If you’re reading this article then first off, congratulations! We’re sure your wedding ceremony will be as beautiful as the wedding dress you’ve chosen. Getting married in the dress of your dreams is one of the most special moments any woman could have prepared for. And, while being fixated on your dress, you might not have considered a second dress to change into for your wedding reception.
Hosting the after party to celebrate your marriage means getting comfortable to eat, drink and dance the night away. Now, while many brides choose to stay in their wedding dresses, there are plenty of carefree and fun outfits that can transform your look entirely. Your second look doesn’t have to break the bank, there are many affordable pieces that look just as glamourous.
The great thing about your second dress is that while the classic colour remains white or ivory, you can wear any colour you wish. The key thing to look for in a wedding reception dress is a completely different style to your wedding dress. Change up the silhouette, the fabrication, add in embellishments; the choices are endless. There are no rules around when you must change into your second dress. Some brides change right after taking photos, some before the cake cutting and the majority who change just before hitting the dance floor.
So, let’s dive into the favourites that we’re seeing today. If extravaganza isn’t your thing, then let’s talk about all things minimalistic with a simple and sleek silhouette. A slip dress is by far the most chic and adored dress that you could possibly throw on. It’s slinky, feminine and hugs in all the right places. A silky satin fabric is best used for this style for its fluidity.
Think dainty thin straps and an elegant cowl neck. You can incorporate lace trims on the neckline, hemline and waistlines, or even add a narrow embellished belt. Slip dress styles are plentiful, so you’ll easily find the right style for you.
Mini dresses and jumpsuits also look incredibly fashionable and not to mention comfortable. Necklines are one of the best design features that can elevate your look so opt for one that’s a contrast to your wedding dress and surprise your guests. An asymmetric one-shoulder dress opens up your décolletage, off-the-shoulder is romantic and creates a soft line, whereas the neckline or bodice accented with a statement three-dimensional bow, pleats or ruffles will steal the show. To turn it up a notch, why not go for a fully sequinned number and shimmer through the evening.
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