Wedding Reception Dresses for Brides

Shop this collection of long reception wedding dresses at Avery Austin for another gorgeous look after your ceremony. If you need a second dress for your wedding reception, these dresses offer a variety of styles to suit any bridal theme.

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What Do Brides Wear for a Wedding Reception?

While brides can certainly wear whatever they want for their wedding receptions, most women still like to channel that bridal feeling by sticking to reception wedding dresses. That might mean keeping with the same dress or simply keeping to the same white or ivory bridal hue as you change into a second dress for your wedding reception. Here are the three most common ways that brides dress for their wedding receptions.

  1. Brides Can Wear the Same Dress. Certainly the best option for the budget, wearing the same gown for both your ceremony and reception is also great way to really soak in as much time in your precious wedding dress as you can! And really, why not make lots of memories from start to finish of your big day in the same gorgeous gown you’ve carefully selected for yourself? Worried about how to transition your look? There are many ways to adapt your wedding gown to a bridal reception dress. If there are any removable features (skirt, train, sleeves, etc), you can take them off just before the reception for a whole new look! Long trains can also be bustled so you and your guests won’t be tripping over your long reception wedding dress. You can also swap out a long, fancy veil for a more simple, dance-friendly headpiece.
  2. Brides Can Wear a Second Wedding Dress. Choosing a second dress for your wedding reception is a great way to surprise your guests when you present yourself at your reception in another gorgeous bridal style! Avery Austin’s collection of long reception wedding dresses above offers styles with the same level of formal glamor and sophistication from your ceremony but with party comfort in mind (so no lengthy trains, for example).
  3. Brides Can Wear a Short Bridal Dress. There are lots of white and ivory wedding reception dresses for brides that are also short and sassy! These short bridal styles are fun and easy to move in, making all your socializing and dancing at your reception worry free (on the dress front, at least!).

When it comes to preparing for your wedding reception, your dress choice really comes down to your own style, comfort, and budget. Whether you choose to stick with one bridal gown or wear a second dress for your wedding reception, the important thing is that you create happy memories to last you a lifetime!