The Best Dresses for Wedding Guest at an Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings are rather widespread in the spring-summer season. The most often chosen places for such weddings are gardens, countryside and beach. The main plus of such weddings for guests is that they don’t have such a strict dress code as traditional weddings and the wedding ceremonies in church.

If you are invited to an outdoor wedding, you don’t need any luxurious evening gowns. The dresses can be much simpler with no beading and crystals. Semi-formal, cocktail and party ones are often worn for such occasions. In some cases, even casual dresses are suitable.

So, let’s get down to it and discover what dresses for wedding guest are suitable for all the types of outdoor weddings.

Tips for Buying Outdoor Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding guest outfit

Wedding guest outfit

In order to get a perfect dress for wedding guest for an outdoor wedding, you need to take into account a number of things. Our tips will help you to make the proper choice.

- Location. Discover where the wedding will take place before starting the search of dresses for wedding guest. If you are invited for a beach or country wedding, be ready that it can be windy and so, it’s not a good idea to wear a mini dress with a flowing skirt.

- Weather. The majority of outdoor weddings take place in spring or summer and so, it’s most probably that the weather will be warm or even hot. That’s why, you need to choose something light and convenient. However, as sometimes the weather can change unexpectedly, prepare a shawl or cardigan in order to put it on if the weather spoils.

- Style. As we have already mentioned, the semi-formal or cocktail dresses are usually worn for outdoor weddings. The silhouette of the dress as well as its neckline must be chosen, taking into account the peculiarities of your body. For instance, if you seek for maternity dresses for wedding guest, the empire waist gown in a maxi or midi length will be ideal. Or, if you need to close your arms, buy a long sleeve dress for wedding guest. Besides dresses, you can wear a suit or jumpsuit. Today, there are many cool variants for sale.

- Length. In fact, all the dress lengths are suitable for outdoor weddings. A maxi dress for wedding guest looks very good. However, the dress must be an inch or two above the floor. Otherwise, you have high chances to spoil its hem pretty fast. The midi wedding guest attires look very nice and help to make an accent on your beautiful legs. Mini dresses can be also worn, but don’t overdo. A too short dress will make you look too provocative. In addition, you can have a high-low dress. It looks very interesting thanks to the combination of two types of lengths.

- Colors and patterns. Wedding guest dresses for spring and summer can go in a number of colors: from champagne to navy blue. You are free to choose the color you like the most. However, a black dress for wedding guest as well as white one isn’t a very good idea unless you attend a thematic wedding in these colors. If you want to have something dark, have a look at navy or marsala gowns. And if you want to have something light, champagne, powder and light peach may be suitable. Moreover, short, midi and long dresses for wedding guest can feature various prints. The floral ones are trendy and look very feminine. Also, dots, animalistic and abstract prints are possible.

- Fabrics. Actually, the choice of the fabrics depends on the weather and season. While winter wedding guest dresses as well as fall wedding guest dresses usually have heavy and rather warm fabrics, the ones for spring and summer tend to be much lighter. For instance, chiffon and silk are suitable. If you know that the weather will be very hot, you may opt for some natural breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Also, lace can be used. It can make even a casual dress look more festive.

- Shoes. High-heeled shoes aren’t the best option for a beach or any other type of outdoor wedding. The heels may sink in the sand or grass and that will turn the celebration into a real torture for you. A wedge heel will be much more convenient. Also, you can wear ballerina shoes or flats.

5 Ideas of Dresses for Wedding Guest, Which Will Be Suitable for Outdoor Weddings

Now, let’s consider 5 ideas of outdoor, country, garden and beach wedding guest dresses.

Reformation Rhodes Dress

Rhodes lilac dress by Reformation

Rhodes lilac dress by Reformation

A wrap dress by Reformation, called Rhodes, is made of lightweight georgette fabric, which will make you feel comfortable even in the hot weather. The midi length is rather universal and suits all the types of outdoor weddings.

The flaring silhouette of the dress suits the girls of almost all body types. The Rhodes gown features a deep V-neckline and a fully lined skirt. And the special charm is added by flutter sleeves.

The price is $288. The dress is available in XS, S, M and L sizes. It can be ordered in several colors: lilac (on the photo), champagne, blush, ivory, navy as well with a floral Josephine print.

H&M Long Mesh Dress

H & M long mesh dress

H & M long mesh dress

A pleated dress by H&M in a Greek style is very universal. It will suit a number of events. It’s rather simple in its form and doesn’t feature any embellishments. However, it can be decorated with a sash.

The dress features V-neckline as well as a low back. The deep plunging neckline of the dress will suit the girls with small and medium bust. The gown has a wrapover bodice, silicone trimmed shoulder straps and concealed zip at back with hook-and-eye fastener.

The price is $129. The gown is available in 0-14 sizes. The possible color variations are light blue (on the image), powder pink and dark grey.

David’s Bridal Faux-Wrap Chiffon Dress

Faux wrap chiffon dress by David's Bridal

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Reverie EJ8M8749 dress, which you can buy on David’s Bridal, is a very convenient variant for an outdoor wedding guest outfit. It’s made of chiffon and it means that it’s rather light and is great for a hot weather. Chiffon is one of the best solutions for wedding guest dresses for summer.

The faux-wrap gown with a V-neckline is of a high-low length, which makes it convenient for a beach ceremony. The sash is removable. This gown suits the girls of various body types.

The price is $99.95. The dress is available in sizes 0-26. The possible colors are cabernet (on the photo), Pink Lemonade and Navy.

Reiss Meghan Floral Lace Dress

Reiss short cocktail dress

Reiss short cocktail dress

Are you fond of lace? Meghan dress by Reiss is a good example of simplicity and festive mood. The sheath silhouette of the gown and its short length make it look rather casual, but the especial charm is added by the flowery lace, which covers the polyester lining.

The Meghan dress features a halter neck, which will be a great solution for a girl with wide shoulders. Also, this dress will look good not only on tall, but also on petite girls.

The price is $475. The dress is available in Silver Lake (on the photo) and white colors. The possible sizes are 0-10.

Needle & Thread Embroidered Dress

Emroidered midi dress by Needle & Thread

Emroidered midi dress by Needle & Thread

If you want to have a romantic look, pay attention to this pink midi gown with blooming blossoms. It’s suitable for all the types of outdoor weddings, including garden, country and beach ceremonies. Also, it can be worn for a number of other occasions.

The dress features a V-neck and frilled bodice with adjustable straps as well as a concealed back zip closure. The skirt consists of several tiers, and it is good for the girls, who need to add some volume to the hips. The dress is made of nylon with a polyester lining

The price is $555. The dress is available in 0-8 sizes and only in pink color, like on the image above.

So, you see that there is nothing difficult in choosing dresses for wedding guest if you have got an invitation for an outdoor wedding. In fact, the dress code for such celebrations is much more loyal than for traditional weddings and you don’t need to wear luxurious evening dresses (and it's a great way to save some money). The cocktail and casual gowns are absolutely appropriate.

Lesly White

Hi everyone! My name is Lesly White. I am the chief editor at Blog. I am obsessed with wedding dresses and everything related to weddings. In my posts, I like to share the ideas of wedding gowns and accessories as well as provide brides with tips on how to prepare for a wedding.

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