While most choose to tie the knot during the Spring or Summer months, there’s a growing trend towards Winter weddings. There are many advantages to picking one of the colder months. The event can have a more unique feel with a winter or snow themed backdrop. Venues are often much more affordable during this time of the year, and guests can feel cosy and seasonal during your big day.
If you’ve been invited to attend a winter wedding, you might be wondering what to wear. Does the dress code change? How do you stay warm? You’ll need to put together a wedding guest outfit that looks stylish but is also functional.
To help you figure out what dress style to pick, we’ve selected 5 of the best guest dresses that suit a Fall or Winter wedding. These designs each have long sleeves, which instantly makes them more seasonally appropriate. You can team a simple coat or jacket over them as you move between venues or step outside. They can otherwise be worn on their own while inside during the ceremony, dinner or reception.
We’ve selected both long evening gowns and short cocktail dresses to cover all kinds of winter wedding styles – from relaxed to formal events. Choose the length and style based on the dress code outlined on the invitation or look up the destination to see what is most appropriate.
Without further ado, here are 5 wedding guest dresses for winter weddings.
If you want to wear maxi pageant gowns, opt for a delicate sheer design in a rich shade such as burgundy, navy or emerald. This wine floral print piece includes a simple v-neckline with a beaded belt, long sleeves and a pleated skirt with a high leg slit.
Feminine, autumnal and very flattering, this pretty printed dress is an ideal choice for women of all ages. The floaty silhouette highlights your waist and shows off just a little leg. The sheer fabric creates a soft and appropriate finishing touch for a wedding. Team with black velvet heels or ankle boots, as well as a matching burgundy lipstick and loosely curled hair. You can add a black structured coat if you need an extra layer during the wedding.
Just because a wedding is taking place in winter, it doesn’t mean you have to wear very dark colors. If you’d prefer to avoid the gloomy dark tones, opt for a long sleeve blush, gold or champagne dress. This stunning lace wedding guest design is the perfect solution. It includes a simple nude underlay, making it easy to wear.
The design features a classic boat neckline with retro-inspired flared bell sleeves. Falling to around knee length with a fitted silhouette, this style is sophisticated and streamlined. It also has plenty of texture and has a celebratory feel with its rich lace pattern.
The on-trend blush hue instantly looks romantic and pretty. This semi-formal option will suit almost any winter wedding besides a very formal occasion. You can team it up with a pair of pearl earrings and nude heels to effortlessly complete the look.
This design also has the advantage of being double-layered, with the solid nude underlay beneath to keep you warm, plus the lace on top to add another layer. If you need to team it up with outerwear, opt for an ivory coat with shearling texture to perfectly complete the look.
This navy short cocktail dress has more of a party vibe and is ideal for a relaxed or informal wedding. If you expect to hit the dance-floor and enjoy a few cocktails after the ceremony takes place, this is the ideal dress for the occasion.
Featuring a high crew neckline with long sleeves and a short fitted skirt, this piece is modest yet with a sexy twist due to the nude underlay. Very textured and eye-catching, this design includes sequin embellished lace with feather-trim sleeves.
The stunning navy color is such a great choice for a whole range of skin tones and beautifully fits in during the winter months. The touch of sparkle will make you the center of attention when the party really kicks off.
Style this dress with a pair of silver heels, a matching silver clutch or shoulder bag and a glowing complexion. If you’re feeling daring and it suits the wedding, opt for a charcoal smoky eye or cat-eye flick with graphic liquid eyeliner.
The most formal of our top 5, this grey and floral dress is the best choice for a black-tie or evening wedding style. Covered in intricate beads and floral applique, this piece looks at the level of couture design, with so many gorgeous elements to marvel at.
With a high neck and long sleeves, it’s also very practical to actually wear. It has a closed-back with zipper closure and subtly shows off your waist before flaring into a gentle A-line shape. The flowers and beads make this the perfect look for a wedding, while the muted grey tone brings this idea into a winter format.
Such a graceful and elegant choice, this embroidered long gown is suitable for women of all ages, including mature women. The shape of the silhouette is also quite universal and could suit anyone from petite to plus size. Give it a try and you may be surprised by this beautiful long wedding guest dress.
Team with simple accessories such as beige heels and a bag, plus sleek hair and natural makeup.
Be the pop of color and liven up the event by picking a striking tone of red! This simple dress is such a good option for a whole range of wedding styles. It includes a high boat neck with long split sleeves, a statement waist bow and asymmetrical hem that falls to around knee length.
Unique and minimal beyond the striking bow detail, this piece is clean and bold, letting the gorgeous fit and striking color remain the focus of the look. It’s a modest option that doesn’t show off much skin but still makes sure to highlight a natural hourglass shape.
The bow detail is what dresses this design up to look just right for a wedding. Bows are for celebrations and this unique detail is just so pretty!
You can style this piece with a pair of white or gold heels, a matching bag, and gold jewelry. Don’t forget to match up your manicure and beauty look with similar tones.