What to Wear to a Spring Wedding: 45 Flawless Spring Wedding Dresses
Spring has sprung! And with it, the official start of wedding season. With a whole host of flowers in bloom and pastel shades reigning supreme, spring weddings are some of the most stunning. But we know firsthand that that doesn't make it any easier to know what to wear to a spring wedding. While you may be tempted to grab your prettiest sleeveless dress, for example, it's often really chilly outside through May—sometimes, even June. That's why we created this guide on what to wear to a spring wedding.
But before we share our shoppable list of wedding guest dresses for spring (and a few chic alternatives), here are answers to a few etiquette questions and some quick tips on what to wear to a spring wedding.
Is there a certain color palette you have to stick to?
As designer Randi Rahm told us, "Most people say seasons are out the window, and I tend to agree." We do, too. That said, pastel shades and floral prints will always make us think of spring, and when choosing what to wear to a spring wedding, you can't go wrong with either. But don't be afraid to think outside the box. (Miranda Priestly would want you to.) Jewel tones, classic LBDs and slightly thicker materials are just as appropriate in the form of spring wedding guest dresses.
So what are we saying? The world of wedding guest attire is your oyster. Just keep your wedding guest dresses for spring an appropriate length—fingertip-length at the shortest—and skip the white (unless the couple asks otherwise), and you'll be ready to celebrate.
But seriously, what to wear to a cold spring wedding?
We feel you. While spring is gorgeous, it's a gamble weather-wise. There are, of course, the famous April showers, and temperatures are often stuck in the 60s—comfortable, but not exactly beach wedding attire weather. So how does a wedding guest stay warm during a spring wedding? By following our four tips on what to wear to a spring wedding:
- Pack a shawl. You might be dying to wear your favorite summer cocktail dress, and that's fine. Just accessorize it with a warm shawl that you can drape around your shoulders, especially if any part of the wedding is outside.
- Coats are cool, too. Just look at how they do it in the UK. Almost any woman attending a wedding finishes her ensemble with a chic coatdress—a topper that compliments the dress underneath so well, you never have to take it off.
- Pump it up. Yes, spring sandals are adorable, but they won't keep your toes warm at a chilly garden wedding. Instead, stick to a pump that covers most of your foot. Odds are, they'll also be easier to dance in, and if those spring showers roll through, you'll be set on that front, too. (Peep-toes and slingbacks also work here.)
- Rock those sleeves. As you may recall, Kate Middleton got married in April, and do you remember what her Alexander McQueen dress featured? Sleeves. Unlined lace sleeves like the duchess' will add a touch of warmth to your ensemble without overheating you. Plus, they're the epitome of elegance.
Now, it's time to shop. Choose from our list of spring wedding guest dress types below:
- What to Wear to a Spring Wedding–Evening
- What to Wear to a Spring Wedding–Casual
- What to Wear to a Spring Wedding–Plus-Size
What to Wear to a Spring Evening Wedding
Ladies, it's time to get dressed up. Like every season, more often than not, an evening wedding is a black-tie affair, which means bringing out your formal best. Long dresses, embellished cocktail dresses and even formal jumpsuits are welcome here. Just add high heels and statement jewels—a colorful necklace or a pair of chandelier earrings—and you'll be ready to step out in style.
Everything's coming up roses in this dress. The dramatic length and high shine fabric add a formal touch. And is there a better spring wedding guest dress to pair with blush shoes?
Lulus Red Carpet Ready light rose floral satin jacquard maxi dress, $85, Lulus.com
Not all flowers are light and fluffy. This trendy number puts the "power" in "flower power" with its darker palette. To complement this dress' slinky straps and busy pattern, wear a pair of strappy nude or metallic heels.
ML Monique Lhuillier Garden jacquard gown, from $80 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
This yellow maxi dress is the best of every world. The cold shoulder silhouette serves you both spring and summer wedding attire, while its sunny color is all kinds of playful. But the high slit adds a little edge, too, so there's sugar and spice. Since the dress already makes a strong statement, stick to nude shoes and add a colorful pop via your choice of earrings instead.
Lulus Moriah mustard yellow satin wrap maxi dress, $65, Lulus.com
There's no better time to shine—literally—than at an evening spring wedding. And this sheath dress with a metallic scalloped overlay does just that. Play up the sparkle with silver accessories, including shoes, a clutch and even a shawl laced with glittery thread.
Pisarro Nights Beaded cocktail minidress, $198, Nordstrom.com
Hello, Greek goddess. This draped dress will have you floating through a spring wedding like a fairy—and a regal one at that. The halter neckline adds sex appeal, while the rainbow ombre color offers whimsy.
Rococo Sand Emi pleat dress $396, Revolve.com
Thanks to its versatile navy hue and high-shine finish, knowing what to wear to a spring wedding is easy with this high-low number. It's the perfect wedding guest dress for spring, boasting just a hint of shimmer. If you'd like to highlight the shine, finish with metallic accessories.
Alfred Sung high/low cocktail dress in Midnight, $208, Nordstrom.com
Stunner. While the streamlined silhouette of this monochromatic spring wedding guest dress gives off serious modern vibes, the ruffle details are seriously playful.
Elliat Reception dress, $170, Revolve.com
Long sleeves, textured fabric and a rich color set this wedding guest dress apart. Since it's on the heavier and darker side, it's ideal for an early spring event. Strappy sandals are the name of the game when it comes to accessorizing.
Lulus Evening of Elegance navy blue floral jacquard wrap midi dress, $89, Lulus.com
Can you say, Regency Era chic? Take a cue from period drama Bridgerton by opting for a maxi length floral gown with romantic puff sleeves.
Reformation Stars dress, $428, TheReformation.com
This long tulle gown will make you feel like part of a fairytale—and you kind of are by attending a wedding. The soft blue and abundance floral beads are beautifully whimsical. Let the ornate fabric do the talking and opt for subtle accessories.
Needle & Thread Neve Crystal-Embellished Tulle Gown, $380, ModaOperandi.com
The key to wearing lace to as a guest? Make sure it doesn't look too bridal. Luckily, this emerald green gown is far, far away from wedding white. Style it with metallics—it's simple enough for surprising accessories.
CHI CHI London Anna lace off the shoulder sheath dress, $115, Nordstrom.com
This sleek one shoulder dress has "spring" written all over it, despite its dark navy. Check out the lightweight material, curve-skimming silhouette and high slit. Pair it with an embellished clutch for a little extra flair.
Reformation Evelyn dress, $348, TheReformation.com
Pastels are completely springy. Know what else is? The flouncy high-low hemline of this ruffly wrap dress. Try nude footwear to complement its pale blush hue.
A higher neckline keeps this sensual satin gown from looking too sexy. The delicate fabric and color are a total win for spring. Best of all, it looks amazing with heels or flat sandals—just make sure they're still formal enough for the occasion.
Lulus Simply Stunning slate blue satin floral jacquard midi dress, $84, Lulus.com
One non-dress option to consider when deciding what to wear to a spring wedding is a jumpsuit. While this hatler neck ensemble makes a powerful statement, the olive green color keeps it spring-appropriate. If you want to go full-on dancing queen, add strappy sandals and delicate hoop earrings, both of which will offer a touch of throwback glamour.
Julia Jordan Halter Neck jumpsuit, $138, Nordstrom.com
Of course, not every wedding is a black-tie affair. Garden parties, rustic barn weddings and even smaller, more intimate evening weddings can all come with a slightly more casual feel—and dress code. Not sure how fancy your spring wedding is? Check out the invitation. Consider the location and the couple when thinking about what would be most appropriate for their special day. If it's casual, these wedding guest dresses for spring will more than fit the bill.
And an added bonus? You'll be able to re-wear a bunch of these spring wedding guest dresses in your everyday life with flat sandals and your usual bag. Smart shopping, right?
Rina Cap Sleeve Dress, $395, Nordstrom.com
With its short hemline but modest neckline, this dress is all about balance. And that powder blue hue? Divine. Add white or nude sandals and your legs will look even longer.
Lulus Romance Language light blue backless lace dress, $60, Lulus.com
This dainty dress with a cheerful yellow floral print is the perfect spring wedding dress, especially if that wedding is set outdoors. Highlight the dress' stunning print by teaming the look with yellow shoes.
Amanda Uprichard Sleeveless Saffron dress, $202, Revolve.com
What we love about this light blue floral dress with a relaxed fit and ruffled details is that you can dress it up with nude heels and a matching clutch for a wedding. Or dress it down with ballet flats, a tote and even a straw hat for brunch.
Play with color—and silhouette. This vibrant jumpsuit is a standout outfit option, especially with block sandals.
Harlyn Floral puff sleeve jumpsuit, $167, Nordstrom.com
Gingham is a go-to spring print. Wear this ruffly blue and white dress with basic sandals or white sneakers if the vibe is super casual.
STAUD Meadow mini dress, $335, Shopbop.com
Can you say chic? This sophisticated floral dress (with a very subtle mock neck) keeps you slightly more covered (read: less chilly) and gives off major Kate Middleton vibes.
Reformation Port dress, $218, TheReformation.com
Long dresses aren't always formal—take this maxi, for example. The skinny straps, high-low hemline and casual fabric are ideal for a daytime event.
Retro-inspired belts are one of the season's trendiest accessories. Bold floral prints are a close second. This colorful mini dress boasts both. To play up its vintage vibe, pair with tortoise shell sandals or espadrilles.
Zimmermann Poppy belted ruffled floral-print linen mini dress, $695, Net-a-Porter.com
This dress comes in the springiest shade of hot pink, AKA a seasonal color that's way too underappreciated. Couple it with nude sandals.
Cinq à Sept Radley puff sleeve mini dress, $395, SaksFifthAvenue.com
The sweetest bows and ruffles adorn this pink spring wedding guest dress, which would look lovely with delicate jewelry and strappy shoes.
Bardot Triple Frill long sleeve minidress, $119, Nordstrom.com
There's something so charming about a daisy print. This fitted dress also boasts the prettiest gathered sleeves plus a trendy square neckline.
Reformation Mica dress, $278, TheReformation.com
This satin floral gown toes the line between formal and casual, so it's all about what you wear with it. We suggest flat or block heel sandals.
What's not to love about this mustard dress, with its tiered skirt, puff sleeves and ruffled V-neck? Oh, and it pairs great with nude or metallic shoes.
Ulla Johnson Maude dress, $345, Shopbop.com
Here's a more casual lace wedding guest dress with a springy, gauzy look. The color resembles a freshly picked peony, otherwise known as one of the season's favorite flowers. Metallic strappy sandals complete the outfit.
Temptation Positano Women's Santos dress, $395, Amazon.com
Size inclusive fashion is undergoing a revitalization (finally!), which means some of the wedding guest dresses for spring you saw above are available in plus-size, too. For more gorgeous inspiration, check out these spring wedding guest dresses.
That's hot. This formfitting dress in a bold shade of hot pink will showcase your curves. Bonus: The solid color and sleek silhouette means it works with a variety of accessories.
Eloquii Flare Sleeve scuba dress, $99, Eloquii.com
Equally appropriate at a casual or formal spring wedding, this Badgley Mischka floor sweeper, printed with a water lily pattern, will have you gliding into a spring wedding like the queen you are. And the best part? You can absolutely wear flat sandals with this one.
Badgley Mischka Water Lilies maxi dress, from $95 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
Another reason we love this flouncy, caramel wrap dress with trendy bishop sleves? We can absolutely imagine someone wearing it again to the office with a more casual pair of sandals. But for a spring wedding, booties or strappy sandals would be a fabulous finishing touch.
ELOQUII Bishop sleeve wrap dress, $120, Eloquii.com
A sultry slip dress with an goregous dark floral print and trendy skinny straps—need we say more? Pair this versatile number with solid black accessories to dress it up.
ASOS DESIGN Curve midi cami slip dress in black based floral print, $26, ASOS.com
Polka dots are totally on trend right now, and especially appropriate for a laid-back springtime affair. Add pumps or sandals—nude, to welcome the season—and you're good to go.
City Chic Tie Spot sleeveless dress, $99, Nordstrom.com
This breezy silhouette is oh-so chic, as is the silky fabric. Don't even get us started on the gorgeous pleated skirt. For this look, try fancy heels with wrap-around straps.
ELOQUII Knot front pleated skirt dress, $100, Eloquii.com
Prepare for a breeze with sheer long bell sleeves that cover you up just enough (bye, goosebumps). Of course, they're not just functional—they're stylish too.
Vince Camuto Cotton blend lace fit & flare dress, $168, Nordstrom.com
Consider this floral frock for a casual or semi-formal spring wedding—it's flouncy and all-around festive. The darker print makes it more versatile than pastel numbers—you can repurpose it for fall weddings as well.
Reformation Nikita dress, $248, TheReformation.com
Add this to the list of evening wedding guest dresses for spring. Play up the slight shimmer of the high shine fabric with sparkly shoes, and prepare to feel like a million bucks as your swishy pleated gown swirls around you.
Mac Duggal Plunge pleat gown, $398, Nordstrom.com
Swing dresses are wedding guest wardrobe staples, but this one isn't your average garment. The oversize floral print and belted silhouette feel both playful and on trend.
ModCloth x Collectif Somewhere Bright and New Swing Dress, $99, ModCloth.com
Go modern with a retro-inspired wrap dress. This dress has a funky pattern but a classic silhoutte. Wear it with vibrant heels to play up its fun colors.
This one goes out to all you jumpsuit lovers. A more unexpected outfit calls for toned down accessories (peep the simple sandals this model is wearing). Bonus: The jumpsuit has pockets.
City Chic floral jumpsuit, $109, Nordstrom.com
Simplicity is the name of this game. A relaxed, mini dress silhouette in a magnificent magenta shade is all about serving effortless glamour. Dress this number up with statement heels and jewelry.
ELOQUII Tiered Easy dress, $110, Eloquii.com
We adore the juicy color of this midi dress with a gathered hem. Pair it with bright red heels for an ensemble that packs a visual punch.
Carolina Herrera Sleeveless V-Neck Dress with Gathered Hem, $2,290, 11Honore.com
Here's one final printed dress for good measure—we know how well-loved they are. Match it with neutral or clear accessories, like PVC kitten heels.
ELOQUII Printed Sweetheart midi dress, $140, Eloquii.com