63 Reception Wedding Dresses For Brides Planning A Second Look

Why wear one wedding dress when you can wear two?

Updated 04/26/18

Courtesy of Francesca Miranda

Not to sound totally extra, but we’re all about the modern trend of wearing a reception wedding dress for your wedding party. As weddings defy tradition more and more, the concept of wearing a different outfit post-ceremony has become increasingly popular among brides. Sure, it may seem rather excessive, but hear us out on why it makes sense.

First, if you’re the type of bride-to-be who can’t settle on a single bridal style (so.many.options.), a second dress for the reception is a brilliant way to rock two looks you just can’t decide between. As a style chameleon, want to show off your sartorial prowess, and we’re here for it. So long as the two looks truly differ, you won’t regret taking two dresses for a spin.

A natural second look is sequins. From white to rose-gold to silver, glittering paillettes are party-perfect whether you go full-length, midi, or mini. You can choose from tried-and-true bridal designers or dip into fashion-forward labels you might not have considered for your ceremony gown. Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Sachin & Babi, Emilia Wickstead, and Valentino make knockout versions.

For the bride who’s not entirely comfortable in a gown for hours on end (heck, who is?), a quick change into a shorter hemline is lovely. For the purist seeking something casually elegant, Laure de Sagazan’s long-sleeve mini dress is perfection. A daytime bride will like ethereal lace detailing like from Savannah Miller, Jonathan Simkhai, and Bo & Luca. For evening impact, festive details like feathers, fringe, and beading are a tasty treat. Suzanne Harward, Tadashi Shoji, Anya Fleet, and Caroline Hayden deliver on this front, among others.

If you’re really going for theatrics with a ceremony gown, a pared-back slip or minimal sheath makes for a refreshing second act. Alex Perry’s satin crepe Alessandra gown is strikingly simple, or consider Leanne Marshall’s silk Karalyn gown. Or, you’re the opposite and want a simple look for your ‘I dos’ and a dramatic dress for the party—so fun! Francesca Miranda’s golden Ada Gown comes with fringed tiers make for twirling the night away. Likewise for Chana Marelus’ beaded fringe Angelica Gown. To really up the ante, you can go the couture route with Ashi Studio’s structural high-lo dress—a major fashion moment!

Color is another option if you’re in the mood. A fanciful black cocktail dress like Lazaro’s beaded and feather-trim mini makes for a moody translon for evening or Gracy Accad’s prim tea-length midi in sky blue is your wedding is during the day. Colored embroidery is pretty as can be, too—Hayley Paige makes a gorgeous style.

We can’t talk about a second look without discussing pant and jumpsuit options. From feminine top-and-bottom sets (Danielle Frankel and Lela Rose both offer sleek off-the-shoulder looks) to dramatic all-in-ones (don’t miss Danny Mizrachi’s dramatic jumpsuit with a cape or Rime Arodaky version with a sheer appliqué train), options run the gamut. All are a modern way to do a second look and can be worn again for various evening events. What’s not to love?

If you’re gravitating toward the idea of a reception wedding outfit, peruse our edit of 70 styles ahead. Because, why wear one wedding dress when you can wear two? All the inspiration you need lies ahead.

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Sophie et Voila Gown

Sophie et Viola

SHOP NOW: Sophie et Viola, price upon request

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Zuhair Murad Fringe Dress

Courtesy of Zuhair Murad

SHOP NOW: Zuhair Murad, price upon request

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Jonathan Simkhai Guipure Lace Midi Dress

Courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai

SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $1,195

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Suzanne Harward Halo Shift Dress

Courtesy of Suzanne Harward

SHOP NOW: Suzanne Harward, price upon request

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Gabriela Hearst Henrietta Organza-Paneled Silk And Wool-Blend Mini Dress

Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $2,695

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DB Studio High-Neck Pleated Chiffon Shift Dress with Ruffles

Courtesy of David's Bridal

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $139.95

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Halfpenny London Iris Ostrich and Fringe Dress

Courtesy of Halfpenny London

SHOP NOW: Halfpenny London, price upon request

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Bo & Luca Indiana Dress

Courtesy of Bo & Luca

SHOP NOW: Bo & Luca, price upon request

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Elise Hameau Jimmie Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Elise Hameau

SHOP NOW: Elise Hameau, approximately $1110

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Dany Mizrachi Jumpsuit With Cape

Courtesy of Dany Mizrachi

SHOP NOW: Dany Mizrachi, price upon request

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Simone Rocha Floral Lace Dress

Courtesy of Simone Rocha

SHOP NOW: Mytheresa, $1,150

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Leanne Marshall Karalyn Gown

Courtesy of Leanne Marshall

SHOP NOW: Leanne Marshall, $3,850

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Willowby Keegan Dress

Courtesy of Willowby by Watters

SHOP NOW: Watters, $1,600 - $2,050

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Jacquemus La Robe Limao Linen and Cotton Dress

Courtesy of Jacquemus

SHOP NOW: Mytheresa, $625

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Galina Lace Crop Top and Crepe Wide-Leg Pants

Courtesy of Galina

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $249

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Elie Tahari Larsa Floral Lace Illusion V-Neck Dress

Courtesy of Elie Tahari

SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $1,998

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Marchesa Lace Wedding Gown

Yvonne Tnt

SHOP NOW: Marchesa, price upon request

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Laure de Sagazan Long-Sleeve Mini Dress

Courtesy of Laure de Sagazan

SHOP NOW: Laure de Sagazan, price upon request

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Danielle Frankel Louise

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

SHOP NOW: Danielle Frankel, price upon request

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Katie May Lucy Dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $280

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Proenza Schouler One-Shoulder Ruffle Long Dress

Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

SHOP NOW: Bergdorf Goodman, $3,950

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Alexandra Grecco Parisi Gown

Alexandra Grecco

SHOP NOW: Alexandra Grecco, price upon request

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Jenny Yoo Reagan Beaded Fringe Tulle Dress

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

SHOP NOW: Jenny Yoo, $1,800

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Rime Arodaky Patsy Jumper

Courtesy of Rime Arodaky

SHOP NOW: Rime Arodaky, approximately $1350.88

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Emilia Wickstead Cyrus Rose-Gold Sequin Dress

Yannis Vlamos

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $2,490

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Ellery Ruffled Crepe Gown

Courtesy of Ellery

SHOP NOW: Net-A-Porter, $1,895

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Sachin & Babi Sequin Dress

Courtesy of Sachin & Babi

SHOP NOW: Sachin & Babi, price upon request

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Monique Lhuillier Sequin Dress,

Courtesy of Monique lhuillier

SHOP NOW: Monique Lhuillier, price upon request

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Oscar de la Renta Silver Sequin Cocktail Dress

Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

SHOP NOW: Oscar de la Renta, $4,990

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Valentino Sleeveless Sequin-Embellished Dress

Courtesy of Valentino

SHOP NOW: Mytheresa, $25,900

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Berta STYLE 18-18 Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Berta

SHOP NOW: Berta, price upon request

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Inbal Dror Style BR-18-05-B Wedding Gown

Courtesy Inbal Dror

SHOP NOW: Inbal Dror, price upon request

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Houghton Susaan Gown

Courtesy of Houghton

SHOP NOW: Houghton, $3,375

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Versace Sweetheart-Neck Embellished Silk Gown

Courtesy of Versace

SHOP NOW: Matches Fashion, $12,400

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Viktor & Rolf The Shoulder Bow Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

SHOP NOW: Viktor & Rolf, price upon request

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One Day Toby Gown from the Curve Collection

One Day

SHOP NOW: One Day, $6,995 - $7,195

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Galia Lahav Valerian Gown from the Florence By Night Collection

Thomas Concordia

SHOP NOW: Galia Lahav, price upon request

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ASOS Wedding Tiered Multi Fringe Maxi Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, was $285, now $114

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Kiyonna Wedding Belle Plus Size Short Dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $188.00-$198

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Temperley London The Mirrorball

Courtesy of Temperley London

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $16,850

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Naeem Khan Sunset Gown

©DAN AND CORINA LECCA

SHOP NOW: Naeem Khan, price upon request

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Chana Marelus Angelica Gown

Courtesy of Chana Marelus

SHOP NOW: Chana Marelus, price upon request

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Rosa Clará Amalia Dress

Courtesy of Rosa Clará

SHOP NOW: Rosa Clará, price upon request

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Pronovias Antara Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Pronovias

SHOP NOW: Pronovias, price upon request

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Tadashi Shoji Aubrie Mini Dress

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

SHOP NOW: Tadashi Shoji, $324

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Lace & Liberty, Bali Sunset Dress

Courtesy of Lace & Liberty

SHOP NOW: Lace & Liberty, $675

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Georges Hobeika Beaded Dress

Courtesy of Georges Hobieka

SHOP NOW: Georges Hobieka, price upon request

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Alex Perry Alessandra Satin Crepe Bikini Sheer Gown

Courtesy of Alex Perry

SHOP NOW: Alex Perry, $3,500

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Caroline Hayden Cotton Velvet Midi Dress with Appliques

Michael Haug

SHOP NOW: Caroline Hayden, price upon request

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Gracy Accad Blue Dress

Courtesy of Gracy Accad

SHOP NOW: Gracy Accad, price upon request

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Ashi Studio Couture High-Low Dress

Courtesy of Ashi Studio

SHOP NOW: Ashi Studio, price upon request

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Badgley Mischka Cowlneck Column Gown

Courtesy of Badgley Mischka

SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $650

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Elizabeth and James Cowl Neck Dress with Fringe

Courtesy of Elizabeth and James

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $495

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Olia Zavozina Donna Beaded Lace Silk Halter Gown

Courtesy of Olia Zavozina

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $4,620

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Savannah Miller Dolly Dress

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

SHOP NOW: Savannah Miler, price upon request

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Aidan Mattox Embellished Tiered Gown

Courtesy of Aidan Mattox

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth avenue, was $650, now $390

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Galvan Estrella Bias-Cut Sequin-Embellished Gown

Courtesy of Galvan

SHOP NOW: Matches Fashion, $1,255

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Lihi Hod Eve Top and Trousers

Courtesy of Lihi Hod

SHOP NOW: Lihi Hod, price upon request

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Adrianna Papell Faye Dress

Courtesy of Adrianna Papell

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $380

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Francesca Miranda Ada Gown

Courtesy of Francesca Miranda

SHOP NOW: Francesca Miranda, price upon request

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Anya Fleet Jeckie Bridal Dress

Courtesy of Anya Fleet

SHOP NOW: Anya Fleet, price upon request

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ASOS Curve Bridal Lace Embroidered Midi Shift Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $222

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Whistles Guinevere Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Whistles

SHOP NOW: Whistles, $1,199

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