Chic Maternity Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Type of Affair

Whether you’re heading to a swanky reception or casual affair, we’ve got the perfect maternity wedding guest outfit for you.
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ByChristin Perry
Feb 2021
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If you’re anything like us, getting a wedding invite sends a thrill of excitement down your spine. But when you’re pregnant, finding the perfect maternity wedding guest outfit can be more than a little challenging. You want to look cute (of course), but these days comfort is key. Plus, the thought of dipping into countless stores to try on countless dresses can leave any woman feeling exhausted. Don’t sweat it. We’ve done the browsing for you and found 20 of the best maternity wedding guest dresses for every type of event.

Of course, some women are hesitant to invest a lot in a maternity wedding guest outfit they’ll wear only once. If you find yourself in that quandary, you’ll be happy to know there’s an option to rent gorgeous pregnancy wedding guest dresses! Rent The Runway has added maternity wear to its rotation. With an unlimited subscription, you can browse endless options for formal maternity dresses, cocktail dresses and more by trimester, then select four items to start with and get unlimited swaps throughout the month.

Formal Maternity Dresses for Black Tie Weddings

It’s hard enough to pick out the perfect outfit, but finding pregnancy wedding guest dresses fit for a formal event can really put the pressure on. Luckily, any of these gorgeous gowns will have you looking like the belle of the ball.

Photo: Courtesy Seraphine

With its vibrant red hue and lace shoulders, this striking floor-length gown is the perfect choice if you’re looking for maternity wedding guest dresses fit for a black-tie affair. Even better: The 100 percent silk will feel divine on your sensitive skin, and the empire waist and stretch back panel will keep you comfy enough to twirl your way around the dance floor.

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Buy it: Scarlet Silk & Lace Maternity Evening Gown, $499,

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Cut a striking figure in this form-flattering gown, a perfect choice for a fancy affair. With a lacy, off-the-shoulder top and sleek, floor-length skirt, it’s a standout among maternity wedding guest dresses. An oversized flirty bow is a dramatic touch that’ll highlight your growing bump.

Buy it: Everly Off-the-Shoulder Maternity Gown, $98,

Photo: Courtesy Pink Blush

When it comes to maternity dresses for special occasions, this formal gown from Pink Blush is both a pretty and practical pick. The beaded tulle cold-shoulder styling lends some festive flair, while the adjustable spaghetti straps and wrap v-neckline can comfortably accommodate your ever-growing bustline.

Buy it: Navy Chiffon Beaded Open Shoulder Maternity Evening Gown, $109,

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Channel your inner goddess with this ethereal evening gown—one of our favorite formal maternity dresses. The flowy silk skirt, lace bodice and jeweled belt that highlights your slimmest point will have you turning heads during any stage of your pregnancy.

Buy it: Blush Silk & Eyelash Lace Maternity Gown, $499,

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This beautiful navy lace gown is just begging to be taken out on the town. Thanks to its scalloped neckline, cap sleeves and bump-defining satin sash, it’s one of the most elegant formal maternity dresses around.

Buy it: Eden Lace Maternity Gown, $425,

Maternity Cocktail Dresses for Swanky Receptions

It may not be for a black-tie wedding, but your outfit should still be a knockout. These maternity cocktail dresses will do the trick.

Photo: Courtesy Isabella Oliver

Sometimes less is more when it comes to maternity wedding guest dresses, and this navy, knee-length number from Isabella Oliver is no exception. It keeps things classy with cap sleeves and subtle pleating to make room for your growing bump. Pair it with some sparkly accessories and strappy sandals and you have one gorgeous maternity wedding guest outfit.

Buy it: Blush Farah Maternity Dress, $209,

Rent it: Rent the Runway

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The best maternity cocktail dresses are sexy and slimming, and this fun LBD from Ingrid Isabel definitely delivers (pardon the pun). The rouching and stretchy jersey ensure a great fit for your growing bump while keeping things snug in all the right places. And that flirty shoulder ruffle adds just the right amount of flair.

Buy it: Shoulder Ruffle Maternity Sheath, $88,

Rent it: Rent the Runway

Photo: Courtesy Tiffany Rose

Maternity wedding guest dresses don’t have to be floor-length to be formal. For upscale receptions, this sexy shift dress from Tiffany Rose is a fabulous choice. The black and nude lace gives a polished evening look, and best of all, it’s stretchy for unbeatable comfort.

Buy it: Imogen Shift Dress, $225,

Photo: Courtesy Seraphine

This silky, flirty, floral dress is just the thing for a semi-formal wedding reception. It’s made of soft chiffon fabric that floats over your curves and is loose enough to last to the very end of your pregnancy. It’s one of those maternity wedding guest dresses that looks effortlessly chic—and we’re all about outfits that don’t require a lot of effort.

Buy it: Cherry Blossom Silk Chiffon Maternity Dress, $225,

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This simple, sleek sheath dress is made special thanks to the gorgeous rose shoulder detailing. The soft petal hue is sweet for expectant moms, but if pink isn’t your color, the dress also comes in black and navy.

Buy it: Pietro Brunelli Salisburgo Maternity Dress, $140,

Maternity Party Dresses for Festive Affairs

When the dress etiquette is a little more flexible, feel free to have fun with ruffles, florals and flirty necklines. You’re sure to find a winner among these festive maternity party dresses.

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This maternity wedding guest dress in cobalt blue is bound to be a show-shopper. The sleeveless cut and v-neckline in front and back give it a feminine touch, while the loose, flowy fit means you can freely enjoy the cocktail hors d’oeuvres. (Only fair, since the cocktails themselves are off the menu.)

Buy it: Janie Dress, $178,

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Show off your bump in this flared, form-fitting maternity dress. With fun details like the off-the-shoulders cut, ruffled cuffs and hem and white edging, it’s the perfect dress for pregnant party-goers. And with a little spandex added to the fabric blend, it’s got enough give to see you through all stages of pregnancy.

Buy it: Queen Bee Off Shoulder Pencil Dress with Fluted Hem Detail, $79,

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For your next nuptials, why not opt for a vintage-inspired look? This maternity dress has it all: a trendy design, a form-flattering cut, and a price tag that won’t break your wedding season budget.

Buy it: Maternity Midi Tea Dress with Godets in Floral Print, $60,

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This is one of those maternity wedding guest dresses that you can wear to any wedding, whether it’s being held at an upscale indoor venue or breezy outdoor garden. The stretchy fabric blend and bodycon cut help show off your curves without constricting you. Because even pregnant mamas have been known to get down on the dance floor.

Buy it: Queen Bee Pencil Dress in Yellow Floral Print, $72,

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By the end of the wedding, you’re usually dying to get out of your dress, right? Trust us, in this maternity party dress, you’ll wish the reception could last all night. It’s pretty, it’s polished, and it’s super-comfy for pregnant party-goers.

Buy it: The Cleo Dress, $288,

Casual Maternity Dresses for Laid Back Weddings

Attending a more casual wedding? Opt for one of these cute shifts or maxi dresses that’ll keep you comfy and looking fine.

Photo: Courtesy Rosie Pope

Maternity wedding dresses don’t have to be all glitz and glamor. Case in point: This Rosie Pope party dress in a pale pastel blue. It has a simple, airy silhouette that’s perfect for a growing bump, and a ruffled popover bodice for a subtly playful touch.

Buy it: Mia Maternity Dress, $178,

Rent it: Rent the Runway

Photo: Courtesy Ingrid & Isabel

Our list of chic wedding guest outfits wouldn’t be complete with a few maternity maxi dresses for wedding guests. You can dress them up or down, depending on your event, and feel easy-breezy throughout the whole affair. We especially love this maxi dress from Ingrid & Isabel, which has a smocked empire waist for added comfort and an interlocking lacing detail on the shoulders for a unique look.

Buy it: Smocked Empire Maxi Dress, $118,

Rent it: Rent the Runway

Photo: Courtesy Asos

This fun, floral maternity dress is just the thing for a casual wedding. The bright blue hue is appropriately festive, and you can’t go wrong with a knee-length cut. Even better? The smart design—with adjustable straps and a loose-fitting skirt—is great for any stage of pregnancy.

Buy it: Maternity Scuba Floral Cami Pleated Midi Dress, $72,

Photo: Courtesy Motherhood Maternity

Another one of our favorite maxi dresses for wedding guests, this sweet number features delicate spaghetti straps, intricate bodice detailing and a lovely lace trim. The A-line skirt keeps things easy-breezy, and the empire waist will see you through all nine months.

Buy it: Lace Trim Maternity Dress, $60,

Photo: Courtesy Hatch Collection

What would you say if we told you there are fabulous maternity wedding guest dresses you can wear even after baby arrives? Whether you’re sporting a bump or not, this Paola dress from Hatch is a stylish choice for laid-back affairs. The burnout fabric and drop skirt makes this dress a standout. Dress it up with heels and a clutch or down with a pair of cute sandals.

Buy it: The Paola Dress, $288,

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