16 Wedding Reception Outfits That Will Affirm Your Need For A Second Dress

Multiple outfit changes are on the rise.
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For many fashion-loving brides, saying ‘yes’ to the dress can feel like one of, if not the, biggest decisions they will make ahead of their big day.

Choosing one person to spend the rest of your life with? That’s a breeze compared to committing to one gown immortalised in your wedding photos forever.

Cue the second wedding dress, also dubbed the reception dress.

Many a celeb have adopted the multi-dress approach, from royals Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton to Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellie Goulding and even Paris Hilton, who wore six dresses over her wedding weekend.


The wedding reception dress dates back as early as the 1930s when brides began opting for a second ensemble at the end of the evening when they departed the venue and headed off to their honeymoon.

These days, the reception dress is rolled out for the festivities that follow your nuptials, offering brides a more comfortable and dancefloor-friendly ensemble like a jumpsuit or short number.

And, for those who consider themselves fashion-forward, it’s the chance to showcase their style.

No matter your reasoning or number of desired looks (we’re not here to argue with a more-is-more mentality), we’ve rounded up some of our favourite dresses and jumpsuits perfect for slipping into after the main event.

The Best Wedding Reception Dresses & Jumpsuits To Shop


Daphne Mini Dress, $699 at Rebecca Vallance 


Galvan Pandora Satin Halterneck Midi Dress, $1,658 at Net-A-Porter


Bronx & Banco Lola Blanc Feather Jumpsuit, $931 at REVOLVE


Vera Beaded Flower Mini Dress, $795 at Aje


Ridley Set, $414.95 at Elliatt


Jacquemus Bambino Linen Halterneck Mini Dress, $695 at Net-A-Porter


BY JOHNNY. Johnny Feather Mini, $380 at THE ICONIC


La Lune Ruched Bodice Maxi Dress in Cream, $520 at Shona Joy


Magda Butrym Feather Trimmed Wool Blazer, $2,878 at Net-A-Porter


Katie May Boss Lady Dress, $418 at REVOLVE


Alia Dress, $680 at Nana Jacqueline 


Miami Heat Mini Dress, $399 at Manning Cartell


The Dreamer Strapless Dress, $380 at Bec + Bridge 


Retrofête Violet Asymmetric Lace-Up Sequined Stretch-Tulle Gown, $1,133 at Net-A-Porter


Frenchy Mini in Ivory, $1,390 at Rachel Gilbert


Emilia Wickstead Salma Duchesse-Satin Mini Dress, $1,359 at Net-A-Porter

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