Here's What to Wear to a Spring Wedding as a Guest

Whether you're headed to a garden party or coastal soirée, you're sure to love these shoppable looks.
Collage of three spring wedding guest outfits
Photos, left to right: Reformation, Men's Wearhouse, BloomChic
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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.
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Updated Mar 04, 2024
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Florals for spring? We think they're actually pretty groundbreaking. But if you've found yourself wondering what to wear to a spring wedding, the good news is that florals are just one of the many incredible options to choose from.

Whether there's sunshine or showers in the forecast for your upcoming event, we've got plenty of spring wedding guest attire options to help you send your loved ones down the aisle in style. Keep scrolling to discover our favorite wedding guest attire for spring, plus plenty of advice to help guide you as you shop. Then, head to our wedding guest shoe roundup to find the perfect pair to finish off your look with.

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Where to Buy Spring Wedding Attire

We've picked out some of our favorite styles below, but if you want to see what's out there for yourself, we can help with that too. Check out what's available from four of our favorite fashion retailers offering spring wedding guest dresses and suits.

  • Lulus: There's no shortage of pretty spring-ready wedding guest attire at Lulus. The site has options to suit formal and casual celebrations alike and they're as easy on your pocket as they are on your eye. It's no secret: Wedding guests love Lulus.
  • ASOS: Our favorite thing about ASOS is that you can pick up your entire outfit in one glorious haul, shoes and accessories included. The site has menswear and womenswear as well as inclusive sizing options to suit every season. Consider what to wear to your next spring wedding sorted.
  • Petal + Pup: From floral frocks to sexy slip dresses, Petal + Pup has everything you need to show up to your next spring wedding in style. New styles are constantly being added to the site, so you'll always be able to find on-trend looks for the season. Not to mention, most options are under $100, making it easy to find a style that you and your wallet love.
  • Suitsupply: When it comes to suiting, Suitsupply is our go-to. While we love their suit options for every season, their spring styles are simply unmatched. With so many options in vibrant colorways, like baby blue or sage green, you're sure to walk away with a standout suit to rock throughout the season.

Formal Spring Wedding Attire

Unless the wedding specifies black-tie attire (in which case you should opt for black or a similar dark shade) feel free to experiment with bright, springtime colors like pink, yellow or green for your next formal spring wedding. Of course, you should avoid white and light colors that might photograph as white (but you already knew that).

Silk sage green floral maxi dress formal spring wedding attire
Photo: Reformation

Okay, but how stunning is this silk gown? Reformation is one of our favorite places to shop from no matter the occasion, but it's an especially great spot for wedding guests. The sweeping skirt will make twirling on the dance floor even more fun, and the high-halter neckline feels elevated and elegant. There's no need to go over the top with accessories, this outfit speaks for itself.

Pastel pink suit jacket and pants with white shirt spring wedding attire
Photo: Men's Wearhouse

Don't think you have to shy away from pastels because you're wearing a suit. There are plenty of colorful, spring-friendly options out there that meet the brief for a formal wedding dress code. Take this bright pink pick, for example. It's fun and still looks super put together, especially when you pair it with a white shirt and dress shoes. Brown accessories will look great here. Oh, and if pink's just not your thing, there are blue and green pastel shades too.

Casual Spring Wedding Attire

While semi-formal and casual weddings are inherently more laid-back, that doesn't mean you can't get dressed up. In fact, casual wedding attire is a fine balance between relaxed yet still wedding-appropriate. When in doubt, a midi silhouette with sandals or a button-down and slacks is sure to do the trick.

Floral lavender mini dress with long sleeves spring casual wedding guest attire
Photo: Hello Molly

A casual wedding is an invitation to look your best, but be playful with it. Take the opportunity to show off your legs in this daring mini with a striking open back. The pale purple color and romantic floral print are a perfect match. Make sure it's still wedding-appropriate by adding a pair of heels.

Shirt and pants casual spring wedding attire set

Like we said, a button down and slacks checks all the right boxes for a casual celebration. Lighter shades mark the transition into spring perfectly, and the light grey shirt in this relaxed look does just that. Loafers are always a winning final touch for a casual aesthetic that's not too laid back.

What to Wear to a March Wedding

Winter may be over but that doesn't mean the cold weather is. Not to worry. There are plenty of ways to make your cozy outfit more appropriate for spring. If you're planning to wear a long-sleeve dress, opt for a bright color or vibrant floral print. If you're wearing a suit or separates, go for lighter colors like beige or blue.

Navy floral long-sleeve dress for spring wedding guest
Photo: Lulus

There's no mistaking the bold, artistic florals on this stunning satin maxi. The wrap silhouette is a classic (not to mention comfy), and the long sleeves will help ward off that early spring chill from your shoulders and arms. Take it up a notch with seasonally appropriate accessories, like a stylish pair of booties. The V-neckline offers the perfect opportunity for some subtle gold or silver bling, whichever you prefer.

Light purple spring wedding suit
Photo: Suitsupply

The pale purple hue of this smart ensemble is the perfect transitional shade to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It's slightly moody but still a notable step away from those dark, wintery shades of black, burgundy and eggplant. The genius wool silk linen blend is designed to perform all year round, but the mid-weight fabric is especially fitting for spring and fall when it's not too cold and not too hot. You can't go wrong with adding loafers and a crisp white shirt. For cocktail wedding guest attire, consider adding a fun twist like a floral print shirt or brightly colored pocket square.

What to Wear to an April Wedding

With temps on the rise, you might be on the search for an outfit that will keep you cool throughout the day and on the dance floor. We recommend opting for lightweight and breathable fabrics like satin, chiffon and linen. Complete your April wedding attire with a comfortable pair of shoes and you'll be ready to bust a move.

Pastel purple floral satin formal spring wedding guest dress
Photo: Reformation

A luxe, lightweight silk style will have you feeling like a million bucks and help prevent overheating. The dreamy lavender shade and floral print give this maxi-length slip a romantic edge. Pair it with a block heel in a complementary hue like white or purple. Or, if you plan on tearing up the dance floor until the early hours, opt for a cute flat sandal.

Linen blend light blue spring wedding guest suit
Photo: Jos. A. Bank

Guys, you deserve to look sharp while keeping cool too. That's exactly where this linen and cotton blend suit comes in. It's light and breathable, ideal for the warmer months of the year. The best part? It comes in three spring-ready colorways: light blue, tan and light gray. Add a pop of color for casual or cocktail weddings, like socks with a fun print or a punchy pocket square. For formal weddings, a smart pair of shoes and matching belt will do the trick.

What to Wear to a May Wedding

They say April showers bring May flowers and the same can be true of your May wedding guest wardrobe. Vibrant floral prints are perfect for heading into summer. They'll add a vacation-ready vibe to your ensemble that you'll especially appreciate if you're attending a destination wedding.

Ditsy floral light blue maxi dress
Photo: BloomChic

Don't snooze on this cute, comfy and budget-friendly maxi from BloomChic. The ditsy floral print and flutter sleeves are just as sweet in every colorway (and there are 11 to choose from!). Add your favorite pair of heels and some statement earrings to complete the look.

Light green cotton sport coat spring wedding guest attire
Photo: DXL Big + Tall

Don't be afraid to mix and match to make an outfit that feels more "you." This sage green sport jacket pairs well with khakis or chinos for a casual or semi-formal wedding. Keep it simple with a crisp white shirt or play up the spring theme even more with a nature-inspired print, the choice is yours.

What to Wear to a Cold Spring Wedding

Depending on where you're headed for the wedding this season, the weather might not be feeling like spring just yet. Our solution: Always come prepared with layers just in case. For dresses, we recommend throwing on a pair of nude tights underneath or adding a cozy shawl on top. For suiting, swap your sport coat with a long wool coat or pea coat.

Tiered ruffle long-sleeve maxi dress for spring
Photo: Anthropologie

Make a unique statement by swapping out florals for this abstract print. The ruffled tiers on the skirt provide an air of femininity that pairs beautifully with the style's contemporary colorful motif. And thanks to the long sleeves, your shoulders and arms are protected from the breeze. Go bold with block colors for your accessories to take it a step further.

Tan wool suit for cold weather spring wedding
Photo: Banana Republic

If there's a chill in the air, wool is your friend. Skip the linen and go right for this wool jacket and pants. The camel color works well all year round, but it's particularly on point for spring and summer when the days are brighter and longer. Depending on the formality, choose smart leather shoes or go for a laid-back loafer to keep things casual.

What to Wear to an Outdoor Spring Wedding

Here's something predictable: Spring weather is anything but. If you're looking for outdoor wedding guest attire this season, prepare for cold weather just in case (layers are key). Despite what the forecast says, it's never a bad idea to have a pashmina or jacket on hand, and the good news is that there are plenty of stylish ways to incorporate them into your wedding guest look.

Blush mid dress with tie shoulder straps for spring
Photo: Petal + Pup

Good news: This blush pink midi is easy to accessorize, so adding a pashmina, bolero or jacket to keep off the chill should be a breeze (pun intended). In fact, you probably already have something in your closet that'll work. The soft pink shade will look great with yellow gold accessories, and some strappy sandals or stilettos will add a chic finishing touch.

Cream cotton linen blend suit for spring wedding guest
Photo: J. Crew

The unstructured silhouette, lightweight linen fabric and cream hue give this suit a casual vibe without slipping away from the formality that comes with being a wedding guest. Elevate it further with dress shoes and a colorful shirt. All you need to finish your look and prepare for the outdoors is a smart topcoat.

Spring Wedding Guest Attire FAQ

Picking out the perfect spring style is easy when you know what to look for. Use these tips and trends to complete your outfit.

What are some spring wedding outfit trends?

Wondering what's popular in spring wedding guest fashion this year? We're channeling our expertise and sharing the top trends you'll definitely see this season (and even this summer, too). Here's a few of the looks we've been loving:

  • Floral prints and accessories: Spring weddings present the perfect opportunity to break out your florals. Go bold with an outfit featuring vibrant, oversized blooms, or subtle with micro-prints on your tie or pocket square. Either way, you'll be totally in style for the season.

  • Pastel colorways: You heard it here. Pastels are the new black. From baby blues to soft yellow hues, pastels dominated the runways at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and we're expecting them to be just as popular for wedding guests this year. Whether you choose to sport a dress or suit in a pastel hue, or incorporate the colors into your accessories, you're guaranteed to make a statement.

  • Slip dresses: Versatility, coupled with the emergence of '90s nostalgia, means that slip silhouettes will continue to make waves in 2024. Another reason why slips will be popular? They can be dressed up or down with accessories depending on the formality of the event, and they're easy to throw a jacket or shawl over for the transitional winter-spring weather.

What colors can you wear to a spring wedding?

Pastel shades and floral prints will always make us think of spring, so when choosing what to wear to a spring wedding, you can't go wrong with either. "Peach Fuzz", a soft shade of pinkish orange, was recently announced as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2024, so you can expect to see the wedding-worthy hue everywhere this year. Of course, don't be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to color. Jewel tones, neons and even black are appropriate options year-round. Ultimately, the world of wedding guest fashion is your oyster. Just make sure to follow the recommended wedding dress code and skip the white (unless the couple asks otherwise), and you'll be ready to celebrate!

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