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Watters 6272E dress

Reception Dresses and Accessories You’ll Wear Long After the Wedding

Reception dresses, and even an after-reception dress, is a trend that many brides are embracing. It’s fun to look back at pictures and see yourself in different outfits, and having more than one dress is a great way to pace out your day and give yourself a little break. A second, more casual look also gives you some options to wear while away on your honeymoon.

For the practical bride, a versatile two-piece reception outfit not only lets you mix and match your own look, but gives you two lovely new pieces to add to your closet. Several dress designers are now featuring separates, tops and skirts, pant suits, jackets and other pieces that are made with the same quality and attention to detail you’d expect from wedding wear.

If you’re feeling whimsical and glamorous try Watters’ extraordinary ostrich feather vest. Like something right out of Scream Queens this fabulous Merapi vest is totally touchable and also a clever way to add a little extra warmth when the reception goes long into the night.

Reception Dresses
The Willowby 56901 Merapi vest offers a chic look with its layers of ostrich feathers set on stretch poly charmeuse. This gorgeous topper ensures full back coverage, while the open front adds a dramatic edge to any ensemble. Available in sizes 00 to 15.


Make your look extra special by adding an accessory, like one of the collection’s crystal beaded belts. Every girl needs a little sparkler like this in her wardrobe, perfect for dressing up a little black dress, or adding some instant glam to a colorful pair of cigarette pants.

Reception Dresses
The Willowby 56902 Kiribati is a crystal beaded belt sewn over a grosgrain ribbon. Twin strands of small and medium-sized crystals define this slim belt, adding glamour to any ensemble. Available in one size.
Reception Dresses
The Willowby 56903 Amalfi belt is a metallic-inspired belt sewn over soft tulle. Comprising it are faux pearls and crystals that are set in an irregular pattern, giving it an artistic appeal. Available in sizes 00 to 15.






Reception Dresses
This Willowby 57331 Waverly is a loose sleeveless top styled in stretch satin with a soft V-neckline and spaghetti straps meeting the inverted V-back. It is shown with the Willowby 56126 Bordeaux skirt. The Bordeaux is a full-length, slim-fitting skirt made of Zuzu lace over a stretch satin lining. Crowned with a set-in band, it then drops with a scalloped hem extending into the sweep train. Available in sizes 00 to 15.








The Watters Willowby line has a number of skirts, tops, and crop tops that they sell separately. See them paired with coordinating pieces from the collection by clicking on the photos.

Reception Accessories
The Willowby 56115 Lanikai is a crop top tailored in Zuzu lace over a stretch satin lining. The high jewel neckline is edged with sheer half sleeves, complementing the lace back. Scallops trim the midriff and the sleeve ends, while an exposed zipper secures the back. Available in sizes 00 to 15. Shown with the Annalise skirt.



The Willowby 56309 Moravia is a sleeveless crop top in stretch satin. Cut-in sleeves frame the mock halter neckline, which is defined with thin straps. Pearl buttons run along the back for a dainty finish. Available in sizes 00 to 15.





















Who says it has to be a dress? After wearing a dress all day, you might be ready for a change of pace. This Mary’s Bridal three-piece pants has all the pieces you need in one chic package. It’s also a great look for spring events. Re-wear, don’t care.

The Mary’s Bridal Informal 2583 three-piece pant suit, has a strapless sweetheart lace topper and slim-cut pants. The ensemble is completed with a jacket, featuring a notched collar and long sleeves. A single button closure adorns the front.

If you think your reception might get a little wild, a chic jumpsuit or romper is ideal for dancing the night away.

The Enchanting by Mon Cheri 215103 jumpsuit features scattered crystal beadwork adorns the strapless bodice, gently highlighting the straight across neckline. A wide ruched band cinches the natural waist, and ties with a long streamer draping in front. The softly gathered pants finish with a flared hemline. The set includes a matching shawl and removable straps. Available sizes: 4 to 20.


So much fun as a reception dress, or for an informal ceremony, the  will steal the show. With its long sleeves and illusion bateau neckline, the Watters 6272E Prato romper dress is so much fun! Fitted at the natural waist with a grosgrain ribbon and darts,coulotte shorts with side pockets and scalloped edges show off those gams. Made of soft Bella Lace, the back features a row of tailored bows down the center.