24 Gorgeous Daytime Wedding Guest Dresses

We guarantee you'll be the best dressed guest at your next daytime wedding.
Floor length dress with floral print
Carli Brennan
by Carli Brennan
Updated Jan 24, 2023
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If you're invited to a daytime wedding, you may be wondering how to find a daytime wedding guest dress that strikes the perfect balance of dressy and casual—your fit should be appropriate for an important occasion like a wedding, but also not so formal and vampy you're dressed for a soiree after dark. The good news: There's no shortage of chic outfit possibilities out there. If you're not sure where to begin your search, we're here to help you narrow down which daytime wedding guest dress is right for your upcoming event. Below, we break down expert tips on how to choose the right look—plus editor-approved daytime wedding guest dresses you can add to your cart right now.

What to Wear to a Day Wedding

When deciding on a wedding guest dress, it's important to consider the time of day of the wedding. The rules of how to dress as a daytime wedding guest vary from those of an evening event. While night time special events call for darker, moodier colors, a daytime wedding is the perfect time to wear brighter colors and softer silhouettes.

Beyond color, there are a few important factors to consider when dressing for a daytime wedding. When it comes to choosing wedding attire, keep in mind the level of formality of the event. Just because the wedding takes place during the day doesn't mean that you should stray from a more formal dress code. Also, be sure to take into account the seasonality of the event. Save shorter, skin-baring styles for the warmer months and opt for long sleeves and heavier fabrics when it's cold outside.

To ensure you're the best dressed guest at your next daytime soiree, we've compiled a list of our favorite festive daytime wedding guest dresses. Whether you're looking for an elegant daytime gown or a sweet mini dress, we've got you covered.

Our Favorite Daytime Wedding Guest Dresses

Free People Lakeside Printed Midi Dress

Maxi heart print dress with front slit

Lean into the theme of love with this sweet, heart-printed dress. Side ruching makes for a flattering fit, while a keyhole back cutout adds shape.

Cider Solid Cowl Neck Slit Midi Dress

Silk midi dress with cowl neck and front slit

You can't go wrong with a silk midi dress. This one features a classic cowl neck, a side slit, and covered button detailing.

Bar III Women's Twist Cutout Long-Sleeve Bodycon Dress

Fitted midi dress with front cutout and long sleeves

You don't have to stray away from black for a daytime wedding. This midi dress is chic without being too formal. You can dress it or down depending on the occasion.

Reformation Lecce Dress

Floor length dress with floral print

It's clear to see why this classic style from Reformation is a best seller. It comes in solids and whimsical floral prints. Bonus: the floor length means you can get away with wearing comfortable shoes and no one will be the wiser.

Lulus Smokeshow Teal Metallic Mini Dress

Pleated metallic mini dress with plunging neckline

Pleated metallic fabric elevates this flowy mini dress, while velvet detailing at the waist creates a flattering skater skirt shape. We're Adding this one to our wishlist ASAP!

PatBO Ombre Lurex Cut-Out Gown

Shimmering floor length gown with side cutouts, bell sleeves, and ombre color

For a black tie affair, always opt for a floor-length gown. This one from PatBO is made from a shimmering lurex that catches the light with any movement. Its ocean-inspired color and cutouts make it perfect for a destination beach wedding.

Camila Coelho Payton Maxi Dress

Mermaid maxi dress with fringe hem and halter neck

The trendy Valentino pink shade of this maxi dress and the fringe detail at the hem feel so fresh. Keep accessories minimal so that the dress can steal the show.

DRAPER JAMES RSVP Plus Size Long Sleeve Ruffle Midi Dress

Floral midi faux wrap dress with long sleeves

A faux wrap dress is always timeless—and for good reason! The tried and true silhouette is perfect for any special occasion. This floral rendition is perfect for a spring wedding.

Sea New York Mayde Dress

Velvet midi dress with ruched bodice and 1/2 sleeves

This luxe velvet midi is perfect for a fall or winter daytime wedding. It features a deep v-neckline, smocked bodice, and puff sleeves with ties.

LoveShackFancy Cookie Midi Dress

Slip midi dress with cowl neck and marble print

Calling all Barbiecore lovers. LoveShackFancy breathes new life into a classic slip dress with this vibrant midi. Its pink marble print and a spray of crystals along the neckline are sure to make a statement.

ASOS Edition Puff Sleeve Empire Mini Dress

Mini floral dress with dramatic sleeves

This floral dress is equal parts glamorous and flirty. Statement puff sleeves and a plunging square neckline plus a short hemline add drama. Pair this with platform sandals to play up its inherently retro vibe.

Reformation Mara Dress

Midi dress with square neckline and long sleeves

The sweetheart neckline, side slit, and open back make this black midi dress an instant classic. It's perfect to dress up or down, so it'll easily take you through wedding season and beyond.

Petal + Pup Laurel Dress

Simple midi dress with tie sleeves and front slit

Navy is great for when you want to keep things simple, but are tired of your LBD. The tie straps on this midi dress add a feminine touch to an otherwise simple dress.

Rococo Sand Zazu Short Dress

One shoulder floral mini dress

This floral one-shoulder mini dress is perfect for your next beach wedding. Its flowy tiered skirt makes it perfect for dancing the day away. And, the trendy one-shoulder neckline will set you apart from the crowd.

Veronica Beard Radley Taffeta Dress

tiered midi dress with criss cross halter neck

Two words: Effortlessly chic. This vibrant party dress is sure to garner tons of compliments. We especially love its electric blue color and criss crossed halter neckline.

ASTR the Label Elsie Floral Jacquard Smocked Midi Dress

Shimmery jacquard midi dress with front slit

A shimmery jacquard fabric elevates this sweet floral midi dress. The trendy caramel color is perfect for fall, while the corset style bodice gives it some sultry appeal.

Free People That Girl Sequin Mini Dress

Sequin midi dress with spaghetti straps

Who said sequin dresses are only for the evening? This dazzling mini dress would work just as well during a daytime wedding. Because this sparkly dress is jewelry itself, keep accessories minimal and pair it with a simple strappy heel.

Hill House Home The Cher Dress

Smocked shimmery jacquard mini dress

This brand is a cult-favorite among fashionistas for a reason: it's both comfortable and stylish. We love the smocked detailing and shimmering jacquard on this elevated mini dress.

Staud Gianna Dress

Midi dress with front cutout and halter neck

Va va voom. Fire engine red makes this elegant gown a head turner. A keyhole cutout and strappy neckline turn up the heat.

Elliatt Asymmetric Satin Cocktail Dress

Asymmetrical mini dress with sleeveless halter neck

The asymmetrical hemline and cowl halter neck make this satin dress a standout. It comes in a wide array of colors, so there's something for everyone. Pair this sleek style with metallic accessories that will pop against its lush green hue.

Lulus Aveline Black Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Maxi dress with off the shoulder sleeves and front slit

A classic off-the-shoulder gown is perfect for any occasion—and any time of day. You can't go wrong with this classic black option for a more formal wedding. Bonus: You will definitely wear this look again.

V. Chapman Dianthus Gown

Floor length silk gown with peplum and lace bodice

This silk gown is perfect for a black tie daytime wedding. Lace panels on the bodice and a peplum make it feel extra feminine.

Band of Gypsies The Empress Gold Foil Floral Mini Dress

Gold foil and jacquard mini dress

Gold foil and floral jacquard are a welcome update on this little black dress. Pair it with your favorite gold shoes and jewelry for a glamorous look.

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