The Best Maternity Wedding Guest Dresses by Dress Code

June 4, 2018 by Rachel Aschenbrand-Robinson

Finding cute maternity clothes for every day can be tricky. Finding maternity wedding guest dresses that not only look stylish and feel comfortable but also suit the dress code? That can feel nearly impossible, especially when you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a maternity dress you’ll only wear once or twice before it no longer fits anymore.  Spoiler alert: It is possible. We’ve taken the liberty of showing you just how easy and affordable it is to rent the perfect looks for wedding season. Ahead, we’ve put together a dress code cheat sheet — complete with bump-friendly and stretchy styles that will have you feeling inspired (and ready to party).

1. White-Tie Maternity Gowns

This is as fancy as it gets — think state dinners and royal weddings. For a white tie wedding, you’ll want to choose from formal maternity dresses in floor lengths for the evening. Don’t be afraid to go all out with dramatic details and fabrics like sequins, lace, trains, and the like.

DRESS: BADGLEY MISCHKA, DRESS: NICOLE MILLER, DRESS: CARMEN MARC VALVO

2. Black-Tie Formal Maternity Dresses

Black-tie weddings call for fancier maternity occasion dresses like formal floor-length dresses or elegant cocktail dresses (that have some give, of course). Everything from a rich jewel-toned gown to a sequin sheath midi to a full-length off the shoulder maternity dress is appropriate — and stylish.

DRESS: LA PETITE ROBE DI CHIARA BONI, DRESS: DRESS THE POPULATION, DRESS: THEIA

3. Maternity Cocktail Dresses for Black-Tie Optional

The black-tie optional dress code is just a bit less formal than black-tie, so opt for a long dress rental, like a navy goddess gown or a black maternity dress in tea length. You can also try fancy separates for the occasion or a cocktail frock in a dressy fabric, like a burgundy lace maternity dress with long sleeves (the airy open fabric will keep you from overheating).

DRESS: TWOBIRDS, DRESS: ML MONIQUE LHUILLIER, DRESS: FUZZI

4. Dressy Casual Maternity Dresses for Semi-Formal

You can go with a shorter hem length for a semi-formal dress code, as in a maternity cocktail dress or a long evening skirt and top. If the nuptials are at night, try rich, darker hues like rust or burgundy for a more formal effect. For daytime weddings, opt for a lighter style in a softer color, like an airy pale blue floral dress.

DRESS: CINQ À SEPT, DRESS: JILL JILL STUART, DRESS: FLEURTINE

5. Cute Maternity Dresses for Festive Attire

If the invite indicates festive attire, feel free to have more fun with your look. Cute maternity dresses and even maternity jumpsuits in vibrant colors are perfect for this type of party — so don’t be afraid to rent bright flowy styles that fit over your bump with ease. Bold accessories are definitely on the agenda too, so get playful.

DRESS: THREE FLOOR, DRESS: CAROLINA K, DRESS: ELIZABETH AND JAMES

6. Casual Maternity Dresses

The casual dress code denotes a laid-back vibe, as in an outdoor or beach wedding, so your attire doesn’t need to be dressy — but it should be appropriate. Easy, effortless styles like boho print maternity summer dresses, floral sundresses, and cotton poplin dresses feel festive without looking too evening. Bonus: They’re also super comfy.

DRESS: REBECCA MINKOFF, DRESS: REBECCA TAYLOR, DRESS: TIBI