Reception Gown Bridal Styles

From a very young age, girls from around the world imagine their future wedding dress in the smallest detail. But why dream about just one wedding gown when you can have two? More and more Nigerian brides prepare two weddings: one for the ceremony, and one for the reception. Check out 15 best ideas of reception bridal gowns!

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1. Why do you need a reception gown?

If you hardly ever seen brides change into a second gown for the reception, you may be wondering whether you need a reception gown at all. However, there are at least three reasons to buy a second wedding dress:


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  1. The traditional Nigerian wedding requires the bride to wear a traditional Nigerian wedding gown. With your reception gown, you can step away from the tradition and wear a dress that is as modern, daring, or unconventional as you like.
  2. A wedding reception cannot be imagined without food and drinks, and with all the dancing and mingling, it’s very possible that you will stain your expensive wedding ceremony gown. Changing into something more casual and accessible for the reception takes out the unwanted stress from the event.
  3. Traditional wedding gowns are extremely beautiful, but often equally uncomfortable. If you are planning to have the time of your life during your wedding reception and dance the night away, change into something that won’t restrict your movements or make you feel inconvenienced in other ways.

2. Reception bridal gown ideas

If you are currently in the process of imagining and then designing your perfect reception gown, here are some cute and interesting outfits for your inspiration:


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A short white gown with an asymmetric design is undoubtedly a bold choice for your own wedding, but if you consider yourself to be a bride with a daring taste, it’s certainly a great option.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

If you are more of a classic bride, you probably want a big white dress for your reception. However, you can still create a dress with a twist – for example, add a round skirt to a mermaid gown.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

The next dress sports a similar idea of combining different shapes in one gown, but the fabric of the dress couldn’t be more different. Plus, the unusual neckline design will draw everyone’s eyes to you.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

A reception dress does not need to be white, and the sapphire blue colour is one of the most popular choices for Nigerian brides. With a sequence cut and sparkly sequins, you will feel like a gorgeous mermaid!

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

Add a little retro feel to your wedding reception look with a midi-length, tight-fitting dress with feathers and lots of stunning beadwork.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

The most successful wedding reception gowns often show off the hard work that made into creating them, and the next gown is certainly a good example of perfect craftsmanship.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

An up and down dress is a very youthful and modern choice: it combines the best from the worlds of fashion and tradition.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

There are so many things we love about the next reception wedding gown: the impeccable fit, the fabulous glittering fabric, and, of course, the high-fashion half-cape.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

If you chose native Nigerian attire for your wedding ceremony, there is nothing stopping you from fulfilling your lifelong dream of rocking a classic white wedding gown.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

Without the sparkly fringe, this reception gown would look fairly understated. However, the fringe adds a much-needed flair to it. Imagine how fun it is to dance and twirl in this dress!

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

The dreamy pink colour is a great choice for a wedding reception, and while on its own it can look somewhat childish, the silver detailing balances out the whole look.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

At the end of the day, the only criteria for choosing a good reception dress is that it makes you stand out, and gold decorations plus purple feathers certainly won’t let you go unnoticed.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

If your first wedding dress was a white one, you probably wouldn’t choose another white gown for the reception. That is why champagne-coloured dresses are so popular right now!

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

Your wedding is the time when you can display your love for your favourite style of clothing. If you love Ankara, there are dozens of different ways to incorporate it into a wedding gown!


Read more: Best Ankara Styles To Wear To A Wedding


Reception Gown Bridal Styles

Your own wedding is a great chance to try something more adventurous than you normally wear, and a super high slit is a great addition to any wedding style.

Reception Gown Bridal Styles

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