The first reaction to getting a wedding invitation in the mail is usually excitement. Weddings are basically a designated time to party, eat, drink, and celebrate love with friends and/or family. But, once that initial flutter of euphoria and excitement fades, the next thought is likely, "Do I have anything to wear?"
Choosing an outfit and shoes to wear to a fall wedding can be a bit tricky, and even get a bit expensive. The good news is that there are a ton of affordable and even comfortable dress options for you to say yes to the (guest) dress—no matter the weather forecast or venue, from boho beach weddings to elegant black tie ones. And, don't worry—there are options for those times the couple hasn't designated a dress code, too.
Here's a sneak peek of the best fall wedding guest dresses:
So, what colors do you wear to a fall wedding? Autumnal colors like marigold, maroon, or jewel tones are always a safe bet. Just be sure to steer clear of white (or red for an Indian wedding, as that is the color brides traditionally wear). Then, consider what design you'll feel best in. Are you comfortable in a sleeveless maxi dress, or do you prefer a shorter hemline offset by romantic, billowy sleeves?
Comfort is key (especially when it comes to those all-day celebrations), but so is style. Whether you have your eye on someone from the bridal party or are looking for some cute outfits for your Insta grid, these 71 fall wedding guest dresses work for any wedding vibe and budget.
Sexy and versatile enough to dress up or down depending on the shoes and jewelry you pick, this lace dress is swoon-worthy for its fit and flare style. It’s a dress you’ll want to wear again and again, so pick it up in a few colors.
A longer sleeve option with a lower hemline, this is a more modest take on the dress above but it still features a sexy off-shoulder neckline. Burgundy is a stunning color for fall (though, as mentioned before, you'll want to avoid it for Indian weddings), and this retro-style silhouette was basically made for twirling to the music.
This V-neck and V-back dress features an Empire waist and a floor-gracing bottom. It's a classic silhouette you can stylishly wear for years to come. If you're the one getting married, this also makes a great choice for bridesmaid dresses.
Hello, twirls. This pleated dress features a high neckline, airy sleeves that are great for hot weather, and a belted waist. It reads "put together, yet knows how to relax". Plus, it looks way pricier than it really is.
Headed to a beach wedding this fall? I love this stylish number with a ruffle front finish. If the temperatures are still hot where you are, the airy chiffon and halter neck is a good bet for staying cool, too.
This dress in a spotted white and red bridges the gap between a structured and relaxed look, making it great for those weddings at which you won't have time to change in between a morning ceremony and evening reception.
A good slip dress is a modern-day fashion essential. Wear it with heels for an elegant affair, put a turtleneck bodysuit underneath it for a date in the winter, or pair with sneakers for brunch with your friends. Either way, you're earning major style points.
From the fall-ready tiered look to flowing pleats, this blush midi is a dream, like floating on cloud nine all reception long. You can even get it in nearly 50 different colors and patterns, include one that isn't off-shoulder if you prefer.
So, the couple didn't specify a dress code, and you don't want to bother them by asking. I hear ya. This bodycon dress is a classic that works for nearly any type of wedding, from a backyard bash to an elegant affair.
A pastel-hued floral dress has a fun, light vibe that's great for a morning ceremony or any outdoor wedding, from a beach to backyard, or garden. This one features a flattering high-low hem and wrapped silhouette in a romantic, soft pink hue.
The quintessential cold-weather dress, this long sleeve velvet gown works perfectly for a black tie wedding. Its v-neckline and luxurious velvet fabric makes this dress the very definition of elegance.
A fun twist on the classic slip dress for that wedding that's going to have a big party vibe: Dress it up for a more formal fete, throw on a coverup if it's chilly, or wear it on its own to a casual gig outside. The purple hue is super unique, too.
A classic silhouette with a double-slitted, backless twist, this gown is guaranteed to turn heads at a fall evening affair. It's also available in beige, mustard, maroon, and black. (Just don't forget the nipple pasties if you want a bit of coverage.)
If you're over fall florals, opt for a classic olive green like this one in a sexy satin shirt dress shape. Also available in black, this is another one you could easily dress up or down depending on your choice of accessories.
Planning on going to a South Asian wedding? If "class" and "elegance" were an item, it would be this three-piece set by sister-owned brand, Sani. Between the silk palazzo pants and chic embroidered top, the evergreen outfit will be a standby in your luxe wardrobe for decades to come. (Bonus: it has pockets!)
If the invite says anything about glitz and glam, run straight towards this dress designed with exaggerated sleeves and yellow printed fabric that almost seems to glow gold. The unlined fabric is super breathable, too.
Transitioning from summer to fall doesn't mean everything has to be about muted colors and emerald tones. The pink-orange color block on this cotton dress is perfect for an outdoor wedding venue, especially on a beach.
Every body is totally different, and rarely does one fit perfectly in to an off-the-rack size seamlessly. After a 60 second-long quiz, Laws of Motion will tailor this flirty, feathery dress specifically to the unique shape of your body's gorgeous curves.
Gazing at this dress and its sweetheart neckline, you can understand why it's a must for a fall wedding. It's also simple enough to experiment with accessories and makeup for a totally unique look every time.
If there's one thing you're good at, it's making a statement—and that's just what this dress delivers. The modest neckline is balanced out by a sexy thigh-high slit in a gorgeous, soft pale blue that's perfect for a morning ceremony or daytime wedding.
Bet you can't wait to flounce around in the sand with this pretty frock on, huh? This dress, made of breathable chiffon paired with intricate embroidery and tasteful ruffles, begs to be worn to a fall beach wedding.
A corset-inspired detail turns this classic black bodycon dress from plain to refined, all in a mid-weight scuba. A good LBD is a great investment piece, because you could easily wear it to every wedding you RSVPd to this year with different accessories every time and nobody as to know the difference.
Sizes: XS-5X (Note that Good American uses their own size guide on a scale of 0-8, which equates to XS-5X.)
Whether you're attending a more glamorous beach wedding or outdoor ceremony before the weather turns too crisp, this off-shoulder frock will wow. And just look at those dropped sleeves—don't forget the strapless bra.
This fit-and-flare dress includes a removable belt, so you can style the piece in different ways according to your personal taste. Pair with sandals to dress it down, or add a pop of color with some ruby-hued heels for a black tie wedding.
This oversized floral print adds drama and feels more appropriate for the season. Who needs a corsage when you're in this dress? Since it's kinda white, wear it to your South Asian friend's wedding or just check in with the bride to make sure they're cool with you wearing this.
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A perfectly classy maroon dress with an asymmetric hemline? Yes, please. You'll get your wear out of this number, and it might just become your special occasion go-to. It's available in nine different color options.
Is there anything more fall than the color burnt orange? Strongly inspired by the designer's Nigerian culture and elements of nature, this beautiful dress can easily be dressed up or down for an evening or afternoon wedding, depending on your style or preference.
A little sparkle goes a long way. This woven glitter knit material will make you want to go stargazing, ASAP. This one's super popular, so sometimes size availability is low, but it's so cute that I couldn't not have it on this list.
When it comes to picking out wedding guest dresses, let yourself have fun! This one's pricey, but if you have the budget, you'll love the on-trend embellished polka dots and puff sleeves. The airy silhouette is super comfy, too!
While you may need to bring a wrap just in case you get cold, this ultra sexy curve-hugging dress in sage green silk is too striking to pass up. The corset vibe is so in right now (and way comfier than they used to be back in the day).
Neha TandonNeha Tandon is the E-Commerce Editor of Women's Health—she's an expert in discovering the best products you can buy and giving recommendations.