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The Garden Party Dress Code: Weddings and Casual Events

Garden Party Dress Code

Updated • March 26 • Dress for a Night • Designer Dress Hire

If you have an event coming up and you have just found out that the dress code is Garden Party, and your stress levels are high because you have no idea what that even means! Don't worry we have all been there. Stress no more as we unpack the meaning of the Garden Party dress code for casual and wedding events to make sure you have the perfect outfit that nails the brief.

What to Wear to a Garden Party Event

The garden party dress code is semi-formal, meaning it is open to interpretation rather than just having a cocktail dress code. The garden party dress code is fairly loose, so you can experiment with colour, patterns, frills and statement silhouettes. As they are outdoor events, opt for outfits and accessories that are comfortable and practical, but keep your look classy.

The garden party dress code can be applied to many types of events, being casual events and weddings. In this article we will show you our favourite picks while also taking into account the different seasons.

Garden Party Dress Code


Opt for a light and airy dress with floral patterns or pastel colors. Maxi dresses, tea-length dresses, or sundresses are all excellent choices. You can choose from a range of lightweight materials like chiffon, silk, or cotton to stay comfortable in the outdoor setting.

We recommend strappy sandals, espadrilles, or comfortable wedges as they are ideal for walking on grass and add a touch of formality to your wedding guest outfit. To accessorise, keep it simple with delicate jewelry, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.

Casual Events

Casual garden party events are generally more relaxed so you can choose a sundress or a casual midi dress in bright, cheerful colors. Opt for breathable materials like cotton or linen to stay comfortable outdoors and in the heat. Wear comfortable sandals, espadrilles, or even stylish sneakers that are practical for walking on grass. Don't forget a sun hat, sunglasses, and minimal jewelry for a relaxed look.

Casual Garden Party Dresses for Spring

Aje Victoria Gown

The Aje Victoria Gown in Wild Hydrangea is a gorgeous tiered floral gown. This dress features an a-line silhouette with a simple sweetheart neckline, boned bodice and bright floral pattern. A stunning fun and flirty style that makes the perfect garden party outfit during the warmer seasons.


Sir The Label Ambroise Knot Dress

The Sir The Label Ambroise Knot Dress is a sleeveless midi dress featuring a cut out at the waist and a knotted tie at the waist and shoulder. In a gorgeous floral print, this garden party dress is the perfect example of floral fantasy. This stunning daytime event dress is the perfect style that can be dressed down for casual events or styled to suit more formal events. A staple piece for the warmer seasons.

Zimmermann Aliane Ruffle Midi Dress

The Zimmermann Aliane Ruffle Midi Dress is crafted from linen and cotton. The dress features a self tie bow detail at the front and ruffled trimming alongside the shoulders, leading to a racerback with cut-out details. In the warm orange colour, this dress is perfect for a summer garden party event. We love this linen fabric as it adds a sense of luxury, while keeping it casual.

Summer Dresses

Aje Breathless Frill Sleeve Mini Dress

The Aje Breathless Frill Sleeve Mini Dress stands out in a bright lime green that features a square neckline and trendy frill sleeve design. This dress hugs the figure so well and gives a flattering silhouette, with the corset inspired waist. This style is versatile as the sleeves can we worn on the shoulder or off. We love this Aje mini dress as it is a unique colour and design and will have jaws dropping at your next garden party event.

Aje Gracious Cut Out Dress

The Aje Gracious Cut Out Dress is a stunning mini that exudes exudes elegance and femininity. This dress features a frill skirt and voluminous shoulders which are offset by a cut-out and back tie. In a beautiful bright orange, this dress makes the perfect summer outfit for a garden party event. Pair this gorgeous mini dress with some sandals or wedge heels to elevate the look.

Rebecca Vallance Catania Mini Dress

The Rebecca Vallance Catania Mini Dress is made from a linen blend and features a floral print, puff sleeves, side pockets and an open back. This mini dress is perfect for the summer season as it is easy to wear and makes the perfect outdoor dress. Wear this number to your next garden party event with heels to make it semi-formal or sandals to tone it down.

Autumn Dresses

Sir The Label Rei Knot Dress

The Sir The Label Rei Knot Dress is a gorgeous linen style that features an on trend cut out at the waist with a knotted tie on the waist and shoulder. In a beautiful beige with rusted orange floral print, this dress compliments the autumn season and the colours that it brings to the atmosphere. Linen dresses are perfect for more casual events which is why this dress would be perfectly suited for a garden party event with some sandals and minimal jewellery.

Aje Mimosa Cut Out Midi Dress

The Aje Mimosa Cut Out Midi Dress is a gorgeous floral patterned midi dress. Featuring puff sleeves, cut out detailing with a tie to cinch at the waist, a fitted top and relaxed fit midi skirt for ultimate comfort and style. This dress is perfect for a day at the races or a garden party wedding and is guaranteed to make a statement.


Rebecca Vallance Dionne Lace Up Midi Dress

The Rebecca Vallance Dionne Midi Dress is a beautiful a-line design in a vibrant green. With a soft-cupped bodice and thick adjustable straps, this dress is made for comfort. We love this style for the garden party dress code as it exudes femininity and elegance. Experiment with your style by adding colourful accessories or play it safe with neutrals to tie the look together.

Garden Party Wedding Guest Dresses for Spring

Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress

The Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress is a mid-length dress with a corset inspired waist, made from a glossy linen material. Made mostly from linen, it is extremely comfortable and in colours blush, champagne and navy. This style is perfect for those who want more coverage in a cocktail dress. This elegant dress can be dressed down with sandals for a more semi-formal look to your next garden party as a wedding guest. This dress with heels is also suitable but be sure not to accessorise too much, as the garden party dress code is not formal event wear.

L'idee Renaissance Split Gown

The L'idee Renaissance Split Gown in bright green, is the perfect summer wedding guest dress. With the famous L'idee pleating in the umbrella skirt and halter, you will be looking sleek and elegant with this dress. You can't go wrong with this dress as a wedding guest. This statement piece is perfect for garden parties as it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how formal the occasion is.

This style also comes in colours: ballet pink, dusty rose, floss pink, chocolate, sea green, sky blue and hot pink for a look with no split.

Sonya Moda Nour Dress

The Sonya Moda Nour Dress is a stunning one shoulder design made from a luxurious satin. This gorgeous maxi dress features an asymmetrical neckline, adjustable tie at the waist, an exposed cutout at the waist that tapers for a figure-flattering fit, and a high split providing a sensual look. This luxurious fabric makes this maxi dress a perfect piece to wear to weddings as it leaves you feeling glamorous and confident! Accessorising with heels and jewellery will elevate the dress and make it perfect to wear to your formal events.


This style is available in colours ocean pearl, yarden floral, scarlet red and fiori di sambuco.

Summer Dresses

Aje Myriad Cut Out Mini Dress

If you want to opt for a mini dress this is the perfect option for you. The Aje Myriad Cut Out Mini Dress is the perfect summer dress to wear for a smart-casual event. The puff sleeves, intricate ruching detail and voluminous skirt make this unique style a statement piece. Step out of your comfort zone with this dress to your next garden party event.

Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress

The Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress is an asymmetric midi dress in a beautiful daisy yellow colour. Linen dresses are perfect for more casual events as they can easily be dressed up and make you look put-together. This dress has a gorgeous asymmetric hemline, which makes experimenting with style, shape and colour even more exciting. Perfect for the garden party dress code, style this dress with heels and accessories for a more glamorous look to your next wedding.

Bec + Bridge Julieta Maxi Dress

The Bec + Bridge Julieta Maxi Dress is a flattering classic style dress. The dress is crafted in a lime green, making it perfect for summer weddings. Featuring a twisted bandeau, thin straps and a leg split, this dress gives a flattering silhouette and an elegant look. This style can be dressed down for a more semi-formal look, paired with minimalistic jewellery and accessories, and small heels.

Autumn Dresses

Pasduchas Pinnacle Slip Midi Dress

The Pasduchas Pinnacle Sleeve Midi Dress is a modest, long sleeve mid-length dress that is suitable for events such as autumn garden parties. This dress is very comfortable which is all that you want for an outdoor event. Autumn colours are warm, rich and earthy tones that steer away from the bright and vibrant colours of summer. This combat green is the perfect colour as you head into the cooler season.

Acler Palms Dress

The Acler Palms Dress is crafted from a luxurious pleated fabric. The pleating, bell sleeves, plunging neckline and asymmetrical hemline, creates a flattering silhouette. This style will keep you warm on the colder days of autumn, and is perfect for an outdoor garden party event as the rusted orange colour perfectly matches the colours of the autumn season.

House of CB Lulu Drape Midi Corset Dress

The House of CB Lulu Drape Midi Corset Dress is a beautiful one shoulder corset dress in a delicate sage tone. This dress is perfect for outdoor spring weddings as the gorgeous pastel colour beautifully compliments the , and corset dresses are also super trendy at the moment so why not jump on the trend while you have the chance! The midi length makes this dress suitable for cocktail events.

Finding Your Fit

Attending a garden party, whether it's a wedding or a casual gathering, is a wonderful experience. By following the garden party dress code guidelines outlined above, you can strike the perfect balance between style and comfort. Embrace the beauty of the outdoors, the vibrant colors of the garden, and the relaxed atmosphere as you select your garden party attire.


Now that we have covered the different occasions and seasons that celebrate the garden party dress code, it is now time for you to decide what dress is best suited to your garden party event! You can hire these garden party dresses at Dress for a Night for a fraction of the retail price while reducing your environmental footprint. It's time to get renting instead of buying, so you never have to outfit repeat again!


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