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Wedding Guest Dresses For Every Type Of Wedding

July 27, 2022 | riley

Image by Morgan McCanne. See more of this real wedding here

With weddings in full force once again, there’s a good chance that you’ve been invited to at least two (if not more) weddings in the next year. There’s a lot to look forward to at weddings–the love, the food and drinks, the dancing. But before you can get to partying, you have to figure out what to wear. To save you the stress of going out and shopping only to be disappointed by the selection, we’ve rounded up wedding guest dresses for every kind of wedding. From beach to winery to rustic, there’s something for everyone. And the best part? You don’t even have to leave your house!

Beach Wedding Guest Dresses

Is there anything more beautiful than a beach wedding? The warm summer air, the waves crashing in the background, the sand between your toes. When it comes to beach wedding attire, think flowy fabrics and bold colors.

Night for Love Halter Cowl Neck Slip Midi Dress; 2. Faithfull Wilonna Midi Dress; 3. Tremendously Tropical Leaf Print Halter Jumpsuit; 4. Amanda Uprichard Melonie Dress; 5. Sweet Like You Ruffled Mini Dress; 6. Maaji Zandra Maxi Dress

Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

There’s nothing like getting dressed up and attending a formal wedding. It will have you feeling like you’re attending a gala. We recommend floor-length dresses in dark, neutral color palettes for a sleek, timeless look.

Keeper of My Heart One-Shoulder Maxi Dress; 2. Norma Kamali x REVOLVE V-Neck Rectangle Gown; 3. Last Forever One-Shoulder Ruffle Maxi Dress; 4. Norma Kamali Halter Turtle Side Slit Gown; 5. Romance Me Satin Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress; 6. Norma Kamali Cayla Side Drape Gown

Garden Wedding Guest Dresses

Gardens mean all things floral, why not tie that into your wedding guest look? Pastels are also another great option as well.

Vividly Vibing Floral Tiered Cutout Halter Midi Dress; 2. ASTR the Label Midsummer Dress; 3.  Perfectly Passionate Pleated Sleeveless Midi Dress; 4. Katie May Surreal Gown; 5. True as Can Be Burnout Floral Ruffled Mini Dress; 6. ASTR the Label Primrose Dress

Rustic Wedding Guest Dresses

Rustic weddings typically involve beautiful scenery and earthy touches, which is why incorporating these elements into your fashion is ideal. We’re big fans of earthy hues, textured fabrics, and patterns like paisley or gingham. Bonus points if the dress looks cute with a pair of boots.

Dear to You Floral Print Backless Lace-Up Midi Dress; 2. BB Dakota by Steve Madden Boho Next Door Dress; 3. Always So Sweet Smocked Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress; 4. Free People Real Love Maxi; 5. Sweeten the Occasion Lace Short Sleeve Maxi Dress; 6. Sundress Vanina Dress

Winery Wedding Guest Dresses

The dress code for winery weddings typically varies depending on the couple. If no dress code has been specified by the soon-to-be newlyweds, opt for something that is the perfect combination of dressy and casual.

Peak Party Vibe Satin Tiered Tie-Back Midi Dress; 2. Lovers and Friends Skylar Midi Dress; 3. In My Dreams Floral Print Midi Dress; 4. Lovers and Friends Gathers of Love Midi Dress; 5. Completely In Love Swiss Dot Button-Front Maxi Dress; 6. ASTR the Label Bubble Tier Maxi Dress

Urban Wedding Guest Dresses

When we think of urban weddings–such as rooftops or historic industrial venues–we think of cocktail dresses. These are very similar to those that you’d wear for a formal wedding with shorter hemlines.

525 Midi Tube Dress; 2. So Flirty Dark One-Shoulder Cutout Asymmetrical Dress; 3. Lovers and Friends Orchid Dress; 4. Iconic Moment Bodycon Midi Dress; 5. Michael Costello x REVOLVE Ava Dress; 6. How Much I Care Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress

If you prefer to shop by season, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up our favorite wedding guest dresses by season here!

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This Austin Micro Wedding Was Planned In Six Months

July 25, 2022 | kailey

If you only have six months to plan your wedding, don’t panic. Courtney and Cherae’s Austin micro wedding is proof no matter what wedding planning timeline you’re working with, there’s nothing that can stand in your way. This couple started by picking their venue and securing photographer and Junebug member Nikk Nguyen, letting everything else beautifully fall into place. 

Justine’s Secret House—a Victorian-style home that’s Austin’s hidden gem venue—created the perfect foundation for this dark and moody celebration. With stunning existing red painted walls, velvet couches, and twinkling chandeliers, minimal decor was needed beyond the deep floral arrangements by Wild Heart Floral. Talk about a wedding packed with personality! 

From the chosen venue to the show-stopping decor, this wedding will help kickstart that creative wedding planning.

The Couple:

Courtney and Cherae

The Wedding:

Justine’s Secret House, Austin, Texas

Wedding Planning Advice From This Couples

Keep in mind: you’re allowed to plan a wedding that speaks to who you are. You don’t have to appease everyone around you. Don’t forget to be kind and patient with yourself during the process. And most of all, don’t forget what the day is really about. This is a day for you and your spouse to celebrate your love for one another; your future together. Do not give your power or energy to anyone or anything that isn’t in alignment with that. What a mic drop!

Plan A Day That Represents You 

What was most important was that our wedding represented who we are and that our day was a lot more enjoyable for us than it was stressful. We incorporated certain aspects of traditional weddings (things like the first dance, the walk down the aisle, etc), but we were not shy about getting rid of the aspects we did not care for. We made our wedding our own. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nikk Nguyen
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering – Justine’s Secret House
Floral Design – Wild Heart Floral
Cake – Feathers & Frosting
Officiant – Holly Lorka
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Mission Stylehouse
Favors – Feathers & Frosting

 

Congratulations Courtney and Cherae on their inspo-rich, Austin micro wedding. And big thanks to Junebug photographer Nikk Nguyen for capturing all the unique details that made this celebration one for the books. To see more of Nikk’s work, check out his profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!

While neutral weddings will always be a timeless aesthetic, it’s not for everyone. If you and your significant other are looking to go against the grain, try incorporating darker hues on your mood board. Not sure where to start? Check out these creative ways to subtly and not-so-subtly incorporate black into your wedding.

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Desert Disco-Themed Palm Springs Wedding

Known for its warm weather, architecture, and retro atmosphere, Palm Springs is the perfect city for couples wanting to travel back into time–and that’s exactly what Laura and Tom were looking for. With the keywords “fun,” “casual,” and “party” in mind, they landed on a disco-themed Palm Springs wedding at Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Paying homage to their hometowns–Arizona and Maryland–along with their new home–Los Angeles–the newlywed’s special day was complete with pink flamingos, desert details, a taco bar, and a custom-made swan boat mimicking those found in Echo Park Lake. And as if that wasn’t fun enough, they also incorporated disco balls galore, donuts, and a late-night dip in the pool–fully dressed in their wedding attire, of course. 

These two proved they know how to party, and luckily, Junebug member and photographer Alicia Wiley was there to capture it all. So whether you’re looking for retro wedding inspiration or want to break tradition and create a day that is the epitome of unconventional, scroll through these photos to travel back to the 70s. 

The Couple:

Laura & Tom

The Wedding:

Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs, California

How The Newlyweds Chose The Ace Hotel For Their Disco-Themed Palm Springs Wedding

When we originally went to look at venues, we brought a friend, Katherine Brooks. She suggested that we come up with three words that best describe how we see our wedding. The words were “fun,” “casual,” and “party!” We were really having a hard time with so many great options in Palm Springs, and she said, “remember your words.” That immediately landed us at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club.

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Incorporating Their Hometowns Into The Special Day

We wanted to incorporate our hometowns and where we live now. We had Baltimore vibes with pink flamingos and old bay shrimp. Arizona was represented with cacti. And our new home in Los Angeles was represented with elote and a custom swan boat to mimic Echo Park lake. Keeping with our words, we had a quick ceremony followed by the LA Roller Girls passing out cocktails. Dinner was a taco bar, and instead of cake, we had donuts from Donas. The night continued with dancing, more roller girls, and a dip in the pool!

Creating A Memorable Wedding Weekend For Their Guests

I think everyone really enjoyed themselves, and we created a memorable weekend. We started with my uncles hosting welcome drinks at Margaritaville, complete with leis and crazy glasses, to set the tone of fun! We ended with a Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday. Our guests traveled from LA to as far as London, so I wanted everyone to really have a great time and enjoy Palm Springs.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Alicia Wiley
Event Planning – Nicole Adams
Wedding Coach – Katherine Brooks
Venue + Catering – Ace Hotel and Swim Club
Backdrop – Monique Dias
Floral Design – Sparks and Sand
Cake – Donas Donuts
DJ – Dart Collective
Live Music – Jerrold E Allen
Entertainment – LA Roller Girls
Invitation Design – Robert Allen
Makeup Artist – Alysia Pinson
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Catbird
Groom’s Bolo Tie – Crystals of The Sun
Rings – SestoSynergy + MinimalVS
Photobooth – Designed By Love
Swan Boat – John Sumner
Favors – Apricot Apiaries + Greg Otto + Frogtown Brewery

 

Congratulations again to Laura and Tom on their disco-themed Palm Springs wedding! We’re so thankful that Junebug member Alicia Wiley was there to capture the quirky, well-thought-out details. To see more of Alicia’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world! 

If you’re ready to break out of the traditional wedding mold and host a unique affair just like Laura and Tom did, check out the five traditions we think you can skip.

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