Reception a few weeks after destination wedding – what to wear?

posted 1 year ago in Reception
Post # 2
231 posts
Helper bee

it depends on how formal your reception will be.    If its at your house  as a party then probably a cocktail dress of sun dress depending on your plans (cocktail party vs bbq).   But if you are having an actual reception with decor, meal, music, dancing…then the formality of a wedding dress would match.  I also think your guests attire will depend on the type of reception your throwing.   Most people will not dress up as nicely as a wedding if its a more casual event.   So I don’t think you need to worry about being under dressed.


The only times I have actually attended one of these parties it was a full reception and she wore the dress.  I did know someone who had a bbq after her wedding in hawaii and she wore a sun dress.


lastly, do what you want.   I get the sense that you want to wear your wedding dress….go for it if you want to.   You may be the most dressed up person there,  but your throwing the party so who cares.

Post # 3
47432 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve seen both wedding dresses and other dresses-from mini to maxi. No one will care. If you want to wear your wedding dress,wear your wedding dress.

Do have a plan B available though in case your dress is too dirty to wear again.

Post # 4
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Do what you want!!!! It’s your wedding!!!!! 

I ordered a cute white cocktail dress from Lulus but at the last minute decided to bust out my wedding gown, people thought it was fun to see me in it and I’m glad I got one more use out of it! No regrets

Post # 6
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

We went to a similar reception last month. One of my mom’s closest friend got married on a Wednesday at the courthouse. It is the second marriage for both and they are older. So they didn’t really want anything big and only had their immediate family present.  She was wearing a white jumpsuit. 

The following Sunday, she had a bbq reception at her backyard for about 40 guests with floral decors, wedding cake cutting  and champagne toast. She wore an ivory maxi dress.


Post # 7
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We were married in the US, but my husband is from New Zealand so a lot of his family and friends couldn’t attend. We had a reception in his hometown and I wore my dress. So many people who couldn’t make the wedding told me how much it meant to them to see me in the dress, and I was happy for the excuse to wear it again.

FWIW, we had a black tie wedding so the dress was super fancy. People wore a range of things to the reception – everything from cocktail attire to sundress and sneakers to scrubs (not kidding, someone actually showed up in scrubs). I was definitely the fanciest gal in there by far but I mean, you’re the bride, that’s kind of the point!

Congrats and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I would think that since this isn’t the actual wedding or following the wedding (the same day) I would probably get a different dress, that still has a little bit of a bridal feel like a simple backyard wedding dress or maxi type gown…. maybe something like this… 



Post # 9
17 posts
  • Wedding: September 2019

My Fiance and I are eloping in 6 weeks and planning to have a very casual reception at our home a few weeks later. We are both planning to wear our wedding outfits (dress/custom made suit) at the reception because why the heck not wear it again? Most of our guests will likely be in jeans. I dont think you need to match the guests, if you want to wear your dress again, wear it!

Post # 10
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I don’t have a photo of myself but this is what I wore to our 2nd reception. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Canadian Rockies

I just did the same thing! Wedding in the Canadian Rockies, reception back home in US. I wore my dress bustled (or what we could manage of bustling it lol. Tricky), so that everyone could see it. I then changed into a cute short white dress about halfway through the reception. And I didn’t need a bra with either lol. Since we did wedding photos hiking at a famous lake, my dress got so dirty. I managed to soak it in the tub the day before the reception!

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