Fall is an incredibly popular season for weddings. With stunningly colorful, natural landscapes and often comfortable, cooler weather, it’s not difficult to see why.
Another perk to autumn nuptials is the vast array of rich, jewel-toned wedding guest dress options that you have to choose from. Wondering what to wear to a fall wedding? This season, it’s all about luxurious and high-shine satins, lace, heavier fabrics, animal and snake prints, and dark florals that mimic the changing of the seasons. Look for wedding guest dresses in deep earthy reds, bold sharp golds, unexpected and daringly vibrant pinks, and classically evocative blues.
Keep reading to discover some ideal designer dresses to wear to a fall wedding. No matter the locale or time of day, you’re sure to find a gorgeous gown appropriate for any style of ceremony.
For a daytime wedding and reception, think dressy or semi-formal attire. Daytime weddings are perfect for lighter-toned designer dresses. Consider the location, style and aesthetic of the bride and groom. Whether the ceremony is indoors or out, you should consider bringing a jacket or sweater to keep warm as that autumn chill slips into the season. If the service is being held in a church, be sure to keep the dress on the modest side in terms of length and neckline.
Nha Khana Black Lace Dress
The playful cut and neckline of this Off-The-Shoulder Peplum Dress is just the thing for a daytime wedding. Nha Khana designs are known for their feminine elegance with a uniquely modern edge. Constructed and classic pieces are blended with a lightness and softness that is wholly unique to the brand. And the peplum silhouette and flattering design means you’ll want to wear this dress again and again.
Olivia Rubin Sequined Gown
The unique Imogen Polka Dot Dress from Olivia Rubin is enchantingly whimsical. Featuring a wrap-style design, fitted waist and voluminous sleeves, this sequined dress creates a fun and flattering silhouette ideal for a daytime wedding.
Solace London Magenta Pleated Dress
The Tibby Maxi Long-Sleeve Pleated Dress is a stunning pick for any autumn daytime ceremony. Bold, confident and refined, this minimalistic wedding guest dress is defined by precise cuts, tailored pleating and signature sophistication — all characteristics found in Solace London designs.
An evening wedding and reception are typically more formal than daytime or outdoor celebrations. The invitation will typically specify if it’s a formal or black-tie optional dress code, but if not, call the venue and ask what they’d recommend. A good rule of thumb is that it’s always better to dress up than down. When looking for designer dresses, think silk, satin or velvet fabrics and darker colors to reflect the nighttime ambiance. And don’t forget to bring along a cover-up like the Bajra Evening Scarf or the Lela Rose Bolero (the perfect topper for a multitude of dresses.)
Sachin & Babi Crepe Sequin Gown
The midnight black, sequin-embellished Strapless Stretch Gown features a sultry yet elegant bias cut and a show-stopping bow ribbon. Reflecting the extraordinary construction and design details that the brand was built on, this dress has been thoughtfully designed to flatter the female form while striking the perfect balance between fancy and fun.
Alexandre Vauthier Micro Crystal Ruched Gown
The fitted Micro Crystal Long Sleeve V-Neck Ruched Gown was practically made for a nighttime wedding. The asymmetrical style and signature crystals add an unexpected boldness to this stunning evening gown from powerhouse designer Alexandre Vauthier.
Galvan London Velvet Midi Dress
Galvan London designs play with refined fabrics and figure-skimming cuts to create impeccably gorgeous pieces that reject fashion norms of the past. This ruby Rosa Mock Neck Velvet Dress features a high neck and unexpected floral panels on each side. A sleek and minimal design, this wedding guest dress oozes fashion-forward concepts while remaining effortlessly timeless.
Outdoor weddings and receptions in the fall are the epitome of romanticism. Filled with rich colors from nature and the fresh fall air, there’s just something special about autumn nuptials. But with this often comes unpredictable weather — it can still be sweltering and sunny out or brisk, breezy and rainy. Whatever you wear, be sure to bring a wrap or shawl just in case. In terms of color and material, think jewel tones and luxe fabrics like satin, silk and velvet.
Jay Godfrey Strapless Midi Dress
The cherry-red Pettigrew Strapless Midi Dress features a classic silhouette with contemporary slide-slit pockets and a concealed rear zipper. Jay Godfrey melds standard tailoring techniques with modern cuts and colorful, luxurious fabrics to create a truly remarkable designer dress.
Halston Heritage Asymmetric Gown
This black Asymmetric Boatneck Gown features unique detailing, including a side slit, cinched waist and ruffle trim. Halston Heritage is an approachable luxury brand that maintains its deep roots in the 1970s. This captivating dress mimics the high slits, fluid lines and overtly glamorous appeal of fashion found at the famous Studio 54.
A.L.C. Blue Halter-Neck Dress
This vibrant Renzo B Dress from A.L.C. is an ultra-flattering design featuring tailored pleating, a halter neck and a keyhole back. Distinctive and sophisticated, this A.L.C. design from Andrea Lieberman is the perfect blend of wearability and high fashion.