18 Stunning Wedding Reception Dresses for Every Bridal Style
As pretty as it is versatile, this frilly cocktail dress could easily be worn to your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or as a second look on your wedding day.
A budget-friendly option, it will also keep you cool and comfortable in medium-weight stretch knit.
Best Cocktail Dress: Lulus Sealed with a Kiss Bodycon Dress
Jumpsuits are a popular reception look choice and with good reason.
Not only are they sleek and modern but they're incredibly easy to move around in, making it a cinch to work the room and show off your signature moves on the dancefloor. We love this option for the bride looking to make a statement.
Best Jumpsuit: ML Monique Lhuillier Doutzen V-Neck Jumpsuit
If you're a minimalist bride who covets simple silhouettes and clean lines, then opt for an effortlessly chic slip dress.
This slinky Fame and Partners number oozes sophistication and features alluring and unexpected details like a cowl neckline and thigh-high slit.
Best Slip Dress: Fame and Partners Rosabel Dress
Make an unforgettable entrance in this stunning feather creation from Cult Gaia.
Not only will this mini dress look great in all of your reception photos, but it's also as light as air so it won't weigh you down on the dance floor. The ostrich-feather trimmed dress also comes in other colors if you'd like to shun tradition and don a bright shade.
Most Unique: Cult Gaia Shannon Feather Mini Dress
Warmer seasons call for shorter hemlines and feminine details like shoulder bows and flouncy skirts.
Wear yours with a minimalist neutral sandal or a pair of summer-ready espadrilles. The tie straps are adjustable, so you can wear it at a length that's comfortable for you.
For a Summer Wedding: Reformation Christine Bow Shoulders Mini Dress
Nothing says celebration quite like an allover sequin mini. This sparkly number was born for the dance floor and made for an afterparty that goes late into the night (and morning!)
We particularly love this high-shine number as an unexpected counterpart to a more traditional ceremony dress.
Most Afterparty Ready: Retrofête Claire Belted Sequin Mini Dress
Who says a reception dress can't be a little extra? This mini dress features a dramatic bow train that can be detached when it's time to hit the dance floor.
You'll feel fancy all night long but be ready to dance without a long train getting in your way.
Most Unexpected: Nookie Adore 2Way Strapless Dress with Detachable Bow
For brides who crave a little glitz and glam but at an affordable price, we've got you covered!
This style from ASOS features a simple but beautiful silhouette embellished with allover sequins perfect for the summer bride looking for a little sparkle. This body-skimming, breezy pick will keep you comfortable while you twirl the night away.
Best Budget: ASOS EDITION Eva Embellished Cami Midi Wedding 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.
In 100% silk, you'll stay cool and look sleek. Wears yours with statement-making shoes or keep accessories simple for a more pared-back look.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Carolina Herrera Bow-Accented Silk Mini Dress
All eyes will be on you when you make your entrance in this captivating one-shoulder dress designed with the minimalist bride in mind.
The slit and asymmetrical neckline offer interesting detail for a fun, party-ready look.
For the Minimalist Bride: ML Monique Lhuillier Lionel One-Shoulder Dress
If there's one thing we know, it's that you can never go wrong with a lightweight lace dress for spring and summer weddings.
This style designed with delicate shoulder bows is perfect for the bride-to-be who loves feminine touches.
Best Lace Style: Markarian Elliot Lace Midi Dress
Looking to show off your legs (and moves!) on the dance floor? This halterneck mini is the ultimate party dress.
Pair yours with matching white accessories or go bold with colorful strappy sandals and a red lip. The relaxed fit also gives you room to move.
Best Mini: Reformation Corinth Silk Dress
If you're opting for an impossibly chic city hall wedding à la Bianca Jagger, this is the dress for you.
Equal parts sexy and sophisticated, this blazer dress is for the bride who embraces a non-traditional look. It's also versatile, so practical brides will love the chance to wear it again.
For a Courthouse Wedding: Silk Maison Mini Silk Blazer Dress
With loose-fitting, off-the-shoulder straps and a figure-flattering bodice, this Reformation dress is the epitome of relaxed elegance.
Slip this style on for a completely effortless second look. We love the look for a laidback summer wedding.
For the Laidback Bride: Reformation Violet Off-the-Shoulder Dress
More of a fashion-forward bride? Go for an ultra-cool wedding suit.
We love this jacket paired with a silky camisole or a sexy bralette for a more daring look. The allover lace print adds a pretty, feminine touch.
Best Bridal Suit: BHLDN Burton Suit Jacket
Nothing says summer wedding quite like a floral lace midi dress. After the ceremony, slip into this easy, breezy number for a totally carefree and effortless look.
The flared skirt will keep all eyes on you as you twirl around the dance floor.
For a Warm Weather Wedding: Lulus Lace Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress
Looking for a reception dress in anything but bridal white? This electric pink mini dress featuring an oversized bow is sure to speak to the bride-to-be who isn't afraid to make a statement. Bold brides will love stepping into the reception in this head-turning look.
Most Statement-Making: Rotate Birger Christensen Natalie Mini Dress