The Perfect Dress to Wear to A Fall Wedding; A Comprehensive Outfit Guide For Wedding Guests

The Perfect Dress to Wear to A Fall Wedding; A Comprehensive Outfit Guide For Wedding Guests

I love attending a wedding; it’s the perfect opportunity to dress up, drink lots of champagne and dance the night away to all my favorite top 40 hits. Traditional “wedding season” has come and gone but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a wedding on your calendar in the next few months.

We got married last labor day weekend, we had a very non-traditional wedding. We got married on a Friday with a very small, intimate ceremony in the Yosemite Valley Chapel. Two days later,  we had a huge reception in Southern California with all of the people we love. For our reception, I wore glitter high tops and danced the night away. If you follow me on Instagram this past week, I gave a glimpse into the most magical weekend of my life.

A month after our wedding, our besties got married in Birmingham. It was the perfect opportunity to wear the most extra dress I could find. I ended up wearing a long sleeve sequins dress and it was what all my extra dreams are made of. I channeled my inner 1974 Cher and flipped my hair back and forth on the dance floor all night long. It is not evident by the below photo but the dress was a beautiful dark green, jewel-toned color.

Fall Wedding Guest Attire

This fall we are only attending one wedding but it falls on a very important date, my 30th birthday!! Yes, I am spending my 30th birthday at a wedding where I will know MAYBE 6 people. I nominate myself for the wife of the year. My goal at this wedding is to look SO fabulous, I need to bring in my 30’s the right way.

I hope this blog post will serve as your comprehensive guide to all things fall wedding attire related. I have looked through thousands of dresses to put this guide together. These lists consist of dresses that inspired me and will make you feel your best as a wedding guest. Every dress listed in this post is under $100 because who wants to spend more than that on a dress for someone else’s wedding?

There are two trends that I am really into this season that have heavily influenced my list. Those trends being, deep jewel tones and textured materials, especially velvet.


From personal experience, most of the weddings you will be invited to will be cocktail attire. If the invitation says “dressy casual”  or semi-formal then plan on wearing a cocktail dress.  It’s 2018 so people get real creative in ways they say cocktail attire.

A cocktail dress is simply a nice dress that isn’t a ball gown. Cocktail dresses traditionally are short dresses but its perfectly acceptable to also wear a midi or maxi dress. My favorite 2018 cocktail attire trend is the jumpsuit, I live for a jumpsuit. I have only worn a jumpsuit for one wedding and it was a great life choice! I was able to show off all my dance moves without worrying about being appropriate.

He should wear: A suit and tie

She should wear: A cocktail dress or jumpsuit

Formal or Black Tie

Black tie attire is the perfect time to pull out those fabulous floor-length gowns. I have actually never been to a super strict black tie wedding, most of my friends are from California and California weddings seem to be much more casual than the Southern weddings I have attended. If I was heading off to a super formal black tie wedding I would absolutely rent the dress. I have used Rent The Runway quite a bit and am always happy with the items I have received. In fact, the dress I wore to the wedding at the top of the blog post was from Rent The Runway.

The list I put together in this category are all under $100 and the PERFECT option to wear to a formal wedding.

He should wear: A tuxedo or a dark suit and tie

She should wear: A long evening dress or gown


No matter what type of wedding you attend, accessorizing can make or break the outfit. When it comes to high heels, I like to stick to the basics like nude or black heels. A few nice accessories and cute heels are a great investment, not only will they be perfect for that wedding you are attending but also great for a date night or a girls night out.

I hope this list of dresses and accessories finds you exactly what you are looking for this fall. There is something so magical about a beautiful outfit and I hope this guide inspires the beautiful outfit you wear at the next wedding you attend.

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The Perfect White Dress For Brides Under $50

The Perfect White Dress For Brides Under $50

Whether you are shopping for your bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding exit or even your city hall elopement this list will have the perfect white dress for you.

Off The Shoulder White Dress

2017 was a big, major year for me, I got married! Being married is great, I love every second of it but to be honest, I didn’t love planning a wedding at all. We had a very non-traditional wedding with very little pomp and circumstance and yet, I still didn’t love planning the wedding.

Something I did love was buying a plethora of new white dresses, I took full advantage of bridal white. Don’t tell my boss, but I spent an hour or two at work browsing through hundreds of sites to find the perfect dress for my bachelorette party, bridal shower and all the other festivities revolving around the wedding.

My bachelorette party was in Austin, TX over memorial day weekend and I had this image in my head of what my weekend dress was going to look like, I found tons of perfect dresses but never did I find one at a price point I was willing to pay. For my bachelorette, I ended up buying dresses from Forever 21 and Lulu’s but when it came time for the big night out I wore one of my best friends dresses that she brought for me.

I have been browsing websites nonstop to find the perfect collection of affordable white dresses to share with you guys and I am so happy with what I have found! If you are looking to just purchase one white dress for all the wedding festivities this collection of white dresses is perfect for you. These dresses can be worn to your bachelorette party, your bridal shower, your rehearsal dinner, whatever the occasion these dresses would be appropriate.

Bardot Halter Neck Gemma Lace Dress $47.99

I went to South Moon Under today and while I find most of their stuff a little pricey this dress is 60% off and worth every penny.

White High Neck Lace Dress

Lace Slip Dress $49.97

White Lace Dress

Plunge Maxi Woven Beach Dress $42

This would be the perfect dress if your wedding festivities are near or around the beach, its so cute, fun and flowy.

White Maxi Dress

X-Front Ponte Bodycon Dress $39.97

White Bodycon Dress

Express One Shoulder Sheath Dress $49.99

One Shoulder White Dress

ASOS BRIDAL Beach Maxi With Applique Detail  $25.50

White Maxi Dress

Tassel-Trimmed Cotton T-Shirt Dress $44.99

White Dress with Sleeves

Love, Nickie Lew Sweetheart Midi Dress $49

Off The Shoulder White Dress

Callahan Acadia Sweater Dress $49.95

High Neck White Dress

Chi Chi London Lace Bandeau Midi Dress with Sweetheart Neck $36

I am obsessed with this dress, it looks identical to the dress I wore to my bridal shower. Super cute, super flattering and at a great price point.

Off the shoulder white lace dress

Bb Dakota BB Dakota Lace Tiered Bodice Dress $39.98

Tiered White Dress

This list of varying white dresses will surely help you when it comes to shopping for your wedding festivities. Wedding planning is already stressful enough, hopefully, this list will help eliminate white dress shopping stress.

What’s your favorite style from the above list? Mine is definitely the first one on the list!

Happy Shopping.



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