Maybe you want to slip into something more comfortable for the party or maybe you just want to add a bit of handmade touches to the celebration, whatever the case we love the idea of an entirely new look for the bride’s twirl on the dance floor. After the “I do’s” have been made, DIY yourself a fabulous new look with the help of these 21 DIY wedding reception dresses that will knock your socks right off!
1. Short & Vintage
Su Sews showed us how she took a bit of inspiration and recreated its look for something she could wear herself. Check out how to make this short and vintage piece for yourself!
2. Light-Up Skirt
Over at A Designer Life, you’ll find out how to make a gorgeous and surprising light-up skirt that will wow everyone at the party! Show up to the reception sparkling in the most literal sense!
This crocheted look can be made with the help of this pattern right here. For those that love a handmade or vintage feel, this is the one for you.
Made from doilies, this gorgeous and unique wedding dress would make the perfect pop of color to wow the reception and all of the guests.
5. Sweetly Made
This sweet and knee-length design can be made with the help of this Etsy pattern. It’s great for the after party or a destination affair!
Apparently, this gown featured a pineapple-inspired texture. You can also grab the free pattern at Craft and start crocheting it tonight!
See Kate Sew makes a beautiful, lace wedding gown that will stun the guests and wow them even more when you tell them you made it! We love the two-tone finish!
8. Ruffled Neckline
It’s casual and sweet, this gown really is the perfect choice for a reception. Grab the pattern at Burda Style.
Here’s a more traditional wedding gown that you can wear for the entire day or as just a second option to celebration it. Find the pattern over at Vogue Patterns.
10. Creamy Lace
Sexy and sensual, this design is such a stunning representation of what a bit of DIYing can do. The Wedding Chicks has all the info and more beautiful photos too.
Interesting and unique and full of party flavor, A Beautiful Mess shows off one of the most gorgeous wedding dress DIYs on the list – it’s perfect for dancing at the reception!
Craftsy made such a fun wedding reception dress and we just had to share it with all of your. Grab lots of tulle for this one!
This is perfect for a summer wedding or a way to slip into something lighter for the dance floor. Visit here for all of the details.
Hop on over and watch this YouTube video for insight on how to create a dress with a bit of skin illusion. It’s great for mixing up styles between the ceremony and cocktail hour.
Grab some curtains and create something with a bit of 1920’s flair. Great for destination weddings, bridesmaids or the bride as a way to get comfy for the party! (via Trash to Couture)
16. Sex And The City
Over at Trash to Couture, you’ll find out how to make a Carrie Bradshaw-inspired piece and turn it into your reception look. Of course, it’s a good skirt for any of the pre-wedding festivities.
17. Tulle Skirt
Slip on a skirt and a light t-shirt for a more casual but still bridal-friendly look after the reception is over. Bowties and Baubles has the tutorial.
Here’s a traditional and ultra sophisticated design that you can recreate at home too. You’ll just need the help of this pattern.
You may not be making the dress from scratch, but learning how to dip-dye your wedding gown can help you transform and personalize the entire look. Check it out at Want That Wedding.
20. With Tiers
Add some interest and texture to your dress and grab the pattern for this design right here. We are loving this princess-like, tiered gown!
There’s a knitted style to this gorgeous gown and it too has a beautiful handmade feel. Grab the pattern here and get started!