What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: 32 Outfit Ideas

From high-shine sequins to plush velvet, ‘tis the season for glamorous guest attire.

Updated 12/25/17

Courtesy of Maje

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.

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

Printed Velvet Puff Sleeve Dress, $159, Ann Taylor

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

Tiered Guipure Lace Mini Dress, $335, Self-Portrait available at Net-A-Porter

Courtesy of Mango

Guipure Cotton Dress, $199.99, Mango

Courtesy of Catherine Catherine Malandrino

Deneen Dress, $128, Catherine Catherine Malandrino available at Nordstrom

Courtesy of Maje

Long Lace Dress, $595, Maje

Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood

New Fond Asymmetric Satin Dress, $416, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania available at MatchesFashion

Courtesy of Zara

Shimmery V-Neck Dress, $69.90, Zara

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

Violet Floral Satin Burnout & Velvet Halter Dress, $595, Rebecca Taylor

Courtesy of alice + olivia

Claudie Ruffle Dress, $485, alice + olivia available at Shopbop

Courtesy of Vince Camuto

Sequin Ombré-Striped Dress, $199, Vince Camuto

Courtesy of Reformation

Carnation Dress, $248, Reformation

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

Scalloped Corded Floral Lace Dress, $195, MICHAEL Michael Kors

Courtesy of Club Monaco

Maezee Dress, $329, Club Monaco

Courtesy of H&M

Short Satin Dress, $39.99, H&M

Courtesy of Cinq à Sept

Marta Off-The-Shoulder Trumpet Dress, $465, Cinq à Sept available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Courtesy of Dress The Population

Chrissie Sequin One-Shoulder Dress, $254, Dress The Population available at Nordstrom

Courtesy of Banana Republic

Tiered Velvet Shirtdress, $148, Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo

Courtesy of Kate Spade

Dusk Floral Jia Dress, $998, Kate Spade Madison Avenue Collection

Courtesy of Elizabeth and James

Malta Off Shoulder Dress, $455, Elizabeth and James available at Intermix

Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Wrap-Effect Washed-Silk Gown, $548, Diane von Furstenberg

Courtesy of Whistles

Printed Devore Maxi Dress, $699, Whistles

Courtesy of Bershka

Long Velvet Dress, $69.90, Bershka

Courtesy of Target

Women's Flowy Maxi Dress, $34.99, Who What Wear available at Target

Courtesy of INTERMIX

Charlie Wrap Front Maxi Dress, $395, INTERMIX

Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

Esmeralda Long-Sleeve Beaded Gown, $1,095, Rachel Zoe

Courtesy of ASOS

Long Sleeve Lace Midi Prom Dress, $135, ASOS

Courtesy of Shoshanna

Oliver Velvet Dress, $429, Shoshanna available at Shopbop

Courtesy of Needle & Thread

Primrose Cold-Shoulder Embroidered Tulle Midi Dress, $485, Needle & Thread available at Net-A-Porter

Courtesy of Ronny Kobo

Sova Gold Cutout Gown, $578, Ronny Kobo available at Intermix

Courtesy of MSGM

One-Shoulder Sequin-Embellished Dress, $541, MSGM available at MatchesFashion

Courtesy of The Kooples

Pleated Sleeve Velvet Dress, $375, The Kooples available at Nordstrom

Courtesy of Ganni

Flynn Lace Dress, $270, Ganni available exclusively at MyTheresa.com

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