24 Must-See Black Tie Wedding Guest Dresses

Your search ends here: We've found gorgeous black tie wedding dresses for every season and budget.
Satin maxi dress with spaghetti straps and V-neck wrap bodice and slit in cinnamon color
Ashley Kiely - The Knot Contributing Writer.
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Ashley Kiely
Ashley Kiely - The Knot Contributing Writer.
Ashley Kiely
The Knot Contributor
  • Ashley contributes fashion and lifestyle wedding content to The Knot.
  • Ashley is a freelance editor, writer and brand consultant.
  • Before going freelance, Ashley was the Fashion Editor for PeopleStyle magazine.
Updated Jan 10, 2022
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If you've RSVP'd to a black tie wedding, get ready to dress to the nines. Black tie is one of the most formal dress codes (with only white tie beating it for the top spot). Finding the perfect fancy ensemble can feel stressful, but we're here to make securing a black tie wedding guest dress super easy so you can keep your focus on the fun part of getting all dressed up.

The first thing to consider before you start shopping is the wedding venue and time of year. Tuxedos and long formal gowns in darker hues are black tie wedding guest attire mainstays, but these days fancy tea-length dresses can be an option, too. The cooler months are ideal for style notes like deeper hues and luxe velvet, while pastels, brighter colors and floral prints are perfect picks for daytime black tie weddings or outdoor celebrations. A metallic gown is another great choice for an elegant black tie wedding. Just be sure that whichever dress you choose won't upstage the bride. Another insider tip: Find out what the bridesmaids are wearing, so you pick out a style that isn't too similar.

Ahead, we're rounding up 26 stunning formal dresses that are ready for a black tie celebration.

BHLDN Serephina Crepe Maxi Dress

High neck sleeveless maxi dress with slit in black

Available in sizes 0 to 26W, this crepe maxi dress is a stunning choice for a black tie wedding in any season. The timeless dress features an elegant high-neck, open cutout back and a deep side slit, in a selection of formal colors that all make a statement.

LoveShackFancy Brent Gown

Floral lace maxi dress with tiered skirt, tie straps and satin ribbons

From the floral lace with embroidered cotton scallop trim to the satin ribbon details, there's a lot to love about this black lace dress. Another eye-catching element to this V-neck gown is the peplum-style, high-low layer that sits on top of the floor-length skirt.

AQUA Floral Applique Gown

Spaghetti strap V-neck velvet bodice and floral appliqué skirt with slit

Slip into this embellished gown with a V-neckline for an outdoor black tie wedding in the summer. The inky hue keeps it formal, while the 3D florals and high slit add a bit of whimsy.

Fame and Partners Francois in Matte Satin

Draped one shoulder maxi dress in wine color

This maxi slip dress—with a draped neckline, a single draped shoulder and a plunging low back—comes in a slew of wedding-ready shades. We particularly love it in the rich wine hue, which can be accessoried for any season. Bonus: The long dress's side slit will make dancing a breeze.

Needle & Thread Snowdrop Gown

Long sleeve scoop neck floral sequin maxi dress in teal

Those who love a vintage look will adore this tulle gown with tonal glossy sequins. The romantic and glamorous dress is a standout style that's sure to make you a best-dressed guest. Opt for the bottle green hue for an early fall or spring soirée.

NBD Evan Gown

One shoulder maxi dress with slit in light blue

Beach wedding? This modern gown with a one-shoulder neckline is a perfect pick for a black tie wedding by the water. To finish off your ensemble, add barely-there sandals and pearl drop earrings.

BHLDN Freya Satin Charmeuse Dress

Satin maxi dress with spaghetti straps and V-neck wrap bodice and slit in cinnamon color

This satin charmeuse dress, with a soft wrap neckline and a draped maxi skirt, is perfect for an autumn wedding in the warm cinnamon hue. Consider styling it with gold earrings and strappy heeled sandals to complete your black tie wedding look.

Marchesa Notte Floral Chiffon One-Shoulder Gown

One long sleeve shoulder chiffon black floral print maxi dress with slit

This dreamy gown with a romantic floral print will work for both the warmer and cooler months. Our favorite detail on this chiffon dress is the bow accent at the shoulder that flows beautifully down the side of the silhouette.

Katie May Old Money Gown

Plunging neckline and tiered skirt in sheen black

Turn heads in this tiered ruffle gown made out of a sateen fabric with a textured sheen finish. We love how this style's deep V-neck has a sheer mesh inset, so you'll feel more secure and comfortable showing off your best moves on the dance floor.

Sachin & Babi Saoirse Gown

Cap sleeves and V-neck bodice, ruffle skirt with slit in yellow

This bold satin jacquard gown is a great choice for an outdoor black tie wedding in the spring or summer. The cascading ruffles of this short-sleeve dress will create beautiful movement as you make your way through the ceremony and reception.

Black Halo Divina Gown

Straight across neckline and single shoulder fitted maxi dress in black

Modern minimalists will love this strapless column gown with a structured side ruffle detail at the top. Pair the sleek dress with equally sculptural gold earrings and black strappy sandals for a totally standout look.

Katie May Damn Gina Dress

Fit and flare maxi dress with spaghetti straps in hot pink

If you're headed to a tropical destination wedding with a black tie dress code, you should take a look at this ultra-chic electric pink gown. The floor-sweeping style's bold color, low open back and adjustable spaghetti straps make it ideal for an oceanfront ceremony and dinner under the palm trees.

Mac Duggal Deep V-Neck Cap-Sleeve Pleated Satin Gown

Pleated maxi satin gown with cap sleeves, belt and deep V-neck in yellow

Make an entrance in this pleated A-line silhouette. The glam gown has a deep V-neck, cap sleeves and a tonal belt that'll define your waist. You can choose from juicy raspberry or vibrant lemon—both hues are a fun and playful twist on traditional black tie attire.

Show Me Your Mumu Tuscany Maxi Slip Dress

Maxi dress with straight across neckline and spaghetti straps in black

You can't go wrong with a floor-length black slip dress for a formal wedding. This elegant style boasts a cowl neckline with a built-in shelf bra lining and adjustable criss-cross straps at the back. The versatile dress can easily be worn again to other events or be used as a bridesmaid dress if you're in the market.

Tadashi Shoji Nisa Lace & Fringe Gown

Floral lace and fringe maxi dress with cap sleeves in navy

Lace and fringe come together to create this unique and sophisticated plus size gown. The navy and nude silhouette with go just as well with silver accessories as it will with gold.

BHLDN Beatrice Organza Maxi Dress

Floral organza dress with puff sleeves and straight across neckline, tiered skirt and tie belt

We can't help but picture this breathtaking embroidered floral organza gown in a lush garden setting straight out of Bridgerton. The dress's square neck, puff sleeves and sweeping skirt make it a style that'll undoubtedly garner a lot of compliments from fellow guests.

Lulus Tier and There Tiered Trumpet Hem Maxi Dress

Fit and flare maxi dress with single tier and spaghetti straps in deep green

You'll want to dance all night long in this under-$100 bodycon gown. The form-fitting maxi dress boasts a modern square neckline, adjustable spaghetti straps and a playful tiered trumpet hemline.

Whistles Tie Back Maxi Dress

Sleeveless scoop neck maxi dress with slit in light pink

This pastel pink sleeveless sheath dress exudes effortless elegance. While it may seem simple from the front, the back offers a beautiful tie detail that will have you looking good coming and going.

ASOS DESIGN Satin High Drape Neck Maxi Dress with Long Sleeves

Midi wrap dress with long sleeves in navy blue

Beat the chill of a late autumn or winter wedding with this chic long-sleeve gown. The draped midi dress design hits just above the ankle, while the ruched bodice is super flattering for all body types.

Amsale P357 Off-the-Shoulder Cape Gown

Off the shoulder chiffon maxi dress in teal

Make a statement in this off-the-shoulder gown with a floor-length flowing chiffon cape. This red carpet regal dress is pure elegance, and we love it in the seasonless teal hue.

Tadashi Shoji Laria Tea-Length Taffeta Dress

Tea length floral lace twist bodice with cap sleeves in navy blue

This tea-length dress is a lovely choice if you're looking for a shorter hemline for a black tie wedding. The polished style has a beautiful twist-drape bodice with lace insets and a charming A-line skirt with hip-to-waist pleats.

Lulus Stunning Perfection Satin Jacquard Maxi Dress

Satin floral pattern maxi dress with V-neck and cap sleeves in green

This satin jacquard dress with a tonal floral print is affordable and elegant. We can imagine it at a summer wedding in a vineyard or on the lawn of a beautiful estate.

Social Style Flutter Sleeve Draped Wrap Stretch Maxi Dress

Satin maxi dress with flutter sleeves and V-neck in dusty blue

Crafted in stretch charmeuse, this empire waist wrap dress has loose flutter sleeves and a draped bodice. It's offered in a bunch of different colors, but we are particularly fond of the deep green shade for black tie nuptials.

Teri Jon Jacquard Satin Ball Gown

Satin dress with off the shoulder neckline and A-line skirt in navy blue

This jacquard satin ball gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline will make you feel like royalty. Psst, it also has side seam pockets to hold your phone and favorite lip gloss. Talk about a must-buy.

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