Cocktail dresses for weddings are usually short and elegant dresses that are worn to wedding receptions or other semi-formal events. They are typically knee-length or shorter, and are often made of luxurious fabrics such as silk or satin.
While they are not as formal as a floor-length gown, cocktail dresses for weddings are still typically quite dressy and are often embellished with beads, sequins, or other sparkling details.
20 Best Cocktail Dresses For Weddings
1. Dress The Population Women’s Tiffany One-Shoulder Midi Sheath Dress – Black – Size Xs
The Tiffany is an elegant asymmetrical dress made in our stretch crepe material in Black. A large bow drapes over the single shoulder strap. The form-fitting silhouette has a straight, midi-length skirt that tapers in at the waist completed with a back slit.
An elegant one-shoulder neckline and figure-hugging silhouette style a sophisticated midi dress with two panels that cascade over the single shoulder.
Simple, chic dress with a slightly flirtatious neckline. Perfect length to keep the dress ‘classy. ’ I ordered an XL, as I normally do with DTP dresses to accommodate my upper half. The top part of the dress has boning which helps provide structure and support.
The skirt still fits nicely and lays over my body without being too snug. Great dress. I would definitely recommend it. The material, cut, silhouette makes this a timeless piece that you’ll be able to wear for years to come.
As others have stated, the material around the arms restrict movement a little. I was still able to maneuver without any issues. For reference, I am 5’7”, 38DD, 32 waist, 185lbs and the XL fit just fine (with a tiny bit of extra room in the skirt).
I am a true size 12/L in most other brands. In my experience with DTP dresses, the bottoms fit TTS. If you are a little bit wider/heavier from the waist up, consider sizing up 1 size and then altering/tailoring the skirt to your liking.
The dress is nice enough. I’m typically between a M and a L on Dress the Population. Some dresses I’m a solid M, other times I’d fit better in a L and then tailor it in (for reference, I’m 5’4 and weigh 150 pounds but I have a fair amount of muscle).
The M was probably just a bit too tight on me but its a super flattering shape that holds you in. It hugs your curves and gives you a nice silhouette. The problem is the color. I ordered Dark Magenta thinking it would look like the picture on the internet.
It doesn’t. Its a true, jewel toned purple. Not flattering color for me. So the stars I dinged are more for the fact that they wildly mis-represented the color. BTW they make this dress in a “poppy” color that looks like an orange.
Its not. Its red with just the slightest tinge of orange in it that you can only see if you hold it up against something that is fire engine red. In short : BEAUTIFUL dress but you need to like the true colors it comes in.
Even though I did return the Tiffany Dress, I am still giving a 5 star rating due to the customer service experience. I had initially ordered a XS, but when I received the dress it was a S. The size S dress was to big.
The tag on the outside of the dress indicated that it was a XS, but the sewn in tag was a S. I emailed the customer service department and a hassle free immediate exchange was made. Within several days the new dress, size XS arrived.
From the waist down the dress fit perfectly, but it was too tight at the top. It was extremely difficult for me to get it zipped up, and then try to breathe! It is a beautiful dress and the quality of the material was great.
I so much wanted this dress to fit. It is just not meant for my body type. For reference I am 5’2 1/2″ and weigh 109 pounds. If it would have fit, I would have needed to get it hemmed, but that would not have been a problem.
I do have more of an athletic build with a wide back. Thanks again to the customer service department for such an efficient experience!.
An iconic sleeveless fit-and-flare silhouette, accented with refined floral embroidery and an illusion neckline. The soft, mid-length skirt flares gently, perfect for showing off summer sandals. This will be your new wedding guest go-to!.
This dress is gorgeous! The fit is flattering and true to size. There is just enough sparkle to make it glamorous without being over the top. I think the peachy blush color is very pretty, but didn’t work with my skin tone.
The embellishments also make it a bit itchy. Might not bother everyone, but wanted to mention it.
Beautiful dress! Shiny, but not too much. I will use it for a wedding in Italy. I am a size 12-14 and tall 1. 70 m and I bought a 14. It is just perfect. It goes slightly below my knees and it’s just slightly large on my belly.
The Catalina is a crepe cocktail dress with a fit and flare silhouette and a v-neckline that flatters all body shapes. The bodice is fitted and tapers in to hug the waist, and the knee-length skirt is playful but polished.
This pine green sleeveless dress has modest straps wide enough to cover the shoulders and two side pockets. The signature drape of sleek crepe fabric is the raison d’etre of this elegant fit-and-flare dress featuring always-welcome pockets.
This dress is beautiful and well made, but unfortunately it didn’t work for my body. For reference, I’m about 135lbs, 5’4”, and my measurements are 32DD, 26, 40. I’m curvy, so body con dresses are hit or miss.
I own other dresses in this brand in a size small that fit great; however, a size small didn’t work this time. I had a hard time zipping once I got closer to my shoulder blades. Even with that issue, my waist to hip ratio resulted in a strange pleating and extra fabric at my stomach.
Given the fit issue with my waist/hips, I know sizing up will only result in the waist being too large. I will continue to buy from this brand because I love the dresses, but only some will work for my body.
I am 5’6” and 155 #, 36D, and I am fairly well proportioned with curves on the bottom. I have an athletic build and actually have a nice waist. I ordered a large and didn’t like the fit on me at all.
It is really heavy fabric…. it’s a very heavy dress for summer. I should probably know better than to order fit and flare b/c it did absolutely nothing but accent all the wrong things. The large was too big for me, and I think the medium would be too tight.
I think my height and weight is definitely between sizes for this manufacturer. It is a well made dress…. just not the right fit for me. It looks great on a much thinner model.
Beautiful dress! I recommend 💯 so sexy and flattering! I bought a size “L” and it fit amazing. Could be a bit tighter on the waist/bust, but there are adjustable straps so that works for me or just wear a push up bra.
The measurements are pretty proportionate all around. I am a pear shape so I do have bigger hips that’s why I usually have to go with a large. I could of got away with a “M” for a more tighter look. I am 178lbs, 5″8, 36C for reference.
I would say it fits true to size. I usually wear a M/L or size 10 in dresses.
From Honey and Rosie, this dress features:scuba crepe fabric – Deep V-necklinespaghetti straps – Zip-back closureillusion lace bralette back with cutout Double hem – Approx. 29 1/2″ lengthpolyester/Spandexhand wash – Imported.
Above Knee,Blue,Fit and Flare,Polyester/Spandex,S,Sleeveless,V-Neck Perfect for homecoming, prom, quinceanera, bat mitzvah and special events. , Color: Navy, Material: Blend, Pattern: Multi.
Pros: flattering style for most body shapes, and the teal color is lovely and a nice change from all the wine, navy and black. This would be great for graduations or a day wedding, but maybe not dressy enough for the current homecoming trends full of bling.
Cons: there’s no need for the padded inserts to be as thick as they are. The dress is for a 14 year old, and the bulky cup caused a poor fit. My daughter tried on this dress in two different fabrics, and the plain fabric (as opposed to the glitter-covered one) fit a little bigger.
Bought this dress for prom for my daughter and it was a dream! the crepe was very forgiving of wrinkles, the adjustable straps made it fit her 5’3 size XS frame perfectly (we slid them all the way to the front and the clasps were not noticeable, but kept it from being too low cut on her tiny frame), and the lace back gave it a great ‘wow’ factor.
As other reviewers said, the built-in padding made it just fine without a bra. She got tons of compliments–not easy to do prom dress shopping totally online in the era of COVID, but this was a big win!.
The zip on the lace back does not go all the way down. This makes it very hard to even get into the dress if you have a hourglass figure because you have to either get your hips or shoulders through the tightest part of the dress.
Also the purple color is more plum or wine colored than it appears on the site.
Make a sophisticated statement wearing this plus sizeblack tie dresses. This plus size formal Wedding Guest Dresses features a sparkling sequinoff the shoulder top and gorgeous tulle layers. This plus size formal eveing dress is perfect for any occasions.
– Fit: Please refer to Size Chart. – Closure: It is Concealed a Zipper Up The Back. – Undergarments: It is Padded, without Lining. – Fabric: Shell:100%Polyester,? Lining:100%Polyester. – Stretch: Fabric is No Stretch.
I ordered the dress and had it sent to my sons house. When I got there , tried the dress on in case of minor (fingers crossed) alterations could be done. It fit perfectly! Was worried it would be to short (I’m 6’) as most dresses are.
The dress fit to a tee! I added a small flesh colored panel to the plunge neckline but otherwise no issues! I received many compliments and many ladies asked where I got it. I have to say sizing is very true to size, quality was fantastic and was exactly what I hope it be.
The ad for this store came across my facebook. I’m always skeptical about buying clothes from any place on facebook. After looking at the website, we loved the wide variety of dresses and colors. My daughter chose one and for less than $50, I could not pass up that deal.
The dress came quickly, fit her correct size, and was absolutely beautiful. I will definitely order from them again in the future. She looked stunning for her first ever dance. Thank you so much! Momof7!.
The dress was beautiful; it arrived on time and in excellent condition; it fit perfectly. It was modest yet beautiful. Very appropriate for a 16 year old. Made prom a huge success. after reading other reviews I agree that the dress did run a little small.
The color was true to the picture! Thanks Ever-Pretty!.
Little black dress with long sleeves and flared skirt looks gourgeous and makes the silhuette slimmer/ Premium italian costume fabric in a deep color with a little glint. Extraordinary high neckline, flared skirt with inverted front pleat.
There are elegant cuffs on the long sleeves. The dress is decorated with high-quality metal buttons.
I ordered this beautiful purple dress for my sister’s wedding and I had one wish. I needed to have long sleeves to hide my tattooes. The store owner was really kind and he changed the style for me. I love how elegant this dress is and people loved it so much! I can’t wait to buy more items from this store!.
Extremely well made, high quality fabric, and impressive tailoring! This dress was everything I hoped for and very professional! Extremely easy transaction, just know, coming from another country, may take a couple of weeks, excellent communication with the seller,.
Short, sweet and unique, exquisitely patterned handsewn beadwork dances all over a layer of luxe mesh. Were obsessed with the illusion cut out crew neckline and short sleeves. This sparkling cocktail dress ensures you’ll turn heads at cocktail parties, wedding receptions and any night that calls for a toast.
Beautiful dress and good quality. Extra sequins are a plus; however all seem to be intact on receipt. It’s perfect for mother of the bride. Plus size is a wonderful and comfortable option for fuller figures.
I’m 5’4” and find the dress a tad too long, even for a midi-length. While the length description of midi and hitting mid calf is clear, I’d prefer the just below the knee length shown on the model. The photo is a bit deceptive, though it does say the model is 5’8”.
It would be helpful to show how it looks on several heights because it’s hard to visualize how different it can look. Not sure the dress can be shortened due to embellishments, but it’s not a deal-breaker for me.
Love it! The color was perfect, ice blue. The dress was beautifully made with a quality zipper (so important). The fit was true to size. I I was unsure if the unfinished tulle hem was for alteration purposes, or if that was the design of the garment.
The length was fine, so I wore it unfinshed. I felt confident and fantastic. I can’t wait to have an opportunity to wear it again!.
The dress was lovely, fit well, looked nice until I moved. The sequins and pearls were sewn on with thread that appeared to be dry rotted. I wore it for a vow renewal ceremony. Every move I made, pearls or sequins fell off – beads dropped as I walked, sat down or hugged guests.
It was humiliating. I have included pictures of the dress as well as a picture of some of the beads and sequins my guests handed to me as they fell off throughout the night. So embarrassing!.
I love this dress and look forward to wearing it to a wedding this summer. Everyone I showed it to loved it also. Many of my friends are going to attend this wedding and are looking for dresses and I told at least 10 women to go to Dillard’s website and they did!!!.
This is a gorgeous dress! I ordered a Rose in a size 6 and it’s perfect. In fact since I am so short (4′ 10″) the dress falls to just below my knees. It is a beautiful color and is extremely comfortable.
I have been trying to order a Navy but they appear to be sold out, wish they would make some more!.
An open back completes the chic design of this cape-sleeve dress. V-neck Elbow-length flutter sleeves Back zipper Open back Back vented hem Lined Polyester/spandex Machine wash Imported SIZE & FIT About 44″ from shoulder to hem Model is 5’9″ and wears a size Small.
I had been admiring this dress for sometime and was so happy they brought it back in my size in the red. The dress is exactly as it is shown in the picture and it shows off your curves and hits right below the knee which I find to be very elegant.
Standing 6’2 this is also a plus. 🙂 I definitely would recommend women purchase the dress!.
One shoulder midi dress is perfect for your dressy occasions. The midi bodycon dress features a high quality satin material with a one-shoulder design, ruched detail and a bodycon fit. It can be used as Wedding Guest Gress.
Match the one shoulder mini dress with high heels, handbag and shiny accessories for a chic look.
My wife loved this dress. This is a comfy party dress and for this price is really a steal deal. I was not expecting it to be so good. My wife tried them and it is super soft and comfy. My 2 cents below: Pros: – Super stretchable and soft fabric material – Very comfy on wearing it – The design looks very classy – Multiple color options are available – Fits very well.
Accurate to size chart – Machine washable – Very reasonably priced Cons: – Silky fabric material hence the tie loosens always – Slit is very wide so the tall person should take care.
Romanced by a ruffle, this strappy sheath is just the thing for spring’s occasions or no occasion at all. It’s fitted to perfection, creating a sleek column effect you’ll love. Pair it with pumps or strappy sandals for classic elegance.
This dress is amazing. I honestly have a hard time liking myself in anything, and I love my body in this amazing dress. I tend to be about a size 6, at 5’4 and about 138 lbs. I’m also a bit busty at 32F.
This dress managed to make all the things I like about my body, which are few and far between, shine, and all the things I don’t like, which are many, disappear. Please make it in every color imaginable.
I purchased this dress recently for a dressy family event and it was spot on! It’s timeless, class and looks stunning on. I’m 5’7″ 115 pounds and 34C. My normal WHBM size 2 fit perfectly. Did not hug too tightly or too close to the body so didn’t show every imperfection like a “bodycon” or “ribbed” type of dress and “undie” lines did not show.
The fabric is a lightweight matte jersey and super comfortable. I truly felt like a million bucks in this dress and my husband and family loved it on me (including my younger, gorgeous, fashion trending nieces)!.
I have a cruise coming up and it is part business/part pleasure. This piece will certainly fit my needs. The length is perfect on me, just dropping below the knee. The ruffle adds some sophistication, as the crowd I will be with is of mixed ages.
I feel covered, but still attractive in it. Thanks, white house /black market AND THE CUSTOMER SERVIVE HERE WAS INCREDIBLE!.
Love this dress. Wore it to a business meeting. Got complements left and right. Very comfy too, loose fit but that’s the style of the dress. I’m going to see if they have it in other colors love it that much.
I absolutely love this dress! The sizing is certainly not what Karl Lagerfeld’s website says the sizing is!!!! Way too small! However, I’m hoping with a shaper,it will fit for my granddaughter’s upcoming wedding!.
Gorgeous!!! It is a very unique dress. What I love is that the ruffles on the bottom do not loose their shape even after being in luggage and sitting on them for a wedding ceremony and dinner. HIGHLY recommend.
I am usually a size 10 or 12, and I found a size 12, which was the last one at the store so I didn’t get to try on the next size down. Felt a little loose but it gave me enough room to breathe, dance and move freely without feeling constricted.
A modern and sophisticated style, Elliatt’s Reception dress is tailored with a faux-wrap bodice and peplum detail, accented with cascading ruffles front the front. A modern yet playful style, this piece is completed with a front slit and a row of decorative buttons at the back zip.
Asymmetric neckline Sleeveless Concealed back zip closure Back button detail Peplum waist Cascading ruffles at the side of waist Front slit Main: 100% polyester Lining: 92% polyester/8% spandex Hand wash Imported SIZE & FIT About 46 from shoulder to hem Model shown is 5’8 (173cm) wearing size Small.
Women > Women’s Clothing > Dresses > Cocktail & Party Dresses. ELLIATT. Color: Black. Size: XS.
Please do not hesitate. This dress is stunning and you will be the belle of the ball. It is true to size but depending on your body type, you may need to size up or down. I suggest going into the store to try your size on if you can.
I’m 5’7” 180lbs. I wear a Large and I purchased a Large. It was very snug at my hips and snug in the bust area. I will take it to have it altered a bit. You will also need to add a hook and eye at the top of the zipper so that the zipper stays up.
You will get a lot of compliments in this dress. I am full figured and it was very flattering on me. Have it steamed really well before you wear. It wrinkles easily! Gorgeous dress for sure!.
The silhouette of this dress is stunning. I really like the geometric detail on the bust line and the ruffle adds glamor but is not overdone. The hemline as well, gives interest. The fabric is on the heavier side, and is a matte.
I gave this 4 stars because of the fabric being less than luxurious, but it’s really a very flattering dress. I’m 5’6” 135 lbs and the small fit me.
This dress is truly beautiful. The angles, back buttons, slit are unique. This dress will turn heads. I’m hoping more stock is coming in. I have the cobalt and would love the black, too. This is designer beauty.
BSD9006 | Rosette Sleeve Party Dress This cocktail dress is a statement piece that adds color to your closet; wear it to celebrate springtime. The beauty of a flower in bloom is captured in the stunning sleeve design.
Product Features Rosette sleeves are the highlight of this piece, adding drama to the simplicity of this fitted, above-the-knee look. Specifications BSD9006 Rosette sleeves Above-the-knee length Material: Scuba | 92% polyester 8% spandex Spot clean Imported | Badgley Mischka Rosette Sleeve Party Dress in Deep Coral.
This dress is absolutely magnificent! The color is a beautiful Einter white. The detailing on the shoulders is fabulous. This is about my third Bagley M. Dress that I own. I always get great compliments every time I wear this designer.
I plan to continue to purchase this designer. The fit is impeccable!.
The simple elegance of this timeless body con style is delightfully enhanced by the gorgeous rose on each sleeve. The rose is constructed in a way that it curves beautifully and is visible from any angle of view.
I ordered up one size to an 8 and it holds the shape of the body con dress style, it does not cling or reshape. In other designer dresses I wear a 6 and I can still wear my size 4 Aidan Mattocks, but a 8 in this dress looks the way I want it to look.
I would highly recommend this dress. It is beautiful, the style is flattering and coral color not too bright. I am 5 feet 2 inches, 100 pounds and the size 2 forts like a glove. Runs true to size. Great for a cocktail party or wear it as a wedding guest.
Purchased this for a formal family wedding. It’s a beautiful dress! I bought a size up, because my size was unavailable. It fit pretty well, I think it’s cut a bit small. But it was very comfortable, I was glad to have the additional room.
I altered the dress in the shoulders and took 7″ off the length of both the lace and the lining at the hem. I’m 5’8″ and usually have a problem with clothing being too short, if anything. This dress was really really long! Once altered, it fit well and again, it was SO comfortable.
I would not advise altering it yourself unless you are pretty experienced as a seamstress, as the lace is not a beginners project. It was a rather pricey dress, but the quality of the gown definitely made the outlay more tolerable.
I bought this dress (and several others) in anticipation of being matron of honor for my sister’s upcoming wedding. Its absolutely lovely and the lace is much nicer than if this were beaded. It has a good deal of “stretch” but doesn’t look “tight”.
I am a true 8 and I purchased it in a 6, as recommended by others. Its a PERFECT fit. ONE NOTE: I absolutely abhor anything near my neck and the lace is near there, but tolerable:).
The dress is gorgeous. however I bought it because of the neckline and how different it looks on the model (the way it curves in at the neck). However, when I tried it on I didn’t get the same look. I am bigger then the model and I have broad shoulders so maybe that makes a difference.
But I still love and will still keep the dress. I even bought the same style in a different color.
Bronx and Banco Megan lace cocktail dress with a tiered skirt and ruffle trim Jewel neckline; mesh V neck illusion Long puff sleeves Mesh keyhole at back Hem falls above the knee Fit-and-flare silhouette Zipper in the back Polyester Dry clean Imported.
Lovely dress and fabric is not what you see every day. Runs small and would certainly fit better for a slim body, I am voluptuous and so it made me look heavier and overly done. gorgeous for a thin and younger person.
An absolutely beautiful dress. The nude liner underneath the sleeves was a little a bit constricting, but the dress is so well-made and flattering. In the end I decided to return it–only because I tend to flee from anything pink.
If it came in another color I would have kept it for sure!.
An off-center hemline and a halter neck make an artfully modern statement on this satin cocktail dress that will catch compliments. 34″ to 44″ center front length (size Medium) Hidden back-zip closure Halter neck Sleeveless, with cutaway shoulders Lined 97% polyester, 3% spandex Dry clean or hand wash, line dry Imported Women’s Clothing.
The color is great, the fabric is very nice. The cut is very unique revealing enough leg and body to be sexy yet still age-appropriate. My only problem with the dress is that for fuller busted women, the sizing is tough.
The bottom skirt fits me great, but the zipper where my bus line meets the zipper line is snug. Might have to return, but I really wish I could keep it! Would go great with simple slide sandals.
Wore this for Valentines Day. Cute red silk dress. I have to say the waist and the length of the dress is perfect. My only problem is that the neck is way too loose. I tried to put a pin in the back as some did but the cowl neck is just way too loose/big which is unflattering.
Might have to skip this one! Wore an oversized blazer so it didn’t really show.
Details – Black mini dress – Fabric has stretch, fitted bodycon style Mesh long sleeves with a square neck and ruched fabric Pair this dress with heels and a necklace – Lined 92% polyester, 8% elastane Size small from shoulder to hem: 35″Material and Care94% polyester, 65% elastane – Hand wash, line dry Patterns may vary – Materials may have natural variations – Colors may vary from different viewing devices.
This dress fits perfectly like a glove! I’m so excited to wear this on vacation! I saw mikayla on TikTok wearing this and I instantly went and bought it!!! The only con I can say is when you’re in Zipping up the dress be very careful you don’t snag the sheer at the top because I almost did but I think it came that way zipped up into the zipper so be careful!!.
Bridal shower? Cocktail party? This pretty dress has you covered. Fully lined, it features embellished chiffon fabric, an on-trend ruffle skirt, belted waist tie, cami straps and a deep V-neckline, you’ll be turning heads everywhere you go.
I purchase this dress for my senior pictures and let me tell you OH MY GOD! I got so many compliments when we were taking the pictures and so many people asked where I got it from. I highly suggest buying this dress because of not only the quality of the dress but how versatile it can be.
For example i wore Nike air forces with a cardigan and white heels with a couple pieces of jewelry.
There are many different types of cocktail dresses that can be worn to weddings. It really depends on the formality of the wedding and the style of the dress. A little black dress is always a classic choice, but there are many other colors and styles to choose from as well.
If the wedding is more formal, then a longer, more elegant dress may be appropriate. If it is a more casual affair, then a shorter dress or even a skirt and top may be a better option. It is important to consider the overall theme and feel of the wedding when choosing a cocktail dress to ensure that it is appropriate.