25 Dazzling New Year's Eve Wedding Guest Dresses to Celebrate in Style

Bring on the bling and sparkles.
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Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
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Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Nov 10, 2022
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What better way to ring in the new year than by attending a wedding? New Year's Eve nuptials start the year on an extra-celebratory note—and you also might be wondering what to wear to the occasion. Our first piece of advice? Don't be afraid to pull out all of the stops and go totally glam for New Year's Eve wedding guest dresses (think: sequins, beading, metallics and high-shine fabrics). A NYE wedding is all about merriment—and festive fits to match. Whether the ceremony is a casual event or a black-tie affair that calls for more formal attire, this is the time to put on your most celebratory garb while raising a glass to a new year—and the newlyweds.

From beautiful sequined numbers to elegant floral frocks, we've rounded up the best dresses for New Year's Eve weddings for all dress codes and wedding guest styles. (For even more inspo and advice, check out our comprehensive edit of what to wear to a winter wedding.) Now that you're ready to shop, see our editor-approved picks that'll help you show up to your event in style.

1. Atsu Bow Midi Dress in Pink

Atsu Barbiecore pink new year's eve wedding guest dress with oversized bow detail

Hello, Barbiecore. Channel the trending internet aesthetic with this stunning hot pink NYE wedding guest dress. From the oversized bow detail on the strapless bodice to the tiered maxi skirt, we're seriously in love. Oh, and this size-inclusive number comes in standard, petite and plus.

2. Lulus Dancing to the Music Sequin Wide-Leg Jumpsuit in Green Iridescent

Lulus sequined wedding guest jumpsuit for New Year's Eve wedding attire

As we mentioned earlier, New Year's Eve wedding attire calls for glitter and glam—and this iridescent wedding guest jumpsuit is a great alternative to traditional gowns. The sparkly silhouette has a square neckline, wide-leg pants and is covered in allover iridescent green sequins.

3. ASOS Lovedrobe Luxe Plus Pleated Satin Midi Dress with Twist Back Detail in Navy

ASOS satin NYE wedding guest dress with long puffed sleeves and pleated skirt

Luxe satin is another go-to fabric for NYE wedding guest dresses. To look shiny and celebratory, slip into this pleated long-sleeve midi dress for cocktail attire. All you need are gold or silver accessories to add pizazz to your party-ready outfit.

4. ASTR The Label Gaia Floral Midi Dress in Dark Navy-Purple Floral

ASTR The Label New Year's Eve wedding guest dress with cowl neckline

FYI: Florals aren't limited to spring and summer weddings. This romantic midi dress is covered in dark and moody purple botanicals, making it an appropriate New Year's Eve dress for winter weddings. We also have to call out the trendy cowl neckline and adjustable shoulder straps.

5. Ieena for Mac Duggal Sequin Embroidered Gown in Black

Rent the Runway Mac Duggal New Year's Eve wedding guest dress covered in floral embroidery

This stunning rental New Year's Eve wedding guest dress is perfect for a black-tie affair. Adorned with multicolored embroidery and featuring sheer blouson sleeves and an elegant maxi skirt, it's a twirl-worthy option that'll look fabulous on the dance floor.

6. Petal & Pup Kitt Cutout Maxi Dress in Silver

Lulus metallic maxi dress for NYE weddings with stomach cutouts

Go bold with this gorgeous metallic maxi dress that's sure to impress. It's got special occasion written all over it, thanks to the silver fabric, stylish stomach cutouts and maxi silhouette. Complete your NYE wedding guest outfit with statement earrings and embellished heels.

7. ELOQUII Sequin Maxi Dress with Slit in Princess Blue

ELOQUII plus-size wedding guest dress for New Year's Eve in dazzling blue sequins

We've found a spectacular plus-size wedding guest dress for New Year's Eve. This dazzling blue number has so many note-worthy elements, from the chic halter neckline to the thigh-high split. Better yet, the stretch sequin fabric will keep you feeling festive and comfortable until after midnight strikes.

8. Tularosa Tate Gown in Wine

Tularosa New Year's Eve satin wedding guest gown with long skirt

Keep it classy by wearing this breathtaking Wine-colored New Year's Eve wedding guest gown. Crafted from smooth satin fabric, it features a polished cowl neckline, knotted shoulder straps and a floor-skimming maxi skirt. Throw in a bedazzled clutch and sparkly stilettos to make it ready for black-tie or formal attire.

9. Abercrombie & Fitch Long-Sleeve Asymmetrical Velvet Mini Dress in Navy

Abercrombie & Fitch long-sleeve velvet wedding guest dress for winter weddings

While some mini dresses can look too informal for wedding attire, this velvet number is the exception. With refined long sleeves, an asymmetrical neckline and an above-the-knee mini skirt, you'll stun from all angles. Plus, the short silhouette means you can rock a fabulous pair of pumps.

10. Badgley Mischka Velvet Bow Front Dress in Black

Badgley Mischka New Year's wedding dress for guests with oversized bow detail

Ready for your bow-ment? This New Year's wedding dress for guests is undeniably stylish. Besides the oversized bow detail, we're digging the ultra-soft velvet fabric and knee-length skirt. Best of all, this Rent the Runway wedding guest dress starts at just $33 to rent for four days (and that includes complimentary dry cleaning and a free backup size, too).

11. JessaKae Memory Lane Dress in Plum

JessaKae embellished cocktail dress for New Year's Eve weddings

Stun in sequins with this gorgeous Plum-hued cocktail dress for New Year's Eve weddings. The embroidered bodice and fairytale-like tulle skirt make for an unforgettable silhouette. Want even more color options? The Green and Pink hues are equally stunning for special occasions.

12. Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Feather-Trim Off-the-Shoulder Jersey Jumpsuit in Black

Adrianna Papell plus-size black wedding guest jumpsuit with feathered neckline

There's no reason you can't wear a party jumpsuit instead of a party dress. This one is available in standard and plus sizes and features an of-the-moment feathered neckline, three-quarter sleeves and breezy, wide-leg pants. Another plus? You'll definitely wear this fit again after the wedding concludes.

13. Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan Fringed Halter Dress in Bronze

Pallavi Mohan fringed halter wedding guest dress for New Year's Eve

You'll shimmer all night long in this sultry bronze dress for NYE wedding guests. Available in standard, petite and plus sizes, we're drawn to the halter neckline, fringed maxi skirt and mesmerizing metallic fabric. Add a pair of chic mules or comfy heeled sandals, depending on your vibe.

14. Banana Republic Factory V-Neck Midi Dress in Dark Cherry

Banana Republic Factory minimalist shiny slip dress for New Year's Eve wedding attire

Minimalists: You simply can't go wrong with a versatile slip dress—and this one comes in standard, petite and tall sizes. The rich Dark Cherry shade will photograph beautifully, plus it can easily be dressed up or down with accessories to match the dress code of the NYE wedding. Pro tip: Don't forget to bring a faux fur wrap or shawl to keep warm in cooler temps.

15. BHLDN Dylan Satin Charmeuse Dress in Black

one-shoulder satin maxi wedding guest dress from BHLDN

You can layer up on sparkly accessories if you sport this one-shoulder satin maxi dress from BHLDN, Anthropologie's wedding shop. It comes in an array of gorgeous colorways, from sleek Black to romantic Dusty Blue (two colors that we especially love for New Year's Eve weddings).

16. Lulus Radiant Love Embroidered Short-Sleeve Skater Dress in Black Floral

Lulus short floral wedding guest dress for New Year's Eve weddings

If short dresses are your thing, this one's a total showstopper. A square neckline, short puffed sleeves, a skater skirt and intricate floral embroidery all come together for a classic-yet-edgy NYE wedding guest outfit.

17. Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Hand-Beaded 3D Floral Illusion Short Sheath Cocktail Dress in Black Gold

Adrianna Papell bedazzled cocktail dress for NYE wedding attire

We're getting Taylor Swift Midnights vibes from this bedazzled cocktail dress for NYE wedding attire. The classic sheath is accented with handsewn beadwork and 3D florals on a mesh knit overlay. Style your outfit with neutral-color accessories to let the embellished silhouette stand out. According to Taylor Swift, you'll polish up real nice.

18. Saylor Marcey Dress in Fuschia

Saylor Barbiecore pink New Year's Eve outfit for wedding guests

Here's another Barbiecore pink New Year's Eve outfit to keep on your radar. In addition to the bright Fuchsia hue, it has other over-the-top features, including the high mock neckline, puff shoulders and ruched bodice. It's a sexy and celebratory dress for cocktail and semi-formal NYE weddings.

19. Hill House Home The Collector's Edition Ellie Nap Dress in Sequins

Hill House Home sequin Holiday nap dress with flutter sleeves

You can't go wrong where sequins are concerned, especially for a NYE celebration. This captivating dress, accented with dreamy flutter sleeves, gives the classic fabric a festive and fun edge. Slip on this beauty, then get ready to sparkle on the dance floor all night long!

20. Jules and Cleo One-Shoulder Cut Glass Stretch Satin Sheath in Navy

Jules and Cleo one-shoulder NYE wedding guest dress with glass embellishments

This dress is a great combination of sexy and formal. The more modest feel of the one-shoulder neckline and maxi skirt are offset by the unique cut glass embellishments spread throughout. Pair this gorgeous New Year's Eve number with gold hoops and strappy heels.

21. JessaKae Allora Dress in Rose

JessaKae whimsical NYE wedding guest dress with flowy tulle skirt

If you're feeling the cottagecore trend, look no further than this whimsical number for your New Year's Eve wedding guest dress. You'll stand out in a sea of black dresses in this lovely Rose-colored number, which is complete with puffed long sleeves and an ethereal tulle skirt. And check out all of those size options, which range from XXS to 6X.

22. Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Taffeta and Velvet Shirtdress in Black

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman velvet shirt dress for NYE wedding attire

If you'd rather skip on all the glitz and glam and opt for a minimalist silhouette for New Year's—no problem. What about this sophisticated shirtdress with a beautiful bow detail? With dressy accessories, you can elevate the outfit for formal and cocktail attire, but you can also wear it to semi-formal events, too.

23. Ivy City Co. Whimsical Dress in Red

Ivy City Co. red NYE wedding guest dress with flutter sleeves and ruffled skirt

We love Ivy City Co. because it carries the most whimsical silhouettes for wedding guests. This Red NYE wedding guest dress is packed with dreamy elements, from the flutter sleeves and ruffled bodice to the tulle maxi skirt. (And it comes in a short version too that's super adorbs.)

24. Marchesa Notte Printed Gown in Black Floral

Marchesa Notte floral NYE wedding guest dress with off-the-shoulder sleeves

This floral NYE wedding guest dress is so stunning, it literally resembles an art painting. Most importantly, you can rent this designer outfit starting at $150 (compared to the retail price of $896). Bonus: New RTR customers, use the code TKRENTAL to receive 25% off your first rental if you spend a minimum of $75.

25. Reformation Westerly Velvet Dress in Danube

Reformation velvet New Year's Eve wedding guest gown with tie straps

You'll look effortlessly elegant in this velvet New Year's Eve wedding guest gown. It's finished with a square neckline, tie shoulder straps and a long maxi skirt with a side slit. All you need is sparkly jewelry, metallic heels and a stylish clutch to finish your look.

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