6 Best Dresses to Wear to a Wedding 2017

The bride thinks she has it tough! Pshhh.

The guest has to approach “the dress” decision with even more agony because there are more rules to follow; the bride, on the other hand, can do whatever she wants!

In our guide below, we’ll show you some of the best dresses to wear to a wedding and provide you with some useful tips that will help you find the right one for your shape and budget.

How Do You Choose?

There are so many things to take into consideration as you shop, but here are the fundamentals:

  • Theme & Location. Some weddings are casual and others are very formal, so make sure you know the theme and location of the wedding so you don’t arrive overdressed or underdressed.
  • Flatter Your Figure. Don’t get a dress just because it looks cute on the rack or on the manikin. Look for a cut that will flatter your figure and that you’ll feel comfortable wearing for the entire day.
  • Color. Whether you know the couple well or barely at all, it’s always a good idea to see if they don’t want guests to wear a certain color (hey, sometimes couples are picky!)

If there are no color-bans, then look for something season appropriate and that compliments your complexion (hair color, eye color, etc.)

Top 6 Wedding Guest Dresses Table

PictureNameBest ForPriceRating (1-5)
PictureNameBest ForPriceRating (1-5)
1. MUXXN Women's 1950s Retro Vintage Cap Sleeve Party Swing DressCocktail, Semi-Formal Wedding$$$$4.5
2. Zattcas Womens Summer Contrast Sleeveless Tank Top Floral Print Maxi DressCasual Wedding (Spring/ Summer) $$$4.5
3. KOH KOH Womens Long Bridesmaid Convertible Wrap Cocktail Gown Maxi DressSemi-Formal Wedding$$$$4.2
4. Yacun Women's Swing Bridesmaid Dress Lace Maxi Evening Gown Dresses Plus SizeFormal wedding$$$4.2
5. Zeagoo Women Chiffon Summer Sleeveless A-line Pleated Party Cocktail Dress With BeltCocktail, Semi-Formal$$4.1
6. Yidarton Womens Wave Striped Summer Beach Dress Party Long Maxi DressesBeach Wedding$4.0

What Part of the Wedding Will You Attend?

Your dress choice may be affected if you’re only invited to certain parts of the wedding.

You may not be invited to the ceremony, for example, but you will attend the luncheon/dinner. If this were the case, a cocktail dress would work perfectly.

If you’re invited to join the couple after the luncheon/dinner, then choose something based on the event and the weather. We’d opt for something comfortable but that still matches the level of formality that the couple has requested.

Second Dress?

If you’re attending all of the wedding festivities from start to finish, then you might consider having two dresses for the big day.

One would be appropriate for the ceremony, as always appropriate for the location and wedding theme.

Unless you’re going to a super formal affair, we see the second dress being cute, comfortable and chic. This would be appropriate for after the luncheon/dinner and something that you can wear based on the location (indoors, outdoors, temperatures, etc.)

Have Fun With Accessories

Don’t forget to have fun with the accessories! A pop of color here and a little bling there never hurts.

We know that some of you want to find a dress based on the accessories you already have (that way you don’t have to go out and buy more), but if and when possible, it’s best to pick the dress first and then head to the accessories.

3 Best Dresses to Wear to a Wedding Reviews

1. MUXXN Retro Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

This is one of the best dresses to wear to a wedding on our list. A classic cocktail dress like this is great if you don’t want a curve-hugging tight fit (this has a retro flare that will have you twirling the night away).

It could even pass for formal if you complete your look with a carefully cured do, the right heels and jewelry. A belt would add a lovely touch and helps slim down your profile.

This is honestly a great dress for a variety of figures, tall and slender, curvy and full-busted or somewhere in between. Great for guests of all shapes and sizes!

2. Zattcas Summer Floral Maxi Dress

If you’ll be attending outdoor spring or summer wedding (we imagine in a garden setting) and you don’t need to dress too formally, then something like this dress from Zattcas would be perfect.

The blue and white dress (on the right in the table) would look great on those with blonde tones and the pink and green one would look great on those with darker hair. If you like a high-waist and want a long, flowy skirt, this would look great if you had a pair of cute sandals and a light shall in case a breeze comes up.

Casual, yet chic!

3. Koh Koh Convertible Dress

Not only does this dress come in a variety of colors, but you can also wear it in different ways. Having something versatile like this in your closet is always a good thing, especially since you can adjust the neckline to flatter your figure!

It is made of a stretch Polyester/Spandex blend, so if you want to go for a more formal look, we suggest a bit of sparkly jewelry and fancy heels to help glam it up a bit.

In terms of comfort and versatility, this dress is a pleasure for guests to wear.