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The most elegant wedding guest dresses

Check out our edit of elegant wedding guest dresses perfect for all seasons.

Been invited to an elegant wedding? You’re going to want to up the style stakes and our list of the most elegant wedding guest dresses around is a great place to start.


Choosing a wedding guest outfit can be tricky and it’s often difficult to know how dressy to go. If your wedding invitation has a wedding guest dress code, then it’s important to shop according to that to avoid making a fashion faux pas. However, if the wedding you’re attending doesn’t have a dress code it can make settling on a look even more difficult.

If you’re attending a wedding in a luxe country house or hotel then elegant and sophisticated attire is your best bet. Jumpsuits and skirt suits have become increasingly popular over the years, but there’s something simply unbeatable about a classic dress.

Dresses may be a traditional choice, but they’re far from boring. The shops are packed with stunning options to suit all styles and shapes. The good news is they’re also super-wearable meaning you can easily take them away on holiday or rock them at a party after the wedding.

To help you choose the right one, we’ve narrowed the search to an edit of the most elegant wedding guest dresses available right now. From floral pieces to show-stopping maxi dresses, there’s something to suit even the pickiest of shoppers.

With the cost of being a wedding guest weighing on many people’s minds we’ve also included dresses within a range of different budgets, proving that looking fabulous doesn’t always have to cost a fortune.

Pick your favourite or order a few to try on in the comfort of your own home. Happy shopping!

Bernadette dress, Net-a-porter

Classy yet cool, this silky pink number is a wedding winner. Bernadette, Net-A-Porter, £655

Yahvi dress, Beulah

Classic with a twist, we love the flared sleeves and butto- down skirt. Yahvi midi dress, Beulah London, £550

Eliot dress, Chi chi

We love a prom dress and bold florals are a quintessential Spring wedding choice. Eliot dress, Chi Chi London, £70

Savannah midi dress, Coast

Simply beautiful, the clever tailoring of this Coast dress is all that’s needed to make you stand out from the crowd. Savannah midi dress, Coast Stores, £69

Yellow ruffle midi dress, Debenhams

Heading to a summer wedding? Don’t shy away from bright colours, yellow is a great choice for outdoor nuptials. Yellow ruffle midi dress, Studio by Preen at Debenhams, £69

Greek goddess maxi dress, Debenhams

The clue is in the name, this maxi is other-worldly. Greek goddess maxi dress, MW by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams, £79

Pandora dress, Galvan

A high neck and sleek silhouette make this vibrant beauty the height of sophistication. Cropped Pandora dress, Galvan London, £750

Claudia dress, Ghost

Rich jewel colours look fabulous all year round, but we can definitely see this wowing at a winter wedding. Claudia dress, Ghost, £225

Ferrier dress, Hobbs

Puff sleeves keep this dress extra classy, while the V neckline adds just the right amount of sexiness. Ferrier dress, Hobbs London, £299

Sadie silk dress, Hobbs

This floral midi has us dreaming of country garden weddings. Sadie silk dress, Hobbs London, £349

Jacquard dress, Somerset by Temperley

A piece of Temperley style with a high street price tag? Yes please. Jacquard midi dress, Somerset by Alice Temperley, £160

Delilah dress, Lipsy

Lace is an all-round wedding winner with even wedding guest dresses getting in on the act. Delilah print lace dress, Lipsy at Next, £75

Freida dress, Mother of pearl

Want to make a fashion statement? Off the shoulder puffball sleeves are worthy of the catwalk. Freida midi dress, Mother of Pearl, £695

Embellished bow gown, Needle & Thread

Pretty, pink and covered in ruffles, this dress was practically made for weddings. Embellished bow gown, Needle & Thread, £357

Eden floral dress, Phase Eight

This delicately patterned shift is the definition of sophistication. Eden floral dress, Phase Eight, £120

Bardot wrap maxi dress, Quiz

You’ll feel like a screen siren in this azure show-stopper. Bardot wrap maxi dress, Quiz, £36.99

Marling dess, Reiss

This muted wrap around midi is giving us serious Meghan Markle vibes. Marling, Reiss, £185

Queenie spot dress, Rixo

The perfect combination of fun and elegant. Queenie dress, Rixo, £335

Susan midi dress, Sister Jane

Vintage styling is always an elegant choice. Susan midi dress, Sister Jane, £85

Show stopper dress, Suzannah

Dusky pink with golden accents make this fitted prom style dress a wedding day winner. Showstopper dress, Suzannah London, £1750

Gabie dress, Ted Baker

Asymmetric designs are everywhere in 2019 and this golden wrap number is one of our favourites. Gabie dress, Ted Baker, £199

Clio dress, Temperley

So it’s a bit of a splurge, but we think the embellished details and art deco vibes totally justify it. Clio dress, Temperley, £1595

Peacock dress, The Vampire's Wife

Named after the attention-grabbing bird, this dress is sure to draw an admiring look or ten from your fellow guests. The peacock dress, The Vampire’s Wife, £1455

Pleated halter midi, Warehouse

Pleated chiffon is a wedding classic but the asymmetric hemline and high neck give it a thoroughly  modern twist. Pleated halter midi, Warehouse, £69

Marigold tiered dress, Whistles

The tiered skirt coupled with the tie neck make this a bold fashion choice for a wedding at any time of the year. Marigold tiered maxi dress, Whistles, £263.20