Wedding season 2.0 is here guys, and I have to say, I LOVE a good fall wedding. The color palettes, the weather, the clothing. It’s just so beautiful. And it seems fall weddings are getting more and more popular lately. We’re actually attending Kevin’s brother’s wedding in a few weeks, and we cannot wait! While these weddings are so much fun, it can sometimes be hard to know what exactly to wear to one if you’re a guest. So today I’m here to help you decide what to wear to a fall wedding, whether you’re looking to save a little $$ or splurge for something a little more fancy. I’ve curated 10 options for each budget! Keep reading for my tips on choosing the right color, style, length, and more.
Deciding What to Wear to a Fall Wedding
There is really only one rule when it comes to color. DON’T wear white. But I’m sure you already knew that. I try to stay away from anything that could even be mistaken as white like a light beige, silver, or pale pink. The color you choose is totally based on your preference, but for me, I love to stick to moody, fall tones. My favorites are burgundy, navy, rust, and jewel tones like emerald. I might even consider black, depending on the dress code.
In my opinion, length is determined by the dress code. If it’s something like black tie, I would definitely reach for something floor or t-length. Maybe even mid length depending on embellishments. For cocktail attire, use your best judgement. Again, based on the embellishments, fabric, etc, you could really go with any, from right above the knee to floor length. Just don’t go too short! I always try to stay on the modest side for weddings.
Trends to Try
Weddings are a great time to go a little out of your comfort zone by adding in a fun trend. Of course, if you prefer a simple classic look stick to that, but try adding a fun accessory or shoe you might not normally reach for. Fall weddings are a great time to be a little extra because of all of the different textures, patterns, and sleeve details. This year, try adding a subtle animal print or trendy fabric like velvet or satin. The dress I’ve chosen to wear (not pictured, couldn’t give it away just yet!) has an amazing power shoulder, which is one of my absolute favorite trends of the season!
Things to Avoid
Deciding on trends and hemlines can be fun, but there are a few things you should avoid when selecting your wedding guest dress. (Other than wearing white.) Rhinestones and sequins are fine to an extent, but too much bling can distract from the bride and overall wedding. So whatever you choose, don’t let it be a distraction. Also, try to avoid extremely short dresses or extra low cut options. You’re going to be sitting and possibly dancing for a while, so don’t wear anything that you constantly have to tug at or hold up. After all, you want to have FUN! Fun does not include being uncomfortable or self conscious for hours.
If You Want to Save:
We all know, wedding season can be expensive, whether you’re in the party or just attending. I totally get it. So if you’re looking to save a few bucks, I’ve put together 10 dresses (11 if you count the one I’m wearing in these photos!) under $100. Of course all of these sites have dresses over $100, but the key is to use your price filter when shopping!
My Favorite Places to Shop for Wedding Guest Dresses Under $100:
Pro Tip: Whether you decide to save or splurge, try to find a dress that you’ll wear again to save you some cash in the future. Look for something you could also wear to a Christmas party or other holiday event to get the most bang for your buck! P.S. it really is okay to be an outfit repeater lol.
**all of the individual dresses above are clickable, minus the last two!
If You Want to Splurge
Below is a collection of dresses that would be perfect if you’re looking for something a little fancier or only have one wedding to worry about shopping for this fall/winter. These dresses all fall between $100 & $300.
My Favorite Places to Shop for Splurge-Worthy Wedding Guest Dresses:
**all of the individual dresses above are clickable!
My Outfit Details
This is the dress I’ll be wearing for my brother-in-law’s rehearsal dinner. Dress is from Zara! It is also available in black. I’m wearing a size small. Shoes are also from Zara, wearing a size 8. Both run true to size and are under $50, so this outfit is super budget friendly!
I hope this post was helpful for you guys, and that it makes knowing what to wear to a fall wedding a little bit easier! Let me know if you want to see more posts like this in the future. Check back in a few weeks for a post on what to pack for an out of town wedding! As always, thanks for being here!