Selecting a Traditional Bridal Gown & Festive Reception Dress

Real brides share their wedding ceremony and reception dress pairings.

Selecting a Traditional Bridal Gown & Festive Reception Dress

Photo: Ira Lippke Studios

More and more brides are opting to wear two dresses on their big day: a traditional wedding gown for the ceremony and photographs, and a fun, flirty cocktail dress for the reception. We've collected some images of real brides, first pictured in their formal bridal attire, and then wearing the stylish frocks they donned when it was time to get the party started. Take a look and decide if having a second dress for your reception appeals to your wedding style!

All images by Gruber Photographers unless otherwise noted.






Lawrence Crandall
Lawrence Crandall
Paul Barnett Photographer
Paul Barnett Photographer



Steve Hoffman
Steve Hoffman

Opening photograph by Ira Lippke Studios