After the “I do’s” have been said, all that’s left to do is party. If you’re ready to escape your corseted wedding gown, here’s 15 reception gowns under $500 to try on for size. Change into dress No. 2 before the first dance, or wait until the end of the night to wear it as a getaway gown.
This flirty sheath dress is the perfect way to kick off the post-ceremony party. Allegra dress, $418 at Parker.
This textured mini dress is simple and sophisticated, with an always-flattering cut. Pacey low V-neck Lantern dress, $485 at Alice and Olivia.
Because there’s nothing better for getting down on the dance floor than a jumpsuit. Mara jumpsuit, $280 at BHLDN.
This Art Deco gown is regal enough for a bride, casual enough for chowing down on that reception taco bar. Laundry by Shelli Segal embellished cutout back gown, $365 at Bloomingdale’s.
Nothing says “party time” like a short dress with lots of sparkle. Cap sleeve fully beaded cocktail dress, $329 at Adrianna Papell.
This breezy floral gown is perfect for outdoor summer cocktail receptions. Fleur dress, $375 at Erin Fetherston.
A straightforward sheath with some daring cutouts, this one-shoulder dress is ideal for the downtown bride who isn’t afraid to be fashionable—or to show a little leg. Minimal cut out crepe dress, $295 at Halson Heritage.
This draped, flowy gown will give you room to breathe again after changing out of your wedding dress. Secha one-shoulder draped gown, $298 at BCBG.
Because just about everything is cooler with a cape. Milly Cyrano shift, $70 rental at Rent the Runway.
For brides who were all buttoned up for the ceremony and want to let a little loose during the reception, this deep-V gown is ready to party. Halston Heritage hardware-accented V-neck gown, $445 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Why buy a second dress when you can rent one? This gorgeous Nha Khanh gown retails at $945, but it can be yours for the night for just $150 at Rent the Runway.
As sweet and delicate as a bridal gown, this little lace number will free your legs for dancing. Plus, that open back is killer. Aaliyah Dress, $390 at BHLDN.
For a warm-weather wedding, you can’t go wrong with this lightweight silk jumpsuit. Crepe de Chine bridal jumpsuit, $495 at J. Crew.
This simple t-shirt dress will help you to loosen up post-ceremony, just in time for the first dance. Scoop back sequin gown, $280 at Adrianna Papell.