What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: 60 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, some of our favorite winter wedding outfits to make your own.
by Karen Biton-Cohen

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 several things to consider when choosing on a winter wedding guest dress, ranging from the formality of the affair (the invote should provide a dress code) to your body type and personal style. You may want to rock the trendiest frock on the market or go with a timeless cocktail dress. No matter what your personal style or that of the wedding, black tie or dressy casual, you'll find something to love in our comprehensive guide of wedding guest dresses for winter. Let the shopping begin!

Formal Winter Wedding Guest Dresses That Wow

Not sure what to wear to a formal winter wedding? We've taken the guessing out of it with 20 of our favorite formal winter wedding guest dresses ranging in style, silhouette, length and color. The only thing you have to do is choose the winter wedding outfit that feels totally you (oh and of course, you'll have to buy or rent it too)!

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

    Diane Von Furstenberg one-shoulder bias sequin dress $2,200, DVF.com

  2. 2. For formal winter wedding affairs, a black gown with a trendy cape feature will feel fancy, chic and warm. 

    Marchesa Notte cape gown, $895 ShopBop.com

  3. 3. 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. 

    Zara velvet tube dress, $50, Zara.com

  4. 4. Red sequins are stunning for winter weddings that fall around the time of the holidays. Bonus points: The long sleeves on this one will keep you warm against the December chill. 

    Ashish sequined silk-georgette wrap dress, $2,290, Net-A-Porter.com

  5. 5. A sexy, slinky sequined number is perfect for formal winter weddings. 

    Asos embellished cami fishtail maxi dress, $112, Asos.com

  6. 6. You can't really go wrong with a strapless column gown. For winter weddings, pair this one with a faux fur shawl or leather jacket and you'll be all set. 

    TFNC bandeau sequin maxi dress, $112, Asos.com

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

    Keepsake Be Mine gown, $225, ShopBop.com

  8. 8. With gold embroidery and sheer panels, this gorgeous gown is perfectly festive for winter weddings. 

    Marchesa Notte embellished embroidered tulle gown, $1,130, Net-A-Porter.com

  9. 9. Embellishments and a flouncy tulle skirt make this gown a feminine fit for a winter wedding (and any other fete, really). 

    Needle & Thread Comet gown, $601, Revolve.com

  10. 10. Velvet? Check. Off-the-shoulder silhouette? Check. Long sleeves? Check. Winter wedding ready? Definitely. 

    Norma Kamali velour fishtail gown, $325, ShopBop.com

  11. 11. This glittering jumpsuit will be comfortable, chic and easy to get down on the dance floor in at your next winter wedding. 

    Laundry by Shelli Segal Platinum beaded jumpsuit, $198, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  12. 12. If you have any holiday-themed cocktail affair or winter wedding coming up, you'd be remiss not to wear a floor-length golden gown with a thigh-high slit.

    Theia Giselle Bateau sequin gown, $290, ShopBop.com 

  13. Stylestalker davis lace dress

    13. We love the deep V neckline and peacock green color on this lace mini winter wedding guest dress. For a winter wedding look, pair it with velvet heels and dark, luxe tights.

    STYLESTALKER Davis Lace Dress, $189, Revolve.com

  14. Badgley Mischka louisa gown

    14. 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 detail is simply gorgeous.

    Badgley Mischka Louisa Gown, $110, Renttherunway.com

  15. Charlotte Russe​ off-the-shoulder scuba skater dress​

    15. A vintage-inspired, jewel-toned Bardot dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline is sure to impress. The scuba-style fabric is on trend and perfectly suited for a formal winter wedding guest. Add opaque navy or black tights to stay warm and look great.   

    Charlotte Russe Off-the-Shoulder Scuba Skater Dress, $16, CharlotteRusse.com

  16. Cinq à Sept teal jolie dress

    16. 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

    17. For a conversation starter during cocktail hour, wear a splurge-worthy jade lace jumpsuit with an open-back. You can pull off this edgy look at a winter wedding.

    BHLDN Coral Jumpsuit, $540, Anthropologie.com

  18. Dress the Population grace sequin lace long sleeve shift dress

    18. Dance the night away at an upcoming winter wedding wearing a mini olive dress with a stunning mix of lace, sequins, and sheer sleeves.

    Dress the Population Grace Sequin Lace Long Sleeve Shift Dress, $228, Nordstrom.com

  19. Dress the Population gwen midi dress

    19. A mature and sophisticated look for a formal winter wedding is this sleek, hip- hugging black cocktail dress with a criss-cross neckline.

    Dress the Population Gwen Midi Dress, $194, Nordstrom.com

  20. BHLDN jenna dress

    20. Shine on the dance floor in a radiant gold sequined dress. Complete your glamorous winter wedding outfit with sleek black pumps and drop earrings. Don’t forget the cover up to keep warm!

    BHLDN Jenna Dress, $465, Bhldn.com

    20 Perfect Daytime Winter Wedding Outfits

    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 be sure to find the perfect winter wedding outfit for you.

  21. 1. Go for the gold in this number rendered in luxe velvet. It's the perfect additon to your winter wedding wardrobe. 

    Pixie Market Marigold velvet shoulder tie slip dress, $119, PixieMarket.com

  22. 2. 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

  23. 3. Go for a trendy, bold look at your next daytime winter wedding. We're so into this built-in choker situation. 

    Stone Cold Fox Melrose gown, $430, TheStoneColdFox.com

  24. 4. The bright, cobalt hue and pleated skirt make this a flirty, feminine look for a daytime winter wedding. 

    Alice + Olivia Ilaria off-the-shoulder stretch-jersey and plissé-chiffon dress, $566, Net-A-Porter.com

  25. 5. Long sleeves, lace and embroidery make this one flouncy, feminine winter wedding dress perfect for a daytime affair. 

    Self-Portrait Bellis lace trip dress with full skirt, $447, Self-Portrait-Studio.com

  26. 6. A color-blocked long-sleeved frock is sweet and simple enough to make a statement at your next daytime winter wedding. 

    Roksanda color-block tiered silk-satin dress, $1,030, Net-A-Porter.com

  27. 7. Want something sassy yet sweet to wear to your next daytime winter wedding? Gun for this sexy, sheer, off-the-shoulder look. 

    Nicholas Octavia lace midi dress, $695, Shopbop.com

  28. 8. For daytime winter weddings, you really can't go wrong with a little black dress rendered in lace. And those bell sleeves? Yes, please. 

    Stone Cold Fox Rexford dress, $285, TheStoneColdFox.com

  29. 9. A plunging neckline and festive color palette will have you reaching for this one again and again. For winter weddings, pair with matching gold accessories. 

    Stella McCartney metallic fil coupé silk-chiffon dress, $1946, Net-A-Porter.com

  30. 10. Lace, scalloped detailing make this a subtly sexy choice for winter weddings. Since this dress does all the talking, stick to pared-back accessories. 

    Marchesa Notte off shoulder dress, $895, Shopbop.com

  31. 11. Florals? For winter weddings? Groundbreaking indeed. 

    Asos maxi tea dress with open back in floral, $53, Asos.com

  32. 12. An off-the-shoulder tea-length dress is perfect for winter weddings. We suggest pairing it with drop earrings and a matching overcoat for the chilly commute. 

    Stone Cold Fox Flores gown, $420, TheStoneColdFox.com

  33. Club Monaco kaveh dress

    13. Having trouble deciding what to wear to a daytime winter wedding? A silky, modern dress with floral motif and long sleeves is a trendy and fun option for a casual winter wedding.

    Club Monaco Kaveh Dress, $249, Clubmonaco.com

  34. SheIn burgundy split neck dcalloped trim fit and flare dress​

    14. 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, $17, SheIn.com

  35. Club Monaco bolari dress

    15. 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.

    Club Monaco Bolari Dress, $269, Clubmonaco.com

  36. BCBG Max Azria christiania floral-print dress

    16. For a daytime winter wedding guest outfit, rock this floral dress with a bold print, knee length, and gentle ruffle details. 

    BCBG Max Azria Christiania Floral-Print Dress, $338, BCBG.com

  37. H&M jacquard-weave dress

    17. Leave a dashing impression with this stylish, jacquard weaved V-neck dress in a bold, black pattern with pleats and a flared skirt. Daytime winter wedding outfit? Check!  

    H&M Jacquard-weave Dress, $70, Hm.com

  38. Adelyn Rae strapless jumpsuit

    18. 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

  39. Club Monaco milancey dress

    19. This scalloped-neckline sheath dress in blackberry is perfectly suited for a daytime winter wedding guest. Add some statement jewlery for added appeal.  

    Club Monaco Milancey Dress, $199, Clubmonaco.com

  40. H&M chiffon dress with lace

    20. Feel pretty and confident in a grey chiffon dress with feminine lace details, bell sleeves, and a baby doll silhouette. This dress belongs at a daytime winter wedding.  

    H&M Chiffon Dress with Lace, $40, Hm.com

    Formal Daytime Plus Size Winter Wedding Dresses

    We shopped around and found 20 stunning plus size wedding guest dresses for winter! Take a look at our picks for the prettiest formal, daytime winter wedding guest dresses to help you figure out what to wear to a winter wedding.

  41. 1. The sheer long sleeves on this one feel sexy yet formal enough for a winter wedding. 

    Little Mistress Plus allover cutwork lace midi dress, $127, Us.Asos.com

  42. 2. Ruffles are on-trend right now, so this one will be a hit at your next winter wedding. 

    ABS, Plus Size cold-shoulder ruffle gown, $176, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  43. 3. Sparkles and spaghetti straps? Yes, please. You'll be all set for your next winter wedding. 

    Adrianna Papell beaded blouso gown, $379, AdriannaPapell.com

  44. 4. Va-va voom! Pair this strapless column gown with glam accessories for your next winter wedding. 

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


  45. 5. The trumpet skirt on this black strapless gown will make this your new favorite thing to dance in. Pair with a faux fur shawl for your next winter wedding. 

    Club L bandeau maxi dress with fishtail skirt, $79, Asos.com

  46. 6. You'll be red hot even during the coldest months. For winter weddings, pair with a black leather moto jacket for an edgy-yet-formal sartorial statement. 

    Tadashi Shoji plus size Raelynn gown, $738, TadashiShoji.com

  47. 7. This glittering, fringey number gives us major retro vibes. For winter weddings, pair with stunning accessories that are just as glam. 

    Forever21 plus size unique vintage fringe sequin dress, $110, Forever21.com

  48. 8. Oh, yes. Jumpsuits are a comfortable, chic option for winter weddings, and this one's glam enough for formal affairs. 

    Noir Bijoux jumpsuit, $300, Eloquii.com

  49. 9. Shoulder cutouts, sheer panels and a fabulous floral print make this the perfect party dress—and a wonderful fit for your next winter wedding. 

    Forever 21 plus size dark pink floral ruffle maxi dress, $78, Forever21.com

  50. 10. A flouncy floral dress is perfect for daytime winter weddings. Pair this cocktail-length one with sky-high sandals. 

    Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress, $96, Kiyonna.com

  51. 11. It's only knee-length, but definitely fancy enough for formal winter weddings thanks to its luxe lace and long bell sleeves. 

    Tadashi Shoji plus size Isabella dress, $468, TadashiShoji.com

  52. 12. Not sure what to wear to your next daytime winter wedding? This cutout, cozy velvet number is stunning, and that skirt is perfect for twirling on the dance floor in. 

    Torrid navy velvet cold shoulder surplice dress, $78.90. Torrid.com

  53. David's Bridal long chiffon sequin gown

    13. A floor-sweeping gown with cap sleeves, black lace, and sparkling sequins makes for an exceptional formal wedding guest dress for winter. 

    David’s Bridal Long Chiffon Gown with Embellished Sequin Bodice, $140, Davidsbridal.com

  54. Torrid metallic foil skater dress

    14. Having a winter wedding outfit meltdown? We’ve got you covered: This metallic-printed cocktail dress with a deep-V neckline is an effortless showstopper.

    Torrid Metallic Foil Skater Dress, $49, Torrid.com

  55. ML Monique Lhuillier ella dress

    15. 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, $30, Renttherunway.com

  56. Adrianna Papell short-sleeved sequin gown

    16. Radiate on the dance floor in a shimmery gold-sequined, short-sleeved, floor-length gown: a foolproof pick for a formal winter wedding outfit.

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

  57. ModCloth couth and charismatic lilac midi dress

    17. A lilac dress can be worn to a daytime winter wedding, especially when it’s tea length with floral embroidery and has a whimsical sweetheart neckline. Pair with gold peep-toe sandals and subtle accessories to complete the look.

    ModCloth Couth and Charismatic Midi Dress in Lilac, $150, Modcloth.com

  58. City Chic border flocked fit & flare dress

    18. This show stopping, bright blue, fit-and-flare cocktail dress makes for a romantic winter wedding guest outfit.

    City Chic Border Flocked Fit & Flare Dress, $89,  Nordstrom.com

  59. ML Monique Lhuillier ivy green lace dress

    19. 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, $85, Renttherunway.com

  60. ModCloth exquisite elegance lavendar lace dress

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

    ModCloth Exquisite Elegance Lace Dress in Lavender, $175, Modcloth.com

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