Crochet Fit & Flare Dress

Courtesy of Dress The Population

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $216

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Borgo de Nor Isadora Ruffle Wrap Slip Dress

Courtesy of Borgo de Nor

SHOP NOW: Intermix, $825

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Nautical

Courtesy of Vineyard Vines

Whether you’re on a boat or at the yacht club, seersucker, gingham, and navy blue dresses are stylishly thematic.

Vineyard Vines Ric Rac Maxi Dress

SHOP NOW: Vineyard Vines, $168

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Vince Camuto One-Shoulder Pinstripe Dress

Courtesy of Vince Camuto

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $149

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Milly Ruffle Seersucker A-Line Dress

Courtesy of Milly

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $575

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Ranch

Courtesy of Storets

Channel the romance of an the Old West with on-trend prairie-style dresses. Puffed shoulders, micro-floral prints, and corseted waists are decidedly romantic.

Storets Bold Floral Print Dress With Belt

SHOP NOW: Storets, $89

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Cinq à Sept Jocelyn Sleeveless Floral-Print Layered Silk Dress

Courtesy of Cinq à Sept

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, was $595, now $297.50

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SEA Asymmetric Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of SEA

SHOP NOW: Forward, $445

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Tropics

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

Heading to the tropics? There’s no better time to embrace bold colors and splashy patterns—palm motifs just happen to be major this season.

Diane Von Furstenberg Floral-Printed Silk And Cotton Dress

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $298

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New York & Company Petite Green Floral Strapless Sheath Dress

Courtesy of New York & Company

SHOP NOW: New York & Company, was $79.95 , now $55.96

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Alice + Olivia Mazie Floral Dress

Courtesy of Alice + Olivia

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $440

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Vineyard

Courtesy of ASOS

A wedding among the grapes is another opportunity to play with florals. Everything from rosebuds to tonal prints are perfect.

ASOS DESIGN Curve One Shoulder Mini Skater Dress With Double Bubble Sleeve

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $56

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Tibi Asymmetrical Belted Floral Dress

Courtesy of Tibi

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $995

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Whistles Luisa Satin Devore Dress

Courtesy of Whistles

SHOP NOW: Whistles, $499

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