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What to Wear to a Spring Wedding: 46 Flawless Spring Wedding Dresses

Shop The Knot’s guide to the 46 best wedding guest dresses for spring 2018.
by The Knot
  1. Learn what to wear to a spring wedding

    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 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, it’s often quite 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 spring wedding guest dresses (and a few chic alternatives, too!), we want to answer a few etiquette questions and offer you 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 thinking about what to wear to a spring wedding, you won’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 as 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 (bride’s shade only!), 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 is 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 The Knot’s 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 Great Britain. Almost any lady 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 be keeping your toes warm at a 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 surely recall, Kate Middleton got married in April, and do you remember what her Alexander McQueen dress boasted? 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 class.

    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. Betsy & Adam spring wedding guest dresses

    1. Embrace the season! This pretty and polished floral lace dress with blue accents is also sweet, thanks to its ribbon waistline. Add a champagne shawl for a cooler wedding and finish with a pair of scalloped ivory heels.

    Betsy & Adam Linden Dress, $280, bhldn.com

  3. Chi Chi London spring wedding guest dresses

    2. Everything’s coming up roses in Chi Chi London’s Izi Dress! The pleating on this retro-inspired A-line dress adds a formal touch. And is there a better spring wedding dress to pair with blush shoes?

    Chi Chi London Izi Dress, $101, chichiclothing.com

  4. Monique Lhuillier spring wedding guest dresses

    3. Not all flowers are light and fluffy. This trendy high-low 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, $168-$192 to rent, renttherunway.com

  5. Eliza J spring wedding guest dresses

    4. Take it to the max! The Eliza J Floral Print Halter Maxi Dress, with its pleated bodice, is flirty and fun. And, thanks to its billowing skirt, it will keep you warm, too. Accessorize this spring wedding dress with a shawl in any of the dress’ bright hues and, if it’s a warmer day, finish with purple sandals for a bright pop.

    Eliza J Floral Print Halter Maxi Dress, $158, shop.nordstrom.com

  6. Dress the Population spring wedding guest dresses

    5. The lace on this dress is pure sophistication, while the neckline is pure sizzle. The mauve-on-nude option is especially sexy—and chic, too, when paired with a matching shawl and nude shoes.

    Dress the Population Isabelle Plunge Neck Lace Trumpet Dress, $238, shop.nordstrom.com

  7. Asos Tulip spring wedding guest dresses

    6. While this light and airy, periwinkle dress is elegant in its simplicity, it also serves as a blank palette. You can keep it simple with just a pair of neutral-toned shoes, or spice it up with bright blue sandals and long, shimmering earrings.

    ASOS DESIGN Lace Insert Midi Dress With Ruffle Bodice, $83, asos.com

  8. Slate & Willow spring wedding guest dresses

    7. 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 Dress, $40 rental, renttherunway.com

  9. Pisarro Nights spring wedding guest dresses

    8. There’s no better time to shine—literally!—than at an evening spring wedding. And this navy midi 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 in Navy, $148, shop.nordstrom.com

  10. Shoshanna spring wedding guest dresses

    9. Take it back to the ‘50s in this strapless fit-and-flare dress with a vibrant magenta and red floral print and sweetheart neckline. Peep-toe pumps will up the retro glamour, while hot pink earrings will add a touch of complementary shine to the ensemble.

    Shoshanna Mikala Strapless Fit-&-Flare Dress, $595, saks.com

  11. Badgley Mischka spring wedding guest dresses

    10. 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, $184 – $216,  renttherunway.com

  12. Needle & Thread spring wedding guest dresses

    11. If you’re going to a spring evening wedding in an outdoor setting, embrace the garden feel with a dress that looks just like one. With its elaborate floral embroidery, the vintage blue Flapper Dress is a delicate showstopper.

    Needle & Thread Flapper Dress, $460, needleandthread.com

  13. Alfred Sung spring wedding guest dresses

    12. 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 by Alfred Sung. 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, $208, shop.nordstrom.com

  14. LIKELY spring wedding guest dresses

    13. Stunner! While the streamlined silhouette of this LIKELY dress gives off serious modern vibes, the ruffle details and vibrant shade of turquoise is seriously playful.

    LIKELY Davey Ruffle-Hem Gown, $398, saks.com

  15. Adrianna Papell spring wedding guest dresses

    14. Adrianna Papell knows her sequins, and this whisper-pink beauty with silver floral accents is just further proof! A silver clutch and metallic sandals will add even more shimmer to this romantic gown.

    Adrianna Papell Floral-Beaded Mermaid Gown, $300, macys.com

  16. Jill Jill Stuart spring wedding guest dresses

    15. One non-dress option to consider when deciding what to wear to a spring wedding is this stunning blush jumpsuit by Jill Jill Stuart. While the plunging, panted ensemble makes a powerful statement, the pink color keeps it soft for spring. If you want to go full 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, $45 to $75 to rent, 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. Revolve Line& Dot wedding guest dresses for spring

    1. While this blue Line & Dot dress is simple and short, its skinny straps and bow in the back add an instant touch of glamour. And it is a wedding, after all, so you always want to be a touch glamorous! Want even more? Add long statement danglers and a pair of playful shoes.

    Line & Dot Brynn Tied Back Dress, $88, revolve.com

  18. Shoshanna wedding guest dresses for spring

    2. Millennial pink is one of our favorite spring colors, and this Kiaora Lace Dress is making us love it even more. Pair with statement floral—or even feather—earrings for a look that’s totally fresh.

    Shoshanna Kiaora Lace Dress, $440, anthropologie.com

  19. ASOS New Look wedding guest dresses for spring

    3. 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

  20. Nordstrom Charles Henry wedding guest dresses for spring

    4. The Charles Henry Stripe Front Sleeveless Shift Dress features both ruffles and stripes—two spring musts. Plus, thanks to its streamlined shirt dress style, it works for most body types. Wear it to a casual spring wedding with polished pumps and jeweled earrings, and again on a sunny spring day, with your favorite sandals or even flats.

    Charles Henry Stripe Bib Front Sleeveless Shift Dress, $88, shop.nordstrom.com

  21. H&M wedding guest dresses for spring

    5. This pink, lace, off-the-shoulder dress with a semi-sheer hemline, courtesy of H&M, is all about the romance. Add pastel pumps and finish with a tousled updo—the better to show off those shoulders!

    H&M Off-the-Shoulder Lace Dress, $90, hm.com

  22. Aqua wedding guest dresses for spring

    6. You can never go wrong with a classic LBD, and with its scalloped, halter neckline design, this Aqua dress boasts just enough whimsy to make it perfect for spring. Plus, you can pair truly anything with black—daffodil-yellow pumps, anyone?

    Aqua Scalloped Sheath Dress, $88, bloomingdales.com

  23. BB Dakota wedding guest dresses for spring

    7. Purple reign! With its short hemline but high neckline, the BB Dakota Cara 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 Dress, $98, shop.nordstrom.com

  24. Bhanuni by Jyoti wedding guest dresses for spring

    8. The Larache Beaded Maxi Dress is a boho girl’s floral fantasy—especially with its skinny straps and halter neckline. For a casual spring wedding, this beauty would look lovely with a pair of embellished flat sandals.

    Bhanuni by Jyoti Larache Beaded Maxi Dress, $228, anthropologie.com

  25. Charles Henry wedding guest dresses for spring

    9. We’ve gone from cold shoulder to completely off the shoulder for spring 2017, and this coral Charles Henry dress is a flawless take on the upgrade. You can go head-to-toe coral with matching accessories or keep all the focus on your boldly hued dress with a neutral clutch and shoes.

    Charles Henry Off the Shoulder Dress in Coral, $88, shop.nordstrom.com

  26. Trina Turk wedding guest dresses for spring

    10. 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, $72-$96 rental, renttherunway.com

  27. ModCloth wedding guest dresses for spring

    11. Is there anything more appropriate for a garden wedding than a dress embellished with butterflies? We think not! Accessorize this dress with light blue pumps or sandals to bring out the soft shade in the winged creatures flying up your sleeves.

    ModCloth Dimensional Potential Shift Dress, $120, modcloth.com

  28. Ted Baker wedding guest dresses for spring

    12. Channel your inner 1920s fashionista in this pale pink drop waist sheath with satin pleated details. Add lace or floral print pumps to give this monochromatic look some extra dimension.

    Ted Baker London Satin Pleat Detail Shift Dress, $329, shop.nordstrom.com

  29. Chi Chi London Amal wedding guest dresses for spring

    13. Embrace your inner Belle in this marigold, off-the-shoulder minidress. With its foldover sleeve and sweetheart neckline, you’ll look just like Disney’s favorite bookworm. Gold sandals or pastel floral pumps will finish off this dress nicely.

    Chi Chi London Amal Dress, $104, chichiclothing.com

  30. Paper Crown wedding guest dresses for spring

    14. 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, $72 rental, rentherunway.com

  31. H&M wedding guest dresses for spring

    15. A navy blue lace dress, like this one by H&M, may actually be the most versatile dress on this list, as its classic cut and color make it appropriate for almost any wedding in any season. But if you’re wearing it to a spring wedding, consider blush accessories. It’ll take the look from night to day and right into the season.

    H&M V-Neck Lace Dress, $50, hm.com

    Plus-Size Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

    Plus-size fashion is undergoing a revitalization (finally!), which means that a lot of the wedding guest dresses for spring you saw above are available in plus-size, too. But these spring wedding guest dresses below are especially made to flaunt your figure in the best of ways. There are wrap dresses to cinch your waist and vintage-inspired silhouettes to highlight an hourglass frame. And yes, there’s plenty of color, too!

  32. Eloquii off-the-shoulder dress what to wear to a spring wedding

    1. Lady in red! This crimson, formfitting Eloquii dress will showcase your curves. Put your hair up and flaunt those shoulders, girl!

    Eloquii Red Studio Off the Shoulder Dress, $30 to $35 to rent, renttherunway.com

  33. Badgley Mischka maxi dress what to wear to a spring wedding

    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 colorful, flat sandals with this one!

    Badgley Mischka Water Lilies Maxi Dress, $80 to $125 to rent, renttherunway.com

  34. Chi Chi curve keanna dress what to wear to a spring wedding

    3. There are few cuts more flattering than a Bardot cut, and this pink, off-the-shoulder dress by Chi Chi London proves it. Dress it up with a dazzling statement necklace, and don’t be afraid to go bold with your shoe color. After all, blush is the new neutral.

    Chi Chi London Curve Keanna Dress, $104, chichiclothing.com

  35. ASOS Curve carla dress what to wear to a spring wedding

    4. This dress may be labeled a prom dress, but it’s perfect for a more formal spring wedding. It offers the best of both worlds: an A-line skirt, making it easy to dance, and an off-the-shoulder neckline, adding a regal touch. As for shoes, how about matching one of the colors in the striped, pastel print? You have three beautiful options: pink, mint or periwinkle.

    ASOS CURVE Bardot Cold Shoulder Dip Back Pastel Stripe Prom Dress, $95, asos.com

  36. ModCloth lilac midi dress what to wear to a spring wedding

    5. This lavender midi dress with an embroidered bodice, compliments of ModCloth, is the spring wedding guest dress that can do both casual and formal. Add royal purple shoes to emphasize the dainty violet embroidery.

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

  37. Who What Wear for Target one-shoulder dress

    6. As mentioned earlier, you can absolutely never go wrong with an LBD. It’s a timeless choice! And this printed one from Who What Wear for Target has whimsical gathered sleeves and a waist-cinching belt that adds an extra bit of sass to a basic black number.

    Who What Wear for Target Pick Up Sleeve Bardot Dress, $37, target.com

  38. Xhilaration maxi dress what to wear to a spring wedding

    7. For a casual event, a vibrant, floral maxi like this Xhilaration dress is just the thing. Paired with lace-up sandals and drop earrings, it can go from day to night in a pinch.

    Xhilaration Women’s Plus Size Floral Print V-Neck High – Low Dress, $30, target.com

  39. Betsy & Adam plus-size gown what to wear to a spring wedding

    8. For an evening spring wedding, it’s time to get into glamour mode, and what’s more glam than a high slit? This Betsy & Adam dress offers you your Angelina moment, while also keeping you trendy with a two-toned ruffle and curve-skimming silhouette.

    Betsy & Adam Plus Size Sleeveless Ruffled Gown, $199, macys.com

  40. ELOQUII floral high-low dress spring wedding

    9. Another reason we love this flouncy, black and white ELOQUII 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, $48 rental, renttherunway.com

  41. ASOS Paper Dolls tulle fit-and-flare dress spring wedding attire

    10. 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

  42. Forever 21 surplice maxi dress spring wedding attire

    11. Wrap dresses, like this airy sandstone stunner by Forever 21, are designed to cinch the waistline while giving your legs room to breath—perfect for curves and spring’s light breeze.

    Forever 21 Plus Size Surplice Maxi Dress, $28, forever21.com

  43. ModCloth sheath dress for spring wedding

    12. White lace on navy will forever be a classic! Plus, should the weather force you to bundle up, this ModCloth sheath is the kind of dress that pairs perfectly with a proper formal coat.

    ModCloth Lakeside Libations Sheath Dress, $100, modcloth.com

  44. Vince Camuto stripe dress spring wedding attire

    13. Vince Camuto’s asymmetrical, striped cocktail dress is made for the girl who likes her wedding ensembles with a side of edge. Obviously, black or white accessories work here, but to keep it extra seasonal, consider all-white add-ons. They’ll just make everything lighter!

    Vince Camuto Spectator Stripe Asymmetric-Hem Dress, $154, bloomingdales.com

  45. City Chic Plus wrap dress spring wedding attire

    14. Polka dots are totally on trend right now, and especially appropriate for a laidback springtime affair. Another plus? The cinched waist and relaxed fit of this Add patent pumps—nude, to welcome the season—and you’re good to go!

    City Chic Dot Asymmetrical Wrap Dress, $99, shop.nordstrom.com

  46. Unique Vintage lacedress spring wedding attire

    15. If you’re a vintage lover, this ‘50s-style, lace dress is for you. The cobalt blue shade is a beauty, and the cut was designed to flatter curves. Peep-toe pumps and a statement necklace are all you need to be on your way.

    Unique Vintage Plus Size Blue Bird Floral Lace Over Lay Sleeved Lacey Cocktail Dress, $148, unique-vintage.com

  47. Unique Vintage floral swing dress spring wedding attire

    16. Nothing says “hello spring” quite like a bold red and pink floral print dress. This stretchy cotton confection by Unique Vintage is ultra-feminine without being overly sentimental, thanks to its sultry fit. But if you want to amp up the girlishness, we wouldn’t fault you for matching your pumps to the red or pink blooms on this dress.

    Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s White & Pink Florals Sleeveless Olive Swing Dress, $110, unique-vintage.com

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