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.
After two years of Covid-enforced postponement, experts predict that 2022 will be the biggest year for the wedding industry in decades; your summer diary is certainly proof of that. But what will you wear to a season of weddings? 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.
The Destination Wedding
With the hot weather set to continue (for now, at least), a summer 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 to even sunnier climes. Look for light and breezy fabrics in flowy silhouettes while a bold floral print will ensure you won’t look casual or underdressed. The Edie Dress by LoveShackFancy, £310, with it’s hand-dyed pattern and delicate lace trimmings is an oh so pretty pick. To bear a little more arm, opt for the sleeveless Meadow Song Liberty Dress by Sportscraft, £440; you’ll find its print of interlaced poppies and daisies nowhere else. For when the temperature inevitably drops, be sure to take a cardigan or shawl with you, too.
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, a type that will always deliver. Embossed in an exclusive interpretation of Liberty’s Sedgemere print, Sportscraft’s Rachael Dress, £305 is a soft linen midi that radiates vintage charm, so ticks the style and practicality boxes. An alternative that’s just as vivid in colour as it is comfy to wear, LoveShackFancy’s Teyana Dress, £345 is also a city-ready option.
The Garden Wedding
The best wedding guest dresses are the kind that stand out, without detracting any attention from the bride, and dresses with statement sleeves manage to perfectly strike the balance. Voluminous, frilly and ornately embroidered, they’re often a playful, joy-inducing option, too. Take Aje’s Dusk Knot Puff-Sleeve Midi-Dress, £460 as a prime example. While it comes in a delicate pink hue, it’s puffed, cloud-like sleeves provide a welcome sense of theatre and opulence. The Morera One Shoulder Dress by KITRI, £145, with its monochrome chintz print and form-fitting silhouette is equally as striking, a perfect option for a garden party wedding.
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. For the vivacious, may we recommend FARM Rio’s Summer Tapestry Mini-Dress, £220, which is nothing short of a technicolour dream or for the more whimsical among us, try LoveShackFancy’s Audrina Dress, £405.
The Evening Wedding
Sometimes the wedding dress code calls for something a little more glamorous, like dresses adorned with sequins, richly coloured patterns or made from metallic fabrics. As elegant as it is electric, Batsheva’s Collarless Mini Prairie Dress, £270 is made from a holographic lame fabric, making it a great choice for an evening affair, while FARM Rio’s Midnight Leaves Mini-Dress, £190 is an altogether more colourful option.