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41 Wedding-Guest Dresses for Every Type of Wedding

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It seems to be the summer to get married, if celebrities are any indication: There was Kourtney Kardashian’s D&G-backed Portofino nuptialsChloe Sevigny’s Connecticut ceremony, and Jennifer Affleck (née Lopez) going the old-fashioned route with a Vegas drive-through. There’s a bona fide wedding boom happening this year, as once-postponed plans now have dates. You might even be sitting on a stack of invitations right now — which inevitably leads to the question of what to wear. To help, we went on the hunt for wedding-guest dresses for almost every type of occasion we could think of. To do so, we considered factors like size range and special design details, along with venue and dress code. Here, you’ll find one for practically any event, from the semi-spontaneous Vegas elopement to the multi-day mini Glastonbury.

For the “resort casual” wedding that’s not actually at a resort

Pair this one-shouldered, cutout number (in that Schiaparelli-esque shocking pink) with a pair of strappy sandals to fit the dress code.

For the wedding at a Punta Cana five-star resort

Just remember to pack your wide-brimmed straw sun hat to get the most of the beach backdrop.

For the park wedding with a well-organized potluck reception

This charming mini has enough of a full skirt for lying on the grass.

For the wedding in a private dining room with only one table

The slip’s easy shape means you’ll be comfortable sitting through dinner and dancing on top of said table at the end of the night.

For your the backyard vow-renewal ceremony

The laid-back occasion calls for a dress that’s equally easygoing.

For the wedding on a Newport Beach yacht

There’s something slightly nautical about the frock’s artful twists on the front and back.

For the wedding that’s on the traditional side

With its sheath silhouette, the dress is as classic as it gets — and comes with a tasteful slit.

For the wedding that’s anything but traditional

Frayed seams give this corseted number a slight edge.

For your friend’s semi-spontaneous Vegas elopement

Even next to a bejeweled Elvis impersonator, the rainbow-hued stars will still be a stunner.

For the wedding at an Atlantic City casino

It’s just flashy enough without going into showgirl territory.

For the black-tie-optional wedding that’s really just black-tie

The white-lined halter neckline makes this dress strikingly similar to the vintage Valentino Julia Roberts wore the night she won her Oscar.

For the (not optional) black-tie wedding

The Barbie-esque magenta will look extra playful against other guests’ muted tones.

For the Hamptons white wedding

The “no white at wedding” guideline isn’t a hard-and-fast rule anymore (at least, not according to the Emily Post Institute). And when the invite specifically calls for it, this little white dress overlaid with opulent beading will be just the thing.

For the wedding at a greenhouse with no guaranteed air conditioning

Since it’s made completely from cotton, you’ll keep cool in this airy midi.

For the wedding with a jazz three-piece instead of a DJ

Just picture how the pearls will twinkle and twist around.

For the wedding that’s basically a multi-day mini-Glastonbury

For the wedding with more cowboy boots than high heels

Or add a pair of Docs for a grungier ’fit (and to get through dirt paths).

For the wedding that’s really a second high-school reunion

A capelike neckline makes this cocktail dress look especially sophisticated in an “I have it all together” way.

For the fairycore-inspired wedding in a forest

For the wedding at a Twin Peaks–style mountain lodge

It has the distinct energy of a secondhand Armani suit — but the “vest” is part of the blazer.

For the wedding with a “Studio 54 on the night of Bianca Jagger’s birthday” vibe

On a light-up dance floor, you’ll fit right in with this combination of Halston-like pleats and metallic threading.

For the family friend’s wedding your parents are hosting at home

The breezy mini features a bouquet’s worth of blossoms.

For the maximalist wedding with centerpieces up to the ceiling

Go all out with this ethereal organza confection.

For wedding at a Myrtle Beach vacation home

The lightweight tie-front dress won’t take up too much valuable luggage space.

For the wedding at a Sonoma estate winery

For the wedding with lighting reminiscent of an Euphoria episode

This celebratory mini even features explosions of embellishments.

For the wedding with rooftop cocktails in Midtown

Gold plissé will contrast against the silver skyline.

For the post-city-hall brunch party

It’s the exact same shade as a peach bellini.

For the wedding at a (possibly) haunted Victorian mansion

The sweet flocked dots and sheer organza keep it from being too gothic.

For the wedding at a just-renovated farmhouse upstate

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Marie Antoinette would have worn this around Petit Trianon.

For the wedding doubling as a grown-up kids’ party (bouncy house included)

So you can jump around without worrying about your skirt flying up in the air.

For the literal big, fat Greek wedding

The red rose embroidery would look especially romantic against the Aegean.

For the wedding at a Portuguese village church

You can pull down the dramatic puff sleeves once the ceremony’s over.

For the wedding at a Tuscan olive grove

Imagine this tangerine color against the sunset. (FYI, Ted Baker was Shiv Roy’s label of choice for her mother’s marriage ceremony.)

For the wedding between two equally obsessive Disney adults

In a sunflower-colored brocade, the Tayla is rather regal.

For the wedding in the Early Renaissance wing of an art museum

Its dreamy, diaphanous skirt reminds us of a Botticelli painting.

For the wedding between two fashion influencers

For your wedding at an oyster bar overlooking the Pacific

The jaunty little knot on the faux wrap is the subtlest salute to all the rope décor.

For a wedding where you’ll dance until sunrise

To help pull you off the all-nighter, this dress features a stretchy spandex and cutout sides for some breathing room.

For the wedding at a summer camp

The elegant firework pattern dresses up this otherwise casual midi.

For the wedding in a garden

It’s the perfect length for frolicking through the flowers.

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41 Wedding-Guest Dresses for Every Type of Wedding