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27 Wedding Reception Dresses That Are So Pretty, It Hurts

A gorgeous ceremony dress plus one of these beauties for dancing means you *can* have your cake and eat it, too!

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1. A knee-length fit and flare with cap sleeves and gorge handmade lace detailing that'll look like you bought it at a fancy bridal boutique.

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Get it from Amazon for $58.38+ (available in sizes 2–26 and in white [left] and ivory [right]).

2. A lace-overlay dress for a ~sheerly gorgeous~ look you'll fall in love with... and then buy in all the colors for other people's weddings!

This bb has over 800 glowwwwing reviews, too. Note that it does run small, so size up!Get it from Nordstrom for $89 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in white, plus eight other colors).Promising review: "The perfect dress for a wedding, bridal shower, or really any event. Very comfortable. All in all this is a wonderful dress and the perfect option for a wedding! Already thinking about purchasing in other colors for future events." —Andy66
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This bb has over 800 glowwwwing reviews, too. Note that it does run small, so size up!

Get it from Nordstrom for $89 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in white, plus eight other colors).

Promising review: "The perfect dress for a wedding, bridal shower, or really any event. Very comfortable. All in all this is a wonderful dress and the perfect option for a wedding! Already thinking about purchasing in other colors for future events." —Andy66

3. A flapper-inspired number that'll have you partying like it's 1928 — pour that banned booze and dance the Charleston all night!

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Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in beige [left] white [right], plus seven other colors).

Promising review: "I was looking for a dress to change into for my Jazz Age/Gatsby–themed wedding after I was done wearing my ball gown wedding dress and this fit the bill PERFECTLY. It is described as beige, which it is not — definitely more blush/pinkish. Perfect if I were going for that color as the style and fit were fantastic! The beading and sequins did not look cheap or costume-y at all." —Catharine

4. A stretch-fit v-neck midi dress so you can take the ~plunge~ when you dive headfirst into the cake.

Get it from Nasty Gal for $25 (originally $50; available in sizes 2–8).
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Get it from Nasty Gal for $25 (originally $50; available in sizes 2–8).

5. A box-pleated swing dress available in two fabrics: a thicker one for cooler weather and a more dramatic drape, and a lighter one for mid-summer outdoor weddings.

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Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S–3X in white, plus six other colors).

Promising review: "Wore this as a last minute reception dress to my wedding in sunny, sunny California. I added a petticoat to give it extra volume. It was very comfortable and got lots of compliments — no one could believe I had just ordered it two days before 😉" —57:88

6. A fitted mini with a keyhole back so you look as polished as the gleaming silverware at your (painstakingly laid out) place settings.

Get it from H&M for $69.99 (available in sizes 0–14 and in white and navy).
H&M

Get it from H&M for $69.99 (available in sizes 0–14 and in white and navy).

7. A v-front bodycon dress for a chic alternative to your pretty and poofy ceremony dress.

Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in white, plus four other colors).Promising review: "I bought this dress in white and used it as my grand exit/get away dress at my wedding (my big wedding dress wouldn't fit into my husband's convertible coupe). IT WAS PERFECT!!! My dad kept saying I looked like a movie star during the grand exit and nobody believed I got it from Amazon. Dress is a quality material that's not flimsy and has stretch to it. I normally don't wear bodycon style dresses, but this one fit me perfectly. The V plunge is deep so I decided to go without a bra or petals and it worked fine for me." —Shawna Howell
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Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in white, plus four other colors).

Promising review: "I bought this dress in white and used it as my grand exit/get away dress at my wedding (my big wedding dress wouldn't fit into my husband's convertible coupe). IT WAS PERFECT!!! My dad kept saying I looked like a movie star during the grand exit and nobody believed I got it from Amazon. Dress is a quality material that's not flimsy and has stretch to it. I normally don't wear bodycon style dresses, but this one fit me perfectly. The V plunge is deep so I decided to go without a bra or petals and it worked fine for me." —Shawna Howell

8. A long-sleeve maxi that'll look gorgeous with velvet or faux fur accessories for a winter wedding.

Get it from Eloquii for $169.90 (available in sizes 14–28 and in white [pictured] and black).Promising review: "If you want to feel like the belle of the ball, wear this dress. It is a stunner. The color, the quality and the pleats make this a classy pick and worth every penny. I love it and can’t wait to wear it again." —Lady T.
Eloquii

Get it from Eloquii for $169.90 (available in sizes 14–28 and in white [pictured] and black).

Promising review: "If you want to feel like the belle of the ball, wear this dress. It is a stunner. The color, the quality and the pleats make this a classy pick and worth every penny. I love it and can’t wait to wear it again." —Lady T.

9. A backless fit-and-flare ***WITH POCKETS*** so you can stash your lipstick, a snack, and the hundreds of tissues you'll need for all those happy tears.

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Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in white [pictured], plus 12 other colors and patterns).

Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this dress! It’s going to be perfect for my bridal shower and bachelorette party. I I was worried about the straps and the not staying up, BUT they’re adjustable which makes it perfect! The material is super comfy. Highly recommend this dress!" —Justin

10. A high-necked dress complete with tiers and tiers of fringe that'll look fabulous when you're grooving on the dance floor (those wedding photos are going to be 🔥).

Get it from Bhldn for $190 (available in sizes 0–14).Promising review: "I bought this dress for my rehearsal dinner. It fit perfectly and was so much fun. I got so many compliments. I loved it so much that I even changed out of my wedding dress and into this dress for my wedding reception. If you're looking for something fun and unique, highly recommend this dress." —Anonymous
Bhldn

Get it from Bhldn for $190 (available in sizes 0–14).

Promising review: "I bought this dress for my rehearsal dinner. It fit perfectly and was so much fun. I got so many compliments. I loved it so much that I even changed out of my wedding dress and into this dress for my wedding reception. If you're looking for something fun and unique, highly recommend this dress." —Anonymous

11. A sleeveless lace midi that'll have your guests shouting out compliments long before the DJ even plays "Shout."

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Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in white, plus four other colors).

Promising review: "Great dress. I wore if for my civil wedding ceremony and it was perfect. Everyone could tell I was a bride and it was only $30!. It fit as expected. I would recommend this dress to anyone looking for a deal on a wedding dress." —Tami Bereznay

12. A blazer dress to show how well ~suited~ you are to each other.

Get it from Missguided for $60 (available in sizes 0–6).
Missguided

Get it from Missguided for $60 (available in sizes 0–6).

13. A long-sleeve sheath dress made with stretch lace so you can look entirely chic without *stretching* your budget.

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Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in white, plus four other colors).

Promising review: "This is my new fave dress! The quality is very nice for the price paid. The lace is soft and not scratchy at all. The dress is fitted but has a good amount of stretch, so it's comfortable to sit and walk up and down stairs in. The stretch makes the off-the-shoulder cut actually stay off the shoulder and is very comfortable to wear. I wore this to a wedding and danced all night without having to adjust the dress. I received so many compliments at the wedding from complete strangers. I felt very beautiful." —Shelly V.

14. A simple triangle-top dress with adjustable straps (they tie in the back!) for a custom fit without the hassle of finding a tailor.

Get it from Reformation for $218 (available in sizes 0–12 and in ivory, plus seven other colors and patterns).
Reformation

Get it from Reformation for $218 (available in sizes 0–12 and in ivory, plus seven other colors and patterns).

15. A ruffle-and-eyelet midi at a price point so reasonable, you won't be mad if someone pops a bottle of bubbly and accidentally spritzes you. Bring on the champagne fountain!

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in white and blue).
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Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in white and blue).

16. A minimalist dress that'll put the wedding bells in bell sleeve.

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Get it from Asos for $56 (available in sizes 0–16 tall).

17. A pleated chiffon gown so you'll look like the goddess you are.

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According to a reviewer, this is a great option for pregnant brides who aren't sure how big their tummy will be by the wedding!

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in white, plus three other colors).

18. A simple and classic silk slip dress to let your accessories (or just your radiant smile) stand out.

Get it from Shopbop for $445 (available in sizes XS–L).
Shopbop

Get it from Shopbop for $445 (available in sizes XS–L).

19. A strapless swing dress with a removable sheer overlay with a collar perfect for a retro-themed wedding. Maybe it'll be your ceremony *and* reception dress all in one!

ModCloth

Get it from ModCloth for $60.97 (originally $200; available in sizes XS–XL).

20. A broderie-inset maxi for a vintage-y and low-key look you dress up or down.

Get it from Topshop for $50 (originally $100; available in sizes 6–14).
Topshop

Get it from Topshop for $50 (originally $100; available in sizes 6–14).

21. A beachy backless maxi so your guests have something gorgeous to look at while you're dancing close with your honey.

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in white, plus six other colors).Promising review: "As others have stated, this is an incredible Free People Extratropical dress dupe!! I originally saw someone wearing the Free People dress ($118) on Instagram, so I decided to give this one a try. It's very close to the design and it's effortlessly gorgeous to boot!" —LEK
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Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in white, plus six other colors).

Promising review: "As others have stated, this is an incredible Free People Extratropical dress dupe!! I originally saw someone wearing the Free People dress ($118) on Instagram, so I decided to give this one a try. It's very close to the design and it's effortlessly gorgeous to boot!" —LEK

22. A breezy shift with a scarf-print tie in the back for anyone who doesn't want to completely forgo color.

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Get it from Mango for $79.99 (available in sizes 2–8).

23. A spaghetti-strap maxi perfect if you love tulle but your wedding ceremony is simply too wide for cozying up to your new spouse during your first slow dance.

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in sizes 2–26 and in white [pictured] and four other colors).Promising review: "It's perfect! I was so scared to order my dress online but the reviews and other customers' pictures eased my mind a bit. The dress is EXACTLY how it's portrayed in the ad. The bust is a bit too big, but it doesn't take away from the beauty of the dress! A few alterations will get this dress perfect! I'm so excited to wear this dress!!" —Prochocoholic
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Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in sizes 2–26 and in white [pictured] and four other colors).

Promising review: "It's perfect! I was so scared to order my dress online but the reviews and other customers' pictures eased my mind a bit. The dress is EXACTLY how it's portrayed in the ad. The bust is a bit too big, but it doesn't take away from the beauty of the dress! A few alterations will get this dress perfect! I'm so excited to wear this dress!!" —Prochocoholic

24. An ivory satin number that'll look almost *too* lovely with other retro accessories (hello, birdcage veil!).

Get it from ModCloth for $150 (available in sizes XXS–3X).Promising review: "This is the fourth dress I ordered for my Las Vegas helicopter to Valley of Fire wedding last week and it was the obvious winner. Not fluffy, but definitely classy and glamorous with its shimmer and layered neckline. It is comfortable, too. This dress is generous on cleavage so you'll need a balconette bra, but not necessarily strapless (yay!). It is small enough to pack in a small backpack and easy to steam with a portable steamer, perfect for a carry-on or personal-item if you're traveling." —The New Mrs.
ModCloth

Get it from ModCloth for $150 (available in sizes XXS–3X).

Promising review: "This is the fourth dress I ordered for my Las Vegas helicopter to Valley of Fire wedding last week and it was the obvious winner. Not fluffy, but definitely classy and glamorous with its shimmer and layered neckline. It is comfortable, too. This dress is generous on cleavage so you'll need a balconette bra, but not necessarily strapless (yay!). It is small enough to pack in a small backpack and easy to steam with a portable steamer, perfect for a carry-on or personal-item if you're traveling." —The New Mrs.

25. A high-neck eyelash lace sheath no one will even *believe* you got on Amazon.

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Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in white, plus five other colors).

26. A '60s-inspired skirt set embellished with pearl accents so you match the champagne during the toast.

Get it from Bhldn for $470 (available in sizes XS–XL).
Bhldn

Get it from Bhldn for $470 (available in sizes XS–XL).

27. A shift mini with dramatic floral lace sleeves for a casual look that's still unique and special.

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Get it from Amazon for $18.89+ (available in sizes S–XXL).

Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress. I wore it to our wedding reception and it was perfect. We had a destination wedding and a reception back home and it was the perfect casual and classy dress. Fits great and was very comfortable." —Justin Moore

Idk about you, but I might just buy these to hang around the house in.

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