9 Easy Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas That Work Every Single Time

After two years of uncertainty and postponements, last year was certainly the year of weddings. Couples are still enjoying renewed confidence that their dream nuptials will be able to go ahead, and my 2023 calendar is looking set to be just as filled (if not even more so) with ceremonies. So this means the hunt for a great wedding guest outfit is officially on.

Assuming you too have your fair share of weddings to attend this year, I’m here to help you in your quest to be the coolest guest. Push aside the stereotypical ideas about wedding attire, and instead think about the below wedding outfit suggestions. There's absolutely nothing wrong with falling back on a midi dress (particularly if you pair it with fancy shoes), but you can also opt for a spring-ready suit or perhaps a pretty print that isn’t floral. 

What we're saying is that there are no rules when it comes to wedding guest outfits now. Well, other than the fact that you want to look smart, feel comfortable and not make the bride upset by wearing floor-length white lace.

For inspiring styling ideas, I've found nine fail-safe ensembles you might want to consider re-creating for yourself. Scroll through our gallery for wedding guest outfit ideas you can always rely on.

1. Wide-Leg Trousers + Silky Top


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Style Notes: Starting things off on a curveball—not all wedding guest looks require a dress. Wide-leg trousers are a valid style choice when attending nuptials. A pair of strappy heels to elevate from day to night and a silky top will add an evening feel to your 'fit. 

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2. Embellished Gown + Neutral Courts


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Styles Notes: If you're lucky enough to be invited to a black tie wedding, then a glorious gown is required. Make the most of your cinderella moment by pairing an embellished gown with neutral accessories that allow the dress to take centre stage. 

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3. Romantic Fabrics + Sparkly Shoes


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Style Notes: Weddings present the perfect opportunity to wear more fanciful fabrics than you ordinarily would day-to-day. Although satin continues to be a popular choice and one that's prevalent in this edit, textures such as chiffon and tulle work just as well. 

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4. LBD + Courts


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Style Notes: Yes, you can definitely wear black to a wedding. Not only does it look incredibly chic, but you'll also look completely timeless in all the photographs documenting the big day. 

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5. Suit + Strappy Heels


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Style Notes: Suiting is the perfect alternative to dresses if you don't really fancy showing off your legs. Look for pale or pastel hues (wisely steering clear of white), and then add strappy footwear for the finish. 

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6. Maxi Dress + Metallic Accessories 


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Style Notes: Accessories maketh the outfit, and at weddings, the more impressive shoes or bag, the better. Think metallic finishes set against a timeless hue. 

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7. Skirt Suit + White Accessories


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Style Notes: If you’re fatigued with dresses, why not switch up your wedding guest style with a skirt and jacket? Add some white embellished accessories to ensure you look the wedding guest part. 

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8. Printed Dress + Platforms


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Style Notes: Florals are a fail-safe option when it comes to wedding guest style, but why not switch things up with something unexpected? This shell-print dress in a timeless monochromatic colour palette will give you the same effect without being predictable. Finish with statement shoes. 

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9. One Hue Top to Toe


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Style Notes: If time isn't on your side when it comes to prepping your outfit, the easiest way to make it look pulled-together is to wear one shade top to toe. 

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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Next up, These 47 High-Street Wedding Dresses Look as Good as Designer Ones

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.