By definition, the hemline of cocktail length
dresses lands just above the knees. (See also: Knee Length
Cocktail Length Wedding Dresses
Cocktail length dresses are usually worn by brides having informal weddings and destination weddings. (See "Informal Short Wedding Dresses
" for more information on informal wedding dresses.)
This above-the-knee style is also a great option for a second dress to wear during the reception, as they allow a bride to move much more freely than any floor length gown.
Cocktail length dresses are also great for a newer wedding tradition, where the bride changes into a "going away dress," before leaving the reception. This is a great option, if you want to celebrate your wedding with a special "First Date as a Married Couple," or if you plan to leave for your honeymoon directly after the reception.
You can re-wear your cocktail length wedding dress on anniversary dates!
Informal Wedding Dresses
From intimate courthouse ceremonies, to playful garden ceremonies with a more relaxed, informal feel, the cocktail length is a great silhouette for informal wedding dresses.
Mori Lee Bridal Gown 6707
has design elements, similar to those seen in a more traditional silhouette (just shorter!), & would make a great informal wedding dress:
Destination Wedding Dresses
Often taking place on sandy beaches, destination weddings are fun, relaxing, and intimate; and cocktail length wedding dresses make perfect destination wedding dresses. No worrying about ruining your wedding dress with sandy stains here!
(For more information, see: Reception Dresses)
Post- Reception Dresses
With its curve-hugging design, Pronovias Bridal Gown Africa
would make great second dress for an intimate first night on the town as husband and wife:
Cocktail Length Bridesmaid Dresses
Of course, the cocktail silhouette also works great for bridesmaid dresses! Because of its shorter hemline, it is more commonly used in a less formal setting, such as a semi-formal wedding. But it is certainly not limited to be used as such!