The winter wedding season—less prominent than that of summer and yet, remarkably thrilling to dress for! Are you wondering what to wear to a wedding? With a chill in the air and a palpable holiday spirit, opulent pieces are prime when assembling your winter wedding guest look whether the occasion is coincidentally timed to the holidays or planned New Year’s Eve nuptials. The time of year is a perfect excuse to don your glitzier pieces and more glamorous silhouettes without feeling like you’re taking away from the bride.
Bring on the festal vibes!
Dresses done in velvet, ornamented with beaded detail or glittering with paillettes are striking options for the glamor-inclined. Opting for seasonal hues is similarly a fitting choice, especially if embellishment is not your taste—radiant reds, deep greens, metallic tones, and rich jewel tones are gorgeous and stand-out. As the winter months call for a bit more coverage (it’s nippy!), sweeping wrap-effect gowns, long-sleeved silhouettes and maxi lengths are likewise top-notch. Plus, they offer a bit more drama without appearing overkill—who doesn’t love that?
The best part about a festive winter frock? You can wear it for many occasions around the holidays from cocktail parties to fêtes with friends and beyond. We live for moments when you can get multiple wears out of an extraordinary dress, don’t you? Even better, plenty of winter wedding guest styles come with affordable price tags—we’re talking gorgeous options for less than $100. Heck yes! Plus, if done in lush fabrics like satin or sumptuous velvet, they look like they’re way more expensive than they are.
That’s a win-win! If you’re one to go for designer, stunning details like intricate lace, high-shine sequins, and tulle trims abound to make your wedding guest look really stands out—it’s a party, after all.
No matter your budget or style preference, ahead, shop our edit of gorgeous wedding guest dresses fit for a winter wedding. ‘Tis the season for glamorous guest attire.
Printed Velvet Puff Sleeve Dress, $159, Ann Taylor
Tiered Guipure Lace Mini Dress, $335, Self-Portrait available at Net-A-Porter
Guipure Cotton Dress, $199.99, Mango
Deneen Dress, $128, Catherine Catherine Malandrino available at Nordstrom
Long Lace Dress, $595, Maje
New Fond Asymmetric Satin Dress, $416, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania available at MatchesFashion
Shimmery V-Neck Dress, $69.90, Zara
Violet Floral Satin Burnout & Velvet Halter Dress, $595, Rebecca Taylor
Claudie Ruffle Dress, $485, alice + olivia available at Shopbop
Sequin Ombré-Striped Dress, $199, Vince Camuto
Carnation Dress, $248, Reformation
Scalloped Corded Floral Lace Dress, $195, MICHAEL Michael Kors
Maezee Dress, $329, Club Monaco
Short Satin Dress, $39.99, H&M
Marta Off-The-Shoulder Trumpet Dress, $465, Cinq à Sept available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Chrissie Sequin One-Shoulder Dress, $254, Dress The Population available at Nordstrom
Tiered Velvet Shirtdress, $148, Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo
Dusk Floral Jia Dress, $998, Kate Spade Madison Avenue Collection
Malta Off Shoulder Dress, $455, Elizabeth and James available at Intermix
Celestia Satin Drape Sleeve Dress, $895, Tibi
Wrap-Effect Washed-Silk Gown, $548, Diane von Furstenberg
Printed Devore Maxi Dress, $699, Whistles
Long Velvet Dress, $69.90, Bershka
Women's Flowy Maxi Dress, $34.99, Who What Wear available at Target
Charlie Wrap Front Maxi Dress, $395, INTERMIX
Esmeralda Long-Sleeve Beaded Gown, $1,095, Rachel Zoe
Long Sleeve Lace Midi Prom Dress, $135, ASOS
Oliver Velvet Dress, $429, Shoshanna available at Shopbop
Primrose Cold-Shoulder Embroidered Tulle Midi Dress, $485, Needle & Thread available at Net-A-Porter
Sova Gold Cutout Gown, $578, Ronny Kobo available at Intermix
One-Shoulder Sequin-Embellished Dress, $541, MSGM available at MatchesFashion
Pleated Sleeve Velvet Dress, $375, The Kooples available at Nordstrom
Flynn Lace Dress, $270, Ganni available exclusively at MyTheresa.com