23 New Year Eve Wedding Guest Dress Ideas for Women

New Year Eve Wedding Guest Dress Ideas: Attending a wedding on New Year’s Eve is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While weddings are usually joyous affairs, being the guest of one on NYE is an unforgettable occasion, made even more festive by the holiday it’s planned on. And that is all the more reason to pull out all the stops in order to discover the perfect NYE wedding guest dresses.

An NYE wedding is an extra glamorous affair, so feel free to dress up to your heart’s content. From velvet extravaganza to sequined glam, today’s article is all about what to wear to a New Year’s Eve wedding. I’ve rounded up 23 stunning ensembles that will hopefully inspire you in your quest to find the perfect dress!

What to Wear to a Wedding on New Year Eve?

If you are stuck on what kind of dress to wear (or not wear) or what the perfect color scheme is for your attire, then you are not alone. It can feel a little tricky trying to plan an outfit for a winter wedding, much less for one that takes place on one of the most famous holidays, renowned for its specific fashion norms. But that’s no reason to fret. In today’s post, you will find several gorgeous examples of what you could wear, plus tips and frequently asked questions so that you are as prepped and prepared as possible!

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Tips for What to Wear to a New Year’s Eve Wedding

Before we look at those beautiful wedding guest dresses, let’s go over some simple tips to keep in mind so you know what to wear to a NYE wedding… and what not to wear.

  • An NYE wedding is likely to be a little more glamourous than your typical wedding. Now is your opportunity to wear all the velvet, the sequins, the cocktail dresses, etc.
  • Consider the weather. Chances are, you are only going to be outside for brief periods (in between going from point A to point B, for instance) so you might want to bring a change of shoes (boots for outside, heels for inside, etc.) and switch them when nobody is watching.
  • If wearing a dress, consider tights or leggings (a dark sheer or opaque pair) for added warmth. Here are some tips on How to Wear Leggings Under A Dress.
  • If the weather is an issue, choose a stylish coat and make it a part of your outfit!
  • Jewel tones are perfect for an NYE wedding. Think deep blue, burgundy, deep green, etc.
  • Don’t wear white. Even though white is a traditional winter color, you never want to commit the faux pas of upstaging the bride.
  • Skip the florals… unless opting for florals in a wintry hue, like frosty blue, deep red, or a floral pattern on a black background.
  • Wear jewelry in gold or silver to accent your attire.
  • Skip the oversized purse for a classy clutch or a small designer-style purse.
  • Go glam with your hair and makeup. Aim for glossy hair and an evening makeup look. If you love a smoky eye or a red lip, now is the time to rock it.

Now, here are 23 beautiful NYE wedding guest outfit ideas!

23 – Velvet Wedding Guest Dress

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to finding the perfect NYE wedding guest dress, start looking at velvet dresses. Velvet is a sumptuous material that you can wear in deep green, burgundy, royal purple, or black for a classic and elegantly glamorous style. There are many styles of velvet dresses to choose from, so pick what suits you best and pair it with pumps and a red lip for a sophisticated, beautiful ensemble.


22 – How to Style a New Year’s Eve Wedding Guest Dress

There are five components of a successful and stylish ensemble for a wedding. They are: hair, makeup, accessories, dress (or outfit), and shoes. Pay attention to each one of those components so that you can create a beautifully finished look.

  • Start with your dress or outfit and then move on to shoes.
  • You want your look to be dressy, but not super formal (unless otherwise stipulated on the invitation). High heels are your best bet, but if you plan on dancing, you may want to consider a more forgiving shoe.
  • Then, pick out your accessories: make sure they complement your outfit so as not to not clash with it.
  • Lastly, decide what hairstyle you want to do, and settle on your makeup look as well.

Here is a great example of a cohesive, well-styled look that is both classy and perfect for a NYE wedding.

21 – Where to Buy Formal NYE Wedding Guest Dresses?

Trying to find the perfect dress can be just as stressful as deciding what style and look you want to go for. Let’s eliminate that stress, shall we? Here is a list of where you can find formal wedding guest dresses, both in stores and online. Check them out:

  • Nordstrom
  • Burlington
  • Dillard’s
  • Macy’s
  • Lulu’s
  • Chicwish


20 – How to Dress for a New Year’s Eve Wedding at Night?

Something to consider about an outfit for any NYE celebration is the fact that most women will probably be rocking sequins. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you are looking for something a little different – or you are simply not a fan of the sequined look in general – then you might consider going with a super classic red frock. It gives a nod to the holiday without going overboard. Add gold accessories and nude sandals to tie it together.

19 – Sequins, Sequins, and More Sequins

Then again, how often do we really get the chance to shamelessly rock sequins? If you are of that opinion, then I say go for it. Here’s a great midi dress that you can accessorize with a black handbag and classic Sam Edelman heels. Here are some more of my favorite Sequins Outfit Ideas.


18 – Wintry Blue Florals on Purple

Another way to guarantee you will stand out amidst all that shiny velvet and sparkle is to wear something totally unexpected: like this maxi dress of purple and white with frosty blue flowers scattered over it. (Since the white is contained in just the upper part of the dress, you can get away with it.) It’s sure to be a conversation starter, which can be a big plus at a wedding.

17 – New Year’s Eve Wedding Guest Cocktail Attire

If you are still keeping your eye out for the perfect dress that also suits your personality and the look you want to convey, consider a cocktail dress. This gold bodycon dress is fun and fabulous and looks great with a red lip too.


16 – New Year’s Eve Wedding Guest Dress Plus Size

I always say that if you are looking to create a streamlined silhouette, no matter your shape or size, look to emphasize the waist. You can do this by cinching it or opting for a dress that does the cinching for you. Like this one. This is also a great dress for rounder figures due to the v neck and the wrap-front style. The sash at the waist knots right where that wrap-top meets, making it visually slimming and very chic. If you like this look, then you must check out these chic Ways To Wear A Green Velvet Dress.

15 – Chic Burgundy Jumpsuit With Glittery Heels

But what if you are just not into the idea of wearing a dress? Not to worry, that’s where a jumpsuit can provide the perfect solution. I like the idea of a jumpsuit for a wedding because you can dance around in it and feel totally comfortable, all the while looking just as feminine and classy as any dress-wearing goer. This satin-finished jumpsuit is perfection itself with a cinched waist and long sleeves gathered at the cuffs.


14 – Simple Dark Blue Velvet Dress

Do you love a more understated style? Consider a simple velvet dress in a dark hue of blue. Wear with minimal accessories and nude heels for a chic, elegant look. Add a shawl or wrap to keep warm.

13 – Beaded Dress With Feathers

An NYE wedding is the perfect opportunity to give vent to an artistic flair. This statement-making frock is utterly unforgettable from its beaded pattern to its layers upon layers of faux feathers. However, if you can’t find one like it, consider other adventurous options like lace or faux fur, or tulle. As long as it expresses your personality, it’s sure to be a hit.

12 – Magical Maxi Dress and Ankle Strap Heels

Many would find this style dress just a tad too revealing for a proper wedding… even one that takes place on NYE. But I included it because the color is just so pretty, and that skirt is totally mesmerizing. It’s a great example of the type of color and material that works well for a NYE celebration. But, truth be told, it’s not very practical. Personally, I would layer the top half so as to cover my midriff – and keep from freezing to death!


11 – Glitzy, Glam Sequin Dress

Part of the fun of NYE is how sparkling, shiny, and glitzy it can feel. Newness is in the air, and all that joyous feeling is ten times better when combined with the felicitation of a wedding. Play up that feeling by indulging in some glitter. Whether that’s through some glittering shoes or a sequined dress, you will feel like a million bucks either way.


10 – What Shoes To Wear?

Deciding on the right footwear for a wedding can be tough. After all, you want to look dressed up and elegant… but you also don’t want to be stuck shuffling with aching feet on the dance floor all night. So, my advice is to go for a conservative heel and consider one that features an ankle strap. The ankle bit makes it a tad more secure and it will be less likely to fall off your foot if you do dance.

9 – Floral Maxi Dress

Another example of a floral dress you could wear for a holiday-themed wedding is this one right here.


8 – Accessories to Wear with NYE Wedding Guest Dresses

Your accessories should always complement your look. These can be gold or silver jewelry, a glittery clutch, and maybe a pretty hairpiece. Don’t go overboard though. A pair of earrings and a necklace is perfectly suitable.


7 – Champagne Dress With Black Heels

This dress is so chic and pretty, perfect for wearing on more than one occasion.


6 – Black Tie Wedding Guest Dress

If attending a black-tie wedding, going in chic, elegant black attire is perfect. I adore this dress with its square neckline.

5 – Dresses for New Year’s Eve 2021

This off-the-shoulder velvet dress is a stunner paired with platform sandals.


4 – Red Dress With Bow Strap Heels

Bring some of the holiday cheer with you in a glamorous wine red dress. Complete the look by going for one of these Makeup & Hairstyle Ideas to go with Red Dresses.


3 – Glam Wedding Guest Dress

When it comes to sequins, there are really so many options out there. If you haven’t found the right dress for you yet, don’t give up! There’s bound to be a fantastic option out there somewhere.


2 – For Women Over 50 & Mother of the Bride

This absolutely stunning mother of the bride gown is as unforgettable as any white wedding dress. Make your daughter proud with this full-length gold dress paired with heeled sandals.


1 – With Tights & Booties

Last but not least, here’s a perfectly stylish, beautiful ensemble that has all the best elements of a classic NYE wedding outfit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about New Year’s Eve weddings and what to wear to them.

Q. What should I wear to a New Year’s Eve wedding?

As shown in this article, nailing the perfect wedding guest outfit for an NYE wedding is all about glamour and sparkle. This could mean a beautiful sequined cocktail dress, a shimmery satin slip, or a classy jewel-toned jumpsuit. Add some classic pumps or heels and you are halfway there. Of course, you must take the weather into account so consider the location and the temperatures when planning your attire and adjust accordingly.

Q. Is it appropriate to wear black to a New Year’s Eve wedding?

Absolutely. Unlike weddings that take place at other times of the year, a wedding on NYE is a more glamorous affair as NYE is smack dab in the middle of winter and a big holiday to boot. While it would look a tad odd to show up at a spring or summer wedding in a black frock, you can most definitely wear one to an NYE wedding. Try and add some accent jewelry and consider a metallic heel to bring some glitz into the look.

Q. What to wear to a winter wedding?

A winter wedding may require that you add a few layers to your wedding guest attire. However, the fun part about dressing up for a winter wedding is that you have all these “winter colors” to play around with. Deep jewel tones, metallic colors like gold and silver, and a range of lovely materials as well, like satin, velvet, and cashmere. While you might have to get creative with layering and such, you can still wear your choice of dress and heels, provided you don’t have to do much traveling out of doors.

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