What to Wear to a Spring Wedding: 45 Flawless Spring Wedding Dresses

Here's how to stun this season.
by The Knot
  1. Wedding guest dresses for spring

    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 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.

  2. Rose print spring wedding guest dress

    1. Everything's coming up roses in this dress. The pleating on the retro-inspired A-line skirt adds a formal touch. And is there a better spring wedding guest dress to pair with blush shoes?

    Chi Chi London Izi dress, $105, ChiChiClothing.com

  3. Dark floral spring wedding guest dress

    2. 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

  4. Floral yellow spring wedding guest dress

    3. This yellow floral maxi dress is the best of every world. Its high-low hemline serves you both spring and summer wedding attire, while its sunny color and floral print are all kinds of whimsical. But the asymmetrical cut 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.

    Slate & Willow yellow floral maxi, from $40 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  5. Sparkly spring wedding guest dress

    4. 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 embellished mesh sheath dress, $148, Nordstrom.com

  6. Butterfly spring wedding guest dress

    5. Hello, Greek goddess. This draped dress will have you floating through a spring wedding like a fairy—and a regal one at that. The plunging neckline adds sex appeal, while the butterfly print offers whimsy.

    Badgley Mischka Twirling Butterfly maxi, from $110 for a 4-day rental,  RenttheRunway.com

  7. High-low spring wedding guest dress

    6. 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

  8. Green tiered spring wedding guest dress

    7. Stunner. While the streamlined silhouette of this spring wedding guest dress gives off serious modern vibes, the ruffle details and vibrant shade of turquoise are seriously playful.

    Likely Davey ruffle-hem gown, $398, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  9. Green floral spring wedding guest dress

    8. Long sleeves, textured fabric and rich colors 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.

    KITRI Clementine green vintage dress, $235, KITRI.com

  10. Purple snake spring wedding guest dress

    9. Who knew a snake print could look so spring-worthy? It's the purple hue that makes this trendy midi dress so seasonal. Finish things off with edgy pointed-toe pumps (preferably in silver).

    Topshop snake cutout midi dress, $95, Topshop.com

  11. Pink tulle spring wedding guest dress

    10. This long tulle gown will make you feel like part of a fairytale—and you kind of are by attending a wedding. The soft pinks and abundance of ruffles are beautifully whimsical. Let the ornate fabric do the talking and opt for subtle sandals.

    Needle & Thread Cinderella tiered embellished tulle and lace gown, $470, Net-a-Porter.com

  12. Pink lace spring wedding guest dress

    11. The key to wearing lace to as a guest? Make sure it doesn't look too bridal. Luckily, this fuschia gown is far, far away from wedding white. Style it with other bright tones—it's simple enough for surprising accessories.

    ASTR the Label lace midi dress in Vivid Violet, from $89, Nordstrom.com

  13. Off-the-shoulder spring wedding guest dress

    12. This unique off-the-shoulder dress has "spring" written all over it, despite all the black. Check out the lightweight pleated skirt and pops of pink and yellow. Pair it with embellished shoes for a little extra flair.

    Coast Beaumont block color maxi dress, $283, ASOS.com

  14. Blue striped spring wedding guest dress

    13. Flutter sleeves are completely springy. Know what else is? The striped pattern of this baby blue dress. Try black footwear to complement the dark accents.

    Shoshanna Sophie striped dress, $398, Anthropologie.com

  15. Pink slip spring wedding guest dress

    14. 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 flat sandals—just make sure they're still formal enough for the occasion.

    Vince hammered-satin midi dress, $295, Net-a-Porter.com

  16. Pink spring wedding guest jumpsuit

    15. One non-dress option to consider when deciding what to wear to a spring wedding is a jumpsuit. While this plunging ensemble makes a powerful statement, the pink color keeps it soft for spring. If you want to go full-on dancing queen, add peep-toe pumps and delicate hoop earrings, both of which will offer a touch of throwback glamour.

    Jill Jill Stuart blush Perfect Pleat jumpsuit,from $34 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com 

    Casual Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

    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?

  17. Pink bow spring wedding guest dress

    1. Bow down. This simple sheath with oversize bow sleeves make a high fashion statement without going too over the top. Incorporate blush shoes and rose gold accessories to round out this look.

    New Look bow sleeve midi dress, $48, ASOS.com

  18. Purple lace spring wedding guest dress

    2. With its short hemline but high neckline, this dress is all about balance. And that lavender hue? Divine. Add nude sandals and your legs will look even longer.

    BB Dakota Cara high neck lace cocktail dress in Lavender, $98, Nordstrom.com

  19. Yellow floral spring wedding guest dress

    3. This dainty Trina Turk 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.

    Trina Turk canary hydrangea dress, from $45 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  20. Peach pleated spring wedding guest dress

    4. What we love about this peach dress with a relaxed fit and ruffled peplum waist 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.

    Paper Crown peach Covilha dress, from $45 for a 4-day rental, RentheRunway.com

  21. Green spring wedding guest jumpsuit

    5. Play with texture—and silhouette. This green corduroy jumpsuit is a standout outfit option, especially with block sandals.

    Reformation Carolina corduroy jumpsuit, $178, Nordstrom.com

  22. Blue plaid spring wedding guest dress

    6. Gingham is a go-to spring print. Wear this ruffly blue and white dress with basic sandals.

    For Love and Lemons Dixie ruffled mini dress, $194, Zappos.com

  23. Blue floral spring wedding guest dress

    7. 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.

    ASOS DESIGN midi tea dress with buttons in Floral Print, $56, ASOS.com

  24. Navy ruffled spring wedding guest dress

    8. Long dresses aren't always formal—take this maxi, for example. The skinny straps and casual fabric are ideal for a daytime event. Plus, the navy softens up the black. Try metallic or matte accessories—the choice is yours.

    Fame and Partners The Calvin dress, $299, Amazon.com

  25. Pink button spring wedding guest dress

    9. Big buttons are the season's trendiest accessories. Puff sleeves are a close second. This blush mini dress boasts both. For a retro-meets-modern vibe, wear it with white slingback shoes or even an animal print.

    Topshop button down midi dress, $68, Topshop.com

  26. Green short spring wedding guest dress

    10. This dress comes in the springiest shade of yellow-green, AKA a seasonal color that's way too underappreciated. Couple it with nude sandals.

    Cinq à Sept Alyssa fit-&-flare mini dress, $395, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  27. Blue tie waist spring wedding guest dress

    11. The sweetest bows adorn the waist of this blue spring wedding guest dress, which would look lovely with delicate jewelry and shiny shoes.

    Gal Meets Glam Collection Jane tie waist midi dress in Steel Blue, $188, Nordstrom.com

  28. Daisy midi spring wedding guest dress

    12. There's something so charming about a daisy print. This fitted dress also boasts the prettiest tie straps. Accessorize with solid black kicks.

    Reformation Peach dress in Daisy Chain, $198, Reformation.com

  29. Yellow floral spring wedding guest dress

    13. 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.

    Warehouse strappy midi dress in Yellow Jacquard, $94, ASOS.com

  30. Purple floral spring wedding guest dress

    14. What's not to love about this lilac dress, with its tiered skirt, billowing sleeves and V-neck? Oh, and it pairs great with white shoes.

    Ulla Johnson Joan dress, $585, Shopbop.com

  31. Pink lace spring wedding guest dress

    15.  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 Oman dress, $370, Amazon.com

    Plus-Size Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

    Plus-size 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.

  32. Red plus size spring wedding guest dress

    1. Lady in red. This crimson, formfitting dress will showcase your curves. Put your hair up and flaunt those shoulders.
     
    Eloquii red Studio off the shoulder dress, from $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  33. Watercolor long spring wedding guest dress

    2. 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 $85 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  34. Floral short spring wedding guest dress

    3. Another reason we love this flouncy, black and white wrap dress? We can absolutely imagine someone wearing it again to the office with a more casual pair of sandals. But for a spring wedding, bright red sandals would be a fabulous finishing touch.

    ELOQUII printed floral wrap dress, from $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  35. Navy lace spring wedding guest dress

    4. A navy lace dress with an intricate high collar and a fun, ruffled hem—need we say more? Pair this versatile number with metallic accessories to dress it up.

    Paper Dolls plus high neck lace dress with pephem, $108, ASOS.com

  36. Polka dot spring wedding guest dress

    5. Polka dots are totally on trend right now, and especially appropriate for a laid-back springtime affair. Add patent pumps—nude, to welcome the season—and you're good to go.

    City Chic dot asymmetrical wrap dress, $99, Nordstrom.com

  37. Floral green spring wedding guest dress

    6. This kimono silhouette is oh-so chic, as is the silky fabric. Don't even get us started on the gorgeous floral embroidery. For this look, try fancy heels with wrap-around straps.

    ASOS DESIGN Curve kimono midi pencil dress in Satin Floral Embroidery, $119, ASOS.com

  38. Long sleeve floral spring wedding guest dress

    7. Prepare for a breeze with sheer long sleeves that cover you up just enough (bye, goosebumps). Of course, they're not just functional—they're stylish too.

    Leith long sheer sleeve floral dress, $69, Nordstrom.com

  39. Green ruffle spring wedding guest dress

    8. Consider this frock for a casual spring wedding—it's flouncy and all-around festive. The bright color deserves bright white accessories, which will only up the freshness.

    Vince Camuto asymmetrical ruffle hem dress, $154, Nordstrom.com

  40. High-low floral spring wedding guest dress

    9. Add this to the list of evening wedding guest dresses for spring. Play up the slight shimmer with sparkly shoes, and prepare to feel like a million bucks as your high-low skirt floats behind you.

    Eliza J floral jacquard high/low evening dress, $248, Nordstrom.com

  41. Pink wrap spring wedding guest dress

    10. Wrap dresses are wedding guest wardrobe staples, but this one isn't your average garment. The contrast trim and blush chiffon feel modern and weather-appropriate.

    Adrianna Papell plus size pebble chiffon wrap dress, $179, Zappos.com

  42. Pink embellished spring wedding guest dress

    11. Go mod with a retro shift. This dress has funky embellishments, a high neck and flare sleeves. Wear it with chunky closed-toed shoes.  

    ASOS DESIGN Curve all over embellished shift mini dress, $103, ASOS.com

  43. Black floral spring wedding guest jumpsuit

    12. This one goes out to all you jumpsuit-loving ladies. A creative outfit calls for creative shoes—peep how this model is wearing red sandals. Oh, and the jumpsuit has pockets.

    Torrid black floral challis jumpsuit, $79, Torrid.com

  44. Green striped spring wedding guest dress

    13. These thick stripes are absolutely adorable, and since they're all in shades of green, your look won't be too busy if you incorporate other colors.

    ModCloth Peachy Queen maxi dress in Pear, $129, ModCloth.com

  45. Blue floral spring wedding guest dress

    14. Why choose between sequins and floral appliqués when you can have both? We also adore the aqua color of this A-line midi dress. Pair it with short heels for a sweet ensemble.

    ELVI SENCHA embellished midi dress, $187, CoEdition.com

  46. Pink flutter sleeve spring wedding guest dress

    15. Here's one final floral lace dress for good measure—we know how well-loved they are. Match it with blue-gray accessories, like suede ankle sandals.

    ASOS DESIGN Curve flutter sleeve pleat and lace midi dress, $76, ASOS.com

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