These Modest Wedding Guest Dresses are Perfect for a Church Ceremony

Browse through these looks and we’re sure you’ll agree; Sometimes modest is hottest.
Three modest wedding guest dresses
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Updated Sep 13, 2023
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Going to the chapel? You might want to check out these modest wedding guest dresses.

Don't get us wrong, we're all for showing a little skin when the occasion allows for it, but if you're gearing up to attend a religious wedding ceremony, at a church, temple or mosque, dressing a bit more conservative is the smart way to go. Not only can it be seen as a sign of respect to the couple and their loved ones, but modest dressing can actually be really cute! No, really!

The good news is that dressing modestly doesn't mean you have to go out and buy a whole new dress (though having one on hand could definitely come in handy). There are plenty of ways to make dresses you own more appropriate for a religious setting (like adding a pashmina over your shoulders or pantyhose underneath). But if you're in the market to treat yourself (we approve), we've rounded up the best looks for every dress code and budget.

In this article…

Our Favorite Modest Wedding Guest Dresses

Why spend hours searching for a dress that's both stylish and modest when you can shop all our top picks right here? Seriously. . . Get ready to hit 'add to cart'.

Wilfred Parlour Dress Cocoa Bean

Brown modest wedding guest dress from Aritzia
Photo: Aritzia

Found: The perfect new addition to your wardrobe. With a high neckline, mid-length sleeves and an A-line skirt, this modest midi dress is perfect for wedding season and beyond.

Size Range: 00 - 12
Dress Code: Casual

ASTR The Label Nalani Wrap Front Hi-Lo Dress

Floral modest wedding guest dress from ASTR The Label
Photo: ASTR The Label

Our love for this charming midi dress is certainly *blooming*, and not just because of its floral print. Its timeless silhouette is sure to earn it a spot in your rotation for years to come.

Size Range: XS - XL
Dress Code: Cocktail

ASOS DESIGN Satin Flutter Sleeve Asymmetric Hem Midi Dress Oxblood

Oxblood modest wedding guest dress from ASOS DESIGN
Photo: ASOS

If you thought modesty can't be sexy, this dress is prepared to change your mind. Dress it up with silver accessories or let its stunning silhouette speak for itself. Either way, you'll be the best dressed guest at the party.

Size Range: 0 - 14
Dress Code: Cocktail

Mac Duggal High-Neck Puff-Sleeve Mesh Ruffle Gown

Floral puff sleeve modest wedding guest dress from Mac Duggal
Photo: Anthropologie

Here's a refined look that pulls out all the stops. With a whimsical floral print and dramatic ruffle detailing throughout, this modest wedding guest dress is guaranteed to make a statement.

Size Range: 2 - 20
Dress Code: Formal

Arula Faye Dress

Black modest wedding guest dress from Arula
Photo: Arula

Consider this a sign to upgrade your little black dress. With a stylish ruched bodice, comfortable silhouette and pockets, we have good reason to believe this midi dress will become your new go-to.

Size Range: X - C
Dress Code: Casual

Significant Other Demi Backless Long-Sleeve Column Gown

Pink modest wedding guest dress from Significant Other
Photo: Anthropologie

Talk about looking pretty in pink. The subtle cutouts on the bodice of this dress offer a great alternative to a lower neckline, especially if you're attending a religious ceremony.

Size Range: 2 - 12
Dress Code: Cocktail

ASTR The Label Jenna Dolman Sleeve Floral Maxi Dress

Floral modest wedding guest dress from ASTR The Label
Photo: ASTR The Label

This festive floral print has wedding season written all over it. Rock this colorful midi dress with a pair of pumps for a wedding, then with sandals for nights out afterward.

Size Range: XS - XL
Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Reformation Delvina Dress Moss

Green modest wedding guest dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

Seriously, how adorable is this ruffled silhouette? We love this modest look for a religious wedding ceremony. P.S.: Its high neckline makes it totally hijab friendly!

Size Range: 0 - 12
Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Lulus Stunning Behavior Black Square Neck Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Black modest wedding guest dress from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

It doesn't get more timeless than this. A square neckline, sheer long sleeves and an A-line silhouette are just a few of the details that make this black gown a standout pick.

Size Range: XS - XL
Dress Code: Formal

Reformation Aude Dress

Floral modest wedding guest dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

Here's a pick that's equal parts cozy and cute. With a turtleneck and long bishop sleeves, this floral midi dress will keep you warm during a fall or winter wedding. Complete the ensemble with sheer tights and a pair of suede booties.

Size Range: 14 - 24
Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Sachin & Babi Bryant Gown Garnet

Garnet modest wedding guest dress from Sachin & Babi
Photo: Sachin & Babi

This wine-colored maxi dress calls for a toast. Between its captivating silhouette and eye-catching hue, it's an unmatched option for a formal affair.

Size Range: 0 - 22W
Dress Code: Black Tie

Torrid Midi Chiffon Mock Neck Skater Dress

Chiffon modest wedding guest dress from Torrid
Photo: Torrid

There's so many ways to style this classic skater dress. Of course, you can't go wrong with a pair of block heels and a matching clutch. Talk about the perfect wedding guest look.

Size Range: 10 - 30
Dress Code: Casual

Sachin & Babi Aurora Gown Black

Black modest wedding guest dress from Sachin & Babi
Photo: Sachin & Babi

A black tie dress code may be a reason to dress to the nines, but you'll be looking like a ten in this gown. Its square neckline, flutter sleeves and streamlined silhouette make it a timeless option for any venue.

Size Range: 0 - 22W
Dress Code: Black Tie

Reformation Petites Brandi Dress

Maroon modest wedding guest dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

We're simply obsessed with this mock-necked petite wedding guest dress and we think you will be too. Style the maroon mini dress with a pair of tights and knee-high boots for a fall or winter event.

Size Range: 0 - 24
Dress Code: Casual

Reformation Frasier Dress Black

Black wedding guest dress with leg slit from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

We have a feeling you'll be reaching for this LBD long after wedding season. With a high, scoop neckline, flattering ruched bodice and tasteful leg slit, it's an instant classic.

Size Range: 0 - 24
Dress Code: Casual

What to Look for in a Modest Wedding Guest Dress

High Neckline

There's a time and a place to show off your decolletage, and a wedding just might not be it. If you're attending a religious ceremony and are looking to cover up a bit, opt for a neckline that offers adequate coverage of your chest. Scoop necks, mock necks and turtlenecks are all great options.

Sleeves

Most modest wedding guest dresses feature some sort of sleeve, whether it be long or short. For the warmer months, you can't go wrong with a stylish flutter sleeve or puff sleeve (which are totally on trend, btw). For the fall and winter, we love long bishop or Juliet-style sleeves.

Loose Silhouette

When dressing modestly, you should avoid wearing anything overly form-fitting. It's best to save those bodycons for the bach party and instead opt for a looser silhouette, such as A-line or sheath.

Knee-Length or Longer

Although you can always make a mini dress more modest by adding tights or leggings underneath it, you should avoid wearing anything too short for a religious ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to check whether or not the dress falls at least to the tip of your fingers when your arms are by your side. However, if you're hoping to play it on the safe side, choosing a dress that's knee-length or below is always a good idea.

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