One of the big trends that brides are loving right now is the second wedding dress: you know, a shorter length dress worn for the wedding reception after wearing a longer and possibly more formal gown for the ceremony.
This may not be the choice for every bride, but we’re seeing brides switching into a second dress for wedding reception parties more now than ever before. And I have to say, I’m loving this trend!
In addition to this trend, we’re also seeing a huge increase in brides choosing a short wedding dress as THE dress worn all day long, another great idea. Go long or short — it’s totally up to you!
I mean, you have to admit: a shorter-length second dress for the reception makes sense. Can you imagine NOT having to bustle your gown? How about dancing your you-know-what off all night and not sweating up a storm? How about going to the restroom without your bridesmaids helping you out?
I know, it all sounds pretty amazing. And the short wedding dress or even the second dress for the wedding reception is a huge trend we’re seeing this year and definitely jumping right into next year’s fashion forecast.
In addition to the pros we’ve already mentioned, short reception dresses give you an excuse to show off your unique individual style and have some fun with a second dress for the wedding reception.
You can choose to go midi-length, super short, or find a dress that hits right at a knee-length and then choose your preference for embellishments, beadwork, appliques, lace, no lace, long sleeves, short sleeves — the combinations are endless, especially when you have designers like Made By Anatomy turning your dream gowns into reality!
Second Dress for Wedding Reception
These amazing little white dresses at Made By Anatomy are handmade, one-of-a-kind, and everything you’ve wanted in a second wedding dress.
In addition to these stylish and modern dresses, this bridal shop offers fabulous veils and reconstruction wedding gowns — that’s right, a favorite gown (like your grandmother or mother’s) turned into a new gown made just for you. You can find out more about this unique service here!
Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite short dresses from their collection to inspire you. Whether you wear one for your ceremony and reception or to change into as a second dress, you’re sure to find a beautiful option in this list. Which dress is your favorite?
Sophia Lace Long Sleeved Short Wedding Dress
The best of both worlds: long lace sleeves and a short length! I love this combination.
See it here.
Lis Short Wedding Dress
This is my favorite dress for the wedding reception! I couldn’t wear it for just the reception though; I’d have to wear this dress all day long. ;) It’s gorgeous! Photos by Cassidy Parker Smith.
Buy it here.
Juno Tailored Silk Dress
I love the neckline of this modern silk shantung dress.
Find out more here.
Judith Short Dress
This high neckline and dolman sleeve combination is a fun, modern twist on traditional short wedding dresses.
Shop this dress here.
Cocktail Length Dress with Detachable Train
This dress named Evie offers a truly unique style: it is a short wedding dress with a removable train! This is the best of both worlds giving you a short dress with a train you can wear during the ceremony and then remove. Photos by Luke Copping.
See this reception wedding dress here.
Short wedding dress with embroidered beading
This dress is incredible. Check out the up-close embellished lace, hand-applied beadwork, and organza!
Shop this gown here.
Feminine Short Reception Dress
This dress has an open back, a strapless design, a sweet feminine bow on the back, and your choice of a detachable train. I love this one named Elsa. That bow is the cutest thing ever!
Where to Buy
Like what you see here? Want to order a custom short dress of your own? Have questions about wearing a second wedding dress for the reception? Find out everything you need to know and shop here! You’ll find long gowns, short dresses, reconstructions, complete custom designs, and so much more. Anatomy is a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride and Ali is amazing to work with!
So, tell us: are you wearing a reception dress? Will you wear one bridal gown, and is it short or long? Which of these short dresses is your favorite? Tell us in the comment box below!
P.S. Need more inspiration? See another trend in gowns: floral embroidery!