If you're attending a spring wedding, then it's time to say goodbye to long sleeve silhouettes and coordinating winter coats and hello to backless ensembles and cutout dresses in light and flowy fabrics.
From leg-bearing mini dresses to elegant maxi dresses, there are plenty of shapes and silhouettes that are ideal for the spring season. When shopping for a spring wedding guest outfit, look for pieces that are made from lightweight and breathable fabrics, and pay special attention to the color palettes and patterns. Spring is the perfect time to play with designs and shades outside of your typical comfort zone. Lanie List, founder and CEO of Lovely Bride, agrees, telling Brides, “With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to rock bright colors, modern cutouts, or unexpected details like a cowl neckline or an asymmetrical hem.”
When picking out a color for your dress make sure it's not the same color as the bride's bridal party.
To help you find the best spring wedding guest dresses, we've researched the top options from trusted brands–keeping materials, colors, size range, budget, and overall quality in mind. If you're looking for an utterly elegant ensemble for a formal affair, our favorite options are the Lulus Song of Love Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress and the ELLIAT Cassini Dress. For something floral and fun, we love the Reformation Cyprus Dress and the Mumu Faye Flutter Maxi Dress.
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Read on for the best spring wedding guest dresses.
For a White Tie Wedding
Lulus Song of Love Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress
For a formal option, this floor-length, off-the-shoulder dress needs to be on your list. The elegant neckline and sexy slit make for a fun number to don at a formal spring wedding. It's available in seven different colors and comes in an XXS to XL size range. This dress has a fitted waist, and it's made of breathable polyester and stretchy spandex so it will conform to your body's shape with ease. It does fit true to size, but the brand does recommend sizing up if you have a fuller bust.
Price at time of publish: $110
Best Springtime Choice
Reformation Cyprus Dress
With a stunning, whimsical floral pattern, this dress screams spring. The full skirt and ruffle-edge hem feel romantic, but it also has a fitted bodice and a smocked back for a touch of sexiness as well. Made of organic cotton and spandex, it's lightweight and offers a little bit of stretch. It's also available in solid red, solid black, and one other floral pattern and comes in sizes 0 through 12. Overall. This dress is one we can see guests wearing all wedding season long.
Price at time of publish: $278
Reformation Winslow Dress
Available in soft pastels, solid black, and a couple of floral patterns, this stunning Reformation dress works for all kinds of spring weddings. Since it's a wrap dress, you can customize the fit and wear it loose or tight, depending on how you are feeling. It comes in sizes XS to XL, and it has a high slit for extra breathability. It pairs well with strappy sandals, and you can dress it up or down with accessories to make it black-tie-appropriate. However, keep in mind that the fabric is very sheer, and while the skirt is lined, you'll want to make sure whatever undergarments you're wearing don't peek through.
Price at time of publish: $298
Lulus Strapless Jumpsuit
If you're looking to make a statement then this jumpsuit is a must-have. The shape is modern and sexy, thanks to its cutouts and wide-leg cut. It comes in sizes XXS to XL and a few different colors, including black, green, and red. It has no-slip strips to keep it in place, and the zipper closure is hidden for a seamless look. Its polyester-spandex blend makes it soft and stretchy, and its fitted waist and fluttering tier will help you look cinched.
Price at time of publish: $66
Best Bright Color
Hutch Bow Tie Dress
With a standout bow across the chest and bright yellow bottom, this dress makes a statement. It even has pockets, so you can opt out of a clutch if you intend to pack light for any weddings you're attending. We also love how inclusive the sizing is. It comes in standard, petite, and plus-size fits, starting at 00 and up to 26W. It's made of breathable cotton, spandex, and polyester and has a maxi silhouette and flounced hem for a touch of whimsy.
Price at time of publish: $218
For a Formal Wedding
Bronx and Banco Megan Maxi Dress
Intricate detailing is a great feature to look for when you're shopping for a formal spring wedding, and the beautiful floral appliqués on this design fit the bill. The plunging neckline on the front and back of this dress adds a bit of drama to the overall elegance of the pastel pink flowers. Made from polyester, this fully-lined, floor-length dress is still breathable and lightweight, so you can wear this worry-free to any outdoor event.
Price at time of publish: $625
Best One Shoulder
Elliatt Cassini Dress
This one-shoulder style is a fun and elegant dress to take you through all your spring weddings. While we love the dusty blue shade, the design also comes in a variety of stunning hues. The shiny finish and ruched side give it a playful touch, and it's made of polyester and spandex so you can get a comfortable and breathable fit. It's also fully lined and adorned with a hidden side zipper closure. It's available in sizes XS and XL and fits true to size.
Price at time of publish: $187
Reformation Kye Dress
You can never go wrong with a little black dress, and the bold neckline of this style makes it an extra sexy option to bring to an evening event. The fitted bodice and full skirt will look great on different figures, and the adjustable straps allow you to customize your fit even more. It's made of organic cotton, so you can rest assured it's lightweight and won't feel heavy and hot as you face the spring wedding season.
Price at time of publish: $278
For a Countryside Wedding
Reformation Fairfield Dress
Donned with ruffles and a full skirt, this charming dress is ideal for a countryside wedding. Its sweet pattern is sure to stand out among other guests, while a plunging V-neckline on the front and back gives it a sexy touch. It's also available in solid black if you'd prefer to wear something slightly more formal. Available in sizes 0 to 12, it has a fitted waist and bodice for some extra structure. The short sleeves provide some extra breathability, so you won't overheat if the weather leans on the warmer side.
Price at time of publish: $328
Best Floral Design
Ted Baker Printed Floral Seersucker Midi Dress
This floral midi-cut dress has a fun graphic print that will definitely win you compliments at cocktail hour. We also really love the back buckle feature and the puff sleeves, which add a whimsical touch. The dress is fully lined and made of lightweight polyester, making it ideal for the warmer weather of spring. Available in sizes 2 through 14, it's versatile enough to wear day and night.
NBD June Gown
Want to show off your curves? We love how this body-skimming dress is sexy and elegant all in one, and the front cutout adds an extra unique flair. Partially lined, the dress has a non-slip silicone grip to prevent it from falling, and it's made of rayon, nylon, and spandex fabric for a lightweight and comfortable fit. While it's also available in white, the pastel blue is ideal for spring and can carry you through all of your spring weddings.
Price at time of publish: $228
Reformation Sarabeth Dress
We love this midi-length dress for its cool retro feel, thanks to its fun fringe along the hemline. It has a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice, and relaxed skirt for some added structure and sophistication, and the back zipper with smocking adds to its overall comfort. It's available in sizes 0 to 12, and we think this black version is great cocktail attire for a spring wedding.
Price at time of publish: $278
LinenHandmadeStudio Linen Dress in Marlena
This linen wrap dress is comfortable and versatile. It has deep pockets to hold your essential items and an enhancing shawl collar. The fabric is light linen, which is excellent for the warmer months, and the three-quarter sleeves will help keep you warm should you encounter any breezy weddings. It also comes in multiple shades depending on the mood you want to set. Available in sizes 2 to 18, this dress fits true to size and feels so soft against the skin, you'll want to wear it for more than just weddings.
Price at time of publish: $149
For a Black Tie Wedding
ASOS DESIGN Bias Cut Maxi Tea Dress
This floor-length gown from ASOS will make a statement at a black-tie wedding. The design has a retro feel thanks to its button sleeves and sweet blush shade. We also love the button detailing and cutout on the back, which adds a touch of sensuality and elegance. Made from polyester, this fabric is breathable and comfortable enough to wear all day long.
Price at time of publish: $85
Most Cost Effective
ASOS Maxi Dress with Batwing Sleeve
This batwing dress is an elegant look at a cost-effective price—after all, you don't need to spend a ton of money to look chic at a wedding. Available in sizes 0 to 14, the dress has a wrapped waist that creates a subtle detail, and there's a tie in the back to cinch your waist. It's only available in this rusty red color, but it's vibrant and bold enough to work for the spring season. It is made of a satin-style polyester and spandex fabric that's lightweight, and its long sleeves should still keep out any cool breeze you may face without feeling like you're overheating.
Price at time of publish: $100
ASOS DESIGN Maternity Satin Tie Front Midi Dress
Made with extra room for your bump, we love this chic midi dress for expecting wedding guests. The chic olive shade screams spring, and its tie front, blouson sleeves with gathered cuffs, button details, and button-keyhole back effortlessly mix elegance and sexy. The polyester satin fabric is shiny, soft, and breathable, so you won't feel overheated or uncomfortable all day. It's available in sizes 2 to 16 and is designed to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy.
Price at time of publish: $75
Sachin & Babi 'Cali' Satin Midi Dress
Although this is offered as a bridal party dress, it’s a casual option for a wedding guest. The slip dress comes in over 10 colors and has a draped cowl neckline to elevate the silhouette. There's also a short slit, which adds to its breathability. You can dress it up with statement accessories or keep things minimal for a simple yet stunning look.
Price at time of publish: $168
Best Pastel Blue
In The Style Plus Exclusive Satin Cowl Neck Midi Dress
The soft blue hue definitely takes this slip dress to the next level. It's a great color to pop during the spring season and pairs beautifully with matching pastel accessories. The cowl-neck and open lace-up back detailing also make this dress feel sexy and sophisticated. Its satin polyester fabric is lightweight and breathable, and this dress is offered in plus sizes 14 to 20.
Price at time of publish: $52
BHLDN 'Caron' V-Neck Crepe Dress
While this BHDLN may seem like a simple design, the deep V-neck shape adds some drama. The skirt gathers at the waist, which makes it flattering on multiple figures, and it comes in standard and plus sizes. Although it comes in several colors, we are partial to this rich forest green. As long as the bridal party doesn’t have this color, it’s an excellent option for a spring wedding.
Price at time of publish: $220
Mac Duggal Indy Chiffon Dress
With a stunning raspberry hue and bold shoulder detailing, this dress is here to make a statement. However, if you want something a little less bright, it also comes in two pastel options—one of which has a soft, floral pattern—that are also ideal for spring. Its floor-length silhouette makes it a beautiful option to wear for a more formal affair, while the lace-up back adds a sultry touch. Made from breathable polyester, it is available in sizes 0 to 12.
Price at time of publish: $598
Most Fashion Forward
The Dessy Group Cowl-Neck Convertible Midi Slip Dress
If you're looking for a fashion-forward dress, List advises choosing something with bold colors, cutouts, or other unique details. "Our Lovely bridal party collection with Dessy Group has so many great fashion-forward options for wedding guests for Spring," she says. We love the bold hues and cowl neckline of this dress for a spring ceremony. This dress is offered in over 20 colors, so you can find an option that suits your needs. We also love that this dress comes in inclusive sizing (XS to 3X) and is made of 100 percent polyester, providing excellent breathability.
Price at time of publish: $179
Revolve 'Aliyah' Midi Dress
With a plunging neckline and a high slit, this midi-length dress screams sexy. It has self-tie shoulder straps that you can adjust for the fit you want and is offered in XXS to XL sizes. The crepe fabric and button accents add a touch of sophistication, and it has a stretchy and comfortable feel. We also love that it's fully lined, so you shouldn't have to worry about your undergarments peeking through. The brand mentions that this dress runs small, so size up if you're unsure.
Price at time of publish: $180
Agua By Agua Bendita Rosa Floral Strapless Mini
Florals for spring? Well, you’ve heard the saying. This floral mini dress is a fun option for a daytime garden wedding, and the ruffle detailing throughout the dress adds a romantic feel. It's made of 100 percent cotton, so it's lightweight and breathable—two must-haves for spring weddings. The zipper closure is completely concealed, and it's available in sizes XS to XL. Pair it with some strappy sandals, and you're good to go.
Price at time of publish: $410
Mumu 'Faye Flutter' Maxi Dress
This dress feels fluttery and relaxed with its maxi silhouette and full sleeves. However, the open back, V-neckline, and double slit offer a touch of sensuality. The polyester fabric is lightweight, and it is available in sizes XXS to XXL. It also comes in a few floral patterns, although we would avoid the white version to prevent clashing with the bride.
Price at time of publish: $198
Best Variety of Colors
Lovely Style Cowl-Neck Midi Tank Dress
If you’re attending a wedding this spring, look for a midi dress—it’s not too short and not too long, making it ideal for dancing. We're partial to this option from The Dessy Group because it comes in over 20 colors, making it easy to find one you love without clashing with the bridal party. It is made from lightweight polyester for a comfortable and soft fit, and the cowl neckline adds a modern touch. As a bonus, it also comes in inclusive sizing. The only thing to keep in mind is that it's unlined, so you may need to order a slip if you plan on buying a lighter color.
Price at time of publish: $187
Galvan Pandora Halterneck Satin Maxi Dress
The lemony shade of this bias-cut gown is absolutely jaw-dropping, and the twisted halter top neckline adds a sleek touch. But it's the silky tie at the back of the neckline that truly makes this dress elegant and bold. It's made from satiny triacetate and polyester for an exceptionally soft feel, and it fits true to size. If you want to be even bolder, try the bright jade or Fuschia shades of this dress.
Price at time of publish: $1,195
LoveShackFancy 'Beth' Dress
With lace and floral motifs, this is the best romantic pick for spring weddings. The maxi silhouette also has mother-of-pearl buttons down the center front that you can style however you like. We also love the slit at the bottom, which adds a sexy feel without overwhelming the overall whimsy of the rest of the dress. Available in a few different colors, this dress is ideal for a spring wedding on the beach or in an outdoor garden.
Price at time of publish: $365
The Dessy Group Asymmetrical Drop Waist High-Low Slip Dress in Teagan
This slip dress has a high-low silhouette with a dropped waist, creating the illusion of movement in the dress. There is also a slit on the side of the dress for additional symmetry, and the puff sleeves and deep V-neck that rests slightly off the shoulders add an elegant vibe. It's available in over 20 colors and has a breathable and lightweight fit. This dress is unlined, so make sure you have an extra slip ready if you plan on ordering a lighter color.
Price at time of publish: $200
LoveShackFancy Livia Maxi Dress
The pink tie-dye effect on this flowy maxi dress offers a playful option for any spring wedding. The plunging neckline and open back keep things sensual, while the fringe on the halter ties stays in touch with the overall casual and relaxed feel of the dress. It's made of cotton, and the elastic waistband cinches your waist. Pair this with high heels or strappy sandals, and you're wedding-ready.
Price at time of publish: $190
Dessy Bishop Ruffled Chiffon Cutout Maxi Dress
If you want a playful option for a spring dress, this cutout maxi is just that. Its full length and relaxed fit will provide maximum comfort. From the back, the cutouts on the bodice give the illusion of a two-piece, and the chiffon also makes the dress great for all figures. It's available in over 60 colors and has a few floral options, too. Overall, this dress is elegant and magical, making it a great pick for spring weddings.
Price at time of publish: $236
What to Look for in a Spring Wedding Guest Outfit
Spring weddings are all about dressing up in gorgeous pastel hues, flirty floral prints, and playful patterns. When it comes to picking out a dress silhouette to complement this warm-weather season, look for leg-baring midi and mini dresses crafted from lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen. Flowing maxi dresses with fresh and feminine details like ruffled necklines, open backs, and cut-outs are also fitting for any spring soirée–plus this breezy silhouette will keep you cool from the ceremony to the afterparty. For those attending a black-tie wedding, floor-length gowns or jumpsuits in fresh colors or sophisticated floral prints are always an elegant choice for formal dress codes. And for more casual celebrations? We love simple sun dresses paired with strappy sandals or espadrilles for an effortless look.
What is the best color to wear?
Yellow, pink, and green dresses are all great options to wear. Dresses with patterns and floral designs also work well for the spring season—just be sure you aren't wearing the same color as the bride's bridal party, and of course, stay away from white!
Can I wear black?
Yes, a black dress is appropriate (especially for a black-tie wedding). However, we recommend dresses that have more color for the spring season.
What accessories can I wear?
If your look is minimal, you should certainly dress it up with a statement necklace and earrings. However, if you're playing around with color and patterns, it might be best to opt for a piece of simple jewelry.
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