The Most Stunning Velvet Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Type of Ceremony

Rich, stunning and soft to the touch—what's not to love?
velvet wedding guest dress
Julie Ryan Evans
by Julie Ryan Evans
Updated Sep 24, 2021
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Given its inherently formal feel, velvet is a natural choice for a wedding guest dress. It's a timeless, elegant fabric that also lends itself well to a variety of styles. Whether it's a full-on velvet ball gown or a party dress with velvet detail, this supple staple of formal dresses is trending.

These aren't your grandma's velvet dresses, either (no offense, grandma—we love a good vintage velvet dress). Today, velvet dresses come in a variety of fresh styles that range from casual to formal. Think velvet is only appropriate for winter weddings? Think again. These days the lush fabric comes in lots of different weights and colors, meaning you can wear it in any season.

If you're looking for a standout dress for an upcoming wedding, velvet has our vote. Soft and sensual, it's a gorgeous way to make a more traditional style feel special. Below, shop some of our favorite velvet wedding guest dresses.

Lovers + Friends Andie Mini Dress

revolve blue velvet wedding guest mini dress with long sleeves sweetheart neckline and ruching

You'll stand out for all the best reasons in this blue velvet bodycon dress. You can't go wrong with a sweetheart neckline and ruched detailing.

ASOS Misguided Velvet Wrap Dress

asos black velvet wedding guest mini dress with sweetheart neckline and puffy long sleeves

Puffy poplin sleeves add a romantic contrast to this velvet wrap dress. It has an edgy yet elegant vibe we love.

Jenny Yoo Rory Velvet Dress

anthropologie bhldn red and black velvet wedding guest long dress with floral print and spaghetti straps

Ravishing is the best word we can think of to describe this velvet burnout maxi dress. A pretty cowl neckline has just the right amount of sex appeal, while the deep cranberry color is seriously sophisticated. Another thought: This would also make a stunning bridesmaid dress.

DKNY Velvet Wrap-Style Puff-Sleeve Dress

macys black velvet wedding guest dress with v neckline polka dots tie waist and mesh puffy short sleeves

This dress is simple yet stunning thanks to its stunning details. We love the connect-the-velvety-dots material and puffed short sleeves. The wrap style is universally flattering too.

Limelight Velvet Star Jumpsuit

francescas burnt orange velvet wedding guest jumpsuit with star detailing

A velvet jumpsuit is a chic alternative to a velvet wedding guest dress, and is comfortable to dance in. The burnt orange colorway and star detailing of this one add fashion-forward flair.

Tularosa Ryland Dress

revolve navy velvet wedding guest mini dress with v neckline and long sleeves

Sophisticated yet fun, this mini dress is a stunner. Plus, the classic, deep navy color works with a variety of accessories.

Millie V-Neck Stretch Velvet Fit & Flare Dress

nordstrom black velvet wedding guest mini dress with tie waist v neckline flowy skirt and long sleeves

A total classic, this black velvet dress is perfect for cocktail weddings of any season. Just add your favorite sparkly shoes and jewelry.

Norma Kamali Chartreuse Stretch-Velvet Slip Dress

net a porter yellow long slip dress with spaghetti straps and v neckline

We're not sure we could love this sleek slip dress any more. It's chic and versatile, and the stunning chartreuse color makes it feel totally one-of-a-kind.

Mac Duggal Velvet Floral Applique Sequin A-Line Gown

saks fifth avenue mac duggal black velvet wedding guest dress with mesh long sleeves floral embellishment pleated flowy skirt and v necline

There are gowns, and then there are gowns that make your heart skip a beat. This is one of the latter. It's a splurge, but worth the investment if you're attending multiple black tie weddings or formal events.

Rhode Pia Draped Striped Velvet and Tulle Mini Dress

net a porter black green and purple patterned velvet wedding guest mini dress with ruching

Calling all fashionistas. This edgy mini dress with an abstract wavy print and puff sleeves is a straight up showstopper.

BTF-LIFE Paisley Metallic Long Sleeve Dress

nordstrom multicolored paisley wedding guest long dress with velvet detailing

This boho maxi dress is a great option if you're searching for a more casual dress with velvet details. The body is made of a pretty metallic paisley print, and subtle velvet seams add a lovely touch.

Shoshanna Henley Flocked Velvet Dress

saks fifth avenue black velvet wedding guest dress with polka dots beading ruffle trimmed skirt and three quarter length sleeves

Attending a less formal winter wedding? We've got you covered. This burgundy-and-navy detailed flocked frock serves effortless glamour.

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Silveria Dress

neiman marcus green velvet wedding guest cocktail dress with off the shoulder long sleeves ruffle waist tie and sweetheart neckline

Go all out with this gorgeous gown. We can't decide which detail we love the most—the off-the-shoulder neckline, elegant side-draped ruffle or the gorgeous green color. We love this dress for a winter or fall wedding.

Hemant and Nandita Veena Floral Dress

revolve cream velvet wedding guest one shoulder cocktail dress with long sleeve tie waist slit multicolored floral print and ruffle trimmed skirt

This floral velvet burnout midi dress is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. The one-shoulder style and high slit show the perfect hint of skin, while still being appropriate for a more conservative affair.

Hutch Oona Floral Velvet Dress

anthropologie bhldn black and orange velvet wedding guest dress with floral print

Floral prints aren't just for spring. The dark print of this lush, boho midi dress is ideal for a fall or winter affair.

Emerald Green Velvet Drape One-Shoulder Jumpsuit

pretty little thing emerald green one shoulder velvet wedding guest jumpsuit with flared plants

This velvet jumpsuit is perfect for looking sleek at even the most formal of occasions. We love the elegance of the emerald green colorway.

Lulus Got to Flaunt Velvet Halter Neck Dress

nordstrom lulus gold velvet wedding guest long dress with halter neckline and chest cutout

If you've got it, flaunt it—and flaunt it you will in this amazing gold crushed velvet dress. It has an open back, halter neck, high slit and midriff cutout. It's just the right amount of sexy, and the color is flat out amazing.

Shoshanna Westbrook Velvet Pleated Dress

saks fifth avenue blue velvet wedding guest dress with high neckline pleating long sleeves and ruffle trimmed skirt

This pleated velvet dress is the best of both worlds: It's rich textured fabric and high neckline have a formal feel, while the knee-length skirt make it casual enough to work for a range of dress codes.

Black Halo Ryland Gown

black halo red velvet wedding guest long dress with tie neckline

This red velvet dress is downright dreamy. The tie neck gives it a unique edge, and it's sophisticated and bold colorway makes it great for weddings year-round.

B Darlin Velvet Bodycon Dress

macys green velvet wedding guest dress with spaghetti straps and v neckline

Emerald green velvet? Yes, please. This affordable bodycon dress is elegant with a sexy edge.

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