Your Official Guide to Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

POV: You just opened a very thick wedding invitation and see that elegant calligraphy signaling a formal dress code. Cue the panic, right? Unlike the magnet that’s been tasked with holding the invite on your fridge, you can relax knowing that VENUS has the best selection of formal wedding guest dresses. While you don’t want to upstage the bride (or—wink wink—do you?), you do want to arrive in an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. 


For those weddings that feel more like a full-blown coronation, you need a VENUS dress that stands out from the crowd. With options ranging from sparkling statements to dramatic silhouettes, these formal wedding guest dress trends never fail to turn heads.

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Embellished Details

We don’t recommend embellishing the details of your relationship with your plus one. We do, however, recommend embellished details like sequins, rhinestones and other luxe touches to amp up your wedding guest dress.


Opt for subtle sparkle with just a hint of embellishment, or go full-on glam with allover sequins. If you really want to stand out (hello, best-dressed guest), take your glam over-the-top with elevated extras that’ll have you shining from head to toe at any of the wedding celebrations on your calendar this season.

Lace Touches

Just add lace to instantly up the romantic vibes of your look (maybe now your plus one will get the hint!). It’s also a timeless choice that’ll always have a special place in your closet.

If subtle allure is the feel you’re going for, opt for a dress with lace trim or sheer lace insets that give a nod to the detail. Lace sleeves are another way to make an impact—we hope you like compliments!

On the other hand, a top-to-bottom lace number will have you oozing with elegance all night long.

Figure-Flattering Ruching

If you can’t say “I do” to high-shine or lacy details, check out a look that’s more minimalistic with figure-flattering ruching. It’s all about making a statement while keeping it refined. A fitted bodycon dress with plenty of stretch is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when it boasts the shape-loving fabric gathers that highlight your silhouette. Hugging in all the right places, ruching kicks any formal wedding guest dress up a notch.

Elegant Gowns

Now, let’s really unleash your inner goddess with an elegant gown. Dramatic floor-length dresses are the epitome of sophistication and will have you looking like royalty. Think embellishments, off-the-shoulder necklines, thigh-high slits and unexpected cutouts to guarantee you’ll make a grand entrance at the reception.


So next time an invitation comes rolling in, RSVP-ing “yes” will be a no brainer when you have formal wedding guest dresses from VENUS tucked in your closet and ready to help you own the dance floor!


VENUS Sequin Keyhole Gown
VENUS Plunging Back Long Dress
VENUS Sequin High-Slit Long Dress
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