New fall wedding outfit and dress ideas for what to wear to a fall wedding! If you have a wedding to go sometime in September, October, or November – these looks will take you there in style.
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What to Wear to a Fall Wedding
Get the look: Casual: Wrap Dress: Leopard Print Wrap Midi Dress | Suit: Huge/Genius Trim Fit Dot Wool Suit | Floral Dress with Sleeves: Floral Print Faux Wrap Dress | Jumpsuit: Long Sleeve Red Jumpsuit
Semi-Formal: Green Pleated Dress: Green Romee Sleeveless Pleated Satin A-Line Midi Dress | Suit: Classic B Fit Solid Loro Piana Wool Suit from Nordstrom | Teal Lace Dress: Teal Lace Sheath Dress by Tadashi Shoji from Nordstrom | Red One Shoulder Dress: Yvonne Red Bow One-Shoulder A-Line Midi Dress from Dillards
Formal: Burgundy Gown: Wine Colored Ruffle Front Gown by Eliza J | Tuxedo: Russell Classic Fit Loro Piana Wool Tuxedo from Nordstrom | Navy Gown with Sleeves: Carmen Long Sleeve V-Neck Gown by Dress the Population | Green Halter Ballgown: Halter Neck Open Back A-Line Jersey Bodice Ballgown by Adrianna Papell from Dillards
This weekend marked the first official day of fall, so we thought it was high time to update this post with new dresses and looks for the fall 2019 wedding season. This blog is written from the Mid-Atlantic section of the United States, so our posts tend to follow the seasons we’re experiencing here during the fall season of September, October, and November. Your fall climate might be different!
Fall Weddings Mean Subtle Attire Changes
Just because cooler, shorter days are here, it doesn’t mean the weddings and receptions are slowing. Fall is nearly as busy as the late spring and summer for the wedding season! Fall fashion usually beckons us to wear darker colors and jewel tones, but as this crop of dresses will show you, it doesn’t mean that you need to be drab. There are plenty of cheerful and dynamic color choices that suit for autumn wedding attire.
Fall Wedding Attire Ideas by Dress Code
In general, our standard advice for wedding dress codes still stands for fall weddings. You’ll just want to add fall fabrics and some of the colors we’ve mentioned above and you’ll be well-dressed and wedding appropriate! We created the visual guide above, and have included some additional advice below. You might also want to add a wrap to wear as a wedding guest in case the temperatures fluctuate where you are.
Casual Fall Wedding Attire Guidelines
Casual daytime weddings call for more informal styles. For women, nice day or day-to-night dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, or separates like pants and a nice top, are the perfect things to choose from. Just be sure in styles that the styles aren’t too casual – just think something nice that is slightly is more elevated than your everyday work style. Men might wear a suit in a casual fabric, a blazer with dress pants, or — in some cases — a suit without a tie. Some very casual weddings don’t even require men to wear a tie or jacket; just a shirt and dress pants for very casual events. Check out this post if you need more ideas for what to wear to a casual fall wedding, or visit our section of casual wedding guest dresses to shop.
Semi-Formal Fall Wedding Attire Guidelines
If the invitation requests semi-formal attire or the wedding is held in the late afternoon with a reception starting in the early evening wedding are semi-formal attire is a safe bet! We find most weddings, are in this category. This means women should wear a dressy cocktail dress or a jumpsuit or pants and top in a special occasion fabric. Bring out some nice accessories and generally dress up. Men should wear a dark suit, with a shirt and tie and dress shoes. You can see more detail in this post about what to wear to a semi-formal fall wedding.
Formal or Black Tie Fall Wedding Attire Guidelines
If formal or black-tie attire has been requested, then women should wear a formal evening gown, dress, suit, jumpsuit, or formal separates (i.e. a top, skirts or pants in a special occasion fabric).
For men, formal attire is one level slight below black tie, which means a tuxedo might not be required, but a dark formal suit and tie is (and you may want to check the wedding website or speak to other people about what they are wearing, to be sure you won’t be the only one not wearing a tuxedo!)
Dresses and Suits to Wear to a Fall Wedding
Since this site is designed to be a shopping resource, we’ve collected some of the looks from this post -from casual dresses for daytime weddings, to the most formal gowns for black tie looks. Here’s your fall wedding attire guide, with dresses that are available to purchase for the autumn wedding season.
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If none of these work for your event, check out this section of fall wedding guest dresses.
More Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas for Fall Wedding Season
As we noted at the start of this article, this post was originally written in September 2015, but has been updated for September 2019.
Because of that, the dresses pictured found after this point are most likely out of stock or out of date. We’ve left the images here, just for continuity in case you’ve reached this post from an image Pinterest, and you’d like to check on the availability of a certain dress.
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Top Row: Lace Tulip Dress by Eliza J from Nordstrom 2. Tadashi Shoji Lace Dress in Starry Night from Nordstrom 3. Eliza J Purple Jacquard Dress from Nordstrom 4. Statuesque Dress by Sachin + Babi from Rent the Runway
Bottom Row: 1.Rory Beca Gown from Revolve ( Sold out, but check out Pretty by Rory (same designer) at Forever 21 2. Beaded neck jersey dress by Eliza J from Nordstrom 3. Rachel Comey Token Maxi Dress from Shopbop 4. One Shoulder Structured Gown by Halston Heritage from Shopbop
Dark Floral Party Dress
Dark florals are in for fall. This party dress is perfect for an evening cocktail wedding. Adrianna Papell Jacquard Multi Dress
For a daytime fall wedding. kate spade new york open back floral brocade dress
Navy Midi Dress with V Neck and Textured Fabric
Classic navy cocktail dress for fall. Simone Sheath Dress from Anthropologie
Green Lace Fit and Flare Dress
Light Blue Lace Fit and Flare Dress
A nice light turquoise blue is a good transitional color for early fall daytime weddings
Moody Dark Floral Maxi Dress
A dark floral gown with a bold print for fall.
One Shoulder Formal GOwn for Fall in Emerald Green
By Halston Heritage from Rent the Runway
An elegant statement for a black-tie fall formal wedding.
Teal Maxi Dress with High Low Hem
Beautiful color and style for semi-formal to formal fall events.
Purple Floral Jacquard Party Dress
Gold Knit Midi Dress
This gold metallic knit dress is one stylish way to be able to wear a sweater dress to a wedding and still look formal and elegant! See more dresses to rent for a wedding.
Black and Purple Fit and Flare Party Dress
One of our favorite fall looks for any wedding dress code. See more purple dresses to wear to weddings.
Strapless Formal Gown with Floral Print
For a black-tie fall event and a stunning statement gown.
Silver Halter Neck Short Fit and Flare Party Dress
Silver fit and flare by Yoana Barachi from Rent the Runway
Dark Blue Floral Maxi Dress
Plus Size Burgundy Gown with Keyhole Neckline
Keyhole maxi dress by Club L from ASOS
Purple Floral Ball Gown
For a modern and unforgettable black tie look. Monique Lhuillier Printed Gown from Rent the Runway
Yellow Maxi Dress with Flutter Sleeves
Maxi dress with flutter sleeve from ASOS
Burgundy Formal Gown with Sequin Detail
An elegant burgundy gown or a black-tie wedding. Deep color burgundy with a little sparkle is an ideal combination for fall. See more burgundy maxi dresses for weddings.
Gray Floral Fit and Flare Dress
Sweet silver dress for afternoon or semi-formal fall wedding. See more gray dresses to wear to a fall wedding.
Teal Jacquard High Low Dress
Perfect cocktail attire! Shimmering teal dress from Rent the Runway
Strapless Tea Length Dark Floral Party Dress
A gorgeous dark floral print for fall formals or winter parties. See more holiday party dresses!
Sequined Navy and Gold Dress for a Fall Wedding
Navy + Bronze Sequin Shift Dress by Vince Camuto from Nordstrom
One Shoulder Burgundy Dress
Blue, Gold and Purple Jacquard Dress
Teal and gold fit and flare from Slate + Willow available through Rent the Runway
High Neck Pink Party Dress
Coral Maxi Dress for Fall
This high neck style and almost-orange color makes coral the perfect transitional color to wear for an early September wedding.
A Dark Floral Dress for Daytime
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