Weddings are such happy, precious events filled with love and smiles. However, it is an event with a strict etiquette that you have to comply with. The same can be said about dressing up for such an event. For one, your get-up should not overpower the bride’s own outfit (it is her day after all). In addition, dark colors like black and white are not allowed (unless it’s allowed by the bride). Do not worry though for we have some essential advice that you can take up. We also accompanied this post with several cocktail dresses that are wedding-appropriate.
- What types of dresses are proper for weddings?
Answer: Many cocktail dresses are fit for weddings—the most suitable dresses include one-shouldered styles, strapless frocks and halter-top outfits. You do have to mind the color that the dress comes with, which brings us to the next question.
- What colors and dress length are appropriate for weddings?
Answer: When in doubt, be aware that colors like white, off-white, ivory, black, red, gold and anything too sparkly and extremely metallic are no-nos for wedding garb. Female guests should not wear dresses that has the same color as the dresses or clothes worn by the mother of the bride, the bridesmaids or the groom. Do not wear colors that are similar or match the wedding colors unless you were requested to abide by this requirement. When it comes to dress length, any dress that falls between a few inches over the knee or a few inches below it will suffice. To make sure that you got everything down pat, do not hesitate to ask the couple.
- How do you accessorize a cocktail dress for weddings?
Answer: Lots of accessories go well with cocktail dresses however for weddings, you have to keep these extras understated and simple. This means subtle, delicate pieces from the earrings down to the rings. Keep your statement necklaces and chunky rings and earrings for another, more suitable event.
Our Top Picks
BeryLove Women’s Floral Lace Short Bridesmaid Dress
- Made from stretchy, soft lace
- Comes with polyester lining
- Has removable satin sash belt
- Features cap sleeves
This top pick is ultra-feminine and pretty—the BeryLove Women’s Floral Lace Short Bridesmaid Dress has a pink hue that is still proper for weddings and other similar events. It features cap sleeves, a removable satin sash belt and a beautiful lace pattern. The A-line cut of the dress also gives the dress a nice, stunning swirl. You can still wear this dress outside weddings as well—the cocktail frock is great for dates, the church and other semi-formal/formal events.
MUADRESS Women’s Sleeveless Hi-Lo Lace Cocktail Dress
- Made from 100% polyester
- Has V neckline (front and back)
- Comfortable lace fabric
- Comes with polyester lining
The MUADRESS Women’s Sleeveless Hi-Lo Lace Cocktail Dress is a sweet and simple frock which features a modest V neck at the front and back. The dress is made from 100 percent polyester—it’s comfortable and the lace fabric does not feel scratchy since it’s high-quality. The frock’s hemline is of the hi-lo kind—it means it’s short in front and longer at the back, and this feature gives it a graceful air. The shortness of the dress is also proper for weddings since it’s only a few inches above the knee.
Miusol Women’s Elegant Lace Ruffle Bridesmaid Dress
- 39% nylon, 38% cotton, 23% rayon
- Features cap sleeves
- Comes with retro V neck
- Includes pretty ruffle design
The Miusol Women’s Elegant Lace Ruffle Bridesmaid Dress is another chic piece that deserves your attention. It’s designed with an eye-catching ruffle on the front, a vintage split style and V neck plus cap sleeves. This lady-like shift is modest and very appropriate for weddings and other similar occasions. The dress also comes in a tasteful nude pink complemented by lace details and the dainty ruffle. The cut is very feminine and the blend of nylon, cotton and rayon makes this dress so comfy to wear.
Alex Evenings Women’s Tea Length Button-Front Jacket Dress
- 95% polyester, 5% spandex
- Two-piece dress and jacket set
- Has sleeveless scoop-neck dress
- With understated glittery details
The Alex Evenings Women’s Tea Length Button-Front Jacket Dress comes in a sophisticated periwinkle blue—very dainty, feminine and proper enough for weddings. This is a dress and jacket set as well so this makes the pieces versatile. You can remove the jacket and wear the dress with other clothing pieces and vice versa. The dress features a scoop neckline, has a sleeveless style and comes with a chiffon skirt. The jacket comes with gorgeous lacework and it also includes glitter details that are simple, delicate and low-key.
S.L. Fashions Women’s Embellished Tiered Jacket Dress
- Made with 100% polyester
- Two-piece jacket and dress set
- Has pull-on closure
- With removable jacket
The S.L. Fashions Women’s Embellished Tiered Jacket Dress is another conservative piece that goes so well with weddings, church activities and other related events. The set includes a dress with an embellished neckline, sleeveless style and a three-tiered skirt with moderately ruffled hemlines. The jacket also comes with embellishments on the front, all tastefully done and is made from soft and flowy material. It’s another excellent pick in case you want something that you can wear again and again.
Alicepub One Shoulder Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress
- Made from high-quality chiffon fabric
- Has pongee lining
- Features ruched one-shoulder neckline
- Comes with zipper closure
The Alicepub One Shoulder Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress looks so dainty and feminine, you will feel absolutely lady-like once you put this dress on. This chic, classy dress features an A-line style, a ruched one-shoulder neckline and a flattering waistline. The dress already includes a built-in bra and a comfortable pongee lining. The dress is made from high-quality chiffon material which moves like a dream and a comfort to wear. The dress suits not only weddings but a host of other events as well like cocktail parties, semi-formal and formal occasions
Now that you are aware of the rules that you need to follow when it comes to proper wedding attire, it is time to decide on the dress. Just use the list in this guide as a handy reference for the best wedding guest dress. For brides, this guide also serves as a quick reference for choice bridesmaid frocks.