The 15 Best Handbags for Wedding Guests


In addition to acting as tote bags and accessories, the best handbags for wedding guests can double as conversation pieces or security blankets, letting you celebrate in style (and comfort). When shopping for the best handbags for wedding guests, it can help to consider location, dress code, and weather, in addition to your personal style. Attending a wedding on the beach? If so, you can get away with more casual materials, like wicker or rattan. Semi-formal weddings and cocktail parties call for styles that are neither overtly casual nor formal – a sleek clutch, smooth leather baguette bags and handbags with small but special details can all make the cut. Formal and black-tie weddings are invitations to try luxury materials like crystals, pearls and even feathers.

Function also plays a role. Do you like to dance? There are handbags with optional shoulder straps, so you can wave your hands in the air like you don’t care (or hold a cocktail). Do you tend to leave your accessories until the very last minute? Consider a handbag in a neutral tone and an evergreen shape that works well in many situations, including the wedding you totally forgot you had on the books next weekend.

Whether you’re looking for a pretty wicker clutch for summer nuptials or a luxe crystal clutch for a night out, here are 15 of the best handbags for wedding guests.

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This shimmering clutch with a delicate chain shoulder strap

This tricky clutch Is small enough not to get in the way when you pass other wedding guests, but can still hold all the essentials; as one Amazon reviewer wrote, “I wore it to a wedding, easily put my phone, wallet, keys, and a few makeup items in it without needing to play Tetris.” A delicate, detachable chain adds to its versatility, and the tasteful sparkle will suit any semi-formal or black-tie wedding. It’s lined and has an inside pocket, so whether you use it as a clutch or a shoulder bag, your valuables will be safe.

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This straw bag with chic gold hardware

If you are going to a wedding on the beach, bring this straw pouch. The chic gold hardware and sleek silhouette will add structure and sophistication to your outfit, but the woven straw construction gives it just the right dose of laidback. It comes with a chain strap so you can throw it over your shoulder once the dancing starts. Don’t put it away after the wedding is over – you’ll also use it for brunches or one-day dates.

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The ruched handbag that’s casual and sophisticated

This Handbag by fashion girl favorite JW PEI, features pretty ruching and a rounded handle, so it’s perfect for casual and daytime weddings – though you’ll also be wearing it every day. Both structured and flexible at the same time, the crinkled vegan leather handle can slip over your shoulder and free your hands, while a magnetic closure and a slip pocket keep your important items safe. It’s available in so many fun colors (bubblegum pink, butter yellow, Kelly green…) you might need more than one.

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This trendy handbag with jewels and feathers

Even if you’re not a natural extrovert at weddings, it jewelry evening bag will have everyone fooled. Gemstones and multicolored feathers add a bold touch to black-tie weddings and formal weddings, plus they’re an instant conversation starter. You can’t tie a feathery bag this versatile, but all the bejeweled fun of this playfully over-the-top bag works almost as a neutral, either amplifying an already colorful outfit or making a bold statement against a calmer ensemble. Hold it like a top-handle bag or attach the included gold chain and carry it over your shoulder.

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A simple pleated clutch that looks so expensive

It may only cost around $20, but this pleated pouch looks a lot more expensive, thanks to that sleek pleated satin that’s reminiscent of old Hollywood vibes. Perfect for cocktail parties or semi-formal weddings, this bag is timeless and timeless; black satin is the ultimate versatile neutral, but choose one of the other colors, like beige or soft pink, if you’re looking for something more understated. It features a magnetic closure to keep your valuables secure and a detachable chain for added versatility.

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This pouch envelopes in fair trade palm fibers

How sweet the scallop is on this elegant straw envelope pouch? These delicately textured edges contrast beautifully with flowing flowers, silks or satins, and the simple wrap design means there’s no need to coordinate hardware with your jewelry. Plus, it’s lined, so no need to worry about gorgeous natural fibers snagging. The light ivory straw color is a versatile neutral that will see you through the warmer months. Even better? The woven palm fiber is artisanal and comes from fair trade.

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A unique acrylic handbag that’s surprisingly versatile

The acrylic beads on this Handbag adds a dose of personality, but it wouldn’t look out of place at a formal wedding. It’s big enough to hold all your essentials and the straps can attach to your arm to keep your hands free. But don’t put it away after the wedding; it will go as well with a t-shirt and jeans as with a cocktail dress. Either way, get ready to answer a lot of “Where did you get that bag?” questions. questions.

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This Leather Lattice Pouch You’ll Want To Use Every Day

You will use this leather pocket by 3.1 Phillip Lim every day, but it’s also chic enough to wear to a casual wedding or as a cocktail dress. Woven top-grain leather and an elegant optional chain shoulder strap strike the perfect balance between fashion-forward and sophisticated. Black is timeless, but it is also available in white and beige.

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A faux suede clutch that can suit so many dress codes

This Handbag will be useful for virtually any dress code, from beach to black tie. Enhanced with velvety faux suede, subtle gold hardware, and a detachable gold chain, this versatile clutch will coordinate with just about any dress you wear, especially if you go for a neutral tone. There are plenty of bolder shades to choose from, too, as well as prints like leopard and florals.

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This chic metallic clutch for weddings and beyond

The metallic gold finish and delicate size of this handbag by The Drop can take it from brunch to a casual or semi-formal wedding: the color hints at formality, while the slightly slouched shape gives a sense of ease. In terms of functionality, a magnetic snap closure secures your valuables. Not in gold? Go for cherry red, sky blue, or beige (or silver, if you prefer cooler metals).

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A multicolored clutch that looks like a work of art

Between the vibrant colors and the graceful fan shape, this stunning acrylic clutch is like wearable art. It comes with a delicate and detachable chain, so you can use it as a clutch or as a shoulder bag. The bright colors make it a great option for daytime weddings, but the acrylic material is special enough that you can use it for more formal weddings too – and make a major style statement.

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This bamboo handbag in a vibrant yellow hue

Made from 100% bamboo, this Handbag (available in two sizes) is the perfect accessory for a beach wedding, but would be equally cute for any casual or daytime wedding during the summer months. You can catch it in its natural bamboo color, but I’m all for this punchy yellow for an unexpected twist. As a thoughtful touch, each order comes with two removable satin scarves – an accessory for your accessory, if you will.

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A beautiful pleated clutch from an It-Girl brand

Celebrities like Lily James and Hailey Baldwin have been spotted carrying Loeffler Randall bags; and with its soft floral print, pleated organza and bows, this Clutch of the brand is particularly well suited to a spring or summer wedding. A magnetic closure keeps all your essentials in place, and if you get tired of holding your clutch, an ornate gold chain keeps your hands free. If you prefer plains to prints, opt for the bold emerald hue.

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This rhinestone bucket bag with form-fitting straps

This bucket bag Comes with a small pouch of extra rhinestones, so if you don’t need to worry if you lose a couple shaking it on the dance floor. Snake chain straps and delicate, shimmering rhinestones will brighten up your formal or black tie look. After the wedding, it would be so cool for a dinner party with a leather jacket and heels. Choose from two sizes, small and medium, and three colors: bold black and silver shown; gold on gold; or money on money.

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A cheeky faux leather bag with a sense of humor

If you’re tired of gossip at weddings, this cheeky faux leather Handbag by Karl Lagerfeld Paris (with a graphic interpretation by Mr. Lagerfeld himself) will speak for you. Perfect for casual weddings, this bag’s motorcycle-inspired edge can also be used on a daily basis: team it with a little black dress and stilettos for cocktail parties, or wear the optional shoulder strap with jeans and a tee. -shirt for a casual lunch.

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