Our 25 Favorite Rent the Runway Wedding Guest Dresses

These stylish rentals start at just $30 for four days.
collage of three cute Rent the Runway wedding guest dresses
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 Sep 02, 2022
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Thanks to the wedding boom, you might have a myriad of events on your calendar with different venues, themes and dress codes. Instead of buying dresses for your upcoming occasions, consider renting them, instead. Renting a wedding guest outfit (or multiple) is a worthwhile option that's easy, sustainable and cost-effective. And if you're unsure where to start, enter: Rent the Runway. RTR is one of our favorite rental sites to buy formalwear for weddings all year round, thanks to their wide selection of beautiful and trendy dresses for a fraction of the retail price. Ideal for wedding guests, you can filter for the formality of your event (ex. black tie or cocktail), the time of season, color and more. Seriously, it's that simple.

Wondering how the rental process works? RTR offers one-time rentals, called RTR Reserve, for a four- or eight-day rental period. You can reserve your favorite styles up to four months in advance, which also includes one free backup size and complementary dry cleaning. To give you a jump start on your search, we've rounded up the best Rent the Runway wedding guest dresses, below. Featuring designers like Mac Duggal, Monique Lhuillier, Ralph Lauren and more, there's no shortage of effortlessly elegant styles for all your wedding guest needs.

1. Ieena for Mac Duggal Floral Puff-Sleeve Dress in Red Floral

Mac Duggal Rent the Runway wedding guest dress with floral print and puffed sleeves

There's something utterly whimsical about this Rent the Runway wedding guest dress for fall, spring and summer weddings. From the delicate puff sleeves and the cute tie detail to the multicolored floral print, there are so many features to love. This printed rental starts at just $55 for four days.

2. Shoshanna Gia One-Shoulder Dress in Black

Shoshanna Rent the Runway fall wedding guest dress with one-shoulder neckline and dark floral print

Here's another floral number that's absolutely showstopping for your next event. With a one-shoulder neckline, a statement puffed short sleeve and an asymmetrical skirt, it's an excellent option for your upcoming soiree. Add colorful accessories to match the vibrant botanical motifs printed throughout the dress.

3. Ralph Lauren Deannie Gown in Blue

Ralph Lauren Rent the Runway summer wedding guest dress for formal weddings

If you want to look graceful and modest, consider renting this stunning Ralph Lauren gown starting at $30. The soft blue shade is an appropriate color choice for daytime black-tie and formal events, especially in the spring and summertime. Dress up your outfit with gold or silver jewelry and a sparkly clutch.

4. Ulla Johnson Isabella Ruffle Dress in Green Cotton

Ulla Johnson fall wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway with ruffled shoulders

You'll look effortlessly chic in this ruffled midi dress by Ulla Johnson. The lightweight cotton material and versatile green hue mean you can wear this stylish frock all year round. Other note-worthy details include the ruffled accents on the shoulders and waist and the subtle slit on the midi skirt.

5. Solace London Saren Gown in Black

Solace London sleek Rent the Runway black wedding guest dress with spliced shoulder and maxi skirt

Sleek and oh-so-sophisticated, we guarantee that this Rent the Runway wedding guest dress will earn tons of compliments. The spliced shoulder commands attention, while the open back brings a fun and flirty feel. Accessorize with dangly earrings and neutral-colored heels to seal the deal.

6. Monique Lhuillier Floral Embroidered Mesh Dress in Black

Monique Lhuillier RTR embroidered wedding guest dress with sheer short sleeves

For a fall or winter wedding, consider wearing this ethereal Monique Lhuillier floral gown, which comes in sizes 0 to 22W. This formal dress code-approved wedding guest dress is completed with V-neckline, sheer short sleeves and an allover botanical print embroidered throughout the romantic silhouette. What's not to love?

7. Badgley Mischka Butterfly Belted Gown in Baby Blue

Badgley Mischka elegant Rent the Runway wedding guest gown for formal weddings

Pastel-colored blooms and butterflies captivate this Badgley Mischka wedding guest gown for formal functions. The floor-skimming dress also has an elegant V-neckline and a baby blue waist sash that complements the floral motifs. We could just picture this pretty number stunning at a spring or summer affair.

8. ML Monique Lhuillier Sheer Side Lace Dress in Black

Monique Lhuillier black lace wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway

This Monique Lhuillier black lace wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway is the epitome of class. The cocktail-approved frock is covered in intricate lace and has a slight cutout appearance on the sophisticated short sleeves and fitted waist. Thanks to the tea-length silhouette, you can show off a glamorous pair of heels to go with your outfit.

9. Hutch Calla Cowl Neck Gown in Black Floral

Hutch Rent the Runway wedding guest maxi dress with dark floral print

We have two words for this Rent the Runway wedding guest maxi dress: sweet and sultry. The black floral crepe gown is elevated with a cowl neckline, slim shoulder straps and a dark, painterly botanical print. Wear it to a formal affair with neutral-colored accessories to balance out the lively pattern.

10. TOME Collective One-Shoulder Pleated Dress in Orange

TOME Collective Rent the Runway fall wedding guest dress with shirred bodice and tiered skirt

This fall wedding guest dress will look beautiful against the autumn foliage, thanks to the eye-catching orange hue and refined accordion pleated silhouette. We're also obsessed with the sleek one-shoulder neckline and tiered ruffle hem on the maxi-length skirt. Can you believe this sophisticated autumn frock starts at $40 to rent?

11. Shoshanna Priya Dress in Multicolored Floral

Shoshanna spring floral wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway

You'll want to get lots of pics in this breathtaking multicolored floral gown. Whether the event is taking place in the spring or summer, the lively pink and purple print—coupled with trendy details like a one-shoulder neckline and ruffled skirt—make for one stellar wedding guest ensemble.

12. Ieena for Mac Duggal Ruffled Cutout Gown in Black

Ieena for Mac Duggal Rent the Runway black-tie gown for wedding guests

We've seen this black Mac Duggal chiffon gown in person and can attest to its beauty in real life. From the ruffled cap sleeves and side cutouts to the strappy back and floor-sweeping skirt, you'll be a vision on the dance floor. Plus, it's available in standard, petite and long sizes.

13. Sachin & Babi Yellow Flutter-Sleeve Floral Dress in Yellow

Sachin & Babi yellow floral RTR wedding guest with flutter sleeves

If you're attending a daytime elegant wedding, we can't picture a better option than this yellow floral gown from Sachin & Babi. Starting at $30 to rent for four days, it features charming flutter sleeves and adorable tiered skirt hem. Style your ensemble with pink accessories to match the botanical print.

14. Self-Portrait Polka Dot Puff-Sleeve Dress in Black and White

Self-Portrait Rent the Runway puff-sleeve wedding guest dress with sweetheart neckline and polka dots

Calling all fashionistas: Say hello to your new closet staple. This stylish puff-sleeve dress with a sweetheart neckline and polka dots can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Incorporate colorful accessories to add vibrance to the black and white patterned silhouette.

15. Solace London Riley Gown in Purple

Solace London Barbiecore print wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway

Barbiecore lovers, take note. This statement-making wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway looks so dreamy and cute, thanks to the square neckline, column silhouette and whimsical Purple-pink hue. Wear it to your next outdoor wedding with gold jewelry and a pair of chic mules.

16. Monique Lhuillier One-Shoulder Velvet Sequin Gown in Black

Monique Lhuillier sparkly black formal wedding guest gown from Rent the Runway

Get ready to sparkle all night long in this black velvet gown covered in gold sequins. Aside from the glittery embellishments, it has a one-shoulder neckline and long maxi skirt with a flirty side slit. The leg opening also means you can rock metallic heels to bring even more pizazz to your look.

17. Solace London Pleated Lila Dress in Yellow

Solace London pleated yellow summer wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway

Hello, sunshine! You'll feel bright and airy in this pleated yellow summer wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway. The draped one-shoulder long sleeve is a striking detail that'll look great in photos. Style your outfit with dangly earrings, a sparkly slim tie belt and a cute purse.

18. Tanya Taylor Printed Cynthia Dress in Pink Multi Color

Tanya Taylor Rent the Runway pink checkered wedding guest dress with puffed sleeves

Calling all cottagecore fans: This pink wedding guest dress, featuring short puffed sleeves, a square neckline and a tiered midi skirt, emulates the trending internet style. It's also covered in a vibrant checkered print that's so unique and fun, especially for dressy casual or casual functions.

19. ASTR Gaia Dress in Dark Blush Floral

ASTR The Label pink floral wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway

If you couldn't tell already, we're obsessed with floral wedding guest dresses. But who could blame us? Just take this botanical number with a cowl neckline, delicate spaghetti straps and a stylish midi skirt. Whether your event's in the spring, summer or fall, you can't go wrong with this effortlessly chic Rent the Runway wedding guest dress.

20. Selkie The Rainbow Puff Dress in Rainbow

Rent the Runway pastel beach wedding guest dress with puffy midi skirt

Headed to a wedding seaside? This Rent the Runway beach wedding guest dress is a wow-worthy style that'll earn tons of praise. The puffy, structured silhouette will look so chic in photos, while the multicolored pastel-hued print is downright dreamy. Add statement accessories to complement the adorable mini skirt.

21. Marchesa Notte Black Floral Printed Gown in Black and Floral

Marchesa Notte off-the-shoulder floral winter wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway

This Rent the Runway winter wedding guest dress from Marchesa Notte is an ethereal dream. From the romantic off-the-shoulder neckline to the moody botanical pattern, you'll feel appropriately dressed for your formal affair. Not to mention, you'll float elegantly all night long in the pleated A-line maxi skirt.

22. Ralph Lauren Crossover Gown in Navy

Ralph Lauren black-tie Rent the Runway dress for formal weddings

Say hello to your new black-tie attire staple for formal weddings. Refined features include the dressy cap sleeves, textured off-the-shoulder boat neckline and beautiful lace details on the tiered maxi skirt. All you need to complete your outfit are gold or silver jewelry, a glittery clutch and nude pumps.

23. Badgley Mischka Shirred Gown in Leopard

Badgley Mischka shirred leopard long-sleeve rental gown from Rent the Runway

For a magnificent printed number, you'll turn heads in this shirred leopard rental gown from Rent the Runway. Crafted from flowy chiffon fabric, you'll appreciate the airy and lightweight feel of this ethereal piece, which features a plunge V-neckline, polished long sleeves and a floor-length skirt.

24. Adam Lippes Collective Ruffle Neck Charmeuse Dress in Burgundy

Adam Lippes long-sleeve burgundy Rent the Runway wedding cocktail dress

We can't believe this long-sleeve wedding guest dress starts at just $30 for a four-day rental. This cocktail silhouette with ruffle detailing will make a splash at your next occasion. As another plus, the rich Burgundy charmeuse fabric was made for fall and winter soirées.

25. Shoshanna Vivine Tossed Rose Gown in Black

Shoshanna elegant one-shoulder floral wedding guest dress from Rent the Runway

We're rounding out our favorite Rent the Runway wedding guest dresses with a one-shoulder beauty. Aside from the ultra-chic neckline, we're also captivated by the allover black and print botanical print and elegant ruching throughout. Pair your outfit with pink accessories to highlight the pretty floral pattern.

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