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Wedding Guest Dresses and Jumpsuits for Every Budget

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Design: theSkimm | Image: Free People, Nordstrom, Anthropologie
Apr 11, 2022

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Wedding szn is upon us. So if you’re shopping for a wedding guest dress, you’re likely looking for something light and airy that won’t make you sweat — or an outfit you can wear comfortably on the dance floor all night long. The good news? We’ve rounded up options for every budget. The bad news? You’ll probably want to snag them all. Oh, and if you’re looking for a thoughtful but wallet-friendly wedding gift too, look here. Let’s party. 

A black wedding guest dress perfect for a more formal event…

This floor-length number is a solid option for anyone looking for a minimalist dress that’s still elegant. It’s a chic take on the one-shoulder silhouette, with strappy details on the other side. This one’s figure-hugging, but not too tight — so you’ll still be able to comfortably dance the night away after the big buffet. Psst…it’s dry-clean only, so make sure not to toss it in the wash. ($69.99, Saks OFF 5TH)

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A super-soft slip dress with a twist… 

A strappy open back for the win. This V-neck slip has adjustable straps and comes in five colors. It’s perfect for a low-key affair and can be easily dressed up or down — aka worn over and over again. Closet staple, coming right up. ($60, Free People)  

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A patterned jumpsuit perfect for hitting up the dance floor… 

Floral jumpsuits? For a wedding? We love this number’s triangle cutout, V-neck cut, and adjustable straps — plus it comes in both a standard and petite fit. It’s an ideal outfit for a casual, warm-weather wedding. Time to cut a rug. ($170, Anthropologie)

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A maternity dress to keep you comfy all party long… 

This off-the-shoulder, floor-length option comes in a stretchy soft fabric that customers say is perfect for dressing up or down for a wedding and fits comfortably. It’s a simple silhouette with a knee-length slit and some delicate ruching on the side for added flair. The dress comes in 25 colors and prints, and is machine-washable, so we won’t blame you if you wanna scoop up more than one. Oh, and reviews advise sizing up for the best fit. ($32.99+, Amazon)

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A cowl-neck dress that comes in over a dozen floral patterns… 

We love the asymmetrical silhouette of this silky midi dress — and the 15 vintage-vibe floral patterns it comes in. Reviewers say it’s true to size and a flattering option for curvy girls. You can dress this one up for a semiformal wedding and then swap the heels for sneaks and get some additional wear out of it for brunch dates with pals. Aka it isn’t a one-and-done outfit. Party on. ($98, Astr The Label)

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A classic plunging V-neck in a rainbow of colors…  

This floor-length chiffon dress is designed with a cinched waist and a high slit that’s not too risqué — but just sexy enough. We’re here for the wallet-friendly price point, and with 10 hues to choose from, we won’t judge if you buy it in more than one. Bonus: It’s also machine-washable. ($49.97, Nordstrom Rack)

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A ruffle minidress that has “garden wedding attire” written all over it… 

This one is designed with sheer sleeves and a faux wrap bodice — aka it’s got an elastic waist that you can slip right on over your head. It comes in two floral prints and two solids, in sizes 2–14, and is versatile enough to rock at both the wedding reception and dinner with friends. ($79.97, Nordstrom Rack)

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An off-the-shoulder mini that serves up major looks… 

It’s got two small puffed sleeves for a little drama, and a portrait neckline with a tiny V-cut for added detail. We love the smocked back and side seam pockets that up the comfort factor. And the best part? It’s made with a linen cotton blend, perfect for warm, sunny days or stuffy nights. ($109, Nordstrom)

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A 100% cotton dress for a casual wedding… 

This one has three-quarter balloon sleeves and pockets. Aka comfort city, population: you. We’re fans of the allover eyelet detail and its versatility. Pair it with a chic pump for a wedding or a sturdy clog for your next midday stroll. Tarjay, you can do no wrong. ($34.99, Target)

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A flattering dress with a built-in bodysuit… 

This one-shoulder Norma Kamali gown has shirred sides for a gorgeous waterfall effect. It’s made with poly-spandex material and there’s also a built-in bodysuit. To see if it’s something you’ll love, you can use Prime’s ‘try before you buy’ feature. ($157.73+, Amazon)

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A floral wrap dress that comes with a detachable belt… 

A matching belt you don’t have to hunt for? Yes, please. This dress has billowing sheer printed sleeves and a deep V-neck, and it’s available in sizes equivalent to 12–26. Its belt is plated in gold and sits right below the bust for a flattering silhouette. These florals for spring? Actually groundbreaking. ($99, Nordstrom)

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A lacy V-neck dress at a budget-friendly price … 

This one has a full lace overlay with cotton lining underneath. It’s available in nine colors and sizes XS–2XL, and customers say the lace weight and proportion feels super high quality. Most agree that it runs a little big, however, so you might want to size down. ($51.99+, Amazon)

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A jumpsuit that doesn't skimp on the details…

Flouncy sleeves, an off-the-shoulder design, and a zipper for easy access? Check, check, aaand check. With side-seam pockets to hold things like your keys and lipstick so you can go without a clutch, this jumpsuit is an ideal party dress. And the fabric is machine washable, so you can just toss it in once you get home. Jump to it. ($77.40, Nordstrom)

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