42 Trending Spring Wedding Guest Dresses Including Metallics, Trains & Y2K Styles

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As everything starts to look a bit sunnier, odds are that you’ve found yourself on the guest list of several upcoming spring weddings. To help, we’ve put together some style ideas based on spring 2023 trends and runway-approved looks that will surely get you onto the best dressed list.

Embrace these formal (or more casual) affairs with spring wedding guest dresses that touch on this year’s trends, including bright colors, high-shine metallic fabrics, and Y2K-esque details that will keep your fancy ‘fit feeling fresh. And if you thought dramatic trains were just reserved for the bride, we’re here to prove otherwise.

Click through to browse our favorite trending wedding guest dresses in a range of styles, straight and plus size fits, and colors to don for any springtime nuptial celebration.

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Romantic Wedding Guest Dresses

The cottagecore and balletcore trends of the past few years have merged with sleeker ruffles and elegant silhouettes. The result is fluttery, dreamy dresses that skew squarely in “party-ready” mode. However, don’t worry; your favorite puff sleeves and tiered styles aren’t going anywhere. Choose from a flowy or more body-hugging dresses to fit your style and the wedding’s vibe.

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BHLDN Isabella Tiered Square-Neck A-Line Midi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Reformation Bryony Dress

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Reformation Bryony Dress, $, available at Reformation

Farm Rio Red Heart Maxi Dress

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Farm Rio Red Heart Maxi Dress, $, available at Farm Rio

& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress

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& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress, $, available at & Other Stories

Lulus Garden Romance Magenta Floral Print Organza Maxi Dress

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Lulus Garden Romance Magenta Floral Print Organza Maxi Dress, $, available at Lulus

V. Chapman Lily Ruched & Ruffled Stretch Midi Dress

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V. Chapman Lily Ruched & Ruffled Stretch Midi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Brights Wedding Guest Dresses

An electric spring trend (and broader 2023 trend) that our R29 Style team identified is gem tones that have undergone a fluorescent mutation. Think Barbie hot pinks, vibrant purples, fiery reds, and Mediterranean blues. So here’s your chance to be bold and stand out in the best way possible.

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DB Studio Floor Length Ruffle Charmeuse Gown, $, available at David’s Bridal

L’Academie Ray Midi Dress

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L’Academie Ray Midi Dress, $, available at Revolve

Aidan by Aidan Mattox Cutout Stretch Crepe Mermaid Gown

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Aidan by Aidan Mattox Cutout Stretch Crepe Mermaid Gown, $, available at Bloomingdale’s

Shona Joy Plunged Midi Dress

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Shona Joy Plunged Midi Dress, $, available at Free People

City Chic Sweet Sass Dress

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City Chic Sweet Sass Dress, $, available at Avenue

Flounce London Petite All Over Ruffle Cami Maxi Dress

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Flounce London Petite All Over Ruffle Cami Maxi Dress, $, available at ASOS

Garden Party Wedding Guest Dresses

After a long winter season, it’s refreshing to celebrate marriage in an outdoor setting like a garden or vineyard. Keep it casual or dress up for the occasion with midi and maxi dresses that flow in the breeze and floral prints that scream spring. You can even play with the 3D flowers spring trend if you want to be particularly on theme.

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Free People Oasis Midi Dress, $, available at Free People

J.Crew Gwyneth Slip Dress

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J.Crew Gwyneth Slip Dress, $, available at J.Crew

Adorne Grace Cold Shoulder Ruffle Maxi

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Adorne Grace Cold Shoulder Ruffle Maxi, $, available at Dia & Co.

Milly Hariet 3D Flower Sleeveless Mini Dress

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Milly Hariet 3D Flower Sleeveless Mini Dress, $, available at Bloomingdale’s

Fanm Mon Alanya Dress

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Fanm Mon Alanya Dress, $, available at Shopbop

The Somerset Collection Maxi Dress: Cutwork Edition

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The Somerset Collection by Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress: Cutwork Edition, $, available at Anthropologie

Y2K Wedding Guest Dresses

The term “Y2K fashion” may conjure up belly tees and low-rise flares, but the trend has also made its way into formal wear — and it’s not as risqué as you’d imagine. This spring, expect the likes of early 2000s slip dress styles, nostalgic frills, and sherbet colorways.

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Norma Kamali X REVOLVE Diana Gown, $, available at Revolve

House of CB Pixie Ruffle Georgette Cocktail Dress

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House of CB Pixie Ruffle Georgette Body-Con Cocktail Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

Alexia Admor Violet Sleeveless Crewneck Maxi Dress

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Alexia Admor Violet Sleeveless Crewneck Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Eloquii Delmar Slip Dress

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Eloquii Delmar Slip Dress, $, available at Eloquii

Urban Outfitters Cedar Poplin Corset Midi Dress

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Urban Outfiters Cedar Poplin Corset Midi Dress, $, available at Urban Outffiters

Rihoas The Water Ripple Textured Cami Dress

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Rihoas The Water Ripple Textured Cami Dress, $, available at Rihoas

Metallic Wedding Guest Dresses

Metallics, and specifically silver metallics, found themselves on a ton of spring runways this year. Whether it’s a black tie affair or night club type celebration, shine bright in metallic fabrics, sequins, or embellishments for your next wedding party.

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Mare Mare Metallic V-Neck Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

All Saints Hadley Sequin Dress

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All Saints Hadley Sequin Dress, $, available at All Saints

Mac Duggal Metallic Corset Back Column Gown

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Mac Duggal Metallic Corset Back Column Gown, $, available at Mac Duggal

Venus Striped Sequin Midi Dress

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Venus Striped Sequin Midi Dress, $, available at Venus

L’IDÉE Renaissance Sleeveless Pleated Gown

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L’IDEE Renaissance Sleeveless Pleated Gown, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Veronica Beard Kaira Metallic Floral Dress

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Veronica Beard Kaira Metallic Floral Dress, $, available at Veronica Beard

Satin Wedding Guest Dresses

Exude elegance in a silky satin gown for a black-tie wedding. Not only do popular pastel tones work well in spring, but the fabric gives off an effortless (and cooling] luxe appearance. Keep your look minimalistic and chic with a pair of strappy heels or cream-colored mules.

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Birdy Grey Satin Curve Monica Dress, $, available at Birdy Grey

Anthropologie Ruched Sweetheart Dress

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Anthropologie Ruched Sweetheart Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Show Me Your Mumu Reese Ruffle Dress

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Show Me Your Mumu Reese Ruffle Dress, $, available at Show Me Your Mumu

Reformation Frankie Silk Dress Es

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Reformation Frankie Silk Dress Es, $, available at Reformation

LIVD Topanga Satin Stretch Cowl Dress

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LIVD Topanga Satin Stretch Cowl Dress, $, available at Dia & Co.

ELOQUII Satin Maxi Dress

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Eloquii Satin Maxi Dress, $, available at Eloquii

Wedding Guest Dresses With Trains

Designers reinterpreted the classic dress train for their spring 2023 runway shows, and we’re on board. Mini dresses are now accompanied by floor-length trains with bows or delicate and reserved side trains. We believe that you’ll be seeing this dramatic accent more frequently — and that you’ll look amazing in one, too.

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Hutch Jacquard Train Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Ever New Strapless Trailing Bow Mini Dress

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Ever New Strapless Trailing Bow Mini Dress, $, available at ASOS

Bronx and Banco Luisa Mini Dress

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Bronx and Banco Luisa Mini Dress, $, available at Revolve

Sachin & Babi Blaine Taffeta Bow Train Mini Dress

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Sachin + Babi Blaine Taffeta Square-Neck Bow Train Mini Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Selkie The Fairytale Gown

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Selkie The Fairytale Gown, $, available at Revolve

Yaura Draped Train Mini Dress

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Yaura Draped Train Mini Dress, $, available at ASOS

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