Showstopping Maxi Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Season

These flowing picks work from outdoor garden parties to formal winter affairs.
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Lauren Levy
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Updated Oct 11, 2021
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Whether you're shopping for a casual backyard wedding or black tie affair, maxi dresses are a classic wedding guest dress option. Even though they're longer than mini dresses and trendy midi dresses, they come in a range of formalities despite their length.

Maxi dresses with flowy floral prints are ideal for outdoor garden soirées, while strapless, beaded or backless versions are equally geared towards black tie weddings. Plus, these easy-to-wear long dresses can typically be dressed up or down and tend to be best sellers during wedding season. See our favorite maxi dresses for wedding guests below.

Reformation Carrara Dress

reformation cream wedding guest maxi dress with tie chest spaghetti straps and flowy skirt

With a double bow-tie detail, this sleeveless party dress looks polished yet effortless. From the fitted bodice to the full maxi skirt, this dress is pure wedding guest perfection.

BHLDN Jessica Floral Maxi Dress

bhldn tan wedding guest maxi dress with pleated skirt multicolored floral print short sleeves and ruffle halter neckline

This airy floral maxi dress brings a boho-chic vibe to the bash with short sleeves and crinkle chiffon. However, it's totally the statement ruffles cascading down the bodice and shoulders that make this long dress stand out.

Lulus Flynn White Lace Maxi Dress

lulus white wedding guest maxi dress with v-neckline spaghetti straps flowy skirt and lace

If you're looking for a dramatic option as a wedding guest, this lace dress will turn heads. White floral lace tops a beige liner and elevates this sleeveless maxi dress into a glamorous vintage-inspired gown.

Adrianna Papell Art Deco Beaded Blouson Gown

adrianna papell art deco black wedding guest maxi dress with beading v-neckline and spaghetti straps

This beaded maxi dress comes in 18 different colors and a range of sizes. Not only does it make for a timeless wedding guest dress option for a black tie affair, but it could also work as a vintage glam bridesmaid dress.

Reformation Lecce Dress

reformation navy wedding guest maxi dress with yellow and green floral print flowy skirt thick straps and v-neckline

With a fitted bustier bodice and delicate floral print, this sleeveless maxi dress brings the garden-party charm. A low-scoop back and button accents complete the feminine wedding guest outfit.

TFNC Maternity Bridesmaid Pleated Wrap Detail Maxi Dress

asos navy maternity wedding guest maxi dress with halter keyhole neckline and pleated flowy skirt

This pleated navy maxi dress has a refined feel perfect for a pregnant bridesmaid or wedding guest. A high neck with cutout detail adds interest while the ruched empire bodice complements a mom-to-be's baby bump.

Dress the Population Ariyah Floral Sequin Maxi Dress

bloomingdales light blue and grey wedding guest maxi dress with flowy skirt thick straps v-neckline and sequins

A maxi dress that's completely covered in light blue sequins? Yes, please! This dramatic V-neck dress has a fit-and-flare silhouette and was made for dancing in at black tie weddings or any formal affair.

Lulus Loving Celebration Emerald Green Lace-Up Tiered Maxi Dress

lulus emerald green wedding guest maxi dress with square neckline layered ruffled tiered skirt with faded floral print and spaghetti straps

Available in navy and emerald green, this tiered maxi dress has a laceup back and floral burnout fabric that's reminiscent of jacquard. The princess-seamed bodice has a straight neckline that's balanced with thin spaghetti straps and a flouncy skirt.

AQUA x Mary Katrantzou Butterfly Print Maxi Dress

bloomingdale's wedding guest maxi dress with multicolored butterfly print v-neckline and flutter short sleeves

Available in both straight and plus sizes, this V-neck maxi dress features a bold butterfly print and delicate flutter sleeves to match. It's also lined and has a matching belt that ties in the back.

R & M Richards Plus Size Embroidered Gown

macy's navy and light blue wedding guest maxi dress with scoop neckline floral embroidery thick staps and tie waist

Embroidered flowers and sequin accents give this sleeveless plus size maxi dress a formal feel. A removable ribbon sash belt completes the detailed look.

Rebecca Taylor Full Length Ruched Tier Dress

rebecca taylor green wedding guest maxi dress with tulle mid-length sleeves scoop neckline and flowy tulle tiered skirt

Make a statement in this flowy dress with 3/4-length sleeves and a round neckline. An abundance of tiers and ruching create drama both on and off the dance floor.

Lulus Picture of Love Navy Blue Cold-Shoulder Wrap Maxi Dress

lulus navy wedding guest maxi dress with tie waist cold shoulder sleeves v-neckline flowy skirt and lace

Made from woven chiffon, this dress features a burnout floral design that gives it a modern take on a lace dress. From the cutout cold-shoulder detail to the darted bodice, this formal maxi dress is a stunner.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Halter Gown

bloomingdale's black wedding guest maxi dress with band waist red and pink floral print keyhole halter neckline and flowy skirt

Get ready to celebrate the newlyweds in this keyhole halter-neck maxi dress with a bold floral print. A smocked waist and flounce maxi skirt add a playful touch to this party dress.

ASOS DESIGN Pleated Halter Maxi Dress

asos navy wedding guest maxi dress with halter neckline ruffled waistline and flowy pleated tulle skirt

From the ruffle waist peplum detail to the sophisticated pleated bodice, this navy halter neck maxi dress is pure elegance. Made from sheer chiffon, the high-neck gown also has a front slit and dropped armholes for a sexy touch.

1.STATE Women's Flutter Sleeve Smocked Neck Maxi Dress

macy's black wedding guest maxi dress with band waist halter neckline short sleeves and flowy skirt with slit

For a chic wedding guest outfit, you can't go wrong with a little black dress. Give the go-to look a modern upgrade with this short sleeve maxi dress with high smock neck and sultry side slit.

ELIZA J Sleeveless Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress

bloomingdale's light pink wedding guest maxi dress with multicolored floral print tie waist v-neckline and spaghetti straps

This flowy tropical print maxi dress makes the ideal summer wedding guest dress for a more formal affair. In addition to a flattering V-neck, the spaghetti straps are adjustable, allowing for a more comfortable fit.

Show Me Your Mumu Stunner Maxi Dress

show me your mumu black wedding guest maxi dress with tie waist one shoulder long sleeves and high low ruffle trimmed skirt

This asymmetric, one-shoulder maxi dress has a high-low hemline and one long sleeve for colder weather affairs. In addition to the trending balloon puff sleeve, it also has a ruffle along the hem and a sleek tie at the waist.

ELIZA J Sleeveless Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress

bloomingdale's light pink wedding guest maxi dress with multicolored floral print tie waist v-neckline and spaghetti straps

This flowy tropical print maxi dress makes the ideal summer wedding guest dress for a more formal affair. In addition to a flattering V-neck, the spaghetti straps are adjustable, allowing for a more comfortable fit.

ASOS DESIGN Maternity Embroidered Wrap Maxi Dress

asos royal blue maternity wedding guest maxi dress with v-neckline multicolored floral embroidery

For the mom-to-be who is ready to celebrate, this embroidered long-sleeve maxi dress exudes easy elegance. The fluted sleeves and ruffle hem give this navy maternity pick a feminine feel, while the wrap bodice flatters a growing baby bump.

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