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Getting dressed up for a wedding has always been a fun practice, but the ceremonies on this year’s calendar feel exceptionally special. For many of us, these celebrations of love (which may have been postponed and years in the making!) might also mark the first time we reunite with cocktail dresses and ballroom gowns. So how does one prepare for such a momentous occasion? Well, by getting inspiration from some of our favorite style stars. We look to them for street style tips, so why not take a page from their books when heading to your friend’s wedding? After all, celebrity wedding-guest dresses are almost as fun as celebrity bridal gowns.
Over the years, we’ve seen many tastemakers support family and friends while dressed to the nines. From the Emilio Pucci halter gown Emily Blunt wore to George and Amal Clooney’s Venice nuptials to the delightful gown Naomi Campbell donned during Prince Albert II of Monaco’s royal soirée, their wedding-day ensembles could certainly be sources of inspiration. Below, you’ll find 19 celebrity wedding-guest dresses to help inform your own look—no royal-wedding invite needed.
Get in the spirit of the joyous occasion with an equally cheerful yellow dress—like the silky number Ratajkowski wore to the wedding of Marc Jacobs.
Ralph Lauren Collection Navya satin halter gown
When in doubt, a little black dress will be your savior. Follow Bieber’s lead and look for unique necklines and stretchy fabrics for a glamorous touch.
AZ Factory MyBody stretch-knit mini dress
Jacquemus La Robe Limao cutout halter mini dress
If the dress code calls for white, have fun with romantic lace fabric, just like Dua Lipa at a recent wedding.
Christopher Kane Bridal lace crystal mesh minidress
Charo Ruiz Bonnie guipure lace-trimmed cotton-blend voile mini dress
For black tie occasions, bring on the drama with a dark gown and plunging neckline à la Kardashian.
Rick Owens strapless prong faux leather column dress
Norma Kamali strapless fishtail jersey maxi dress
Joyful colors like marigold will light up the room. Follow Clooney’s lead and select a classic sheath that will never go out of style.
Carolina Herrera short-sleeve sheath dress
Emilia Wickstead Cleo cutout-back crepe dress
At David Grutman and Isabel Rangel’s wedding, Union put a romantic twist on the LBD with lace insets.
Gucci long-sleeved floral lace gown
Wandering lace mid-length dress
You can always count on a sweet bow dress, especially one with a beautiful print like the one Moss wore to the wedding of Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra de Osma at Basilica San Pedro.
La Double J curly swing midi dress
Rhode Julia belted printed cotton-jersey maxi dress
If the dress code calls for all-white attire, it’s totally fine to wear the shade traditionally reserved for the bride. Add a sparkling touch, similar to that on Graham’s dress, with silver sequins or metallic fabrics.
Retrofête Claire belted mini dress
Alice + Olivia Harmony mini slip dress
A timeless wrap dress will always deliver, as seen here with Witherspoon’s floral number.
Saloni Olivia wrap-effect fil coupé silk-blend dress
Sea Valerie tiered floral-print velvet midi dress
Don’t underestimate the power of a dress that can do double duty. A black maxi similar to Alba’s is perfect for mixing and matching with different accessories. Plus, it can be worn over and over again.
A.L.C. x Petra Flannery Esdell pleated maxi dress
Fame and Partners The Ashe halter dress
Take notes from Beckham and opt for a modest dress with a high neckline. And if you’re up for it, a bright pair of heels adds the perfect finishing touch.
Victoria Victoria Beckham tie-neck printed dress
All Saints Taya maxi dress with removable sleeve
Yes, halter necklines are back and perfect for all of those summer weddings. A bright shade of blue similar to Blunt’s will look stunning in pictures too.
Mango pleated satin dress
Monique Lhuillier draped halter-neck gown
Speaking of necklines, the asymmetric one-shoulder silhouette is also a classic winner. Play with pastel shades or floral prints that offer a sweet touch.
Sachin and Babi Chelsea gown
The Sei one-shoulder maxi dress
Cynthia Erivo and Ciara
Black gowns are perfect for those weddings with a black-tie dress code. Erivo and Ciara twinned in voluminous options at Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s ceremony.
Rebecca Vallance Martini textured crepe gown
Mac Duggal V-neck crepe ballgown
A neutral print similar to Clarke’s wedding-guest dress worn for Kit Harington and Rose Leslie’s celebration is a smart way to make a subtle statement.
Ulla Johnson Lune tiered midi dress
Charlie Holiday Isabella maxi dress
For her sister’s all-white ceremony, Beyoncé proved less is more in a minimalist white frock.
Bassike pleated organic cotton-poplin and ribbed stretch-cotton jersey maxi dress
Hunza G tank bodycon dress
For a little more coverage, a long-sleeve dress is also a great option. Miller opted for a chocolate-hued number while attending Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling’s nuptials.
Halpern ruffled floral-print plissé-georgette midi dress
Leave it to Perry to show us a way to wear smile-inducing colors at a wedding. Her prismatic tie-dye dress feels of the moment.
Baobab Cabana one-shoulder ombré satin dress
Fe Noel Bella ombré midi slip dress
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Fluffy tulle and flowy chiffon fabrics make getting dressed up even more exciting. So layer on the sheer materials just like Dern did here.
Red Valentino point d’esprit tulle midi dress