25 Ultra-Stylish Velvet Wedding Guest Dress Picks for Every Style and Season

This luxe fabric is making a major comeback this fall and beyond.
Velvet wedding guest dresses
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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Sofia was a writer for Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
  • Sofia studied cultural anthropology and journalism at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Updated Oct 31, 2023
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With its sumptuous look and feel, it's no wonder velvet wedding guest dresses are such a timeless choice. While you might assume velvet dresses are only an option for chilly autumn or winter weddings, that's no longer the case. Thanks to the resurgence of '90s and Y2K fashion trends, velvet dresses of all styles and silhouettes are more popular than ever before—whether you're shopping for a short and flirty cocktail dress or a sophisticated floor-length gown. And, while velvet may seem naturally dressy, this elegant material actually works just as well for casual weddings as it does for formal celebrations.

You also might associate velvet with darker colors like emerald green, burgundy, and black. However, throwback styles that are back in the spotlight mean there's no shortage of bright hues (think: pink velvet minidresses and sultry bright red gowns). Basically, there's a velvet wedding guest dress for everyone and every dress code. Shop our editor-approved picks below.

Our Favorite Velvet Wedding Guest Dresses

Convinced yet that a velvet wedding guest dress is for you? If not, these 25 looks are sure to do the trick. From 90s-inspired crushed velvet dresses to modern velvet minis, we think there's a little something for everyone to love. Keep reading to find the perfect look for your next event, then check out some of our favorite wedding guest shoes to complete your outfit.

Bronx and Banco Emerald Velvet Gown

Bronx and Banco green maxi velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Rent The Runway

This designer rental gown is a gem (and not just because of its emerald green color). Top it off with gold jewelry and accessories, or let its stunning silhouette speak for itself.

Size Range: 2 - 12

Saloni Camille Bows Dress Black

Black velvet wedding guest dress with bow details from Saloni
Photo: Tuckernuck

Whether you've got a holiday party or a wedding on your calendar this season, this black velvet dress with long sleeves is sure to impress. Who can resist those charming crystal bows? Not I.

Size Range: 0 - 12

Reformation Brisbane Velvet Dress Black

Reformation black mini velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

This understated mini is perfect for weddings and date nights alike. With so many ways to dress it up or down, it's sure to quickly earn itself a place in your wardrobe rotation.

Size Range: 0 - 12

The Somerset Maxi Dress: Velvet Edition Bamboo

Black velvet wedding guest maxi dress from Anthropologie
Photo: Anthropologie

With an eye-catching gold color and comfortable A-line silhouette, this crushed velvet dress is sure to get the party started. Don't forget your dancing shoes!

Size Range: XXSP - 3XL

Rhode Quentin Dress Macadamia Forest

Rhode dark green velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Rhode

Here's a dark green velvet wedding guest dress that's sure to earn you plenty of compliments. With a statement ruffled neckline and figure-flattering silhouette, it's a look to remember.

Size Range: 0 - 14

Reformation Bryson Dress Es Forest Velvet

Reformation green velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

From wedding season to holiday season, we can guarantee you'll have this velvet plus size dress on repeat. Choose from two rich jewel tones: emerald green or ruby red.

Size Range: 0 - 24

Free People Butterfly Wishes Maxi Dress

Free People butterfly velvet maxi dress
Photo: Free People

Between its butterfly-shaped bodice, open back, and colorful design, this floral velvet dress makes a serious statement. Pair with bold jewelry for the ultimate maximalist ensemble.

Size Range: XS - XL

Reformation Petites Le Marais Velvet Dress

Reformation black velvet strapless wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

Found: The perfect petite wedding guest dress for any occasion. Now you can splurge on accessories with the money you had set aside for tailoring. You're welcome.

Size Range: 0P - 12P

Jenny Yoo Issa Off-The-Shoulder Stretch Velvet Column Gown Dark Berry

Jenny Yoo off-shoulder velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Anthropologie

A floor-length formal velvet dress with a sexy side leg slit? Yes, please. Available in five rich colors and a wide range of sizes, this off-shoulder number is a standout pick for your next black-tie wedding.

Size Range: 0 - 26

A.L.C. Elizabeth Velvet Midi Dress

A.L.C. velvet wedding guest midi dress
Photo: A.L.C.

This midi velvet wedding guest dress is as cozy as it is cute. Softly sculpted from a suiting fabric, it offers a timeless look you're sure to love.

Size Range: 0P - 12P

Kiyonna Verona Velvet Evening Gown Olive

Kiyonna green velvet maxi wedding guest dress
Photo: Kiyonna

This green maxi dress is ready for its dance floor debut. Made from soft velvet and featuring a breezy A-line silhouette, it will keep you comfortable throughout whatever the day brings.

Size Range: 12 - 26

Slate & Willow Velvet Tie Dress

Slate & Willow velvet tie wedding guest dress
Photo: Rent The Runway

Move over, LBD. This floral mini is guaranteed to become your new go-to. Pair with tights and leather booties for the ultimate fall ensemble.

Size Range: XS - XL

Reformation Ziggy Velvet Dress

Reformation black velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

A floral velvet burnout design and tiered ruffle detailing make this a unique pick for winter weddings. Of course, you'll probably be reaching for it year-round and we don't blame you one bit.

Size Range: XS - XL

Hutch Printed Twist-Front Puff-Sleeve Velvet Dress

Green velvet floral wedding guest dress from Hutch
Photo: Anthropologie

Who said florals are only for spring? This long-sleeved velvet burnout dress certainly proves otherwise.

Size Range: XXSP - 3XL

Lulus Buy You Flowers Plum Floral Print Velvet Strapless Midi Dress

Lulus floral velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

A fitted silhouette and a festive floral print make this an extra flirty option for your upcoming event. Top off your look with a pair of nude stilettos and dainty jewelry.

Size Range: XS-XL

Ulla Johnson Delphine Dress

Ulla Johnson black velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Ulla Johnson

This modest wedding guest dress offers plenty of coverage without sacrificing style. Trust us: You'll be thankful for that during a chilly outdoor wedding.

Size Range: 00 - 12

Ronny Kobo Velvet Ruched Dress

Ronny Kobo green velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Nuuly

One word: Showstopping. Between its plunging neckline, shoulder pads, and swirled velvet burnout design, it's needless to say that this midi dress makes a serious statement.

Size Range: XS-XL

Soft Surroundings Women Jamila Velvet Dress

Soft Surroundings floral velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Soft Surroundings

Here's a floral look that's sure to look stunning on mothers-of-the-bride and guests alike. Better yet: It's available in standard, petite, and plus sizing.

Size Range: XSP - 3XL

Lulus I'm Enchanted Rust Orange Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Lulus rust orange velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

This velvet midi dress is sure to prove you're anything but *rusty* in the style department. We love its flattering silhouette almost as much as we love its five gorgeous color options.

Size Range: XS-XL

House of CB Serena Pink Devore Maxi Dress

House of CB pink devore velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: House of CB

With a floral pattern, cowl neck, and fit-and-flare silhouette, this maxi dress has a Y2K feel that makes it totally on-trend. P.S.: Its open back also makes it a flirty option for photo ops.

Size Range: XS - L

Marcella Manhattan Velvet Slit Gown Black

Marcella black velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Marcella

Here's a sultry look for your next cocktail dress code wedding. An asymmetric neckline and one-shoulder sleeves give this gown a unique and modern look you'll love.

Size Range: XS - 3XL

Hutch Wrapped in Velvet Maxi Dress

Hutch velvet floral wedding guest dress
Photo: Nuuly

It's easy to earn yourself the title of 'best-dressed guest' with designer rental options like this. The best part? You can take $20 off your first Nuuly order by using the code 'THEKNOT20' at checkout.

Size Range: XXSP - 3XL

Saylor Gardenia Dress

Saylor black velvet wedding guest dress
Photo: Saylor

This little black dress, made from soft velvet fabric, features barely there straps adorned in crystals. Because really, who can resist a little bit of bling?

Size Range: XS - 3XL

Rhode Velvet Tessa Dress Royal Vichy Rose

Rhode blue velvet floral wedding guest dress
Photo: Rhode

Puff sleeves and a rich blue hue make this a dress fit for royalty (it's even right there in the name). Complete the ensemble with a classic pair of slingback heels.

Size Range: 0 - 14

Petal + Pup Liberty Velvet Jumpsuit Black

Petal + Pup black velvet wedding guest jumpsuit
Photo: Petal + Pup

Maybe dresses aren't really your vibe. Fear not, this black velvet jumpsuit is wedding (and dance floor) approved.

Size Range: XS - L

Is a Velvet Dress OK to Wear to a Wedding?

Given its inherently formal feel, velvet is a natural choice for a wedding guest dress. It's a luxurious and elegant fabric that works well with a wide variety of styles. Whether you're headed to a cocktail or black-tie wedding, this supple fabric is undeniably on-trend.

Can You Wear Velvet to a Formal Wedding?

There are plenty of full-length dress options in velvet, making it the perfect fabric to wear to a formal wedding. A maxi dress in black or a rich jewel tone, like emerald or red, is sure to impress, no matter the season. Of course, there are options for keeping things more casual as well. If you're headed to a semi-formal event, opt for a midi dress with a velvet burnout design, or even a colorful Y2K-inspired crushed velvet dress.

Can You Wear a Velvet Dress to a Fall Wedding?

Velvet was practically made for fall. It's the ideal fabric choice for the season, and it's no mystery why as it's oh-so-cozy. If you're headed to an outdoor event, especially taking place in the fall or winter seasons, you'll certainly appreciate the warmth that a velvet dress brings. It's also a festive choice to wear around the holidays, thanks to its lustrous shine.

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