Maria Loizou

Guest Editor



What to Wear to a Wedding Reception

Whilst celebrating a wedding is an intrinsically exciting affair, the search for an outfit can often present somewhat of a challenge, particularly if it’s a multifaceted event. Plus, often with just an afternoon or evening invitation in tow, knowing what to wear to a wedding reception begs an additional question. Do you dress more casually? Is it best to opt for a fascinator? Prefer not to wear dresses? If you’re a bride, what could a second outfit look like? With all of these things in consideration, discover the KM guide of what to wear.

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Floral Applique On Lace Woven Midi Dress

If invited for a wedding breakfast, post-ceremony lunch or simply can’t make it to the initial event, look to a beautiful pastel, coloured or floral design, the perfect option particularly for a summer wedding. With weddings often a longlasting affair, opt for both comfort and elegance. Dresses for wedding reception guests could include an effortless tulle design – a particular trend piece for spring/summer 23, or an applique design is also a current favourite.


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Tulle Corseted Midi Dress

If heading to a moonlight event, allow luxe glamour to lead the way in an evening-appropriate design. From a floor-skimming gown embellished with sparkling details, to a striking strappy piece – align with the dress code for an evening wedding reception outfit, make the most of the celebrations with an equally as celebratory design.


Baby blue satin jumpsuit
Satin Back Crepe Pintuck Woven Jumpsuit

If having a preference to not wear a dress, consider an alternative. A jumpsuit is a great additional option. Be it a more structured, tailored offering or a flared trouser offering that can create the illusion of a dress, a jumpsuit is great for wedding receptions, especially being perfect for wearing when dancing. Alternatively, a suit is a stylish offering for a wedding reception, plus when buying separates there is versatility to create more outfits for other occasions.


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Beaded Fringed Halter Embellished Jumpsuit

Outfits for wedding receptions aren’t just for wedding guests, additionally brides may look to a second outfit for the afterparty. Continuing the dress code of white (or perhaps a similar hue), set the tone for the evening in a mood enhancing embellished offering. From a fringe dress or jumpsuit to a shorter length piece, there’s plenty of blanc offerings that is perfect for brides. Again, a trouser can be a contemporary alternative to a dress, pair with matching jacket and high heels as the finished combination.

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As a different option to purchasing an outfit for a wedding reception, instead consider renting from our new platform Karen Millen Rotates. With plenty of outfits for weddings and additional occasions on offer, there’s plenty to consider – with new styles added regularly.

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