Semi Formal Wedding Attire Rules


Receiving a wedding invite with inscription ‘Semiformal’ makes many happy. The reason is the comfort level that you normally have in semiformal weddings, when it comes to the dress code for guests. Semi-formal wedding attire looks as good as you feel. Every woman owns a few semi-formal dresses in her closet. Whether it’s a dance party, a family celebration or a wedding with semi-formal theme, you can have lots of choices for all these events.

Comprehensive Guide to Dress Semi-Formal

Semi-formal wedding attire can roughly equal to cocktail attire. Short dresses, halter dresses, knee-length skirts, and even a black short dress looks flawless on wedding occasion (not for summer). If it’s summer, look for more colors, preferably the pastel ones. Even men admire semiformal menswear because of its versatility in office as well as in semi-formal weddings.

  • Girls should go with a cocktail dress or a chic skirt with a matching top. Light fabric like cotton is preferred and floral print is also ok.

  • Men should prefer a suit with tie. Both light and dark shades can be selected. Just keep in view the season and the time of the day when choosing the color.

  • Time and season are key factors in the selection of a semi-formal attire. If it’s a daytime event, look for light fabrics and cool hues. And better to adopt a formal look, if it’s an evening nuptial.

  • Garden weddings or a wedding at a country club should be attended with ‘daytime semiformal’ dress code.

  • If it’s an outdoor wedding with more traditional feel, the hosts should make it clear to the guests that they want them to come in a more comfortable attire. A little more from what they normally wear at brunches or church, would be ideal.

  • For men, slacks and a sports coat, linen suit or seersucker would stand out for remarkable comfort.

Best Semi Formal Wedding Attire Recommended for Women

Here are some of the best dresses for semiformal weddings to give you inspiration and guidance.

Fit and Flare Cocktail Dress

This is a show-stopping jacquard, pastel hued cocktail dress. The well-structured dress has features like jewel neck, keyhole back and slim fit waistline. The floral print is shouting ‘elegance’.

See more details from Nordstrom


Silk Gazar Knee Length Dress

Flatter your body in this glitzy and graceful dress. It has a V-neckline, floral ornate waistline and a flared skirt. The fuchsia color itself along with the design is just chick and elegant!

See more details from Terijon


Tadashi Shoji Sequined Lace Dress

Designed by Tadashi Shoji, it’s a properly fit starry night dress. The sequined lace dress and illusion bateau neckline is adorable and chic.

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Dot Mesh Black Cocktail Dress

The flawless-fit cocktail dress has a black skirt with illusion-sleeve bodice. With a V-back, the black skirt and dotted bodice presents a classy look.

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Chic Fit and Flare Cocktail Dress

V-neckline, fitted bodice and a circle skirt are best accented by a stunning sash with a bowtie on the slim fit waist line.

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Lace Jacket Dress

This champagne lace semi-formal wedding attire has a sleeveless bodice. A jacket with a rhinestone brooch closure makes it perfect.

See more details from David’s Bridal


Ivory Lace Midi Dress (Ivory)

An ethereal midi dress with elegant floral lace overlay looks classy. The sleeveless dress has a fit bodice with accents detailing.

See more details from Lulu’s


Strapless Midi Dress (Light Grey)

It’s different because it has a sultry front slit. The open back and off the shoulder style add to its worth.

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Open Back Cocktail Dress

The elegant dress has a sweetheart halter bodice covered with stunning Venice lace overlay, velvet flowers applique has accentuated its look.

See more details from David’s Bridal


Black Attire with Side Ruffles

The stunning dress has sheer lace cap sleeves. The jersey skirt is elevated with side ruffles. An open back gives it a glamorous touch.

See more details from David’s Bridal


Off-the-shoulder Sequined Lace Dress

The short ivory dress has wavy sequined lines. An off the shoulder style is accented by a deep sweetheart neckline.

See more details from Nordstrom


One Shoulder Knee Length Dress (Ivory)

This semi-formal wedding attire has a pleated-detailed bodice, sweetheart neckline and a shoulder strap with floral detailing. A flowy skirt and sash tie on the back are quite flattering.

See more details from David’s Bridal