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5 November 2022

Whimsical Wedding Guest Attire

Find your perfect wedding guest outfit.

Attending a wedding and participating in a ceremony of love and celebration is the epitome of romance. However, wedding guest attire can be a difficult art to master BUT no matter the theme, we've got you covered with a range of stunning dresses, jumpsuits, and accessories that you can use to rock any dress code.


Words By Erin Visagie

Garden Wedding Couture

An outdoor garden wedding is one of the most beautiful things you can imagine. We recommend wearing a dressy-casual look or sporting semi-formal attire. Think a below-the-knee dress or a dressy skirt and top, a gorgeous spring-style set or an elegant pantsuit to fit the theme!

Choosing an outfit for semi-formal/dressy-casual occasions is as easy as selecting the right ensemble. Dress for the occasion with bold prints, ruffles, slits, high-low hemlines and cute sleeves. Cocktail dresses and fun accessories are the way to go and finish off your gorgeous garden wedding guest attire look with styled yet simplistic hairdo, a fun hair accessory and toned, down bronzy makeup.

For a garden wedding in winter, we suggest pairing a long sleeve top  with a gorgeous silky skirt. Accessories-wise, garden weddings are the perfect excuse to wear delicate, pretty pearls, floral accented statement earrings, nude leather sandals and other aesthetic yet minimalistic jewellery

Our top recommendation for garden wedding attire is this gorgeous LoveShackFancy floral maxi dress. The dress features a vibrant water-coloured floral pink, orange and red print and a flattering open back and broderie Anglaise trimmings to accentuate the dress. The Madsen dress is perfect to wear as a wedding guest to a lovely garden wedding, perfectly capturing the essence of the garden wedding theme.

Discover more of our top garden wedding guest attire picks below.

LoveShackFancy Madsen Broderie Anglaise-trimmed Floral-print Cotton and Silk-blend Dress, $894.04, Net-a-Porter

Tropical Wedding Attire

Weddings at beautiful destination venues are back in a big way, giving you a perfect chance to wear fun pieces while you enjoy the views.

Guests’ attire for destination weddings depends on the season, the location, the time of day, and the weather, but it can also be a perfect opportunity for creativity. Choosing breathable fabrics, fun prints and high-end staples is ideal for a destination wedding. It’s all about looking effortless and refined. We recommend tea-length dresses, jumpsuits in lighter colours (avoid black, white, and cream), and lacy fabrics paired with formal sandals or chunky heels for a beach formal style wedding.

If no specific dress code subtype is listed, it is generally a good idea to dress formally. We recommend pairing some gorgeous beach-style headbands/hair accessories, some lovely golden jewellery and keeping a hat, some sunscreen, and some sunglasses at hand.

If you’re travelling to a warm destination, consider buying flowy and lightweight garments. Lightweight garments are typically made from linen, chiffon, organza, cotton blends, or lace. And remember to have a cover-up, cardigan, or light jacket in case the weather starts to turn.

To create the perfect destination wedding guest look, we recommend this gorgeous Zimmerman pink linen top and skirt to capture this theme. Pair these stunning Castañer wedges, beach-style earrings, and a lightweight shawl to top this look off.

Zimmermann Jeannie Puff-sleeve Linen Crop Top – $499, JeannieLinen Midi Skirt – $785, Mytheresa

Beautiful Black Tie Wedding Guest Pieces

Black tie is the dress code for formal evening events and involves looking glamorous. A formal floor-length gown, a sophisticated cocktail dress, or a pantsuit is appropriate for this dress code. The best thing to wear for a black-tie wedding in the morning or early afternoon is a cocktail or tea-length dress that is sophisticated and stylish. Adding a clutch and pearl or diamond jewellery to your dress or pantsuit is a gorgeous way to complete the look. Black tie is all about going all out. Play up your eyes and lips for an elegant makeup look, or style your hair in elegant chignons/updos or curls to complement your smart attire.

Wear jewel tones, reds, or dark colours; almost every colour is acceptable unless it’s white or cream, or the gown’s design or colour takes attention away from the bride and the bridal party.

Our top pick is a striking sparkly pink jumpsuit from not only this jumpsuit from Talbot Runhof, made from rose gold metallic voile scattered with multicoloured glitter, but it’s comfortable and perfect for a black-tie wedding.

Accessories-wise, pair this elegant jumpsuit with Mach & Mach embellished PVC leather sandals to create a chic look and finish off your princess-style look with Mateo pearl gold earrings.

Talbot Runhof Lady Draped Glittered Metallic Voile Jumpsuit, $1,878.78, Net-a-Porter