The Rise of the Second Wedding Dress: 30 Styles Guaranteed to Wow

Weddings are back and bigger than ever post-pandemic, and the demand for bridal gowns has never been greater. But these days, it’s not just a case of finding “the one.” In fact, with many couples opting for weekend celebrations and multi-event weddings, brides are increasingly searching for dress number two and even three. (Chloë Sevigny, we’re looking at you.) They’re after something Insta-worthy they can wear for a dramatic mid-party reentrance at the reception and, of course, to let loose on the dance floor. Most options tend to lean toward sparklier, shorter, or sexier—just take a look at the sheer, lacy number influencer Camille Charriere chose for her evening party look.

If you’re a bride-to-be and looking for a second dress to truly wow, take a look at some of our favorite frocks below that are nothing short of spectacular and guaranteed to make a social media splash.

All the details here are divine.

Hit the dance floor in style.

Add a pop of color with these delicate beaded flowers.


Our editors are obsessed with Bernadette dresses.

We love this playful neckline.

Turn heads in this feather stunner.

Simple yet striking.

Such a fun frock.

We love this for a civil ceremony.

How about a vintage-inspired silhouette?

We could see Carrie Bradshaw in this.

Ready for compliments?

Beach wedding, anyone?

Another Cult Gaia favorite.

You can’t go wrong with a silky slip.

For your “something blue.”

The epitome of elegance.

Can’t decide between short and long? This is the perfect pick.

The beads!

Shimmer in sequins.

Ref coming in hot with the perfect modern mini.

Such a romantic silhouette.

This will be a social media sensation.


If you’re looking for something sophisticated, this is it.

So good for the price.

Get Charriere’s sheer, lacy look.

They don’t come much cuter.

The perfect vintage find.

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