Most women’s wedding dreams revolve around her wedding gown. What it looks like and how she looks in it. However, the modern bridal dream has shifted to include a second dress for the after-party or reception. Equally stunning, this dress can be anything but traditional and often makes celebrating less of a chore. It is both beautiful and comfortable. Check out some of the bridal after-party dresses that we are loving!
The Roaring Twenties were about enjoying the widespread prosperity brought on by the economic boom, oftentimes with lavish parties. Celebrations often included dancing to the newly popular Jazz music, for which many women wore a flapper dress. This style of dress features subtle bling, was tea-length and showed off a woman’s legs. Similar styles can still be found and are a beautiful option for a bride who is looking to have some fun on the dance floor.
If you really want to be the star of the party opt for a dress that features some bling. Sequins, rhinestones, beading, and sparkling fabrics will all do the trick. Bling will shine beneath the reception party lights, so all eyes will land on you. Keep it classy with a silhouette that is long and to the floor, or select something that shows off your party personality, like a short mini dress with spaghetti straps.
A traditional wedding dress is white, but there are no rules surrounding the wedding reception dress. Bring a little bit of colour back to your look with a dress that is a solid colour or features colourful embellishments. Pastels are currently in, like blush and pale blue, or rich jewel-tones, like fuschia and ruby red. If you want a simple but colourful touch, add a bright sash to your ceremony gown, or choose a style with colourful embroidery. One current trend is white or off-white dresses with colourful floral stitching.
Rather than stand out you may prefer to fit in with the crowd. In this case, an elegant cocktail dress is a perfect style. With a skirt that is knee or tea-length, choose any silhouette that suits your personal style and body type. It can also feature any details and colours, or be made with materials of your preference. Overall, you will feel less out of place than you would in a wedding dress and have and have an easier time moving around.
Bring on the ruffles, feathers and voluminous skirts! If you opted for a more toned down wedding dress, then we recommend using the reception to show off. For many brides, the reception dress aligns with what their family and tradition deem appropriate. Therefore your reception dress should encapsulate your personal style and personality. Go as big as you want, including asymmetrical designs, cutouts, unique frills and an array of colours.
From conventional to exceptional we hope these bridal after-party dress ideas will inspire you!
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