With the approach of spring comes the official start of wedding season—which means it’s time to start thinking about what to wear to any spring weddings you’re attending! Of course, any potential wedding guest attire should start with the bride’s dress code, but where do you go from there? Read below for etiquette tips, seasonal considerations, and favorite picks for what to wear to a spring wedding this season.
While spring is a lovely time of year, early springtime months can still be chilly. If you’re wondering how to stay warm during a chillier spring wedding, follow these tips:
Accessorize with a shawl: Just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite spring, short sleeve cocktail dress—just accessorize it with a shawl you can keep around your shoulders.
Complement with a coat: Aside from being incredibly stylish, a long sleeve chic coat will keep you warm.
Opt for close-toed shoes: You might be dying to wear those spring sandals, but you’re bound to be shivering if you wear them with a high-low dress to a cooler outdoor wedding. Instead, opt for pumps or slingbacks that keep your toes covered.
The subtle elegance of this gown’s embossed floral print design pairs perfectly with an asymmetrically cut maxi skirt for a touch of sultry flair.
Best for: The elegant guest
From the delicate crew neckline and on-trend tiered silhouette to the cheerful magenta color and floral print, this stunning dress is sure to make a statement.
Best for: The cheerful guest
Turn heads in this bohemian-style maxi dress that features an intricately smocked neckline and full sleeves.
Best for: The boho guest
Give your standard floral-patterned dress an edge with this fully lined dress. The mock neckline, open-back style, and puffed sleeves make for a bold, slightly dramatic look.
Best for: The fashion-forward guest
This airy wrap dress features an adjustable waist tie, so you can wear it as tight or loose as you please. While you can’t go wrong with this spring-inspired pastel shade, it’s also available in a few floral prints.
Best for: The graceful guest
This flowing maxi dress features eye-catching sequined floral detail for a stunning outfit choice, with a free-flowing shape that means you don’t have to sacrifice comfort!
Best for: The glamorous guest
Bold prints are in this season, and this dress balances them perfectly with soft, spring-inspired hues and romantic ruffle detailing.
Best for: The bold guest
This delicate slip dress is simple yet stunning, with a trendy cowl neck and lux fabric. The convertible straps can be worn as a halter or threaded in a crisscross style in the back—both sure to turn heads.
Best for: The trendy guest
Twirl across the dance floor in this flirty spring-worthy maxi dress. The ruffled trim, flowy skirt, and sweetheart neckline offer a romantic touch.
Best for: The romantic guest
The classic cut of this dress creates a sensual look that’s still modest enough to wear to a wedding. Its contemporary crepe construction is ultra curve-flattering!
Best for: The formal guest
This airy maxi dress features fluttery layers of chiffon that create a romantic waterfall effect, balanced out by a tie waist detail.
Best for: The ethereal guest
If you’re looking to add some edge to a romantic style, this flowing chiffon maxi dress makes it happen with modern cutouts and a fun metallic dot print.
Best for: The edgy guest
Best for: The relaxed guest
Show up in style with this floral print maxi dress featuring understated purple hues. The strapless bustier-inspired bodice features side boning and corset-style seaming to create a structured shape that’s still breezy enough to hit the dance floor.
Best for: The put-together guest
Available in two gorgeous jewel tones, this lace midi dress was practically designed for a spring wedding! The scalloped lace detail across the straps adds a flirty touch, balanced by the classic A-line skirt cut.
Best for: The classic guest
Cut from breezy chiffon, the pleated detail in this dress creates a sophisticated look, and the gold-tone chain links threaded through the high neck and waist belt add an eye-catching yet subtle statement.
Best for: The stylish guest
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The bow-tie detail on this contemporary maxi dress makes for a style just as bold as it is elegant.
Best for: The statement-making guest
This flouncy, floral print dress is spring-approved—made of airy chiffon and complete with subtle ruffle sleeve details.
Best for: The sophisticated guest
If your style is more out-of-the-box, this gorgeous dress is for you. The flirty fringe adds depth and movement to your look, and a crossover halter neck completes this elegant silhouette.
Best for: The funky guest
A spring-inspired Tigerlily floral pattern makes this smocked silk gown an absolute standout—not to mention delicate spaghetti strap shoulder ties and soft ruffle detailing.
Best for: The chic guest
We love this floral printed chiffon gown for a bold but still appropriate spring wedding outfit. Alluring cutouts and an open back with lace-up detail balance out the puff-shouldered sleeves of this sweeping, swoon-worthy dress.
This dress is all about balance with a short hemline and modest, rounded neckline. The sheer decolletage detail adds an elegant flair to the playful ruffles on the sleeves and trim.
Best for: The floral-loving guest
This custom hand-dyed floral lace mini dress is soft and romantic, perfect for a daytime spring wedding. The tie-dye pastel hues make this a fun choice that’s still structured and sophisticated.
Best for: The fun guest
This airy, pastel blue is the perfect springtime shade! This mini wrap dress creates a structured look thanks to the collared neckline and button sleeves, with a cutout detail on the back to give it some edge.
Best for: The tailored guest
Embrace the romance with this fluttery chiffon mini dress in a sunny yellow hue. The floral print, ruffle hem, and open back add a touch of playfulness to this sweet springtime dress.
Best for: The sweet guest
If your style leans cottagecore, this sweet mini dress is right up your alley. The V neckline creates a slimming silhouette that leads to a ruched center for added detail, along with puffed-shoulder sleeves that make a statement.
Best for: The cottagecore guest
This spirited floral mini dress uses bold hues and bright floral prints to create a stunning look for your next spring wedding event. We can’t get enough of the ruffled neckline and billowing sleeves!
Best for: The spirited guest
Embrace the season’s blooming florals in this bright off-the-shoulder dress. Ruffle detailing makes for a fun and flirty fit that you won’t want to take off!
Best for: The vibrant guest
Tiered for a gorgeous flared hem, this floral mini dress practically screams spring! Romantic touches like a drawstring V neckline and delicate puff sleeves make this dress perfect for your next garden party wedding event.
Best for: The delicate guest
This fun and flouncy mini dress is what vintage-inspired dreams are made of! We love the retro, paisley print in gorgeous springtime shades, and the tiered skirt makes this dress just as flattering as it is fashionable.
Best for: The retro guest
You'll adore this satin slip dress if you tend to reach for simple, no-fuss dresses, especially in plus size. This dress kicks things up a notch with its asymmetric shoulder straps and gold-tone metallic accents.
Best for: The simple guest
If you’re looking for a non-dress option when deciding what to wear to a spring wedding, consider a jumpsuit. This stylish jumpsuit has a sleek halter neckline that makes a powerful statement, and the peachy color keeps it spring-appropriate.
Best for: The polished guest
For an event as magical as a wedding, you need a dress to match. This playful mini dress evokes dreamy fairy-like vibes that perfectly fit the bill.
Best for: The majestic guest
This dress makes dressing up for a spring wedding seem effortless. The long sleeves, smocked neckline, and paisley pattern come together to create the perfect rustic look.
Best for: The rustic guest
Make a statement in this tailored mini dress made with a metallic floral brocade. Puff sleeves add a playful finishing touch, and the soft, salmon hue is perfect for spring.
Best for: The eccentric guest
Spring has sprung, so why not dress for it with this sweet slip-style dress? Designed with pastel blooms and adjustable shoulder ties, it’s effortlessly tailored for your next spring wedding event.
Best for: The pastel-loving guest
This dress is casual enough for a laid-back dress code while still hitting the mark in terms of elegance. The floral lace overlay creates charming detail, and the halter neckline makes for a sophisticated silhouette.
Best for: The preppy guest
We love this breezy dress for it’s mid-length sleeves and spring-worthy floral pattern. This dress is gorgeous while still being casual, and it’s versatile enough to wear again and again.
Best for: The whimsical guest
You simply can’t go wrong with florals for spring—this dress is cut from cotton poplin, and has dainty ruffled trims that make for a wedding-approved style.
Best for: The lively guest
A casual spring wedding dress code means more freedom to play around with fun colors and textures—enter this stunning swing dress. The textured floral detail is swoon-worthy! We think this dress would work great for your next bachelorette party, too.
Best for: The show-stopping guest
This rose-colored dress is perfect for your next outdoor spring wedding, especially if you think it could get chilly. The long sleeves will keep you warm while still looking chic.
Best for: The uncomplicated guest
This one-of-a-kind dress is artful and contemporary, with unique colors and patterns and a stunning modern cut.
Best for: The artsy guest
Once you find the perfect spring wedding guest outfit, your work isn’t finished yet—don’t forget shoes and accessories! The shoes and accessories you choose can help round out an outfit, and there are a few key considerations to remember to help you find the right items.
For shoes, you’ll want to look for something that’s both stylish and versatile so you can wear them more than once. Comfort is also an important factor—no one wants to be relegated to the dinner table while everyone else is on the dance floor because of a painful pair of shoes. Here are some helpful tips when choosing your shoes:
Last but not least, finish everything off with some dazzling accessories. There’s tons of room to play when it comes to accessorizing, from cute clutches to statement earrings and necklaces. Whether you’ll be an early summer wedding guest at a relaxed garden wedding or are considering highly formal dresses, follow these tips before you shop:
Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be tricky. However, what matters most is that you find something you love, especially if you’re the mother of the bride. As long as you stick to the couple’s dress code, finding the perfect winter wedding guest dress doesn’t have to be complicated. For more tips on party dresses and wedding guest etiquette, Zola has all the expert advice you need, from how to give a wedding speech to what to write in your wedding card.