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Fall Wedding Guest Dress Guide

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I am completely ready for fall dressing, fall colors, and fall silhouettes! As I’ve been up in New England and New York the past couple of weeks, I’ve gotten a wonderful fall preview with cool mornings and nights along with a few full on fall weather days. The weather has allowed me to dress for autumn, which has been a joy! I attended my first fall wedding of the year this past weekend in Hudson Valley, NY so my fall dresses made their debut for the year. We still have four more weddings to go this season so I’ve got my eyes peeled for outfits for all kinds of different wedding weekend events from bridal brunches to rehearsal dinners to welcome parties to weddings or farewell brunches.

I love a full wedding weekend of events and really enjoy getting in the spirit for each event by dressing up! Here is a little fall wedding guest dress guide to get your wheels turning for what to wear!

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Fall Wedding Guest Dress Guide

Casual Weddings or Wedding Events

For a more casual wedding or a more relaxed wedding event like a bridal brunch or a farewell brunch, I love to go with a beautiful yet comfortable cotton dress. Both structured cotton dresses and gauzy flowy cotton dresses work for these occasions! I think it’s important to respect that the event is still in celebration of a couples’ nuptials so keep in mind that casual doesn’t equal laid-back or careless. These are six great dresses that I would wear again and again to wedding events (p.s. I also love this under $100 final sale number)!

01Mix Print Dress

The blue and white stripes + fall florals of this dress make it an effortless transitional dress for a fall wedding event happening in a warm place like California or the South.

02Floral-Print Linen Dress

Is there anything better than fall florals? I adore the silhouette of this dress too – fitted on top and loose and forgiving on the bottom. Great on everyone!

03Tiered Maxi Dress

The elderberry hue of this dress is so rich and gorgeous for fall! I also love that this dress has a fluttery feel thanks to the tiered maxi skirt.

04Animal Print Puff Sleeve Dress

It makes me so happy that animal print is a shining star this fall! The details of this dress including the smocked elastic waist + the puff sleeves make the under $150 price of this dress even more desirable.

05Long Sleeve Minidress

This mini dress is brought to life by its dainty floral print and the teeny metallic stripes that give the dress a bit of shine. It’s so swoony-worthy for fall!

06Little Black Dress

This beautiful little black dress is a perfect mix of neutral minimalism and flirty femininity. The embroidered ruffled skirt is FUN!
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Cocktail Attire Weddings or Wedding Events

For a wedding that calls for cocktail attire or a wedding event like a rehearsal dinner or a welcome party, I recommend sticking to protocol and dressing the part. Short cocktail dresses are so fun to wear but a midi dress is probably my favorite… you can’t go wrong with either look as both are appropriate for a cocktail attire dress code! These six dresses are simply stunning!

01Black & White Dress

Black and white is always a chic color combo for wedding events. The polka-dots and flutter sleeves give this chiffon dress a fun twist.

02One Shoulder Bow Dress

This sophisticated one shoulder dress is the perfect dress for cocktail attire weddings. The statement bow adds an element of drama that I just love! P.S. this dress has pockets.

03Sequin Sleeve Dress

Red hot! This gorgeous midi dress nails the puff sleeves trend and shows off just the right amount of sparkle with the sequins.

04Textured Rose Colored Dress

Everything is rosy with this richly textured dress! I adore the large waist bow and delicate pleats.

05Tulle Scoop Neck Dress

What’s not to love about this stunning dress? Everything about it is perfect from the fluttery tulle to the glitter star detailing to the velvet waist tie.

06Lace Mini Dress

A lace dress is always a smart look when dressing for a cocktail attire dress code. Y’all know I love a ruffle sleeve too!
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Formal Weddings or Wedding Events

For black tie optional or black tie requested weddings or a more formal rehearsal dinner, I always opt for dressing black tie. In my mind, the couple wants a black tie wedding but are being mindful of and respectful of guests who might not own a tux or many formal dresses. However, if possible, I say go big and dress up to black tie standards! For woman, an easy rule of thumb to pull off a black tie look is to wear a long dress and dressy heels (opposed to a wedge or espadrille). It’s not every day that we get to dress up so have fun with it! Arrive in one of these six dresses for a knockout look! P.S. I also love this velvet dress, this satin dress, and this embroidered dress.

01High-Low Dress

I love a plain black dress that makes a statement! The high-low hem + A-line silhouette of this dress = stunning.

02Statement Ruffle Dress

A column dress is always a showstopper and this one is no different. The smart silhouette along with the statement tiered waist ruffle bring all the drama.

03Satin Halterneck Dress

The raspberry color of this dress is absolutely beautiful for autumn. I love the way the halterneck sash drapes loosely down the open back.

04Pleated V Neck Dress

If you are looking to make an entrance, then this plunging v neck dress is for you. The pleated skirt is so fun to wear for dancing too.

05Tiered Ruffle Dress

Va va voom, what a dress! The lace trim on the tiered ruffle skirt of this dress is gorgeous. Add black or metallic heels to complete the look.

06Embroidered Dress

This dress is oh so lovely! The delicate tulle adorned with floral embroidery is perfect when celebrating special occasions like weddings.
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I hope this post gave you some inspiration for what to wear to fall weddings and fall wedding events this year! From casual to cocktail to black tie weddings, there are beautiful dresses for every occasion. Edwin and I had nine weddings this year, woot! We have three more before year end. Due to all the weddings we attend, you could say I’ve got my wedding guest attire pretty dialed in. Enjoy any fall weddings you have this year! xx

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