Claire Harmeyer
Updated Sep 03, 2019 @ 9:36 am
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Fall weddings are a breath of fresh air. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooler, and wedding season is winding down, so you’re likely soaking up the last nuptials on your calendar for the next few months. Another perk of fall weddings? You can wear whatever you choose. The temperature will (hopefully) not be sweltering, so bring on the balloon sleeves, satin you won’t sweat through, and maybe even velvet. Yes, the options for fall wedding guest dresses are endless.

An overarching rule when choosing your fall wedding guest dresses: Think jewel tones. Fall is all about embracing the rich shades that reflect the coziness of the season, so go for garnet, deep purples, emerald green, and rusty shades of marigold. Opt for heavier fabrics than you wore to summer weddings; swap linen for lace and silk for suede. There’s something romantic about fall, and you can channel this energy by dressing for the season.

Where should you shop for fall wedding guest dresses? For evening weddings where the attire is more formal, Rent the Runway is a great option because you can choose from designer dresses that you might not typically be able to afford. With a plethora of patterns, fabrics, and styles, Anthropologie is where you can find a casual fall wedding guest dress that you’ll wear even after the big day. For a mix of fancy and casual wedding guest dresses, Nordstrom has got you covered. And if you’re looking for stunning plus size wedding guest dresses for fall, Modcloth has a huge selection to choose from. Here are some of our favorites.

Long fall wedding guest dresses

With the cooler weather, you’re freer to play around with dress lengths. Maxi dresses are romantic and whimsical, making them the perfect choice for your fall wedding guest dresses. It’s unfortunate when you buy a dress for a special occasion and it ends up hanging in your closet collecting dust after one wear. To avoid this, we rounded up some beautiful maxi dresses that are fancy enough for weddings but casual enough for relaxed date nights.

1Free People Drop Dead Beauty Maxi Dress

fall wedding guest dresses
Free People

Just imagine twirling around the dance floor in this gorgeous draped dress. Okay, we’re sold.

2Lulus Infinite Glory Forest Green Maxi Dress


The bold color of this maxi dress is sure to turn heads during the reception—so if you’re flying solo, you’ll likely catch the eye of fellow stag guests.

3Lulus September Sunsets Burgundy Floral Print Wrap Maxi Dress


The name of this dress says it all. It was made for romantic fall evenings.

4Lulus Let Me Entertain You Forest Green Satin Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

We’re suckers for forest green. The rich color is beautiful on everyone, and this jumpsuit—or as we like to call it, playsuit—is the perfect mix of classy and sassy.

Fall wedding guest dresses with sleeves

Sleeved dresses will keep you warm after the sun goes down and you’re dancing the night away at the moonlit reception. We love fun balloon, bell, peasant, and sheer sleeves. (We admit that the sheer sleeves might not help with warmth, but they’re so pretty.) Check out our favorite fall wedding guest dresses with sleeves below.

1Lulus Edison Nights Orange Jacquard Leopard Print Satin Midi Dress

The subtle leopard print and slit on this midi dress will have you looking effortlessly chic at any fall wedding.

2Lulus Flair-Est Of Them All Plum Purple Lace Flounce Sleeve Dress

Is any fabric more romantic than lace? The deep plum color and delicate fabric of this fall wedding guest dress make it a sure winner.

3Chelsea28 Smocked Neck Long Sleeve Chiffon Midi Dress

Feel flirty and carefree in this sheer midi dress. The flowy fabric will make you want to twirl the night away.

4Lulus Love and Joy Navy Blue Lace Long Sleeve Shift Dress

This is one of the most affordable wedding guest dresses on our list. The intricate sleeves make for a unique look that doesn’t require any accessories to wow.

Plus size wedding guest dresses for fall

Each one of these dresses is more stunning than the last. Bonus: They’re affordable, too.

1ModCloth Fete to Be Tied Velvet Dress Mustard

Mustard is a hot color for fall, and the velvet fabric and pretty bows are the finishing touches this dress needs to be a head-turner.

2ModCloth Stunning Wonder Maxi Wrap Dress

This satin wrap dress is stunning indeed, and it also comes in wine.

3ModCloth Wish Upon A Star A Line Dress

This fun printed dress brings out your playful side while still looking elegant.

4City Chic Honour Maxi Dress

Be the belle of the ball in this lightweight emerald showstopper. The high neck makes this fall wedding guest dress oh-so-elegant.

Now go enjoy the romantic, breezy vibes of fall weddings.