31 Best Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

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If you're attending a spring wedding, your winter guest dresses will likely be too cozy to wear as the weather warms up, and you will need to find another outfit that won't cause you to overheat while still providing some coverage in case of any cool, lingering breezes. So say goodbye to coordinating winter coats with your dress, and say hello to backless or cutout dresses that you otherwise can't wear in colder weather.

From leg-bearing midis to mini dresses to maxi dresses, there are plenty of shapes and silhouettes that are ideal to wear for the spring season. You'll also want to find dresses that are made from lightweight and breathable fabrics, and of course, pay extra special attention to the colors or patterns offered. After spending most of the year indoors, spring is the 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 to wear, we've researched the top options from trusted brands with these features in mind. Some of our favorite options are the Lulus Song of Love Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress, Reformation Cyprus Dress, and the ELLIAT Cassini Dress.

Meet the Expert

Lanie List is the founder and CEO of Lovely Bride, a bridal shop that promotes inclusivity and fresh bridal fashion.

Read on for the best spring wedding guest dresses on the market.

For a White Tie Wedding: Lulus Song of Love Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Lulu's Song of Love Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Lulu's

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.

Best Springtime Choice: Reformation Cyprus Dress

floral dress

Courtesy of Reformation

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.

Most Versatile: Reformation Winslow Dress

maxi dress

Courtesy of Reformation

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 or even white-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.

Best One Shoulder: ELLIAT Cassini Dress

ELLIAT Cassini Dress

Courtesy of Revolve

This one-shoulder 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.

Most Cost Effective: ASOS Maxi Dress with Batwing Sleeve

orange dress

Courtesy of ASOS

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.

For a Countryside Wedding: Reformation Fairfield Dress

floral dress

Courtesy of Reformation

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.

Best Floral Design: Ted Baker Printed Floral Seersucker Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Ted Baker

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, so you can wear this pick way beyond any weddings you plan to attend.

Best Bright Color: Hutch Bow Tie Dress

two tone dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

With a standout bow across the chest and bright yellow bottom, this dress makes a statement. As a plus, 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.

Best Wrap: LinenHandmadeStudio Linen Dress in Marlena

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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.

For a Semi-Formal Wedding: Zara Draped Lingerie-Style Dress

lime green dress

Courtesy of Zara

With a fun lime green hue, this dress feels sophisticated and fun for your next semi-formal soirée. The v-neckline and small slit add some sexiness, while the adjustable straps help you find a comfortable fit. It comes in sizes XS to XXL and is made of viscose fabric for a silky finish. As a bonus, it is also one of the more affordable options on this list.

Most Form-Fitting: NBD June Gown

NBD June Gown

Courtesy of Revolve

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.

Most Sexy: Revolve 'Aliyah' Midi Dress

lilac dress

Courtesy of Revolve

With a plunging neckline and a high slit, this midi-length dress is 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.

Most Retro: Reformation Sarabeth Dress

black dress

Courtesy of Reformation

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 black and white and sizes 0 to 12, and we think this black version is great for cocktail hour at a spring wedding.

Best Mini: Agua By Agua Bendita Rosa Floral Strapless Mini

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Courtesy of Intermix

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.

Most Relaxed: Mumu 'Faye Flutter' Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Show me your mumu

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.

Best Pastel Blue: In The Style Plus Exclusive Satin Cowl Neck Midi Dress

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Courtesy of ASOS

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.

Most Simplistic: BHLDN 'Caron' V-Neck Crepe Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

While this BHDLN may seem like a simple design, the deep v-beck 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.

Best Maternity: ASOS DESIGN Maternity Satin Tie Front Midi Dress

maternity dress

Courtesy of ASOS

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.

For a Black Tie Wedding: ASOS DESIGN Bias Cut Maxi Tea Dress

maxi dress

Courtesy of ASOS

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 on the back and the cutout, which adds a touch of sensuality and elegance. Made from polyester, this satin fabric is breathable and comfortable enough to wear all day long.

Best Jumpsuit: Lulus Strapless Jumpsuit

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Courtesy of Lulus

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. Its polyester-spandex blend makes it soft and stretchy, and its fitted waist and fluttering tier will help you look cinched.

Best Slip: Sachin & Babi 'Cali' Satin Midi Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

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.

Most Dramatic: Mac Duggal Indy Chiffon Dress

pink dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

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.

Most Fashion Forward: The Dessy Group Cowl-Neck Convertible Midi Slip Dress

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Courtesy of The Dessy Group,

If you're looking for a fashion-forward dress, Lanie 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. 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," she says.

With her tips in mind, we found the bold hue and cowl neckline of this dress make for a great fashion-forward pick. If you don't particularly like red or it's the color of the bridal party, don't worry—this dress is offered in over 20 colors, so you can still find a bold color 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. The only con is that it's unlined, so if you order a light color, you may need to find a slip to go underneath.

Best LBD: Reformation Kye Dress

black dress

Courtesy of Reformation

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.

Best Variety of Colors: The Dessy Group Cowl-Neck Midi Tank Dress

satin dress

Courtesy of The Dessy Group

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 a color 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.

Most Elegant: Galvan Pandora Halterneck Satin Maxi Dress

yellow dress

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The lemony shade of this bias cut gown is absolutely jaw-dropping, and the twisted halter top neckline adds a sleek touch, but it is 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.

Most Romantic: LoveShackFancy 'Beth' Dress

pink dress

Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

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 and sizes XS to XL, this dress is ideal for a spring wedding on the beach or in an outdoor garden.

Best Silhouette: The Dessy Group Asymmetrical Drop Waist High-Low Slip Dress in Teagan

blue dress

Courtesy of The Dessy Group

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. Like the other Dessy dresses on this list, this one is unlined, so make sure you have an extra slip ready if you plan on ordering a lighter color.

Most Playful: LoveShackFancy Livia Maxi Dress

maxi dress

Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

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.

Best Illusion: The Dessy Group Bishop Ruffled Chiffon Cutout Maxi Dress in Harlow

pink dress

Courtesy of The Dessy Group

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. Unlike other Dessy dresses on this list, this option is lined, so you don't have to worry about having a slip on-hand for the lighter colors. Overall, this dress is elegant and magical, making it a great pick for spring weddings.

For a Formal Wedding: Bronx and Banco Megan Maxi Dress

Bronx and Banco Megan Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Revolve

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.

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.

FAQ
  • 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?

    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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