Wondering What to Wear to a Halloween Wedding? Read This Guide for Guests

Rock this festive attire at a Halloween wedding, no costume required.
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Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert
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Updated Oct 29, 2021
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If you're attending a wedding on or around Halloween, your wedding guest outfit might look slightly different. Even if the dress code doesn't request that you come in your best Halloween costume or the bride isn't planning on donning a black wedding dress, you can still work the notoriously spooky holiday into your wedding attire. From darker, rich jewel tones like burgundy, midnight blue or forest green to sultry velvet or spider web-inspired lace fabrics, you can channel the spirit of Halloween into your wedding guest outfit without looking like you're trying to win the best costume award at a Halloween party. Consider accessories and details that add a little drama and seasonality to your Halloween wedding guest dress or attire. To help you figure out what to wear to a Halloween wedding, we reached out to a fashion expert for tips and tricks (no pun intended) on guest fashion.

Things to Consider

Like with any dress code or themed celebration, there are a few things to consider when deciding what to wear to a wedding held around Halloween weekend. Below, we're rounding up some of our best advice—from cautions around hitting the dance floor in a full-fledged costume, to how to rock seasonal colors without feeling like you're straight out of the pumpkin patch.

1. Adhere to the dress code.

You don't want to pull an Elle Woods and show up to the Halloween wedding in a costume while everyone else is dressed in formal wedding attire. "Be sure to check the invite to see what dress code the couple expects from guests," says Kristen Schnars, director of apparel development and merchandising at Lulus. "If they want you to come in costume, that will be noted on the invitation. If there's a particular theme, color palette or dress code, that should be noted as well. If you're unsure, feel free to reach out to the couple to clarify." Bottom line: Save your Harry Potter-themed costume for a real Halloween party.

2. Don't go over the top.

Their wedding day may fall on Halloween, but that doesn't give you free rein to go crazy with your outfit. "Remember that it's still the couple's big day," says Schnars. "A Halloween wedding typically means you can have more fun with your attire, but be sure not to go too over the top—you'll risk upstaging the bride, which is fun for no one."

3. Remember to accessorize.

There are still subtle ways you can incorporate Halloween into your wedding guest attire, even if there's no Halloween wedding decor. "Accessorize with themed extras like jewelry or even your beauty look," recommends Schnars. A dramatic cat eye, bloodred lips or cute Halloween nails are all fun ways to subtly nod to the season.

Attire Ideas

Keeping a Halloween theme in mind without it overpowering your wedding guest look might pose a challenge. The trick? "Look for fabrics and silhouettes that bring a little drama," advises Schnars. "Think sparkly embellishments, fringe, sheer tulle and lace, rich velvet, moody florals or statement details like bell sleeves and ruffles. Darker jewel tones and metallics like gold or silver are always a good idea." She also advocated for donning Halloween's signature color. "Shades of orange can be fun—and that doesn't have to mean bright pumpkin orange either. Rust is a sophisticated take that looks stylish and seasonal, especially in fabrics like satin. Plus, you'll actually wear it again."

Shop Our Picks

bhldn velvet sage dress with thick straps deep v and flowy pleated skirt for what to wear to a halloween wedding

Think of this rich hue as pumpkin spice but better. The sleek column shape and deep V-neck and back of this gown make it the ideal pick for a black tie wedding in October. You'll feel sexy but seasonal, which is really a dream come true as a wedding guest, wouldn't you say?

indochino wool and linen navy checkered plaid suit jacket for what to wear to a halloween wedding

This wool and linen blazer is perfect for a fall wedding. The navy plaid topper offers a refreshing alternative to a black suit jacket and would look great paired with rust-colored accessories for an unexpectedly seasonal look.

revolve orange ruched one shoulder maxi dress for what to wear to a halloween wedding

Nothing says Halloween quite like the color of a jack-o'-lantern. Orange is a bold choice, but one that will be well-received for a Halloween wedding—especially with this one-shoulder, ruched body-con maxi dress. Pair with some statement earrings or a burgundy velvet clutch to complete your Halloween wedding attire.

lulus red one shoulder dress with pleated chest and high low pleated skirt for what to wear to a halloween wedding

This bloodred dress is flowy, flirty and will follow you from cocktail hour to the after-party, all while showing off a little skin. It's a great choice for a wedding held around Halloween, but if costumes are in the dress code, it can also easily be transformed into one (think: the Queen of Hearts, a devil, Jessica Rabbit or even a very stylish strawberry).

rent the runway blue and black dress with allover snakeskin print halter neckline ruffle trimmed mid length sleeves and high low ruffle tiered skirt for what to wear to a halloween wedding

There's something about a funky snake print that feels appropriate for a Halloween wedding—especially when it's in a bold aqua hue and adorned with ruffles and an asymmetrical hemline. Team this stunner with a pair of velvet knee-high boots and you'll be the best-dressed ghoul—sorry, girl—at the wedding reception.

william // david black suit jacket with embroidered orange red and burgundy floral print for what to wear to a halloween wedding

If you're feeling a bit daring, this brocade-inspired suit jacket could be just the look for your Halloween wedding dress code. It boasts bold orange, red and burgundy blooms and a black background, so it still feels sleek and sophisticated. Wear it in place of a traditional tux for a formal wedding or pair it with an all-black look (including pants, shoes, shirt and tie) for a vibe that will totally turn heads.

lulus velvet burgundy dress with off the shoulder sleeves folded neckline pleated skirt and slit for what to wear to a halloween wedding

Sultry and moody, this dress evokes a dramatic vibe, making it an appropriate choice for a Halloween-themed wedding. The burgundy velvet fabric is a luxe take on traditional fall colors—it could even work as an option for the bridesmaids or wedding party.

hugo boss navy and black slim fit suit jacket with silk detailing for what to wear to a halloween wedding

Going to a wedding with a Halloween theme doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. This navy and black slim-fit jacket with silk detailing will have you looking like James Bond 2.0. You could even don a mysterious eye mask to lend a masquerade vibe to your look.

lulus lace black mini dress with lace mesh high neckline and lace mesh long sleeves with lace trimmed short skirt for what to wear to a halloween wedding

The sheer black lace body-con dress offers up a touch of Gothic wedding glam, thanks in large part to a high neckline and eyelash lace. To turn it into a costume, pair it with a raven hair accessory for a high-end take on a little Halloween mischief.

esther and co. lace black dress with lace long lace puffy sleeves high v-neckline buttons allover lace and flowy skirt

This black long-sleeve dress boasts sheer embroidery details on the sleeves, giving off witchy Victorian vibes in the most elegant way possible. Want to have a little fun with the look? Pair it with some ruby red pumps or webbed crystal earrings.

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