What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: 65 Gorgeous Dresses for Guests

If you’re a guest at a winter wedding this year, we’ve got good news for you. There are dozens of great winter wedding guest dresses to choose from this season. Here, our favorite winter wedding outfits to make your own.
by Karen Biton-Cohen and Elena Mauer
Winter wedding dresses


With so many seasonal dress options in stores and online, it can be overwhelming to choose what to wear to a winter wedding. Winter wedding attire often includes dark hues, rich fabrics and longer sleeves. But there are other things to consider when choosing on a winter wedding guest dress, including the formality of the affair (the invite should provide a dress code), your budget and personal style. You may want to rock the trendiest number on the market or go with a timeless cocktail dress. No matter what your personal style or that of the wedding —from black tie to dressy casual—you'll find something to love in our comprehensive guide of wedding guest dresses for winter, below.

Formal Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Not sure what to wear to a formal winter wedding? We've taken the guesswork out of it with our favorite formal winter wedding guest dresses. They range in style, silhouette, length and color. The only thing you have to do is choose the winter wedding outfit that feels totally you (and of course, you'll have to buy or rent it too). A budget-savvy idea for getting an upscale formal gown: Rent one from Rent the Runway. It’s seriously genius—you can score a designer dress in the most formal styles for a fraction of the price.

  1. Navy constellation gown

    The easiest way to dazzle at a winter wedding? A shimmering one-shoulder dress dripping in sequins. Pair with bold metallic accessories to make it shine even more.

    Badgley Mischka navy constellation gown, $100, RenttheRunway.com

  2. Marchesa v-neck cape gown

    For formal winter wedding affairs, a jewel-tone gown with a trendy cape will feel fancy, chic and warm.
     
    Marchesa Notte silk Georgette v-neck cape gown, $895, LastCall.com

  3. Velvet dress

    You'll get tons of mileage out of a cozy-chic velvet frock, but especially during winter wedding season. Dress it up with drop earrings and metallic heels.
     
    Chelsea28 velvet midi dress, $129, Nordstrom.com

  4. sequin crepe midi dress

    Red sequins are stunning for winter weddings held near the holidays. Bonus points: The puff sleeves on this one will help keep you warm against the December chill.
     
    Rixo London + Laura Jackson Daisy velvet-trimmed sequin crepe midi dress, $575, Net-A-Porter.com

  5. black sequin long-sleeve maxi dress

    A sexy, slinky sequined number is perfect for formal winter weddings.
     
    Outrageous Fortune sequin long-sleeve maxi dress, $114, Asos.com

  6. strapless gown

    You can't really go wrong with a strapless fit-and-flare gown. For winter weddings, pair it with a faux fur shawl or coatand you'll be all set.

    Eliza J strapless foldover fit-and-flare gown, $208, LordandTaylor.com

  7. bristol dress

    Want a flirty look for the upcoming winter wedding? This ruffled asymmetrical hem gown should fit the bill (plus, it'll be extra swingy and fun on the dance floor).

    Fame and Partners Bristol dress, $279, ShopBop.com

  8. Adriana Papell black gown

    With black lace and a ruffled skirt, this gorgeous gown is perfectly festive for winter weddings.
     
    Adrianna Papell black scallop gown, $220, RenttheRunway.com

  9. embroidered lace and tulle ball gown

    Embroidered lace and a romantictulle skirt make this gown a feminine fit for a winter wedding (and any other fete, really). 

    Cachet ¾-sleeve embroidered lace and tulle ball gown, $330, DavidsBridal.com

  10. black velvet gown

    Velvet? Check. Flattering ruching? Check. Long sleeves? Check. Winter wedding ready? Definitely.
     
    Vince Camuto velvet gown $208, Nordstrom.com

  11. black jumpsuit

    This shimmering jumpsuit will be comfortable, chic and easy to get down on the dance floor in at your next winter wedding.
     
    Alice + Olivia Salem embellished cowled halterneck jumpsuit, $695, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  12. gold gown

    If you have any holiday-themed cocktail affairs or winter weddings coming up, you'd be remiss not to wear this floor-length golden gown with a cowl back.
     
    Badgley Mischka gold Dara gown, $100, RenttheRunway.com

  13. floral dress

    We love the lace bodice and colorful skirt on this knee-length winter wedding guest dress. For a winter wedding look, pair it with velvet heels and dark, luxe tights.
     
    Tadashi Shoji contrast floral bell-sleeve dress, $419, LordandTaylor.com

  14. Badgley Mischka louisa gown

    You can’t go wrong with a classic black gown for a formal winter wedding. This showstopper’s natural waistline is flattering on all body types and the lace back detailing is simply gorgeous.
     
    Badgley Mischka Louisa gown, from $180, RenttheRunway.com

  15. ​Asos Design sweetheart neck midi dress with belt

    A vintage-inspired, soft gray belted dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline iwill definitely turn heads. The scuba-style fabric is on trend and perfectly suited for a formal winter wedding guest. Add opaque black tights to stay warm.
     
    Asos Design sweetheart neck midi dress with belt, $64, Asos.com

  16. Cinq à Sept teal jolie dress

    Even though this dress isn’t floor length, it’s still fancy enough for a winter wedding with its structured look, elegant off-the-shoulder neckline and rich teal color.
     
    Cinq à Sept teal Jolie dress, $60, RenttheRunway.com

  17. BHLDN coral jumpsuit

    For a conversation starter during cocktail hour, wear a stylish velvet-striped lace jumpsuit. (This one is sized perfectly for petites.) You can totally pull off this edgy look at a winter wedding.
     
    Hutch velvet-striped petite jumpsuit, $198, Anthropologie.com

  18.  sequin lace long sleeve dress

    Dance the night away at an upcoming winter wedding wearing a burgundy sheath with a stunning mix of lace, sequins and sheer sleeves.
     
    Sequin Hearts sequin lace sheath dress, $79, Nordstrom.com

  19. Dress the Population gwen midi dress

    A sophisticated look for a formal winter wedding is this sleek, curve-hugging black cocktail dress with embroidered mesh at the shoulders.
     
    Dress the Population Gwen Midi Dress, $216, Nordstrom.com

  20. BHLDN jenna dress

    Shine on the dance floor in a radiant platinum sequined dress. Complete your glamorous winter wedding outfit with sleek black pumps and drop earrings.
     
    BHLDN Helen dress, $320, BHLDN.com

  21. Flowy layers make this jacquard stripe gown feel ultra-special for a night out.

    Topshop jacquard stripe pinafore dress, $110, TopShop.com

  22. Halston Heritage chevron-striped sleeveless v-neck gown

    Perfect for a black-tie affair, this gown features an eye-catching black-and-white chevron design.
     
    Halston Heritage chevron-striped sleeveless v-neck gown, $329, LastCall.com

    Daytime Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

    Figuring out what to wear to a daytime winter wedding can be tricky. Have no fear; with this extensive list of winter wedding guest dresses, you’ll find the perfect winter wedding outfit for your afternoon affair.

  23.  yellow velvet high-low wrap dress

    Go for the gold in this high-low number rendered in luxe velvet. It's the perfect addition to your winter wedding wardrobe.
     
    Lulus Amour golden yellow velvet high-low wrap dress, $61, Lulus.com


  24. Paper Dolls high neck lace midi dress

    A fitted lace look is a stunning fashion statement you'll go back to again and again for winter weddings. Pair with a black leather moto jacket to keep warm. 

    Paper Dolls high neck lace midi dress, $77, Asos.com

  25. Diane von Furstenberg draped choker dress

    Go for a trendy, bold look at your next daytime winter wedding. We're so into this built-in choker situation.
     
    Diane von Furstenberg draped choker dress, $398, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  26. Milly stretch silk flutter sleeve mini dress

    The bright, cobalt hue and short skirt make this dress a flirty, feminine look for a daytime winter wedding.
     
    Milly stretch silk flutter sleeve mini dress, $350, Amazon.com

  27. navy Betty lace dress

    Ruffled lace sleeves make this flouncy number a perfect daytime winter wedding guest dress.
     
    Nanette Lepore navy Betty lace dress, $60, RenttheRunway.com

  28. color block plisse sweat dress

    A color-blocked long-sleeved frock is sweet and simple enough to make a statement at your next daytime winter wedding.
     
    Asos Design color block plisse sweat dress, $56, Asos.com

  29. black off-shoulder dress

    Want something sassy yet sweet to wear to your next daytime winter wedding? Go for this sexy, sheer off-the-shoulder look.
     
    BB Dakota Desperado off-shoulder dress, $110, ShopBop.com

  30. Top Shop petite lace trim dress

    For daytime winter weddings, you really can't go wrong with a little black dress rendered in lace. And that stylish yet demure mock neck? Yes, please.
     
    Topshop petite lace trim dress, $80, Topshop.com

  31. Metallic silk halter dress

    A comfortable waistline and daytime-appropriate color palette will have you reaching for this dress again and again. Its metallic sheen, handkerchief hemline and ruffles at the shoulders make it fit for a special occasion. For winter weddings, coordinate with silver accessories.
     
    Shoshanna Barissa metallic silk halter dress, $209, LastCall.com

  32. embroidered cocktail dress with 3D flowers

    Lace and mesh detailing make this a subtly sexy choice for winter weddings. Since this emerald green dress does all the talking, stick to pared-back accessories.
     
    Marchesa Notte embroidered cocktail dress with 3D flowers, Shopbop.com

  33. Asos maxi tea dress in floral print

    Florals? For winter weddings? Groundbreaking, indeed.
     
    Asos Design maxi tea dress in floral print, $67, Asos.com

  34. Three-quarter sleeve v-neck dress

    A three-quarter sleeve, knee-length dress is perfect for winter weddings. We suggest pairing it with drop earrings.
     
    Aidan by Aidan Mattox printed three-quarter sleeve v-neck dress, $275, LordandTaylor.com

  35. Floral bell sleeve mini dress

    Having trouble deciding what to wear to a daytime winter wedding? A silky, modern dress with a floral motif and long bell sleeves is a trendy and fun option for a casual winter wedding.
     
    Mother of Pearl floral bell sleeve mini dress, $595, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  36. SheIn burgundy split neck scalloped trim fit and flare dress

    A short, burgundy dress with a split neckline is a unique option. Pair with nude or pale gold heels to tie this winter wedding guest outfit together.
     
    SheIn burgundy split neck scalloped trim fit and flare dress, $37, SheIn.com

  37. lace midi dress

    Gold sandals and a matching clutch pair perfectly with this midi-length, romantic, yet modern, dress. Dress to impress in this cherry red lace winter wedding guest outfit.
     
    Astr the Label lace midi dress, $89, Nordstrom.com

  38. BCBG Max Azria colorblock shift dress

    For a daytime winter wedding guest outfit, rock this shift dress with a bold color block motif.
     
    BCBG Max Azria colorblock shift dress, $268, LordandTaylor.com

  39. H&M pleated dress

    Leave a sweet impression with this airy V-neck dress in a whimsical pattern and tie neck. Daytime winter wedding outfit? Check!  
     
    H&M pleated dress, $55, HM.com

  40. Strapless Jumpsuit

    When a dress won’t do for a daytime winter wedding outfit, opt for a fashionable dark cobalt jumpsuit with a sweetheart neckline instead.
     
    Adelyn Rae Strapless Jumpsuit, $92, Nordstrom.com

  41. Topshop tall asymmetric hem dress

    This asymmetrical dress in a wine hue is perfectly suited for a daytime winter wedding guest. Add some statement earrings for extra drama.
     
    Topshop tall asymmetric hem dress, $60, Topshop.com

  42. embellished mesh sheath dress

    Feel pretty and confident in a gray sheath dress with intricate details and cold shoulder cutouts. This dress belongs at a daytime winter wedding. 

    Pisarro Nights embellished mesh sheath dress, from $208, Nordstrom.com

  43. cherry blossom bell-sleeve sheath dress

    Cherry blossoms usually make us think of spring, but against a deep green background, they’re a pretty perfect answer to what to wear to a winter wedding.

    Taylor cherry blossom bell-sleeve sheath dress, $99, LastCall.com

  44. lace sheath dress

    A black lace sheath with a choker neckline is a stylish day-to-night look for a daytime wedding that’s followed by an evening reception.
     
    Trina Turk Central lace sheath dress, $368, SaksFifthAvenue.com


    Plus Size Winter Wedding Dresses

    We shopped around to find the most stunning plus size wedding guest dresses for winter. Take a look at our picks for the prettiest formal and daytime winter wedding guest dresses to help you figure out what to wear to a winter wedding.
     

  45. Asos curve lace and dobby mini skater dress

    The sheer long sleeves on this green beauty feel sexy, yet formal enough for a winter wedding.
     
    Asos Curve lace and dobby mini skater dress, $67, Asos.com

  46. colorblock sheath dress

    Color blocking is on-trend right now, so this bold- sheath will be a hit as a winter wedding guest dress.
     
    Marina Rinaldi colorblock sheath dress, $1,085, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  47. beaded blouson gown

    Sparkles and spaghetti straps? Yes, please. You'll be all set for your next winter wedding.
     
    Adrianna Papell beaded blouson gown, $379, AdriannaPapell.com

  48. Aasos black maxi dress

    Va-va voom! Pair this strapless column gown with glam accessories and you’ve found what to wear to your upcoming winter wedding.

    City Chic Motown strapless lace and chiffon maxi dress, $169 Shop.Nordstrom.com

  49. Design kimono pleated maxi dress

    The pleated skirt on this black strapless gown will make this your new favorite thing to dance in. Pair with a faux fur wrap.
     
    Asos Design kimono pleated maxi dress, $60, Asos.com

  50. Burgundy classic convertible gown

    You'll be red ho—even during the coldest months. Pair this winter wedding guest dress with a black leather moto jacket for an edgy-yet-formal sartorial statement.
     
    Twobirds burgundy classic convertible gown, from $50, RenttheRunway.com

  51. Curve fringe minimal dress

    This glittering number gives us major retro vibes. For winter weddings, pair with stunning accessories that are just as glam.
     
    Asos Design Curve fringe minimal dress, $87, Asos.com

  52. beaded neck jumpsuit

    Oh, yes. Jumpsuits are a comfortable, chic option for winter weddings, and this one's glam enough for formal affairs.
     
    Sangria beaded neck jumpsuit, $128, Nordstrom.com

  53. City Chic orchid dreams maxi dress

    A faux wrap tulip skirt and a fabulous orchid print make this the perfect party dress—and a wonderful choice for your next winter wedding guest dress. 

    City Chic orchid dreams maxi dress, $149, LordandTaylor.com

  54. Avantlook abstract floral long-sleeve midi dress

    An abstract floral dress in red and black is perfect for daytime winter weddings. Pair this knee-length one with black high heels.
     
    Avantlook abstract floral long-sleeve midi dress, $115, LastCall.com

  55. bell-sleeve lace fit and flare dress

    It's knee-length, but definitely fancy enough for formal winter weddings, thanks to its luxe lace and bell sleeves.
     
    Eliza J bell-sleeve lace fit and flare dress, $178, Nordstrom.com

  56. Alex Evenings velvet sleeve sheath dress

    Not sure what to wear to your next daytime winter wedding? This off-the-shoulder, velvet bodice number is stunning.
     
    Alex Evenings velvet sleeve sheath dress, from $42, Amazon.com

  57. David’s Bridal cap sleeve long dress with beading

    A sweeping gown with cap sleeves and navy and silver sequins makes for an exceptional formal winter wedding guest dress.

    David’s Bridal cap sleeve long dress with beading, $250, DavidsBridal.com

  58. metallic fit and flare dress

    Having a winter wedding outfit meltdown? We’ve got you covered: This metallic jacquard fit-an-flare dress is a showstopper.
     
    Mac Duggal metallic fit and flare dress, $378, Nordstrom.com

  59. ML Monique Lhuillier Ella Dress

    You can’t go wrong with a short, teal-colored lace dress with a flattering silhouette for a daytime winter wedding guest outfit. Dress it up with patent nude pumps and a clutch to match.
     
    ML Monique Lhuillier Ella Dress, from $30, RenttheRunway.com

  60. Adrianna Papell Short-Sleeved Sequin Gown

    Radiate on the dance floor in a shimmery short-sleeved, floor-length gown—a foolproof pick for a formal winter wedding guest dress.

    Adrianna Papell Short-Sleeved Sequin Gown, $310, Dillards.com

  61. Velvet mustard dress

    A mustard-hued dress can be worn to a daytime winter wedding, especially when it’s shown in a soft, warm velvet fabric and has a whimsical tie at the neckline. Pair with gold peep-toe sandals and subtle accessories to complete the look. 

    ModCloth Fete to Be Tied Velvet Dress, $79, ModCloth.com

  62. Border flocked fit and flare dress

    This showstopping fit-and-flare cocktail dress makes for a romantic winter wedding guest outfit.

    City Chic border flocked fit and flare dress, $89,  Nordstrom.com

  63. ML Monique Lhuillier Ivy Green Lace Dress

    Give your LBD the night off and go for something different. Look picture perfect in this short and sweet ivy green mini for your winter wedding guest dress. Pair with black pointed pumps and an evening bag to match.
     
    ML Monique Lhuillier Ivy Green Lace Dress, from $65, RenttheRunway.com

  64. Exquisite Elegance lace dress in lavender

    Channel your inner Jackie O with this lavender lace dress. To tie this winter wedding guest outfit together, pair with sparkly peep-toe sandals and oversized studs.

    ModCloth Exquisite Elegance lace dress in lavender, $175, Modcloth.com

  65. Plus pleated sheath dress

    Winter wedding guest dresses don’t have to be dark or drab. This rich hue will coordinate perfectly with black or nude shoes.

    Tahari Arthu S. Levine  pleated sheath dress, $138, LordandTaylor.com

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