By Marina Liao
Every time I buy a dress for a wedding, I swear to myself I'll wear it again. What actually happens is this: I take several photos in it, the dress inevitably gets posted to social media, I get a few likes/comments, and now I'm too self-conscious to wear it again. With so many weddings on my docket in 2020 and beyond, if I end up buying a new dress every time, you can bet I'm looking for the most budget-friendly finds. Since I know I'm not alone in this boat (hello to all my spenders!), I've done my due diligence in seeking out some cute wedding guest dresses for under $130. Here's hoping I find a dress I can wear again and again (maybe that cape dress?), but if not, NBD. They were relatively inexpensive to begin with.
House of Harlow 1960 Onel Dress in Crimson Red
A Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress
For those who are too shy to wear a bright red dress to a wedding but love the color, try this darker crimson hue. The dress features three-quarter sleeves, pleated fabric, and a midi hem for you to show off your lace-up heels.
& Other Stories Velvet Side Slit Midi Dress
A Velvet Dress
Winter weddings are beautiful, but a little tricky to dress for as a guest. Velvet is a smart choice if you want to keep warm, but look ready for a party. Take a styling cue from this model and team your dress with tights and embellished sandals.
Boohoo Cape Sleeve Bodycon Midi Dress
A Cape Dress
If you're going for the wow factor, opt for a cape dress like this one. The silhouette is completely unexpected, which is why the royals love it, and gives off an air of elegance. You can wear this to a black-tie wedding, then repurpose for a cocktail event at work.
ASOS Design Paneled Satin Midi Dress With Cowl Back
A Cowl Neck Dress
Do a 360-degree spin on the dance floor in this dress. In the front you have a plunging neckline, and the cowl neck reveals the small of your back. All these details give the silky green number a dramatic flair.
Johanna Ortiz x H&M Long Dress With Scarf Collar
A Tropical Vibes Dress
Johanna Ortiz is known for her beautiful resort wear pieces, and she offered some budget-friendly options via her collab with H&M. This piece in particular suits the guest attending an outdoor wedding where greenery and florals will be in abundance.
Zara Organza Satin Effect Dress
A Ruffle Dress
Your MO is to always wear black—and that's okay, because there are LBDs like this to keep the look interesting. Take a peek at that asymmetric neckline with the dramatic ruffle wrapped around one shoulder. It's cool, right? Now we'll tell you something even better: It's under $50.
Capulet Camille Midi Dress in Tangerine
A Bright Colored Dress
I have a wedding in India in 2021 (yes, I'm already plotting what to wear) and I'm in love with the tangerine hue of this dress. For weddings that require colorful attire, you'll (ironically) blend right in with this piece.
H&M Calf-Length Dress
A Shimmery Dress
Go easy on the face highlighter, because this calf-length dress has all the shimmer you need. The emerald-like hue and silky sheen give this piece an expensive-looking feel for just $80.
WAYF The Angelique Strapless Tulip Gown
A Strapless Dress
You're looking for a wedding guest dress you can wear from season to season. Might I recommend you this strapless tulip gown in "dark orchid?" It comes in three wearable colors and shows off just the right amount of skin.
superdown Karlee Slit Maxi Dress in Royal Blue
A Thigh-High Slit Dress
The one-shoulder look is classic and safe, though there's nothing too safe about this dress, thanks to its sky-high thigh slit. If you're feeling adventurous with the dress code, go for it with this maxi dress.
Foxiedox Perita Midi Dress
A Printed Dress
You're looking for a printed dress that isn't polka dot or florals. This is your girl. The design is a little more abstract, yet satisfies your artsy soul. Style it with a bolero for a fancier touch.
ASOS Edition Kimono Sleeve Dress
A Kimono Sleeve Dress
This dress falls under the "sexy" category, so check with the bride before you go for that plunging neckline. If she's okay with it, add to cart immediately. I love every detail on this dress, from the magenta hue to the billowy sleeves.
Forest Lily Floral Wrap Maxi Dress
A Floral Dress
An autumnal floral print like this is the perfect way to show off your bold personality without pulling attention away from the bride. Wear to a wedding at the botanical gardens.
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