What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: 65 Dresses for Guests

Looking for fall wedding guest dresses? We’ve got a ton of ideas for what to wear to a fall wedding.
by Cherlaine Tabo and Elena Mauer
Fall wedding guest dresses

Fall is a popular season for weddings, likely due to the gorgeous, colorful natural backdrops and comfortably cool weather. But since the weather can be unpredictable, what to wear as a guest to a fall wedding doesn’t always seem easy. Fall wedding guest dresses are characterized by rich jewel tones, long sleeves, heavier fabrics and prints that echo the changing of seasons, but this doesn’t mean you’re restricted to a few cookie-cutter choices that make you run the risk of sharing the same outfit with another guest or being uncomfortable.

Before you choose your fall wedding attire, look at the invitation you were given to get an idea of the formality. You’ll likely dress differently for an outdoor wedding in a barn or a ballroom than you would at an extravaganza at a downtown hotel. Take note of the wedding dress code and plan your wedding outfit accordingly.

The most-asked question about fall wedding attire is usually what color dress to wear to a fall wedding. What’s the answer? Well, it depends on whether you want to stick to the norm or to show off your creative side. For fall, think velvet, satin, silks and shimmering materials in colorful, jewel-toned huesof marigold, maroon, deep purple, turquoise or dark green. Lace wedding guest dresses in bright colors with different colored shifts underneath are a growing trend, as well as dress styles with more fabric to keep you warm. Here are our favorite fall wedding guest dresses, below.

Choose one of the categories below:

When you get invited to more than three weddings in a year, your budget for fall wedding guest dresses starts to run thin. Whether you’re running a tight budget or wanting to splurge instead on a piece of statement jewelry, we have some great suggestions that are under $100. Our secret? Some are rentals. Yep, you can rent a pricey designer dress from Rent the Runway for a fraction of the cost to buy it.

Cheap Fall Wedding Guest Dresses

When you get invited to more than three weddings in a year, your budget for fall wedding guest dresses starts to run thin. Whether you’re running a tight budget or wanting to splurge instead on a piece of statement jewelry, we have some great suggestions that are under $100. Our secret? Some are rentals. Yep, you can rent a pricey designer dress from Rent the Runway for a fraction of the cost to buy it.

  1. Rent the Runway red fall wedding guest dress
  2. Blue sleeve dress

    If you’re looking to stand out as a guest at the fall wedding you're attending, choose this brilliant blue lace knee-length dress. Finish off the look with extra-long earrings and sassy stilettos.

    Gabby Skye lace bell-sleeve sheath dress, $98, LordandTaylor.com

  3. Rent the Runway pink fall wedding guest dress

    This cute sweetheart dress offers a feminine vibe with its dark pink patterns. Pair it with a shawl during the ceremony and a quilted clutch for added panache. You’ll get amazing compliments.

    Halston Heritage Cyndi dress, $30, RenttheRunway.com

  4. Rent the Runway marsala fall wedding guest dress

    Jaw-droppingly elegant, this red crepe dress with a sweeping neckline will make heads turnat the rehearsal dinner. Complete your look with a pair of peep-toe stilettos and you’re set for the night.

    Finders Keepers marsala Be Still dress, $40, RenttheRunway.com

  5. Asos long sleeve dress

    Sexy yet conservative, this mini features sheer sleeves and ribbon and rhinestone details that look great with a pair of suede ankle booties and minimalist jewelry.
    Asos Design Mini Dobby skater dress, $76, Asos.com

  6. Glamorous pink floral fall wedding guest dress

    What’s more eye-catching than a shimmering fit and flare dress to wear to a fall wedding in a ballroom? Take your look up a notch with some gray chunky heels and you’ll be the belle of reception (aside from the bride, of course).

    Glamorous Floral Brocade Fit & Flare Dress, $45, Nordstrom.com

  7. V neck fall wedding guest dress

    Perfect as a semi-formal or casual wedding guest dress for fall, this short lace dress in burgundy can be upgraded with some gold heels and a matching gold clutch.
    H&M lace dress, $50, HM.com

  8. Floral fall wedding guest dress

    With a romantic and playful flair, this floral skater dress is a perfect, budget-friendly fall wedding guest dress choice. Accent the jewel-tone teal frock with a pair of dark wedges and bangle bracelets to give the look a subtle lift.
    Speechless floral skater dress, $69, Nordstrom.com

  9. Asos wedding guest dress

    Made of a beautiful jacquard fabric, the high-low hemline of this sophisticated dress will show off your legs. (Just add some classic black pumps.) The richly colored fabric and dramatic fringe make this a stunning piece to wear to a fall wedding reception or bachelorette party.
    Asos Design fringe soft jacquard midi dress, $83, Asos.com

  10. Black wedding guest dress

    A fall wedding is an ideal setting for an allover-lace cocktail dress. This posh style is a stunner at wedding rehearsal dinners and engagement parties too. Accent it with a pair of statement earrings.

    Adrianna Papell cap-sleeve corded lace sheath cocktail dress, $109, Amazon.com

  11. Zara black jumpsuit

    Change things up with a jumpsuit for an evening fall wedding. The back tie gives it a minimalistic, contemporary look, and it would look stunning with some simple gold chain jewelry.

    Zara flowy jumpsuit with tie, $69, Zara.com

  12. Long sleeve wedding guest dress

    Outdoor weddings are rare in the fall, but when you’re invited to one, what should you wear? This long-sleep wrap-front dress can keep you warm if it’s breezy, especially if you cover up with a heavy faux-fur wrap.
    River Island wrap-front plisse dress in light pink, $57, Asos.com

  13. Uniqlo Crepe Box Pleated Sleeveless Dress

    The high neckline and simple cut of this dress make it conservative and comfortable all-day fall wedding guest attire. Add a sash or belt for a more dramatic look, or wear a sparkly cardigan on top for any outdoor wedding festivities.

    Uniqlo ponte sleeveless dress, $30, Uniqlo.com

  14. Armani wedding dress

    For your next fall wedding outfit, take it back to the ’20s with a flapper-style beaded fringe dress. You’ll look gorgeous twirling around the dance floor in it and a pair of shiny heels.
    Armani Exchange all-over fringe v-neck sleeveless dress, $80, Amazon.com

  15. Lulus red wrap maxi dress

    Lovely layers in jewel tones, as displayed with this red ruffle maxi, make for a trendsetting wedding guest dress for fall. Style your maxi with dainty earrings in the same jewel tone.

    Lulus Much Obliged red wrap maxi dress, $69, Lulus.com

  16. Halter neck dress with frill detail

    Your next search for fall wedding guest attire should include this feminine ruffle-trim dress. Dress it up with a darker colored pashmina to turn up the glam.
    Paper Dolls halter neck dress with frill detail, $85, Asos.com

  17. Elesol long sleeve fall wedding dress guest

    Stretch knit fabrics are perfect materials for wedding guest dresses for fall. This pretty dress has a curve-flattering fit and an attractive, ruched tie-side detail that creates an asymmetrical focal point.
    Elesol knot-front side-slit long sleeve ruched dress, $22, Amazon.com

  18. Forever 21 fall wedding guest dress

    A quintessential autumn wedding dress, this rope-and-chain print maxi features a dramatic side slit.
    Forever 21 Baroque chiffon maxi dress, $42, Forever21.com

  19. Striped swing guest dress

    Looking for a fun and cheap wedding guest dress for fall? Consider a striped dress that hugs you in all the right places. Form-fitting and head-turning, this dress is accented perfectly with a chunky necklace and coordinating peep-toed pumps for your fall wedding attire.
    Izabel London striped swing dress, $49, DorothyPerkins.com

  20. Lulus Perfect Situation Dark Green Long Sleeve Shift Dress

    To us, a frock in dark green is one of the best fall wedding guest dress ideas there is. The slight puff in the shoulders and delicate fitted wrists of this long-sleeved dress would be perfectly complemented by a pair of simple nude pumps. Add an over-the-top chunky necklace to really pop.
    Lulus Status Update forest green shift dress, $42, Lulus.com

  21.  fall wedding lace dress guest

    A unique lace floral pattern and handkerchief hemline give this wine-hued dress standout style. It can work for a daytime wedding or get dressed up with heels and dramatic jewelry for night.

    Robbie Bee lace swing dress, $80, DavidsBridal.com

  22. Monique Lhuillier black wedding dress guest

    You really can’t go wrong with an LBD, and this one has a beautifully embellished bodice and luxe, full asymmetrical pleated skirt, making it anything but ordinary.

    ML Monique Lhuillier Back Down dress, from $45, RenttheRunway.com

    Fall Wedding Guest Dresses With Sleeves

    Cooler temperatures mean longer sleeves and thicker materials for fall wedding guests. In fact, extra-oversized sleeves are on the runway this season. Concerned about getting too hot on the dance floor of the reception or bachelorette party? Mesh- and lace-sleeve options will keep you cool even at the wildest after party. Plus, sheer sleeves are a bit sexier. To give some contrast to long sleeves, pick a shorter hemline or a lower neckline, which will give your look more balance; you can always throw on a pashmina to keep it classy. Lastly, you can wear a pair of high-heel pumps to elongate your legs and give this illusion you’re showing a bit more skin with the longer sleeves.

  23. Gold sequin wedding guest dress

    All eyes will be on you as you shimmy through the reception dance floor in this sparkler of a dress.

    Aidan Mattox sequin cocktail shift dress, $245, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  24. Black dress

    This simple black fall wedding guest dress with sleeves comes with its own accessory: swirls of velvet. We recommend you also add a pair of rhinestone earrings with an antique finish for a minimalist look.
    Calvin Klein velvet contour bodycon dress, $134, LordandTaylor.com

  25. Rent the Runway burgundy lace dress

    Your wedding date won’t be able to keep their eyes off you in this detailed lace cocktail dress. It’s a sexy and sophisticated choice for a wedding guest of any age.
    Nicole Miller Such a Duchess dress, from $30, RenttheRunway.com

  26. Top Shop red jacquard mini dress

    For a casual yet intimately romantic fall wedding, this Jacquard mini dress is a go-to. The playful bright red color and wrap effect makes this dress an incredibly pleasing choice for your fall wedding attire.
    Top Shop Jacquard wrap mini dress, $100, TopShop.com

  27. Double puff sleeve midi dress

    This long sleeve dress has sheer paisley fabric and lining, and it’ll look killer paired with high-heel ankle booties. Throw in a small, black handbag to finish your cute, casual look.

    Maggy London double puff sleeve midi dress, $178, Nordstrom.com

  28. Sequin body-con dress

    This stunning, sequin piece with full-length sleeves is gracefully adorned with gold scrolls. The sophisticated cut makes it a great pick for a fall evening wedding.
    Dress the Population Lola sequin body-con dress, $238, Nordstrom.com

  29. Mango floral print long dress

    To find what to wear to a fall outdoor wedding, you will need to keep a lookout for a dress with long sleeves and lots of florals. The floral-print long dress by Mango fits the bill perfectly with its flowy fabric and wrap neckline. The soft color scheme looks great for a wedding guest dress for early fall or late summer.

    Mango Floral Print Long Dress, $200, Mango.com

  30. Velvet bell-sleeve mini dress

    The soft velvet of this frock makes it a sublime choice for what to wear to a fall outdoor wedding. The long-sleeved mini dress gets an on-trend update with bell sleeves; accessorize it with metallic strappy heels.
    UO Belle velvet bell-sleeve mini dress, $59, UrbanOutfitters.com

  31. Black jumpsuit

    A flattering fit for any silhouette, this blouson, elastic waist jumpsuit is designed for a contemporary fit and total comfort. The cold shoulder cutouts and ruffles add touches of fun for fall.

    Fraiche by J cold shoulder halter jumpsuit, $110, Nordstrom.com

  32. Black dot swing wedding dress guest

    Polka dots on the sheer tulle sleeves and neckline give this LBD a playful vibe. Turn up the elegance with some impressive chandelier earrings and sky-high stilettos.

    Junarose black dot swing dress, $30, RenttheRunway.com

  33. Neiman Marcus Cashmere dress

    When you want a go-to color for your fall wedding guest dress, it’s always safe to pick gray, especially if the event isn’t super formal. This fall wedding guest dress with sleeves is made of cashmere to keep you warm.
    Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection cashmere long-sleeve sweater dress, $350, NeimanMarcus.com

  34. Sequin mini dress in gold

    A little bit vintage with a little bit of rock and roll, this sequin mini dress is a great example of what to wear to a fall wedding. You’ll really stand out (in a good way) if you accessorize with a pretty ankle boot and matte mini cross body bag.

    Flounce London sequin mini dress in gold, $67, Asos.com

  35. BCBG black lace dress

    Sophisticated and fun, this lace shift dress is fitting for out of town fall wedding attire. The lightweight materials will make you want to dance the night away. Pair it with some stylish geometric earrings to  complete your style.
    BCBG Max Azria Waving Vines lace shift dress, $198, BCBG.co

  36. Lela Rose fall wedding guest dress

    Wedding guest dresses don’t get much more classic than this crochet-hem fit-and-flare number. Accent it with some chunky heels and sparkly earrings, and you’re set to transition from day to night.
    Lela Rose crochet hem fit-and-flare dress, $1,590, SaksFifthAvenue.co

  37. Red wedding guest dress

    Hello, lady in red. With its bold hue and wrap effect, this dress has sex appeal without being overly revealing. Pair it with a classic black leather clutch and open-toe stiletto sandals for the perfect fall wedding attire.
    Fame and Partners Allie Georgette dress, $259, Nordstrom.com

  38. Off-the-shoulder black dress

    Choose a simple yet chic fall wedding guest dress, and you’ll have an ideal clean slate to accessorize. Pair this off-the-shoulder shift with some nude pumps and carry a matching clutch for a minimalist look, or go metallic or colorful with your accents.
    Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Zose off-the-shoulder shift dress, $695, LordandTaylor.com

  39. DVF wedding guest dress

    Here’s a frock for anyone looking for a glamourous wedding guest dress for fall. Keep it simple with a boldly studded black clutch; this standout dress doesn’t need much to make a statement.

    Diane von Furstenberg draped choker dress, $398, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  40. Embroidered wedding guest dress

    Your search for a fall wedding guest dress with sleeves may end with this beauty. Floral embroidery brightens up the hemline and creeps up the skirt. Dress it up with a pair of navy heels.
    Silia Kirstenbosch embroidered dress, $349, Nordstrom.com

  41. Silk wedding guest dress

    Looking to splurge? Fall wedding attire can include designer pieces, like this merlot silk beauty. Accessorize it with large black crystal studded earrings, matching black sandals and a fancy clutch. Bring a tailored black coat to cover up this relaxed-fit frock if the weather is cooler.
    Roksanda Blayna silk crepe de chine dress, $1,220, Net-a-Porter.co

  42. Black wedding guest dress

    With detailed lace, this mock neck number is a great solution for what to wear to a fall wedding. Intricate lace patterns adorn the frock, making it a whimsical fall wedding guest dress.

    French Connection Orabelle lace dress, $248, Amazon.com

  43. Long sleeve mermaid gown wedding guest dress

    Not only is the color scheme perfect for a fall wedding guest dress, but you might just feel like a mermaid waltzing around in this long-sleeve gown’s trumpet skirt.

    Xscape long-sleeve jersey and brocade mermaid gown $240, DavidsBridal.com

  44. v-neck velvet cocktail wedding guest dress

    Velvet is a luxurious-feeling fabric that’s warm enough even for late fall. You’ll feel super sophisticated in this timeless frock.

    Talbot Runhof v-neck velvet cocktail dress, $1,495, SaksFifthAvenue.com

    Plus-Size Fall Wedding Guest Dresses

    The right plus-size fall wedding guest dress for you depends on your personal style and the formality of the event. We’ve got a variety of gorgeous choices in a-line, maxi, cold shoulder, off-the-shoulder, plunging and other popular styles.

  45. Cold shoulder plus size wedding guest dress

    Plus-size fall wedding guest dresses include this cranberry-hued stunner. The cold shoulder cut of this fall wedding guest attire shows a little skin, and the pretty ruffle trim adds extra style. Top it off with crystal earrings and nude peep-toe pumps for a delightful fall wedding outfit.
    Adrianna Papell plus ruffle-trimmed cold-shoulder dress, $159, SaksOffFifth.co

  46. Bagley Mischka award winner gown

    We can’t take our eyes off this dazzling gown by Badgley Mischka. Wear your hair in an updo with this classic sparkler, and add some teardrop crystal earrings and an oversized statement ring.

    Bagley Mischka Award Winner Gown, $70, Renttherunway.com

  47. plus size wedding guest dress

    A fall wedding guest dress in deep port wine is perfect for the cooler season. Sheer layered material and a twist at the waistline can be seriously glammed up with several gold-banded rings and black, strappy sandals.
    City Chic Twist Love dress, $89, Nordstrom.com

  48. Floral wedding guest dress

    Wondering what to choose for a fall wedding guest dress when you're sans date? Look at this flirty and accentuating floral dress that hugs you in all the right places.
    Quiz Curve floral-print knee-length Bardot dress, $59, LordandTaylor.co

  49. City Chic paneled lace bodice gown

    The sweet design of this lace bodice gown is perfect for a rehearsal dinner and/or reception; it’s available in classic black or bold blue. With its lace panel and pleated chiffon skirt, this dress is already extremely chic, so you can keep the accessories simple, perhaps black wedges and silver bangles.
    City Chic paneled lace bodice gown, $164, Nordstrom.com

  50. lace wedding guest dress

    What to wear to a fall outdoor wedding? Fringe. The playful vibe of this pretty red dress can’t be beat. You’ll make a beeline to the dance floor.
    Asos Design Curve lace tea dress with fringing, $67, Asos.com

  51. Sequin, v-neck wedding guest dress

    You’ll get a ton of compliments on your fall wedding outfit if you wear this dramatic sequin gown. This is an ideal fall wedding guest dress look if the event is formal.
    Mac Duggal sequin plunging v-neck gown, $498, Nordstrom.com

  52. Navy wedding guest dress

    We’re loving the eye-catching scrollwork on this Gatsby-esque sheath. Navy is an excellent choice for a wedding of any season, but it works particularly well in the fall.
    Julia Jordan navy Gatsby sheath, $50, RenttheRunway.com

  53. Eliza j cape dress

    This season’s trend for fall wedding guest dresses is the cape. The trendy cape sleeves of this red sheath dress are oh-so-pretty and romanticize an otherwise structured frock. You can take this look from an outdoor ceremony during the day with a heavy wool cape overcoat to a fabulous evening look with some sparkling jewelry and glittery stilettos.
    Eliza J cape sheath dress, $168, Nordstrom.com

  54. Xcape ruffle wedding guest dress

    Attend your next garden-themed wedding in this whimsical electric blue ruffle dress. This draped dress allows you fluid movements and feel free to be a social butterfly. For the ceremony, pair it with a darker pashmina and minimalist heel to cap off your style.
    Xcape embellished overlay ruffle dress, $199, LordandTaylor.com

  55. Vince Camuto plus floral print dress

    If you need demure fall wedding guest attire for a religious or cultural wedding, consider this pretty floral-printed number. Capped sleeves and a knee-length hemline keep your look modest (you can also add a cardigan) while the generous floral pattern keeps the dress from looking stale. If there’s ever a dress befitting of some pearl earrings and bracelets, this is it.
    Vince Camuto floral cap-sleeve sheath dress, $148, NordstromRack.com

  56. Black wedding guest dress

    Bringing street style to formal fashion, the sleeveless wrap dress does it so right. Wear it on the bachelorette weekend in Vegas with a sexy pair of open-toed pumps, or tone down with a wool throw over your shoulders to make it your fall wedding guest dress.
    Ashley Graham x Marina Rinaldi jersey sleeveless wrap dress, $465, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  57. Calvin Klein wedding guest dress

    This bell-sleeve sheath is an all-around favorite wedding guest dress for fall due to its simplicity. No fuss but still gorgeous because of the rich emerald green color. (It’s available in a few other jewel tones too.) Go big with some chunky gold chain bracelets or earrings and a pair of slinky gold sandals, or minimize by wearing classic black pumps.
    Calvin Klein plus-size bell-sleeve sheath dress, $100, Macys.com

  58. Rachel Pally long-sleeve maxi dress

    A maxi dress is a lovely choice for what to wear to a fall outdoor or evening wedding. The A-line silhouette of this dress flatters, and its floor-reaching hemline is stunning in any formal setting. The V-neckline provides the perfect canvas for an over-the-top diamond necklace to go with some diamond stud earrings.
    Rachel Pally v-neck kimono-sleeve empire-waist a-line long caftan dress, $264, NeimanMarcus.com

  59. Monique Lhuillier dress

    Celebrating an unforgettable evening celebrating with friends? Bring a bold look to your fall wedding guest attire. With its cinched waist and playful pleats, this sophisticated dress should be paired with your favorite peep-toe pumps. You’ll be so ready for dancing.
    ML Monique Lhuillier red contrast top ballerina dress, from $85, RenttheRunway.com

  60. Chi Chi London Plus off shoulder midi dress

    Bringing back the Bardot neckline is this figure-flattering fall wedding guest attire midi dress. Its flirty shoulder-baring style is balanced with feminine details, including delicate lace and a prominent bow. Dare we call this the quintessential fall wedding guest dress?
    Chi Chi London plus off shoulder midi dress with bow front, $111, Asos.com

  61. Rachel Ray Roy plus wedding guest dress

    Looking to stand out in a crowd? Choose fall wedding attire with bold pops of color. This abstract-print frock has a vivid abstract brush-stroke motif that’ll get you compliments.
    Rachel Rachel Roy Plus abstract-print sleeveless sheath dress, $85, LastCall.com

  62.  Adrianna Papell long beaded gown

    If you’re torn between elegance and playfulness, this is the perfect choice for you. The flirty, beaded dress is long and glamourous, and the beading adds a bit of whimsy. Plus, the gunmetal color is a little bit unexpected.
    Adrianna Papell long beaded gown, $280, Amazon.com

  63. Adrianna Papell gardenia dress

    When you don’t want to wear black, this floral, coral-colored chiffon dress is the way to go. It’s simply perfect for a garden party. Complement the gardenia dress with some natural nude sandals and a statement necklace.
    Adrianna Papell Gardenia dress, $50, RenttheRunway.com

  64. Floral wedding guest dress

    Turn heads with a figure-highlighting wrap dress. Elegant flowers are tastefully strewn across the midi-length garment to give it a late-summer-early-fall style. Darling nude strappy wedges and delicate jewelry will perfectly complement this fall wedding outfit.
    Chelsea28 floral wrap dress, $139, Nordstrom.com

  65. v-neck plaited colorblock dress

    Picture yourself on the reception dance floor swinging and twirling the skirt of this colorblock dress. It’s an excellent choice for a fall wedding that’s less stuffy and more fun.

    Rebel Wilson X Angels v-neck plaited colorblock dress, $169, LordandTaylor.com

    Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, some of which may be sponsored by paying vendors.

Up Next
All-In-One Wedding Registry - The Knot
Use The Knot’s wedding registry to find top retailers, browse different bridal registries and create a wedding registry today.