Say “I Do” to Stunning Ceremony & Reception Dress Pairings

After a walk down the aisle, heartfelt vows, and finally saying “I do”, there’s just one thing left to do: get down on the dance floor! Turns out, that’s not always so simple to do in floor-length layers of tulle, chiffon, and beading. That’s why so many brides these days are opting to slip into something a little more comfortable for the food and festivities: a reception dress!

To help make your ceremony-to-reception transition as stylish and seamless as possible, we rounded up three of our favorite down-the-aisle styles and paired them with their reception-ready matches. Check ’em out!

reception dress 1Pictured: Jewel Be Back Heel, A Love Above the Rest Dress, All the Way to the Banquet Dress, Sizzle Do the Trick Heels, Secretary of Statement Necklace, Social Circles Necklace

On the right, an absolutely confection of a dream dress. Featuring a long A-line skirt replete with embroidered flowers, a sweetheart neckline, and delicate layers of tulle, this dress is the pinnacle of femininity. But once this bride is ready to kick off her (red) shoes, we suggest keeping the ladylike vibe goin’ with a tea-length, strapless stunner with a similarly full tulle skirt. This dress was made for twirling on the dance floor!

reception dress 2Pictured: Vow Do You Do? Dress, Be-All, East End-All Dress, Filament to Be Heels, For Better or For Purse Bag, Cultivate Cuteness Garland, In the Grand Strands Necklace, Emphasized Delight Bracelet

More of a free-spirited bride who wants to buck tradition a bit? A gorgeous midi dress featuring cut-outs and embroidery will provide an elegant, ethereal look for the ceremony, while a marvelously mod shift with similar open-work lace embellishments is just the thing to cut a rug in at the reception! Add a pop of color with a pair of raspberry-colored heels, and you’ll be ready to step in the name of love.

Reception dress 3Pictured: Glitz Been an Honor Dress, At a Rosette in Time DressShed Some Moonlight Upon It Necklace, Cheer and There Heels, Jewel Be Back Heels, Fan the Flamingo Clutch

Last, but certainly not least — behold the beauty of beading! Say “I do” in a stunning floor-length gown, featuring sparkling silver beadwork and an exquisite V-neck. Then, slip on a fun and flirty li’l shift dress that’s sure to sparkle in the spotlight, thanks to its rosette appliques and sequined stripes! Finish the look with statement-making heels for extra pizzazz. You ‘glow’, girl!

+Which ceremony and reception dress pairing suits your style?

About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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