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The Best Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Venue

Forget the frantic dash for a wedding guest dress the day before the occasion. Find exactly what you’re looking for with Liberty’s guide to the best dresses around
By: George Elliot

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The Best Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Venue

The Best Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Venue

Forget the frantic dash for a wedding guest dress the day before the occasion. Find exactly what you’re looking for with Liberty’s guide to the best dresses around

By: George Elliot

Brides-to-be search long and hard for the wedding dress of their dreams, but deciding what to wear as a guest isn't exactly a walk in the park, either; colour, style, fit and fabric are just a few of the many factors you need to juggle. The remedy? One of the best wedding guest dresses Liberty’s rails has to offer, of course. Whether you need something suitable for a destination ceremony, or a dress that will feel right at place in a English country garden, let Liberty get you dressed.

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The Destination Wedding

A dress that will keep you cool during sunny outdoor weddings or under the heat of a marquee is more than necessary – particularly if you’re travelling beyond Britain's shores to sunnier climes. Look for light and breezy fabrics in flowy silhouettes while a colourful or graphic print will ensure you won’t look casual or underdressed. And because it pays to be prepared for every weather eventuality, be sure to take a chill-cancelling cardigan or shawl with you, just in case.

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The City Wedding

For those weddings that have a more metropolitan feel to them, the kind that might take place in a towering skyscraper, an art gallery or a grand city hall, the ideal wedding guest dresses should be chic and comfortable (you might have to take the bus, train or tube to reach the venue, after all). Enter the belted dress, an elegant and effortless type that will deliver on all fronts.

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The Garden Wedding

The best wedding guest dresses are the kind that stand out, without detracting any attention from the bride, so set your sights on those that come with statement (but never scene-stealing) details. Think: pagoda sleeves, ruffle-trimmed hemlines and tiered skirts. Better still, look to those decked in floral prints. The natural option for those weddings set in a garden or the great outdoors, a botanical print that seems to bloom and unfurl right before your eyes will provide just the right amount of theatre and opulence.

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The Party Wedding

When thinking of occassionwear for weddings, you might picture long, ankle-gracing gowns but why not break with tradition with a mini dress? This season, they come in an array of colours, prints and fabrics, and are just the thing for that one wedding you know is bound to descend into an epic party.

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The Evening Wedding

Sometimes the wedding dress code calls for something a little more glamorous, especially if the ceremony or party is taking place after dark. Dresses adorned with sequins or made from metallic fabrics will catch the light even in the most dimly lit of venues, and sticking to classic colours like black, silver and red will ensure wearability long after the wedding is over. The only thing to remember: a party bag and some striking jewellery as a finishing flourish.

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