Winter is by far the most festive time of year, and a wedding only adds to the seasonal joy. But before you can party with the happy couple, you'll need an outfit that lives up to those celebratory vibes. We've rounded up some of our favorite winter wedding guest dresses that'll instantly put you in the party mood. No matter the dress code or your budget, you're bound to find a beautiful dress to wear to a winter wedding right here. Our list includes signature seasonal styles (think: luxe velvet, shiny metallics, rich jewel tones, and bright festive hues). You'll also see plenty of on-trend details like statement sleeves, slip dress silhouettes, and square necklines.
Ready to take the guesswork out of what to wear to a winter wedding? Keep reading for our top places to shop online and all the outfit inspo you could possibly need.
Where to Buy Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
To make things easy, we've listed 30 of the best winter dresses for a wedding below. But if you'd rather browse the web for yourself, check out our top three places to shop for a winter wedding guest outfit online.
- BHLDN: Anthropologie's sister brand isn't just for brides and bridesmaids—the site has a wide selection of dresses that are perfect for wedding guests too. Right now, there are plenty of winter-ready outfits on the site in seasonal shades and materials.
- Adrianna Papell: Adrianna Papell's signature styles are stunning all year round, but they're particularly fitting for winter. Details like beading and sequins add a festive finish to any outfit. Whether you're attending a semi-formal affair or black tie soiree, you'll find something here.
- Rent the Runway: Not ready to commit your hard-earned dollars to one outfit? Rent the Runway has lots of beautiful dresses for winter weddings you can rent and return for a fraction of the price.
The Best Dresses to Wear to a Winter Wedding
If you came here looking for inspiration, consider it found. We've got 30 gorgeous outfits for you to choose from, whether you're shopping for a celebration in December, January, or February. Trust us, any of these picks will make you the best-dressed guest at that winter wedding.
1. Metallic mini
Did someone say statement sleeves? We love a puff sleeve moment, and this charming mini dress is no different. The metallic bronze hue is especially fit for a New Year's Eve wedding (but really, it'll work throughout the holiday season). The outfit's dramatic details don't feel overly formal thanks to the playful shorter skirt.
Watters Meringue silk mini dress in Acorn, $425, BHLDN
2. Subtle shine
When it comes to what not to wear to a wedding, many guests get the wrong idea about the color black. In most cases, it's totally fine to wear black to a wedding, especially in the winter when darker hues are trending. This subtly sparkly midi dress has a wrap silhouette and long sleeves. Dress it up with a pair of strappy heels and some statement earrings for a cocktail wedding.
Adrianna Papell plus-size metallic striped knit dress in Black, $149, Adrianna Papell
3. Velvet florals
It's winter, which means velvet is once again the star of the show. A flirty ruched skirt and cami neckline make this sleeveless 'fit equal parts romantic and sexy. It's another one of our favorite winter wedding cocktail dresses.
Harlyn velvet high-low dress, from $35 to rent, Rent the Runway
4. Sleek jumpsuit
A jumpsuit is an excellent (read: warm) winter wedding outfit idea, especially if part of the celebration is taking place outdoors. The satin material, wide-leg silhouette, and cowl neckline give this jumpsuit a formal feel. Since it has short sleeves, we recommend pairing it with a cute bolero to keep out the chill.
Fame and Partners draped maxi jumpsuit in Satin Black Twill, $309, Fame and Partners
5. Oversized sleeves
We don't know about you, but this combination of black velvet and dramatic poplin sleeves checks all of our boxes. The sweetheart neckline provides an opportunity to show off a nice necklace.
Missguided velvet wrap dress with poplin sleeve, $45, ASOS
6. Beautiful burgundy
In the winter season, both shades of red and jewel tones are a fitting choice. This burgundy midi offers the best of both worlds and it's made of velvet material, which adds a formal feel. If you're on the hunt for a plus-size winter wedding guest dress, this could be the one.
Alex Evenings velvet ruched dress in Wine, $169, CoEdition
7. Asymmetrical one-shoulder
The dainty florals on this one-shoulder dress remind us of budding blooms, while the dark black background keeps it rooted in the colder months. It's an excellent wedding guest dress for late February or early March when the lines between winter and spring are blurred.
Amur asymmetric one-shoulder dress, from $75 to rent, Rent the Runway
8. Ruffled tiers
Shades of blue are also popular during the winter, from deep midnight hues all the way to light icy tones. This navy winter wedding guest dress has a halter neckline and romantic layered skirt. The tie waist detail helps to create a defined silhouette.
Esther & Co. Cadence dress in Navy, $76, Esther & Co.
9. Sultry slit
There's no denying that forest green is a festive hue—after all, it's the color of Christmas trees. With that in mind, it's a great color to go with if you're looking for a dress to wear as a guest to a December wedding. This outfit's high neck and long sleeves should keep you covered from the chilly winter air, while the slitted midi skirt still shows a little skin.
Reformation Julius dress in Forest, $298, Reformation
10. Casual midi
If you're attending a winter wedding with a casual dress code, this classic floral midi will do the trick. This chic design will be a versatile addition to your wardrobe even after the nuptials. Just make sure to invest in a warm jacket or overcoat too.
Socialite Louisa side-knot dress in Black/Red, $49, Dia & Co
11. Formal maxi
If the invitation calls for black tie attire, your safest bet is to choose a full-length dress. Materials like velvet and satin are considered appropriate for formal events (plus, they fit the season really well). This deep purple maxi dress is exactly the kind of regal hue winter is known for. It's available in a range of inclusive sizes, including plus-size and petite options.
Chi Chi London plus-size satin slip cowl back maxi dress in Purple, $158, Chi Chi London
12. Romantic ruching
Who said cottagecore can't rule the colder months of the year? The combination of an icy blue hue with delicate florals makes this dress another great option for late winter and early spring.
ASTR The Label Emma ruched puff sleeve floral midi dress in Light Blue Ditsy, $128, ASTR The Label
13. Minimalist maxi
You can never go wrong with a simple-but-chic crepe dress, especially if you choose a color that salutes the holiday season. Add a touch of glam to this elegant outfit with a pair of heeled pumps and some bling.
Birdy Grey Ash curve crepe dress, $99, Birdy Grey
14. Berry red
Red is another color that can sometimes feel a little too daring to wear to a wedding, especially if it's an extra-vibrant hue. But if there's one time of year you can most definitely pull it off, it's the holidays. This strapless jumpsuit will help spread seasonal cheer at a Christmas wedding.
Lulus Power of Love red strapless jumpsuit, $64, Lulus
15. Column silhouette
If you've been invited to a black tie wedding, it might be time to invest in an elegant gown you can wear again at future formal events. Everything about this column dress is perfect for winter, from the dark navy hue and satin material to the sequined sheer overlay.
Amsale Janna dress, $650, BHLDN
16. Neutral suede
Neutral hues such as taupe work all year round, meaning you can pull this wrap dress out for pretty much any occasion. The faux suede material and long sleeves keep you warm against drafts or chilly temperatures (great for a winter wedding!).
Fraiche by J faux suede tulip dress, $99, Nordstrom
17. Floral jacquard
There's something incredibly elegant about this jacquard mini dress. The metallic blue florals look striking against the black background. And if you're looking for long-sleeve winter wedding guest dresses, it's got that going for it too.
Lulus Elegant Taste black and blue floral jacquard mini dress, $78, Lulus
18. Velvet trim
We can imagine Mrs. Claus herself in this burgundy cocktail dress. The red hue and velvet trim feel delightfully festive, while the 3D floral embellishments add a whimsical touch. It's easily one of the most Christmas-worthy wedding guest dresses we've seen.
Mac Duggal long-sleeve fit and flare velvet embellished cocktail dress in Burgundy, $498, Nordstrom
19. Textured slip
The subtle burnout pattern adds a unique detail to this otherwise minimalist midi. The slip silhouette and cowl neckline are both right on trend for 2021.
Hutch Kinsey midi dress, $198, BHLDN
20. Pretty pleats
This flowy style features allover pleats, a plunging neckline, and dramatic bell sleeves. Choose the maxi length if you're looking for a formal winter wedding guest dress, or go with the midi length if it's a semi-formal affair.
Fame and Partners Larissa dress in Light Georgette/Forest Green, $315, Fame and Partners
21. Lavender lace
If you're looking for a dress to wear as a guest to a wedding in February, you might want to move beyond festive reds, greens, and metallics. This lavender lace dress is a beautiful transitional piece that doesn't feel overly spring-y thanks to its darker-than-usual hue.
Maeve embroidered lace mini dress, $180, Anthropologie
22. Velvet jumpsuit
There's no shortage of winter-ready wedding guest outfits available on Rent the Runway. This velvet jumpsuit will definitely help you stay warm in chillier weather.
Adelyn Rae Jeanine velvet jumpsuit, from $30 to rent, Rent the Runway
23. Festive florals
There are so many different types of winter dresses you can wear to a wedding. We love the on-theme floral print on this long-sleeve mini. The dainty blooms are red, white, and green—basically the primary colors of the holiday season.
Abercrombie & Fitch long-sleeve draped skirt mini dress, $110, Abercrombie & Fitch
24. Asymmetrical Ruffles
Here's another bright red outfit for a wedding that's taking place around Christmas time. The asymmetrical ruffle detail adds a dramatic element to this cheery attire.
Sydney's Closet All About the Frills jumpsuit in Red, $199, Sydney's Closet
25. Polka-dot print
Dark shades of green like emerald and forest are popular throughout fall and winter. But you can also consider brighter shades of green around the holidays, like this vibrant silk wrap dress. The subtle polka-dot print adds a playful element.
Reformation Merrick dress in Peat, $298, Reformation
26. Eye-catching color
While powdery mauve and blush tones are arguably more suited for the spring, you can totally wear pink to a winter wedding if you want to. The trick is to choose a shade that fits the season, such as fuchsia or magenta. Pair this asymmetrical satin dress with a faux fur wrap or leather jacket to combat the cold weather.
Zara satin effect asymmetric dress, $50, Zara
27. Ice blue
If Elsa from Frozen was a guest at a winter wedding, this is what she'd wear. Made from comfortable stretch satin, this tea-length party dress features a cowl neckline, corset back, and side slit.
Azazie Ceci stretch satin dress in Dusty Blue, $99, Azazie
28. Silver sequins
Attending a wedding on or around New Year's Eve? Metallic shades like gold, silver, and bronze are a great way to nail the celebratory vibe. This allover sequin dress is sure to garner more than a few compliments. It's a stunning formal dress for a winter wedding.
Adrianna Papell plus-size off-the-shoulder sequin beaded gown in Lead, $329, Adrianna Papell
29. Versatile bodycon
If you'd rather buy an outfit you can definitely wear again, consider this classic mini dress in a timeless nude hue. It's got long sleeves, a flattering ruched design, and a V-neck. Padded shoulders add extra definition.
ASTR The Label Myla long-sleeve bodycon mini dress, $118, ASTR The Label
30. Off-the-shoulder neckline
Last but not least, here's another simple-but-sophisticated style you can easily rewear. This navy midi features a subtle side slit and modern off-the-shoulder neckline.
HelloMolly Wild Rose midi dress in Navy, $63, HelloMolly