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Not to sound totally extra, but we’re all about the trend of wearing a reception wedding dress for your wedding party. If you’re the type of bride-to-be who can’t settle on a single wedding look (so.many.options.), a second dress for the reception is the perfect way to showcase your unique bridal style and to rock two looks you just can’t decide between.
When it comes to weddings, we believe that there are no rules–it's your wedding your way. So even if you're having a super casual backyard wedding and you feel like slipping into a second look for the reception–go for it! While a second look might feel like an extravagance, there are plenty of budget-friendly dresses out there that practically feel and look like couture.
A reception dress can transform your look entirely and for many brides, it's the chance to change into an outfit that is not only fun and stylish but comfortable too. Mini dresses crafted from body-hugging fabrics or embellished with allover sequins are a popular second look go-to as they look notably different from a wedding gown and are easy to work a room in (and dance in!). For the minimalist bride who covets clean lines and sleek silhouettes, a simple and chic slip dress never disappoints. A summer bride will appreciate a quick change into a style made from light and airy fabrics like linen and cotton. If you're headed to city hall for your nuptials, modern jumpsuits and structured sets are the perfect complement to any courthouse wedding. And lastly, for the bold bride looking to make a statement, there are plenty of styles to be found in pretty pastel hues and unexpected vibrant prints.
Reformation Bow Shoulders Mini Dress
Warmer seasons call for shorter hemlines and feminine details like shoulder bows and flouncy skirts. Wear yours with a minimalist nude sandal or a pair of summer-ready espadrilles.
Danielle Frankel Double Breasted Jacket Dress
Known for its cool-girl aesthetic and androgynous vibe, bridal brand Danielle Frankel has been worn by celebrities from Zoe Kravitz to Erin Foster. Scoop up one of their coveted styles like this impeccably chic double-breasted jacket perfect for an ultra-modern wedding reception look.
Roland Mouret Bow-Shoulder Silk-Cloqué Gown
A reception dress by no means has to be more casual than your wedding dress. We love this structured gown featuring soft details like a shoulder bow and a gentle ruffle for a black-tie wedding.
Bardot Strapless Taffeta Mini Dress with Ruffles
Show off those curves in this strapless body-hugging number. We love the idea of adding a veil or a modern headpiece to complete the look.
Carolina Herrera Gathered Silk-Poplin Mini Dress
If anyone knows their way around a wedding dress and a party look, it's Carolina Herrea. This modern yet feminine style is just the reception dress you need for your formal wedding. Wears yours with statement-making shoes or keep accessories simple for a more pared-back look.
Carolina Herrera Bridal Off-The-Shoulder Bow-Embellished Silk Midi Dress
For the bride who leans towards a classic and traditional aesthetic we've found this midi dress from Carolina Herrera. Featuring a subtle bow on the bodice and crafted from light-weight silk, this style is perfect for a summer or city wedding.
Floravere Cocktail Dress
Feminine with a modern twist, this versatile cocktail dress could easily be worn to your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or as a second look on your wedding day.
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini V-Neck Sequin Dress
If it's subtle sparkle that you're craving, this v-neck number features allover sequins of a more muted and less metallic variety. This dress was designed with hidden pockets perfect for stashing your lipstick and phone!
Noel and Jean by Katie May Halter Wedding Dress
If you're a minimalist bride who covets simple silhouettes and clean lines, then opt for an effortlessly chic slip dress. We love this high neck gown that dips beautifully at the back.
Amsale High Neck Sheath Dress
You can never go wrong with a modern sheath dress. This style from Amsale features a sexy high slit and a unique back crafted from delicate mesh panels.