Three Dresses to Wear To A Garden Wedding

We’ve been exploring what to wear to all the spring/ summer events. Last week we explored what to wear to a bridal shower. This week we will take a look at what to wear to a garden wedding. I’ve got three dresses to wear to a garden wedding as a guest.

Outdoor garden weddings have become quite popular.

Honestly, there’s no better way to witness a romantic sunset wedding than to be one with nature, is there? Is it the lovely blooms, beams of sunlight, color palettes, or the endless styling opportunities it offers that make a garden wedding so special?

garden wedding sign

Whether it’s set in a fancy botanical garden, an intimate backyard, or by the awe-inspiring mountainside, dressing up for a garden wedding can be just as creative, glamorous, and stylish as an indoor wedding.

What is the dress code for a garden wedding?

A garden wedding is one of the most enjoyable wedding dress codes to plan for. The dress code is still dressy but more laid back than formal indoor weddings.

Garden weddings are known for their soft, feminine, and romantic vibes. Before settling on what to wear to a garden wedding, keep in mind:

Is the garden under full sun or have a shade? What is the temperature like? Is the wedding more formal and coming up in a public outdoor garden? Or is it less formal, and the venue is just a private residence or a backyard garden?

Consider the location, weather, and time.

Before planning your outfit for a garden wedding, do your homework. Is it going to be cold? Bring a stylish cover-up or a light jacket. Will it take place in a grassy area? Instead of stilettos, opt for stylish sandals, wedges, or block heels—you wouldn’t want your expensive heels to sink in muck, would you? Consider putting boots underneath your maxi dresses for occasions on steep terrain.

Dress to impress—but stick to the dress code.

While garden weddings are generally more relaxed, always keep the dress code in mind. Long gowns are ideal for formal occasions, while cocktail dresses are safe for semi-formal occasions. Light and breezy Sunday dresses are ideal for casual, laid-back occasions. Slacks, skirts, jumpsuits, and pantsuits are also excellent options—just keep in mind that wearing denim jeans to a wedding is a no-no.

Have fun playing with colors, textures, and patterns!

Unless the invitation states that you follow a specific color palette, garden weddings are the perfect venue to experiment with earthy tones, springtime hues, dreamy tulles, romantic ruffles, and nature-inspired prints.

But while any hue that compliments the wedding theme is acceptable, white should be avoided at all costs. The color is reserved for the bride unless she specifically wishes that you arrive in white.

Also avoid wearing the same color as the wedding party if you can find out the wedding colors ahead of time.

That said, here are three dresses to wear to a garden wedding so you won’t have any problem looking stylish and appropriate!

Floral prints will always be a good choice for dresses to wear to a garden wedding.

A one-shoulder maxi-dress in a bright, whimsical floral prints would be a good choice for a summer garden wedding. This dress features a smocked top and flowy tiered bottom. Runs true to size (wearing a small.)

one-shoulder maxi dress for garden or summer wedding

Pair it with on trend clear strap block heel sandals and keep accessories minimal. Opt for a pair of fun statement earrings and no necklace.

bright floral one-shoulder dress

Dress- Amazon; sandals- Amazon; earrings- similar; option

Pastel colors are garden-inspired and always appropriate. Pastels with a floral print will ensure you are not dressed exactly the same as the wedding party should they wear the same pastel color.

pastel floral dress for garden wedding guest

Dress- Amazon; shoes- Target; earrings- Belk

Everthing about this v-neck, aline dress is flattering to most body types. The flowy, flutter sleeves are longer than on some summer dresses and offer coverage for troublesome upper arms. (Wearing a medium.)

pastel pink dress wedding guest outfit

This knit navy floral dress with wedge sandals would be perfect for a casual , backyard wedding.

navy floral dress for a garden wedding

Dress- Amazon; shoes- Amazon; earrings- Belk

This one is perfect for petites looking for a knee-length dress. The ruffle sleeves add a feminine touch and the vneck is universally flattering.

ruffle sleeve floral dress

Final thought

Even though a garden wedding may be more casual, you still want to dress up appropriately. These dresses wil be perfect for the occasion and can also be worn to a bridal shower, graduation or other celebratory event this summer.

three dresses to wear to a garden wedding