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Cocktail Wedding Guest Dresses

Everyone loves being invited to weddings, but for sure, nobody likes the stress that comes with trying to figure out what to wear. What’s even worse, is if the invite states the dress code is ‘semi-formal’ or ‘cocktail’ and your mind starts racing. What does this even mean? What kind of outfits can I wear that fit the theme? Is this too formal, or can I be a bit more laid-back? The questions are endless. However, worry not! We have all kinds of cocktail dresses for all seasons.

Cocktail attire is usually worn to semi-formal and formal weddings, so you’ll want to consider a few things. What time of year is the wedding? Bright colors, lively designs, and pastel shades are ideal in the spring and summer, while rich jewel tones and metallic fabrics are stunning in the fall and winter.

The next thing to consider is the venue. For an outdoor wedding, you can easily get away with light, flowy fabrics like cotton or chiffon. If the wedding is in a banquet hall, elegant fabrics like satin and velvet would be ideal.

Halter Maxi Dress

The halter dresses help accentuate your silhouette and prioritize your comfort. It helps draw attention to your shoulders if you want to show them off.

Tiered halter neck dress
Tiered halter neck dress with cutouts

Halter neck maxi dress

Silk halter neck dress
Silk halter neck dress

 

Simple Slip Dress

The slip dress epitomizes elegance and class. They are never a show stealer and do not take attention from the bride. A slip dress is perfect for those who do not want any attention to themselves and are happy to go unnoticed as long as they look good.

Simple slip cocktail dress for wedding guests
Simple slip cocktail dress

Floral Dresses

Floral dresses are not only for the flower girls but guests who want to embrace the blossoming of new love. These floral dresses are ideal for garden weddings.

Floral wedding guest dresses
Floral wedding guest dress with slit
floral cocktail dresses for wedding guests
Floral wedding guest dress

Lace Cocktail Dresses

Lace dresses are the to-go pieces for guests who embrace flirtation and celebrate the intricacy of romance. These dresses are for those guests who want to make a statement and are not shy of bringing charm to the party.

The perfect lace cocktail dress for summer wedding
The perfect lace cocktail dress for summer wedding

Color Block Dresses

The color block dresses are perfect for garden weddings. For a modest vibrant look, adding colors, sequins or sparkly beads will have heads turning.

Tiered color block dress for wedding guests
Tiered color block dress for wedding guests
Tiered color block dress for wedding guests
Tiered color block dress for wedding guests

Shoulder-tie Dresses

A garden or beach wedding might leave you feeling confused. Do you go for a formal or boho look? Shoulder tie dresses especially tiered floral ones can be your perfect pick. It can easily be dressed down or up with the right shoes and jewelry.

Shoulder tie cocktail dress for wedding guests
Shoulder tie cocktail dress for wedding guests
Shoulder tie cocktail dress for wedding guests
Shoulder tie cocktail dress for wedding guests

Satin Cowl Neck Cocktail Dresses

Cowl dresses are the best when you want to accentuate your bust and waist area. Cowl dresses especially those with an open back and or a slit make you stand out. Just don’t forget the boob tape.

Satin Cowl Neck Cocktail Dresses
Satin Cowl Neck Cocktail Dresses
Satin Cowl Neck Cocktail Dresses
Satin Cowl Neck Cocktail Dresses

Long-sleeved Cocktail Dresses

For weddings that take place during the cold season, long-sleeved dresses combine practicality and style. Having sleeves that cover your hands well helps you explore different dress lengths– shorter dresses would be ideal for an evening celebration while longer ones would be perfect for daytime ceremonies.

Long-sleeved Cocktail Dresses
Long-sleeved Cocktail Dresses
Long-sleeved Cocktail Dresses
Long-sleeved Cocktail Dresses

Midi Cocktail Dresses

Ideally, cocktail dresses hit at the knee or slightly below the knee. You can experiment with varying necklines and silhouettes with the midi dresses.

A bodycon midi dress would be perfect for those with a pear or hourglass body type. For midi dresses with long sleeves, wear your hair down with minimal jewelry and make-up.

midi cocktail dress wedding
Sheer long-sleeved midi cocktail dress wedding
midi cocktail dress wedding
Purple one-hand midi cocktail dress wedding
midi cocktail dress wedding
Pink midi cocktail dress wedding

Asymmetrical One-hand Cocktail Dresses

One-hand dresses make you stand out like a greek goddess. They command attention wherever you go and are perfect for evening ceremonies. These dresses can have an asymmetrical hemline to add more style. It can have other designs such as a slit, wrap dress, one-hand long sleeve, frilled, ruched, or cut-outs.

Asymmetrical One-hand Cocktail Dresses
Asymmetrical One-hand Cutout Cocktail Dresses
Asymmetrical One-hand Cocktail Dresses
Asymmetrical One-hand Cocktail Dresses
Red asymmetrical One-hand Cocktail Dresses

Off-shoulder Dresses

Off-shoulder dresses are one of the most popular looks. It’s perfectly fine to wear these dresses to a wedding guest. However, keep in mind the formality of the wedding and the venue. Make sure the dress is formal or informal enough to suit the occasion.

Offshoulder cocktail dress
Offshoulder cocktail dress
Offshoulder cocktail dress
Offshoulder cocktail dress

 

 

 

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