25 Trendy Wedding After-Party Dresses for the Fashionable Bride

Slip into a festive ensemble after your reception.
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Jun 16, 2023
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For many couples, the party doesn't stop at the reception. Cue: the wedding after-party. Whether the plan is to rent a room at a themed bar or throw a bonfire on the beach, it's also the perfect moment to slip into another celebratory bridal outfit. Like a wedding reception dress, a wedding after-party dress lets you experiment with a completely new style—which could be anything from a casual white midi to a sparkly, statement-making mini.

Below, we've rounded up the cutest after-the-wedding dresses worthy of a second (or third!) look. From sleek and sophisticated silhouettes to festive and frilly frocks, read on for our favorite after-party outfits that'll keep the party going long after your reception.

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    What to Change Into After Your Wedding Dress

    Your after-party dress is a wonderful opportunity to switch into a fun and festive fit to ring in the rest of your celebration. A great way to gain inspiration for your outfit is from the venue itself. For example, if the party's at a hotel bar, you can rock a sleek pantsuit or a bow-topped mini dress. Or, if your after party leans more casual (like a bowling alley, an arcade or a bonfire on the beach), you can switch into comfy midi dress or a jumpsuit. The choice of your bridal after-party outfit is completely yours, so the most important thing is to have fun with it!

    Choose Your Bride After-Party Dress Vibe

    • Minimalist: If you prefer to keep things simple, a minimalist bridal after-party outfit might be for you. Choose a basic silhouette and dainty accessories to celebrate your newly-wed status.

    • Glitzy: Some view the after party as a chance to slip into some seriously glamorous attire (think: feather and fringe details, sparkly embellishments and fun mini dresses). It's the perfect way to use your bridal-after-party outfit as the ultimate bridal fashion moment (and your Insta followers will thank you for it).

    • Romantic: When we think of romantic after-party dresses for brides, we picture whimsical cottagecore and regencycore styles with puffed sleeves, tulle and lots of tiers. Channel your inner Bridgerton and go for a truly romantic silhouette.

    Where to Buy After-Party Wedding Dresses

    • Anthropologie/BHLDN: Anthropologie and its wedding shop, BHLDN, are one of our favorite places to find stunning bridal attire. Scroll through their selection of trendy bridal event dresses, sets and jumpsuits for your endless inspiration. The best part? Their dresses come in standard, petite and plus sizes.

    • REVOLVE: For a showstopping outfit, look no further than REVOLVE's collection of high-end and designer after-party dresses. The site carries tons of stylish bridal-worthy styles, from feather-halter mini dresses to sexy lace numbers.

    • Nuuly: An affordable and sustainable option is to rent a fashionable bridal dress for your after-party attire. That way, you can rock a gorgeous dress while only paying a fraction of the price. One of our top choices is Nuuly, which is the company behind Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters. Bonus: Use our exclusive code "THEKNOT20" to save $20 off your first order!

    • Bridal by ELOQUII: We're so impressed with ELOQUII's new bridal collection, and you will be too. The popular plus-size retailer now has a dedicated section of bridal gowns and event dresses for all of your wedding-related festivities, including the after party.

    • Nasty Gal: Nasty Gal's recently launched bridal shop is one to watch. From dresses with flirty fringe and wispy feathers to silky satin slips, you'll find bridal after-party dresses for every wedding vibe and venue. Scroll through their curated bridal dresses and after-party accessories, including heels, embellished jackets, clutches and more.

    The Best Wedding After-Party Wedding Dresses for 2023

    We've searched far and wide for the trendiest bridal after-party dresses for weddings all year round. Scroll through our of-the-moment looks to wrap up your party of a lifetime.

    1. ASOS EDITION Curve Lila Datin Structured Off-Shoulder Mini Wedding Dress in Ivory

    A model shows off this gorgeous white mini dress with off-the-shoulder draped sleeves

    After your wedding, change into a white after-party dress that's equally breathtaking. This number is defined by the off-the-shoulder sleeves and draped bodice. Another plus? It'll get plenty of rotation in your spring and summer wardrobe after your big day.

    Size range: 12-26

    2. Petal & Pup Aida Slip Dress in White

    We can't decide which element of this white wedding after-party dress is the most gorgeous. From the refined halter neckline and the open back to the silver metallic belt, this Petal & Pup stunner is the definition of understated elegance. Bonus: Use our code "PETALXKNOT" to receive 10% off your purchase.

    Size range: XS-XXL

    3. Bridal by ELOQUII Floral Mini Dress in Off-White

    The allover floral lace isn't the only wow-worthy aspect of this plus-size wedding party dress. Together, the off-the-shoulder neckline and mini skirt form an eye-catching bridal ensemble to celebrate your newlywed status.

    Size range: 14-28

    4. Lulus All In Favor Midi Dress in White

    Calling all minimalists: This after-party wedding dress proves that less is more. Standout features include the flirty V-neckline, adjustable spaghetti straps and figure-hugging midi skirt. Throw in sparkly accessories to get the postwedding party started.

    Size range: XS-XL

    5. ASOS LUXE Curve Tulle Baby Doll Dress With Pearl Embellishment in Blue

    Slip into something blue and dazzling post-reception. From the sparkling pearl embellishments to the voluminous puffed sleeves, this bejeweled plus-size bridal dress makes a fun, glamorous statement.

    Size range: 22-26

    6. ASTR The Label Joelle One-Shoulder Midi Dress in White

    ASTR The Label is another one of our go-to brands for stylish bridal dresses—just look at this trendy ruched midi dress. The design features an asymmetrical neckline, one-shoulder puffed sleeve and pleating throughout. It's a foolproof option for the ultra-chic bride.

    Size range: XS-XL

    7. Bronx and Banco Barbie Blanc Fringe V-Neck Mini Dress in Ivory

    This ivory fringe mini dress is so fashion-forward that it deserves its own moment. The allover sequins, V-neckline and asymmetrical kerchief hem make this one of the trendiest wedding after-party looks yet. Style it with a fun pair of wedding pumps and a beaded clutch for a memorable outfit.

    Size range: XS-XL

    8. Needle & Thread Anais Sequin Dress in Champagne

    This dreamy masterpiece will have your guests swooning at the after party. Why? It's embellished with champagne sequins in a vintage French-inspired lace pattern. It also comes in three different skirt lengths: mini, ballerina and gown. It's a gorgeous dress to take with you from the dance floor to the classy hotel bar.

    Size range: 0-18

    9. Untamed Petals Chrishell in White

    Get ready to sparkle all night long in this glittery bridal mini for the after party. The petite frock is covered in pearls and sequins for a dramatic effect, but we can't forget about the wispy plumes on the wrists and hem.

    Size range: 00-24

    10. Fashion to Figure Crystal Crossneck Midi Dress in White

    Want a spicy body-hugging option? This sexy white after-party dress for brides will take your party to the next level. We love the fitted silhouette, but the chic cross neck and stomach cutout are the icings on the cake.

    Size range: Plus size 0-4

    11. Reformation Maysen Silk Dress in Cream

    Here's another minimalist number that's equally captivating. The long silhouette exudes class, while the deep V neckline with lace details adds a touch of allure. Psst: This style would also make a stunning wedding reception dress.

    Size range: 0-12

    12. Show Me Your Mumu Zoey Mini Dress in White Iridescent Sequins

    Two words: disco queen. The iridescent sequins, ruffled bodice and side cutouts make this wedding after-party mini dress a guaranteed head-turner. Add sparkly wedding shoes for a glistening bridal ensemble that commands attention.

    Size range: XS-XXL

    13. Karen Millen Petite Feather Bardot Stretch Crepe Maxi Dress

    For a petite-friendly option, consider this feather-trim maxi dress for an elegant after-party ensemble. It's a gorgeous style if you prefer a long skirt over a short or mini silhouette. Accessorize your outfit with crystal drop earrings and vibrant stilettos for a fun pop of color.

    Size range: Petite 0-12

    14. ASTR The Label Lainie Cutout Long-Sleeve Midi Dress in Pearl

    This impressive bridal after-party dress has a sweetheart neckline that flows into a twisted front and side cutouts at the waist. We're also loving those bold statement shoulders for the perfect touch of drama. Another thought: This pearlescent frock is also a great rehearsal dinner dress.

    Size range: XS-XL

    15. Showpo Fancy a Spritz Square-Neck Mini Dress in White Embroidery

    Grab this utterly romantic embroidered after-wedding dress, then head to the hotel bar for refreshments. What makes this mini dress so special are the flared angel sleeves, square neckline and allover floral accents. Heighten your look with colorful bridal mules, then have some fun.

    Size range: 0-16

    16. Amanda Uprichard x REVOLVE Samba Gown in White Sequin

    All we can say is wow. Take a cue from Old Hollywood and wear this glamorous sequined maxi dress for your after-party wedding gown. The halter neckline, subtle draping and high side slit add red carpet-worthy drama—so all eyes will land on you in this lavish ensemble. Bonus: It also comes in black and lavender, if that's more your vibe.

    Size range: XS-XL

    17. Bridal by ELOQUII Strappy Mini Dress in True White

    Talk about a standout after-party dress for the bride. As if the front and back cowl neckline wasn't enough, embellishments really kick this shimmering frock up a notch. Throw in gold dangle earrings and bow-topped stilettos to complete the look.

    Size range: 14-28

    18. Rebecca Vallance Bridal Davina Asymmetric Sequin Feather Mini Dress in Ivory

    We love how eye-catching plumes can elevate your bridal look in an instant. The fluffy ostrich accents capture the celebratory feel of the sequin-embellished silhouette. Style your outfit with large gold hoops, a pair of chic bridal block heels and a metallic clutch.

    Size range: 0-12

    19. First Distraction The Label Tall Satin Midi Dress with Slit in Cyan Blue

    A model wears this lovely off-the-shoulder pale blue gown.

    Who says you can't save your something blue for the after party? This ultra-cut blue satin midi dress, specifically designed for tall sizes, has a beautiful bardot neckline, off-the-shoulder short sleeves and a draped bodice. We're swooning big time.

    Size range: 6-12

    20. Tadashi Shoji Sabine Plunge V-Neck Twist-Front Long-Sleeve Mini Dress in Ivory

    Available in standard and plus sizes, the plunge neckline, long sleeves and twisted bodice offer an effortlessly chic vibe while still feeling bridal-worthy. Crystal drop earrings and timeless pearl bridal shoes will pair well with the simplistic style.

    Size range: XS-4X

    21. Lulus Angelic Aesthetic Satin Bow Back Sleeveless Jumpsuit in Ivory

    If you're looking for something different from the typical bridal dress, we found a winner. This jumpsuit has an oversized bow detail on the back (which is also removable!) that steals the show. Plus, the silky satin fabric makes it an exceptionally comfy after-party outfit that doesn't compromise on style.

    Size range: XS-XL

    22. Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Art Deco Cocktail Dress With Halter Neck in Ivory

    Embrace art deco glamour at your after party with this shimmering sheath dress. It's covered with beaded and sequined embellishments from the halter neckline to the fitted skirt. Trust us: It's a glitzy option that will get the party started.

    Size range: 14-26

    23. Reformation Poppies Silk Dress in Lupine

    There's no doubt you'll be the life of the party in this silky bridal after-party dress. The blue floral motif and chic cutout details above the waist exude romance, and you'll especially love the delicate button detail on the back. It's an eclectic style for the modern bride.

    Size range: 0-12

    24. Petal & Pup Sunny Midi Dress in White

    If you're having a seaside soirée, this after-party dress is giving us beach bar vibes. The white bridal after-party dress has a frilled V-neckline and cute crochet overlay for a playful touch. Plus, it feels effortlessly bridal thanks to the wedding white hue and short cap sleeves. We're obsessed!

    Size range: XS-XL

    25. Nasty Gal Plus-Size Belted Blazer With Feather Cuffs

    Another popular dress alternative is a wedding pantsuit—and this one is perfect for your wedding after-party festivities. It features a long-sleeve plus-size white blazer with fluffy feather cuffs and matching flared plumed pants.

    Size range: 12-24

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