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It's coming to the end of your special day and it's time for an outfit change | Source: Wedding Dresses Guide

10 Wedding After-party Dresses for the Modern Bride

It’s coming to the end of the most important night of your life. Champagne is flowing and so are the tears following the speeches, but the party is far from finished yet.

Guests are milling about, the DJ is spinning tracks and heels are being swapped to flats as the bridal party and guests take to the dance floor. Easily the most fun and exciting part of your big day, the reception is where the real celebrations begin. And to reflect this, many brides opt to slip into something more comfortable, or simply more flamboyant, before getting the night started.

While many brides choose to wear the one dress, there are also plenty who relish a dramatic outfit change. Paris Hilton’s wedding saw her change into at least six different gowns throughout the night. From feathers to sequins to satin, there’s a myriad of dresses to choose from and different statements to make at your reception.

If you’ve got your venue and ring sorted, it’s now time to turn your attention to the dress. That is, the after-party one.

We’ve put together a collection of 10 fashion-forward reception numbers for the fun and sophisticated modern bride, because one dress is never enough.

Retrofete Chiffon Mini Dress

This Aubrielle dress is the perfect mini dress to slip on after the ceremony. The plunging neckline, lightly padded shoulders and bracelet sleeves culminate in a flattering silhouette. The sequined chiffon fabric is sure to sparkle on the dance floor.

RETROFÊTE Aubrielle sequined chiffon mini dress
RETROFÊTE Aubrielle sequined chiffon mini dress, A$787.18 | Source: Net-a-Porter

NONchalant Daphne Dress

This satin mini-dress from Revolve is the classiest, and most comfortable, way to end the night. Cinched in by a sash tie, this relaxed-fit off-white dress is perfect for hitting the dance floor in.

NONchalant Daphne Dress
NONchalant Daphne Dress, A$835.04 | Source: Revolve

BHLDN Huntingon Dress

Inspired by the layers of a rose petal, this dress by BHLDN weddings could not be more elegant. Perfect for the sophisticated bride, this feminine dress is made from organically placed tiers of pleated organza.

For Love & Lemons Bustier Gown

For Love & Lemons is a brand not for girls who follow trends, but rather for those who make them. This bustier gown is the perfect example of Love & Lemon’s fashion-forward flair with its delicate boned bodice and long chic train.

The breathable nylon material and stunning tulle make this gown easy to move around in on the dance floor.

Bustier Gown For Love & Lemons
Bustier Gown For Love & Lemons, A$537.24 | Source: Revolve

Grace Loves Lace Silk Cami and Skirt

This sand-washed silk cami and skirt set by Grace Loves Lace is a soft and timeless dream. Its relaxed fit offers a comfortable outfit change to look forward to at the end of the night while the skirt’s elasticated waist and thigh-high split ensure plenty of room for movement.

This silk cami and skirt can also be easily paired with a jacket or cardigan as the night cools down.

Grace Loves Lace Silk Cami and Skirt
Belle Long Silk Cami, A$77 and Skirt, A$181.50 | Source: Grace Loves Lace

Aje Mimosa Cutout Midi Dress

Cinched in by an eye-catching tie-up back and cutout detail, this gorgeous midi dress is another great reception gown for the sophisticated bride. Paying homage to bridal fashion codes with its puffy sleeves and classic silhouette, this number from Aje offers a subtle twist on the traditional. And, what’s more, is that the dress has pockets.

Aje Mimosa Cutout Midi Dress
Aje Mimosa Cutout Midi Dress, A$595 | Source: Aje

Maticevski Bow-Back Tulle

If traditional and classic aren’t what you’re looking for in a reception dress, then this sculptural tulle mini-dress by Maticevski may be for you. Turn heads and catch eyes in this dramatic number with its cinched waist, bow detail and refined silhouette.

Maticevski Admiration Strapless Bow-Back Tulle Mini Dress
Maticevski Admiration Strapless Bow-Back Tulle Mini Dress, A$3,110 | Source: Moda Operandi

Galvan Asymmetric Halter Jumpsuit

If you’re looking to make some pull out your best dance moves, you’ll certainly be able to get down to business in this flared jumpsuit by Galvan. Made from sumptuous satin, this jumpsuit is a fusion of elegance and grace inspired by old Hollywood glamour.

Galvan Asymmetric satin halterneck jumpsuit, A$2,029 | Source: Net-A-Porter

16Arlington Michelle Feather-trim Mini

Making a statement with its feather-trim detailing and straight-point collar, this bold mini dress from 16Arlington is sure to bring plenty of fun to the reception.

16Arlington Michelle Feather-trim Mini Dress,
16Arlington Michelle Feather-trim Mini Dress, A$1,355 | Source: Farfetch

Shona Joy La Lune Lace Front Maxi Dress

Featuring a daring lace-up front detail, this silky maxi dress from Shona Joy keeps things classy while showcasing the figure. This gorgeous desert rose-tone strays from the usual white and cream reception dresses ever so subtly.

Shona Joy La Lune Lace Front Maxi Dress in Desert Rose
Shona Joy La Lune Lace Front Maxi Dress in Desert Rose, A$520 | Source: Shona Joy

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