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20 Gorgeous Cocktail dresses and Reception gowns we spotted on Indian brides!

20 Gorgeous Cocktail dresses and Reception gowns we spotted on Indian brides!

When it comes to your wedding outfits, it’s always best to be sure about your choice of outfits. Your cocktail and reception events will be the times when you can literally let your hair down, give your heavy lehengas a miss and opt for some stylish silhouettes and edgy designs.


They are the perfect occasions to opt for stunning cocktail dresses & reception gowns to dance your night away. Although, just remember, that your cocktail outfit should be a perfect balance between style and comfort (so that you can dance till the wee hours ;))


We came across a few real brides who stunned us with their choice of reception and cocktail dresses and literally blew our mind away. Scroll down to find out:   


1. The dirty green ruffled cocktail dress:


Image Source – Recall Pictures


Shibani choose to wear a stunning off-shoulder Gaurav Gupta gown for one of her pre-wedding festivities and looked her most stunning self.

Totally digging this sexy cocktail dress with ruffles at the bottom!


2. The navy blue fringed cocktail dress:


Image Source – Ok Done Events (wedding planner)


Now that is one stunning reception dress option for the bride! I literally can’t take my eyes off theis royal blue, fringed evening gown. Totally love how she has styled her whole look by keeping her makeup minimal, sleek pulled-back hair and let her cocktail party dress do the talking.


3. The statement off-white reception gown:


Image Source – Design Aqua Studio


It’s your D-day and you’ve all the rights to go ALL OUT with everything – even your reception dress. This stunning bride chose a mermaid-cut gown with a voluminous flare behind her, and looked right out of a modern day painting!  


4. The cinderella reception gown:



Image Source – The Photo Diary


If you are planning to fulfill your childhood fantasy of being a princess, then this evening gown is the way to it. I really can’t get enough of this magnificent icy-blue ball gown with pink floral prints and motifs on it! It’s giving me some  major *Ella Enchanted* feels! And just look at that tiara!

5. The dreamy silver reception dress:


Image Source – The Knotting Bells


Rubina dazzled everyone in a beige and grey Karleo shimmery evening gown at her reception and I was literally not able to take my eyes off her. The reception dress literally looks right out of a disney movie and she sure looks like a princess! *dreamy eyes* This one def is a stunning reception dress for bride to make sure she has all eyes on her.


6. The grey tube cocktail dress:


Image Source – Dot Dusk Photography


A voluminous cocktail dress, with floral motifs against butterfly roof decor? This bride’s twirl in her sexy cocktail dress is definitely goals. She chose to wear it for her mehendi function, but I say it’s totally apt for your night of drinking and dancing too!


7. The ruffled cocktail dress:


Image Source – Abdul Altif


This sexy cocktail dress combines two latest trends – pastels and ruffles and thus had to be on the best cocktail party dresses list. Wear this evening gown to your cocktail/reception and make sure to turn heads with that mermaid cut.


8. The heavily embellished evening gown:


Image Source – Hitched and Clicked


Seriously can’t get enough of this bride’s all-embellished golden cocktail party dress. If you too are planning to choose from a sea of sexy cocktail dresses to make a stunning entry at your party, this has to be your choice.


9. The reception gown with a long trail:


Image Source – The Wedding Salad


If something-extra has always been your style statement, then you too can’t resist this ball evening gown with a gigantic trail. This bride chose to wear a customised all-white Elie Saab evening gown with lace detailing and def made a statement at her reception. Check out more larger-than-life cocktail gowns here!


10. The shimmery evening gown:


Image Source – Abdul Altif


This peach embellished ball gown is definitely a stunning reception dress for bride. Totally digging the floral motifs and fringed details on the sleeves of her reception dress.  


11. The one shoulder gown:




If you are looking for a sexy cocktail dress, then I say you should totally go for this reception dress which Sonam Kapoor wore for her post-wedding party! She looked phenomenal in this midnight blue Sophie et voilà gown with a puffy sleeve!


12. The lace evening gown:



Shriya Bhupal-now-Reddy looked like a million bucks when she entered her Boho Soiree in a custom made Elie Saab floor-length gown. It’s definitely a great reception dress for bride option for all brides who are looking for something in lace, as it’s trending in the 2018 wedding season.



13. The princess reception dress:


Image Source – The Wedding Story


If you have always wanted to be a princess in a fluffy baby-pink gown, then you’ll fall in Anvita’s evening gown. She chose to wear this off-shoulder reception dress with a sweetheart neckline and looked so darn pretty. Also, seriously love her detailing at the bottom of the dress.


14. The jazzy cocktail gown:




The newly married Rubina Dilaik looked absolutely gorgeous in this silver Neeta Lulla reception dress that she wore for her reception in Ludhiana recently! For all the brides looking for reception dress for bride options, then I totally recommend this jazzy number !


15. The Off-shoulder tulle evening gown:


Image Source – Stories by Joseph Radhik


Samantha Ruth Prabhu looked her gorgeous and chrippy self in this lilac tulle evening gown which she wore for her Goa wedding. I am totally going gaga over the intricate details of this off-shoulder reception dress.


16. The gold lehenga plus gown option:


Image Source – The Knotting Bells


If your heart is also set of all things gold, then this saree gown will definitely speak to you while looking for reception dress for bride choices! For a bride who can’t choose between a lehenga or a gown, this is a great reception dress!


17. The ombre gown:



The finale! Shriya and Anindith At the legendary Falaknuma Palace On assignment with @storiesbyjosephradhik Here’s the thing with portraits at Indian weddings, you’ll get the best of locations, outfits and subjects to photograph but you’ll always have only 3-5mins to get your shot. So, when I saw this photo on my camera screen yesterday night, I was jumping up and down in joy on my head. 😁 Made in a hurry, as always, in a corridor at The Falaknuma Palace, with lighting help by @sprinkledwords holding an YN ring light. Before I take all the credit for this portrait, half the credit goes to @shriyabhupal for pushing me to make images out of the ordinary at every event. I’m kinda bummed I won’t have to wake up to a new photo challenge that she sets for me. 😅 Make up by @namratasoni #love #bride #indianbride #bigfatindianwedding #bababarbie PS: I may take a short hiatus from posting photos from this wedding and get back to the usual from now. 🙈

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Designer Shriya Bhupal chose to wear this stunning in Marchesa ruffled gown for her reception and made sure, she grabbed all the attention. This is a totally unique reception dress we have come across of all evening gowns spotted in 2018 weddings.


18. The vintage evening gown:


Image Source – Seventy by Two


If something jazzy and shimmery is not your thing for cocktail dresses, then you’ll surely love this burgundy ball gown with ruffles on it. What I love the most about this evening gown, is the floral prints on it, giving some major vintage feels to it.

19. The all red cocktail dress:


Image Source – Dipak Studios


If pastels is not your style then I recommend this all red ball gown. It’s a proper reception dress for a bride, and the detailing on it is speaking volumes.


20. The icy-blue and beige cocktail dress:


Image Source – Light Chambers


If you are looking to make a statement, but don’t want to wear an over-the-top gown, then this ice-blue and beige cocktail dress is the answer to it. I am totally loving how subtle the embroidery looks on this sexy cocktail dress.


With my list coming to an end, I am sure you have hand-picked a few of these cocktail dresses for your dance night!

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