Cocktail Dresses for Wedding

Wedding guests should always do their best to follow the dress code when attending a wedding. Even if it is not clearly outlined, you can often see from the destination, time of day and wedding style, what you should wear. For most weddings, women usually opt for a short or mid length cocktail dress. The color, style and look of your outfit is completely up to you! For 2019 wedding guests, look for pretty and feminine colors such as blush, champagne, mauve, burgundy and red to make a big impact. Sequins, plunging necklines and floral applique can add further dramatic detail to your look. The best way to shop for a wedding guest dress is to flatter your own shape, looking for the right size (petite to plus size) and choose stylish accessories to complete your look!

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Cocktail Dresses for Wedding Guests

Cocktail dresses for wedding guests are stylish and celebratory, often in bright or attractive colors such as royal blue, hunter green, purple and pink. Many styles of cocktail dresses are suitable for most weddings, including sexy fitted designs and simple fit and flare dresses. If you prefer, you could also choose a longer, midi length cocktail dress. Floaty chiffon is a great fabric choice for a wedding. As well as being flattering, it is also romantic and suits the tone of a wedding. 

Pleated short dresses and floral cocktail designs are two other pretty options that are perfect for attending a wedding. For summer events, you can choose strapless or halter neck pieces with embellishment or lace to make a stylish entrance. Often, for winter weddings, it may make sense to wear a longer dress or a design with long sleeves. These can also be composed from heavier fabrics such as on-trend velvet, to keep you warmer during the ceremony and reception.


Cocktail Dresses for Mature Women

Many of the women attending weddings are often more mature women, over 40 and 50 years old. These can be aunts, friends of the mother-of-the-bride and other relatives. No matter what your age, you can wear a gorgeous wedding guest dress that is age appropriate, glamorous and elegant. This includes very flattering and modest dresses with boat necklines and three quarter length sleeves, as well as designs with a highlighted waist.

To feel chic and sophisticated, mature women can look beautiful in dresses with a sweetheart or high neck. Look out for dark and refined colors such as burgundy, deep navy or green. Opt to add some sparkle by looking for embellishments such as pearl, heat set stones or timeless lace. Choose a dress that falls just above or below the knee for the most flattering fit. A lace wedding guest dress is one of our top recommendations for mature women. It has a stylish and flattering look that will always impress.


Short Dresses for a Wedding Reception    

If you're invited to attend a wedding reception, wearing a short cocktail dress is the ideal look for most weddings. Prepare to shine bright in sparkling sequin looks if you wish to get on-trend for 2019. Short beaded dresses are a stylish option for most wedding receptions and can be found with many neckline and style options. This includes plunging fitted dresses, sweetheart designs and cold shoulder looks. Black is a popular color choice, but going light and bright is a great choice for summer. Teal, yellow, pink and blue are favorites during wedding season. 

For August weddings or events held over the summer, keep the warm weather in mind and choose a flowy short dress that is either strapless or sleeveless. Halter necks are currently a trending choice, with a slightly vintage feel that is also flattering and shows off your arms. Jovani designs many plunging and v-neck cocktail dresses for guests. These often have a mesh insert to make them so easy to wear, especially for an all day wedding event. 


Guest Dresses for a Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are one of the top destinations for many couples and it's easy to see why. This romantic and pretty location makes for a breath-taking and relaxing backdrop. Wedding guests attending a beach wedding may want to carefully consider the outfit they choose. If the ceremony will take place on the sand, make sure to come wearing flat sandals or shoes you can walk in. A short dress is ideal for beach weddings. If there is a tropical theme, make sure to select a brightly colored or printed dress to suit the stunning beach location.

Beach wedding dress codes can vary, as some brides choose low key events on the beach itself, while others have a location over-looking the beach with a more formal tone. If the event is semi-formal, you can opt for a boho inspired look with trendy details such as cut-outs, fringe, floral prints or a sexy backless dress with a flowy look. For a more formal beach wedding, a short lace dress with a nude underlay will look modern and fit the tone. 


Wedding Dress Code for Guests

When dressing for any wedding, always check your invitation to see if there is a dress code outlined by the soon to be married couple. If there isn't a strict dress code, you are often welcome to wear a semi-formal look such as a short cocktail dress of your choosing, or a midi length tea dress. Look at the wedding's location or destination to see if there is a particular theme or style of wedding which you could match your outfit too. For example, a country or barn wedding can have a more relaxed feel, and a bohemian inspired dress or vintage cocktail look can suit this type of location well.

The time of year will also impact your style choices. For a winter wedding, you may need a jacket or warm layer to wear over your wedding guest dress. Add tights/pantyhose for extra warmth and opt for dressy ankle boots or closed toe heels to complete your outfit.