It’s your party, you can wear a reception dress (or jumpsuit! or romper!) if you want to! More and more, we’re seeing brides rock a second look for the reception. Often with a shorter hemline, maybe a sparkle or two, and always stand-out and stunning. If you opt for an afterparty wedding dress, chances are you’re planning on dancing all night, so it has to be easy to move in above all else. Maybe you go for a two-piece wedding dress and change it up with a sequined top or palazzo pants for the reception? Or maybe you change into something else entirely and let your party-bride alter ego take over. Either way, we’re here to help.
Should I have a reception dress?
It’s up to you but a reception dress is definitely a good idea if you’re hosting a big reception into the night. Alternatively, we’ve seen brides do second looks for their elopement! It’s always your call—and if you want to wear that stunning wedding dress all dang night, you can absolutely do that, too.
When should I change into my reception dress?
Make sure you get all the portraits you want in your wedding dress before you get changed. And if you want photos in your afterparty wedding dress, as well, leave room in the schedule! Your best bet is to change before you’re announced at the reception, but you could also change after dinner and toasts right before dancing.
Does my afterparty wedding dress need to be white?
Not at all! In fact, we’re big fans of sparkles, sequins, color, and big, unexpected details for reception dresses. Go bold and have some fun with this one! Below, we’ve got our favorite reception dresses for each style of the bride. We know—you’re too unique to fit into a box, but as we said, let’s have some fun!
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Best for the Classic Bride:
Poppy Jumpsuit Set by Sachin & Babi
Let’s start with a look that’s already a two-in-one! This jumpsuit features a detachable skirt and it’s just a great look that pairs “classic bride” with on-trend style.
Best Reception Dress for the Boho Bride:
Embroidered Floral Trim Long Dress by Rococo Sand
When you know you’ll end up shoe-less before the night is up. This dreamy maxi dress has the most delicate floral designs.
Best for the Modern Bride:
Satin Open-Back Wedding Reception Dress by Lebride Atelier
Best for the Glamorous Bride:
Bow Back Jumpsuit with Convertible Skirt by Alexia María
Best for the Non-Traditional Bride:
Won’t You Try Jumpsuit by Zhivago
Best Reception Dress for the Romantic Bride:
Ethereal Tulle Double V Dress by Love & Dress
Best for the Playful Bride:
Elle Mini Reception Dress by Katie May
Best for the Casual Bride:
Sequin Spaghetti Strap Reception Jumpsuit by DB STUDIO
Best for the Elegant Bride:
Alix Dress by Amsale
Best for the Unexpected Bridal Style:
Puff Sleeve Metallic Mini Dress by Rococo Sand
We love a short, short dress. This dreamy silhouette has long romantic puff sleeves and a delicate ruffle trim – perfect to tear up the dance floor!
Best for the Alternative Bride:
Tomorrow Gown by Zhivago
Best Reception Dress for the Trendsetter Bride:
Pearl Bustier Satin Mini Dress by Nasty Gal
Best for the Fashion-Forward Bride:
Corset Bodice Reception Dress by V. Chapman
Love wearing the latest trends? This corset bodice afterparty wedding dress is sure to create a WOW moment on the dance floor.
Best for the Timeless Bride:
Poppy Silk and Wool Midi Dress by Alexia María
Best for the Feminine Bride:
Penny Pearl Mini Reception Dress by Sister Jane
An afterparty wedding dress with an über feminine vibe. Hello, puff sleeves and lovely pearl details!
Best for the Party-Ready Bride:
Emerie Cutout Dress by Love & Lemons
Be honest, did you just fall in love with this fit and flare lace dress?! We sure did. The lace details are super romantic and short hemline is perfect for dancing the night away with your love…
Best for the Sustainable Bride:
Nikita Dress by Reformation
Best for the Vintage-Inspired Bride:
Gilded Grace Lace Dress by Chi Chi London