What to Wear to a May Wedding
Dresses for May Wedding Guests
Are you as happy as I am that May is here? May is one of those months where spring is really in action, the signs of summer really start appearing, and the feeling of carefree days ahead sets in. It’s also really when wedding season goes into an high gear! As promised, I’m trying to more do of-the-moment picks each month for wedding guests , so I have a new compilation of dresses for May wedding guests. (Please note, this post is from 2015 so many of these dresses are out of stock. Visit this page to see our latest Spring Wedding Guest Dress Picks and well as our look at dresses for May wedding guests for 2016). Here are a few of the dresses I’ve been eyeing lately that are perfect for weddings in May! Links in italics and in the shop section are from affiliates and sponsors.
Cocktail Dresses for May Weddings
If you ask me, spring is THE season for pastels. This taffeta dress is a nice semi-formal style, that offers polished look and an easy way to wear pastels into evening. Vera Wang Gathered Taffeta Dress (now out of stock, try these pink wedding guest dresses)
Navy blue, lace, and floral print — three of my favorite elements in one dress! This cute and preppy cocktail dress works for afternoon into evening; it’s great little dress for a semi-formal wedding! Eliza J Belted Lace Overlay Dress from Nordstrom ( now out of stock, try these other floral styles from Eliza J)
ASOS Oasis Lace Midi Dress I have yet to meet a cobalt blue dress I don’t love, and the pretty pleats in this make the dress that is made for dancing! Out of stock – try more styles or this blue dress from ASOS.
For a evening semi-formal wedding, I’m in love with this dress!It has a muted neutral mocha-y and mauve shimmer to it, and that cute little jacket is removable to reveal a cute cocktail dress that is great for the reception! ASOS Red Carpet Two Piece Sequin Dress (Second look below.) This dress might be low in stock so also look at our picks for short sequin dresses)
Two-piece sequin cocktail dress ASOS Red Carpet Two Piece Sequin Dress
By now, you probably know there are very few lace cocktail dresses of this shape that I can resist. This pretty periwinkle blue is a great color for spring and summer weddings, and one of those great little dresses that can be suited to day or night events! Shoshanna Periwinkle Lace Sierra Dress from Rent the Runway.
I learned a few years ago that wearing a green dress to a wedding in the UK is seen as a no-no. I’m not sure if that rule still stands, but I’m glad it’s not a rule we follow here in the US, because I think green is a wonderful color to wear to weddings! Right now, I’m loving this green lace dress. It’s a little bit consverative and tailored, but that little panel of see through green lace keeps it fun and fresh! I love this dress as a great all-around wedding guest dress! Here’s another green dress I can’t resist!
Here’s another green dress I can’t resist! Y.A.S. Green Arcade Dress ( This dress is now low in stock, so check out these new picks for Green Dresses for Wedding Guests, or look at the new post for Spring Wedding Guest Dresses for 2016)
This Tadashi Shoji cocktaildress is my go-to classic lace cocktail dress pick. I very often recommend it for mothers of the wedding, but as you can see it is gorgeous dress for any stylish lady in any role at a wedding! It is a gorgeous cocktail dress and Nordstrom added so many new colors for spring!
Dressy Casual Dresses for May Weddings
The softly structured sundress is one of my favorite looks for casual daytime weddings. Floaty chiffon dresses in soft colors in a pretty midi-length are among my favorite picks for laid-back outdoor weddings at this time of year.
Maxi Dresses for May Wedding
Maybe you’ve been invited to a beach wedding in May? As you may know, I’m on a bit of a maxi dress kick here and I especially love this one for a beach chic look.
Dress it up with big statement earrings for a beach formal look, or dress it down with a casual look like this for a more relaxed beach wedding. Hunter Bell Camo Sea Maxi Dress at Rent the Runway. See our latest picks for more Beach Wedding Guest Dresses)
This is another dress that can go black tie, or to a beach wedding! Fame and Partners Floral Watercolor Gown available at ASOS ( More formal dress code dresses or beach chic looks here)
Another favorite for beach or outdoor weddings is a pretty maxi dress. These styles that can be made more formal with strappy sandals and some bold sparkling accessories or toned down for daytime with some simple studs and a long necklace.
Formal Gowns for May Weddings
On the more formal side of things, if you have been invited to a black tie wedding, I think spring is a wonderful time to wear a little bit of color in a full-length formal gown. It used to be that only neutral dark colors were recommended for the strictest black tie – and I’ve including one dark gown– but as we see on red carpets for awards and galas, a bit of color makes for some of the prettiest dresses. Here are a few I’m loving right now!
ASOS Fishtail Maxi Dress This navy blue gown is the modern take on conservative black tie. The tank style and criss-cross makes it a current look, while the fishtail hem gives plenty of glamour and formality. And one can never go wrong with navy blue! ( Also see this fabulous formal navy gown)
I love a lavender dress! A gorgeous color in a formal style is always lovely in my book for a black tie spring wedding. Vera Wang Chiffon Gathered Gown from Nordstrom
A gorgeous color, sweeping layers, and unique neckline! Minted Silk Gown From Anthropologie
What could be more spring-like than a hot pink dress? This gown reminds me of the Azaleas and peonies that start to bloom this time of year! Corundum Tourmaline Gown at Rent the Runway
Floral Dresses for May Weddings
Spring is also a wonderful time to trot out plenty of prints and floral patterns!
This floral maxi dress can work for nearly every type of wedding invitation – a semi-formal but daytime wedding, summery black tie, or beach formal weddings, and would be perfectly in place at a garden wedding as well! The pretty watercolor print in soothing colors and embellished neckline give this maxi dress a sophisticated twist! Eliza J Embellished Floral Maxi Dress from Nordstrom. ( If this one is out of stock, these Eliza J maxi gowns are so similar especially this one in pink print and blue print!)
Such a cute blue and white floral with a fun hi-low hem and full skirt! Chi Chi London High Low Hem Dress
And finally, a sure sign of spring – a rosey pink floral sundress, with pockets and ready for any wedding! Pink Floral Dress from ASOS This dress is in low stock so also try this similar style from ASOS or browse our picks for more floral dresses here.
If these picks didn’t fill your wedding attire needs for the month, check out the Wedding Guest Dress shop, where you can shop and browse by wedding style or color!
Also see our latest Spring Wedding Guest Dress
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