Hello friends, and happy October!
Fall is my favorite season and it is also a popular time for weddings. Figuring out what to wear for different dress codes can be challenging anytime of year, and some of you may find it even more challenging as the weather gets cooler. I’m going to help you tackle your wedding guest woes with a style guide from The Black Tux and a breakdown of wedding guest dress ideas to wear for all the various levels of formality. Before I begin, if you are wondering what is appropriate to wear based on the time of the event or what it says on your invitation, check out the style guide below.
Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas
Now that you have an idea of what is acceptable to wear at the upcoming wedding you will attend, here is some inspiration for each type of dress. Listed from lowest to highest price, I picked out an affordable option (less than $75), updgrade option ($76-$150) and splurge option ($151+) so you can easily find something in your price range.
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
I hope this guide and these outfit ideas help you figure out your “What to wear?!” dilemma, if you have an upcoming wedding to attend. Many of the dresses above can work for couple different levels of formality, like black tie optional and black tie. Investing in a dress that transcends different types of events is key. Personally, I think it is best to lean on the side of being slightly overdressed than under-dressed. If you can’t decide between a couple of options, pick the more formal one!
Rent the Runway can also be a great choice if you do not need another dress in your closet or you are attending a wedding that has a unique feel for which you know you’d never wear the dress you want to wear again. If your date is having trouble finding appropriate attire, the Black Tux has lots of wedding suit and tuxedo options to choose from. It’s basically like Rent the Runway for men!
Have you or has your partner ever used the Black Tux? I’d love to know how you liked it. I would love to know if you have any dress recommendations as well. If you have any clothing dilemma’s you are facing, I am happy to help you make a decision too. Just let me know!
27 thoughts on “Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas and Style Guide”
This would have been super helpful when I was trying to plan what to wear to my cousins wedding back in August 😥
Great tips! I’m glad to come across this post as I’ll be attending a wedding soon, thanks!
Wow. That graphic is so incredible! Thanks, saving for later.
This is amazing. I love the graphic! I will have to come back this when it’s wedding season again
Rent the runway is such a great idea.
Very thoughtful of you to present the dresses suiting different budgets. It is easier to make choice now.
I love this post and the infographic is SO helpful when trying to understand dresscodes- thanks!
We don’t attend many weddings but most we have attended are more along the lines of casual and semi formal, which I prefer because then I can wear something I already have.
I love Rent the Runway! I rented a dress from there for the last wedding I attended!
This is so helpful with such cute options!!
This is such a useful post – totally pinning this and saving it for later when yet another wedding comes around and I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out what to wear! Love all of the options you linked, too!
They are all such cute options!
My weeding was last year and I felt that I had to explain to a lot of guest what cocktail attire was. This would have been very helpful!
The infographic is super useful! Cleared up confusions about what’s appropriate for each occasion.
My wedding is in April and this is super helpful!
Okay I am definitely pinning this!! I love how you put the different outfits into categories. I never know what to wear to casual weddings and neither does my husband!
This is a great way to put this together! I need to bookmark this for my next wedding! Thanks for sharing
Oh my gosh! Rent the Runway sounds amazing! I could definitely use this for a lot of other events beyond weddings. These are super helpful suggestions and I love the way you broke down the style guide.
Thank you so much Kate! I’m glad you found it helpful 😊
Hooray for Fall! Thanks for sharing your wedding guest gift and outfit ideas. Awesome tips!
I could have used this earlier this summer! My sister-in-law’s wedding was beach formal, and we’d never really heard of that style before!
Rent the Runway has so many fabulous choices for any type of wedding!
Wow I had no idea how many attire options existed! It’s nice that you clarified them in this post to help us out 💕
Someday I hope to have a Fall wedding and guests like you! lol Rather guests realize it or not, dressing appropriately at weddings is important.
Britt Mont | http://www.othersideof25.com
Such a great list for any type of wedding. That is so helpfully. Thank you for sharing.
This is an excellent guide. All weddings are so different, and I love that you covered so many different styles for different folks on different budgets!
Definitely a helpful guide! I’m one of those who is always struggling with what to wear to a wedding, so this provided much needed clarity!
I love that you have catered for everyone with this post – affordable & stylish outfits! Plus the infographic is super helpful!
I love wedding season!
Elley Mae | http://elleymae.com