20 Colorful Reception Wedding Dresses

Who says the second wedding dress has to be white?

Updated 07/21/19
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For brides looking to wow guests on their wedding day, a second wedding dress will definitely get the job done. Returning from cocktail hour, and entering your reception in a knock-out new dress is a guaranteed way to get the party started. If your goal is to have fun, and add more unique elements to your wedding, your reception dress can be catalyst for both if you stray from bridal white.

You’ve most likely already rocked the traditional color to your ceremony—and your many pre-wedding parties—so it’s time to shake things up. The options are endless for daring brides. You can go bold with bright reds, pinks and metallics, colors that really pack a punch, and even—brace yourselves—black. A reception dress is the perfect time to incorporate your something blue as well. Ranging from rich navy’s to barely-there blue hues there is something to fit every style.

If you’re just warming up to the idea of a non-traditional reception look, there are more subtle ways to add color into your outfit. Going for a simple blush hue or nude will be a romantic way to tie in some tonal variation. Even going for silvers and rich creams will keep you in your comfort zone while still stepping out in something brand new.

Not only can you wow in your second dress look by adding in color, but with texture and embellishments too. Soft velvets, floral appliques, lace and all-over embellishments will set the tone for the rest of the evening—AKA the best night of your life.

From short frocks to elegant evening looks in a wide range of colors, textures and styles, this edit of 29 reception dress is exactly what your wedding plans are missing.

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Self Portrait Orange Off Shoulder Pleated Chiffon Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $415

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ASOS Design One Shoulder Tuck Detail Midi Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $72

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Bias Slip Dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $120

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Draped Sequin Dress

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $119

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Cinq a Sept "Elise" Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $695

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Reformation Robertson Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $278

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Rebecca Taylor Lucia Tank Dress

Courtesy of Revolve

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $550

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Sachin & Babi Nur Dress

Courtesy of Sachin & Babi

SHOP NOW: 11 Honore, $995

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ASOS Edition Extreme Sleeve Plunge Midi Satin Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $135

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Needle & Thread Silver Sequin Maxi Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $553

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Self Portrait Tiered Floral Lace Printed Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $495

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Galvan "Stardust" Sequined Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Matches Fashion

SHOP NOW: Matches Fashion, $2,650

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"Peach" Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $198

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Finders Keepers Floral Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Anthropolgie

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $165

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Alice McCall Layered Evening Dress

Courtesy of Farfetch

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $695

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Love Shack Fancy "Kendall" Bow-Tie Detailed Floral-Print Silk Dress

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $525

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Anna October "Full Moon" Off-The-Shoulder Satin Dress

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $770

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Rat & Boa "Florentina" Cowl-Neck Floral-Jacquard Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Matches Fashion

SHOP NOW: Matches Fashion, $245

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Rhode "Pia" Floral-Print Ruched Poplin Mini Dress

Courtesy of Matches Fashion

SHOP NOW: Matches Fashion, $425

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Needle & Thread "Esme" Embroidered Tulle Dress

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $260

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