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With the spring season on the horizon, now is the time to think about the upcoming wedding season. And if you're attending a spring wedding, you will need a dress that aligns with the bride’s set dress code. Chilly temperatures are slowly fading away removing the need to coordinate a coat or fur to match your dress, and making shopping for a wedding that much easier.
What to Expect at a Spring Wedding
Weddings will become more casual with less of a black-tie feel. “I believe we will see more guests wearing midi and mini-length dresses. Even though the length may be more casual than a long formal gown, I think people are going to start having more fun with their wedding guest fashion,” says Lanie List, founder and CEO of Lovely Bride.
Guests will start to be more fashionable with their attire due to the lack of in-person events this past year. “We need to make up for an entire year we wore sweats and watched weddings via Zoom. We’ve all been dreaming about the day we can safely attend a wedding again, and we’ll see that excitement come through in wedding day fashion,” List says.
This spring, choose bold patterns and bright colors. After spending most of the year indoors, now is the time to play with designs and shades outside of your typical comfort zone. “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,” List notes.
To celebrate the upcoming season, we've rounded up 45 spring dresses with classic silhouettes, bold prints, and shades that fit any wedding dress code.
Best Color: Andrea Iyamah 'Kaly' Midi Dress
The asymmetrical design of this dress is what makes it unique. There are multiple tiers to it, adding a stunning effect to the below-the-knee fit. There is a high neckline that creates a balanced silhouette, and the beautiful pink shade blends nicely into any spring wedding scheme.
Most Rustic: Doen 'Pacifica' Dress
This dress by Doen is a great option when deciding on something to wear this spring. The wrap dress offers open sides that tie in the back to give you the most comfort. There are shoulder details that create a short sleeve effect. And, the dress comes in three shades, which complement a spring wedding palette.
Best Springtime Choice: Fe Noel 'Nutmeg' One Shoulder Dress
We love a one-shoulder dress option for a spring wedding. Since the weather is warming up, it's the perfect time to leave your cozy clothes at home, and slip into this lightweight and airy look. The dress comes "made to order" so keep that in mind when ordering.
Most Versatile: Deon 'Pandora' Dress
If you're attending a formal wedding, a black dress never goes out of style (no matter the season!) This dress by Doen is floor length with tons of layers for a dramatic effect. There are adjustable ties at the shoulders, hanging loose or tight depending on what support you need.
Best Jumpsuit: Fame and Partners 'Thais' Jumpsuit
If you're looking to make a statement then this jumpsuit is a must-have. It's offered in three shades that fit perfectly into a spring wedding color scheme. The jumpsuit also has thin straps that compliment the wide legs. The best part? Hidden pockets!
Most Fashion Forward: Dessy Group Cowl-Neck Convertible Midi Slip Dress in Piper
“Our Lovely bridal party collection with Dessy Group has so many great fashion-forward options for wedding guests for Spring. With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to rock bright colors, modern cutouts, or unexpected details like a cowl neckline or asymmetrical hem,” List says.
Best Velvet: Jenny Yoo 'Logan' Velvet Maxi Dress
Spring doesn’t mean you have to retire wearing velvet. Although the weather starts to warm up, you could catch some cooler temperatures in the early spring months. The plunging back shows just the right amount of skin, and the neckline offers a mesh panel that adds support in the chest area.
Best Wrap: 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. It also comes in multiple shades depending on the mood you want to set.
Best Illusion: Dessy Bishop Ruffled Chiffon Cutout Maxi Dress in Harlow
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.
Most Elegant: Andrea Iyamah 'Savana' Dress
This mustard yellow dress is a must-wear for a spring wedding. The elegant floor-length look is reminiscent of the sunset at golden hour, which inspired the designer to create it. The sash on the dress is made for styling how you like–if you want to show more of your figure, tie at your waist for a tighter fit.
Best Silhouette: Dessy Asymmetrical Drop Waist High-Low Slip Dress in Teagan
A puff sleeve is always an elevated look on any dress. 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 for additional symmetry and a V-neck that rests slightly off the shoulders.
For a Countryside Wedding: Hutch 'Biscayne' Ruffle Wrap Dress
You can never go wrong with a wrap dress, as it is casual yet elegant for a spring wedding. This dress has a bold pattern that is sure to stand out among the other guests, with sleeves that take it from a simple wrap to one with excitement.
Best Embellishments: Bead and Sequin Embellished Scoop Neck Mesh Gown
If you need a formal dress for a spring wedding, this stunning embellished floral gown is the one for you. It's a floor length dress that has the illusion of sleeves, and you won’t need a slip underneath because it comes fully lined.
Most Stylish: River Island Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Mini Shirt Dress
Attending a wedding doesn't mean you need to sacrifice your comfort or style—this dress provides both. River Island's mini is long-sleeved and has a cowl neck that accentuates your features. Although loose fitting, there's still a sexy mini-dress element to it.
For a Festive Wedding: For Love and Lemons 'Victoria' Midi Dress
This silky dress has a draped bodice with a keyhole, to show some skin. The skirt gathers at the waist and turns into a wrap skirt with a slit on the side. You'll find shoulder pads that elevate the dress, giving the whole silhouette a flattering finish for all body types.
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. The dress has a wrapped waist that creates a subtle detail, and there's a tie in the back to cinch your waist.
Not entirely sure how to choose your dress for a spring wedding? We've answered three common questions guests have when shopping for this look.
- What is the best color to wear? Yellow, pink, and green dresses are all great options to wear. Dresses with patterns and floral design also work really 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? This all depends on the style of dress you choose. 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. As for shoes, sandals, heels, and open-toe shoes are all appropriate options. Most importantly, make sure you're following the dress code when it comes to putting together your entire look.