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Reception Wedding Dresses

When One (Gorgeous) Wedding Dress is Not Enough
We're loving one of the hottest trends in Bridal - the reception wedding dress! The trend began about ten years ago when wedding gowns became more opulent, with bigger ball gown skirts and intricate beading. While there is nothing more lovely than beautiful detail on a wedding gown, these features tended to weigh a Bride down.

We went to wedding dress expert Donna Holland, owner of Party Dress Express, to get the full story on reception dresses. First, we were curious, what does a reception dress look like?  She laughed, “That’s a very good question. The same dress in my store can be one Bride's destination wedding dress and it can also be another's reception dress! The simplest answer is a reception wedding dress is going to be simpler than the gown the Bride wore at her ceremony. A reception dress has functionality - our Brides love them because they can easily move around their reception in them and they are great for dancing!”

Holland showed us some of the most popular reception dresses at her store. Now all you have to do is decide between short or long!


Short & Chic Reception Wedding Dress
Short & Chic Reception Wedding Dress
Short & Chic Reception Wedding Dress
Be an elegant vision in Alfred Angelo.   Love the one shoulder detail. By Destiny Informal Bridal.   Gorgeous skirt detail on this Voyage Bridals by Mori Lee.
Massachusetts wedding reception dress
Massachusetts wedding reception dress
Short & Chic Reception Wedding Dress
Crystal buttons add a hint of sparkle. From Casablanca Bridal.   Love the neckline and the crustal detail. From Voyage Bridals by Mori Lee.   Fashion forward in Allure Bridals Romance.


long reception dress
Long, open back reception dress
Peek-a-boo reception dress
Budget friendly and beautiful! From Destiny Informal Bridal.   Loving the sparkle of this dress from Voyage Bridal by Mori Lee.   So elegant! Love the lace and tulle detail. From Destiny Informal Bridal.
Goddess Styled Wedding Reception Dress
Hi-Lo Reception Dress
Wedding Reception Dress Silver Label by Eden
Grecian Goddess in Destiny Informal Bridal.   High-Lo dresses are still hot! Love this one from Voyage Bridal by Mori Lee.   So romantic. By Silver Label by Eden.

Something as Unique as YOU!

You've already been a standout at your wedding ceremony, dressed in a gorgeous wedding gown.  Why not continue that trend and wear something completely unique at your wedding reception?  From pantsuits to a reception dress in black, here are some new styles to choose from:
Casablanca Bridal Reception Dress
Knee Length Wedding Reception Dress
Bridal Wedding Suit
Perfect for dancing! From Casablanca Bridal.   For the Bride ready to be whisked away on her honeymoon. By Silver by Eden.   Pantsuit perfection by Alfred Angelo.
Reception Bridal Dress
Bridal Reception Dress
Glam Reception Dress
Stun your guests in this amazing wedding dress from Silver by Eden.   Kick up your heels in Voyage Bridal by Mori Lee.   When you just want something no one else has...look outside the wedding department! Dress by Terani.

Holland says at Party Dress Express about 70% of the Brides buy a reception dress. We had to ask Ms. Holland, when does a Bride know if she needs a reception dress? “I know my Brides really want to enjoy their reception. They have worked so hard to have everything perfect and now they deserve to really relax and enjoy it. In their minds, they are going from something formal and lovely - their ceremony to something celebratory and upbeat - the reception. That often requires a second outfit to reflect the change of mood and style. Plus it's so much easier to kick up your heels and dance in your reception dress!”