Pleated midi dress, ASOS

15 unusual wedding guest dresses

Calling all wedding guest fashionistas! You're going to love our unusual fashion picks...

Wedding season is upon us! And that means canapés, cake and dancing to banging throwbacks on the dancefloor. Not only that, it also means you have a great excuse to go shopping for a new outfit or two!


While we’re huge fans of traditional dresses with fascinators and sleek trouser suits, we’re also partial to a quirky wedding guest fashion choice. In fact, we think as long as you’ve taken note of the dress code, the sky is the sartorial limit.

We’ve spent the afternoon tirelessly searching the shops (ok, so we totally enjoyed it) to find dresses that are a little out of the ordinary. From bright and bold prints to interesting shapes and shimmering fabrics, these wedding guest dresses are sure to attract attention for all the right reasons. Pair them with some of the season’s must have accessories (padded headbands and statement barrettes, we’re looking at you) and you’re good to go.

As always, we’ve also got your budget in mind and have included dresses from every corner of the high street as well as a designer pick or two for those looking to splash out.  However much you’re looking to spend though, we guarantee you’ll feel like a fashion leader in one of these fabulous frocks.

We suggest ordering a few of your faves, planning a night in, sticking on some tunes and having a try-on sesh. Try on with your favourite accessories and don’t be afraid to make some daring fashion choices, unusual wedding guest dresses are all about trying something new and moving away from traditional looks.

Happy shopping!


A ladylike take on the edgy monochrome animal print trend. Leopard print maxi dress, Self Portrait at Net-A-Porter, £360

Falconetti ruffled silk-blend dress, Net-A-Porter

Shimmering threads and a ruffled hemline and sleeves give this a whimsical feel. Falconetti ruffled silk-blend dress, The Vampire’s Wife at Net-A-Porter, £1595

Tiered floral maxi dress, Net-A-Porter

Big sleeves combine with a boho feel for a delicately floral yet statement look. Tired floral-print crepe maxi dress, The Vampire’s Wife at Net-A-Porter, £1950

Midi fringe dress, ASOS

Keep accessories simple with these daringly dramatic dress. Embroidered midi fringe dress, ASOS, £110

Pleated midi dress, ASOS

We’re getting serious sixties vibes from this high-neck, fluted sleeve number. Pleated midi dress, ASOS, £38

Scrappy waist maxi dress, ASOS

Sunshine yellow and subtly sexy cut-outs make this a summer wedding winner. Strappy waist maxi dress, ASOS, £38

Alexa dress, Monsoon

A shock of pink and big bow gives this vintage style dress and fun feel. Alexa fit and flare dress, Monsoon, £110

Chica midi dress, Monsoon

Shirt dresses have been big news in 2019 and this unique print dress is on our wish list. Chica animal print midi dress, Monsoon, £99

Maxi dress, Oliver Bonas

A funky print gives this summery essential a fashion twist. One shoulder maxi dress, Oliver Bonas, £75

Shimmer shift dress, Oliver Bonas

Team with white ankle boots for swinging sixties laid-back style. Shimmer stripped shift dress, Oliver Bonas, £75

Clarissa Midi Dress, Boden

Bright and detailed florals meet form-fitting shape and an on-trend high neck. Clarissa midi dress, Boden, £120

Opal dress, Boden

The fitted shape of this adds a hint of sexiness while the high neck and midi length keep it demure. Opal dress, Boden, £110

Kenny shimmer dress, Phase Eight

Heading to a black tie or winter wedding? We’d totally choose this glamorous show-stopper! Penny shimmer dress, Phase Eight, £275

Christine maxi dress, Phase Eight

This fishtail number makes a fabulous wedding evening guest choice. Christine dress, Phase Eight, £295

Stephanie floral dress, Phase Eight

This vintage style dress is giving us all the summer vibes. Stephanie floral dress, Phase Eight, £140