46 Versatile Little White Dresses for Every Bridal Occasion

Brides and brides-to-be, look no further.

Bernadette Antwerp
(Image credit: Bernadette Antwerp)

Newly-engaged brides quickly learn weddings aren’t always a one-day, one-dress affair. For starters, there’s the bridal shower–often the first of many reasons to wear a cute white dress—followed by the rehearsal dinner, the reception, and maybe even the afterparty.

When the wedding planning begins, so does the search for all-white outfits tailored to each occasion. As a summer 2024 bride myself, I’m currently planning my own wedding wardrobe. I’ve purchased my actual wedding dress, but I’ve only just started to choose little white dresses for all my other special events— from the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner.

No bride is required to have several outfit changes. Still, multiple looks can be a fun way to marry fashion and tradition, especially if the gown for your wedding ceremony is on the dramatic side. Love a ton of bling? There are little white dresses coated in sequins and crystal embellishments for the reception and after party. Prefer a laid-back look? Spend the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner in a summery linen dress

I scrolled through countless stores' “new in” sections to find the best little white dresses for every potential event on a bride’s calendar (including my own). Ahead, shop 46 dresses that run the wedding weekend gamut, from classic wedding styles à la Markarian to cult-favorite styles from Bernadette Antwerp and Hill House Home.

For The Bridal Shower

Bridal showers are the first of many wedding-adjacent events where the bride can wear white. These parties tend to feel more casual, so you can mix in relaxed fabrics like cotton or linen—but no one will stop you from going all-out in a sweet satin mini.

For The Rehearsal Dinner

If you're not having a welcome party, the rehearsal dinner is the first time your guests get a taste of your wedding aesthetic. I'm considering longer semi-formal options for my rehearsal dinner, but you can play with sheer fabrics and relaxed, shorter silhouettes, too.

For The Wedding Reception

The formal part of the wedding is over—now it's time to change into something fun and lightweight for dancing the night away. Go all out with fringe, sparkles, and decals.

For the Courthouse Wedding

Lean into the formality of the courthouse setting by choosing classic silhouettes. You can incorporate florals and pastels to shake up the look.

After-Party Dresses

If you don't want the party to stop, have an after party to really show off your bridal style. This is the time of night where your friends are (most likely) the only ones left on the dance floor, or maybe you've changed locations entirely. Either way, it's an appropriate moment for a dialed-up outfit change.

Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.