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17 Best Wedding Reception Dresses for 2021

by Emma Arendoski

A reception dress can give you a new look and a fun outfit change for your wedding. While you may imagine that a bridal gown is enough of an expense as it is, reception dresses for brides aren’t necessarily expensive. In fact, we’ve found many styles of reception dresses for brides to wear that range in price from affordable to more luxurious, depending on your bridal style. Today we’ll answer the big question: what is a reception dress? We’ll also show you the top styles that brides are choosing as a reception dress in 2021 in trend-forward styles.

Let’s get to it!

What Is A Reception Dress?

A reception dress is a second outfit the bride changes into for the reception. This is a fun trend for weddings: it gives you a comfortable, stylish outfit, while giving you the more formal look for the ceremony (and your photos). Many brides are choosing to wear a reception dress for 2021 because they may have eloped last year and are now planning a big reception-only celebration; it’s natural to want a different dress to mark the occasion.

What Dresses Are Popular for Wedding Receptions?

We’re seeing everything from crepe to satin, modern jumpsuits to two-piece dresses, along with short dresses and midi styles. Our list below showcases the best wedding reception dresses 2021 has to offer in the latest fashions and for every price point.

When Do You Change Into The Reception Dress?

Most brides change into their second outfit after the ceremony (and after photos are taken) before or when they arrive at the reception. If you prefer a grand entrance in your bridal gown, omit changing into your reception dress until after dinner, right before dancing.

Best Wedding Reception Dresses

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1. Mini Reception Dress

This dress is a cute mini style and features voluminous sheer sleeves. By BHLDN.

Forever That Girl Ainsley Dress

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2. Modern Jumpsuit

A jumpsuit makes a great reception dress alternative! This one is especially stylish and is made of silky satin charmeuse. By ML Monique Lhuillier.

ML Monique Lhuillier Doutzen V-Neck Jumpsuit

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3. Sweetheart Neckline Minidress

This minidress has a sweetheart neckline and flowy sleeves, along with a rounded low back. By Betsy & Adam.

Caton Mini Dress

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4. Bow Midi Dress

Go bold with a bow on this midi-length dress! It has a sleeveless neckline, classic bridal buttons, and a long flowy bow. By Amsale.

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Amsale Willow Bow Dress

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5. Ruffle and Tulle Minidress

Ruffles? Check. Tulle? Check. Sequins? Triple check! This dress has all the vintage charm you’re looking for as you rock out on the dance floor. By Needle and Thread.

Needle & Thread Snowdrop Mini Dress

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6. One-Shoulder Dress

Want a little extra drama? Wear this column gown with a modern neckline and a feminine bow on the shoulder. By BHLDN.

ML Monique Lhuillier Lionel One-Shoulder Dress

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7. V-Neck Crepe Dress

You can wear this stylish crepe reception dress for your wedding which features a midi style and versatile crepe material. I love the tulip skirt! By BHLDN.

Caron V-Neck Crepe Dress

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8. Beaded Cap Sleeve Gown

Ooh! This dress features elegant cap sleeves and all-over beadwork. By BHLDN.

BHLDN Sanders Dress

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9. Full-Skirt Midi Gown

A dress like this is made for reception dancing! The shirred sleeves flow into an off-the-shoulder style and has lace and sequins to finish the look. From By Watters.

By Watters Mattea Gown

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10. Silk Floral Dress

This mini dress features dimensional blooms and a high neckline. By Payal Jain.

Payal Jain Archer Mini Dress

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11. Corded Lace Dress

This dress has a lace-up back, corset bodice, and velvet straps (which can be removed if you prefer a strapless style). By Sabina Musayev.

Sabina Musayev Ariana Dress

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12. Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress

A cowl neck satin dress like this works perfectly for your reception and features a modern silhouette. By BHLDN.

Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress

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13. Tulle Long Sleeve Dress

Get ready to dance in this sequin-adorned midi dress, made of gossamer tulle. By Needle & Thread.

Needle & Thread Tempest Bodice Ballerina Dress

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14. Lace Jumpsuit

A fun, modern jumpsuit made of lace makes a great second outfit! By Hayley Paige.

Hayley Paige Campbell Lace Jumpsuit

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15. Crepe Maxi Dress

This crepe long maxi dress is one of the most amazing styles we’ve seen yet — and you won’t believe the affordable price! By BHLDN.


Montreal Crepe Maxi Dress

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16. Champagne Charmeuse Dress

If you love a sleek style, look no further than this one-shoulder neckline made of satin charmeuse. By BHLDN.

Dylan Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress

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17. Lace Dress

Ooh, I love this one! Wear an allover lace dress with a side slit and cut-out back for a fun reception dress option. By Hayley Paige.

Hayley Paige Erykah Dress

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And there you have it! Which style is your favorite?

Happy Planning!


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