Post # 1
Hi everyone! So I am debating if I should have a reception dress for our vintage glam wedding or not? I have been trying to see the pros and cons of it, and the only thing I can think of as a con is money. So, what do my fellow bee think? Has anyone had or is anyone having a second dress? If not, what are your opinions on it?
I have never gone to a wedding where the bride has changed for the recption so I have nothing to compare it to. I just like the idea of having a tea length dress that can show off my shoes and I can dance in all night! 🙂
Post # 3
For me, it would all depend how fabulous that second dress is! A tulle tea length dress would be my dream reception dress. The kind where your shoes poke out at the bottom. But if I truly was totally head over heels in love with my original wedding dress I really can’t see myself wanting to change out of it and part with it so soon after putting it on. But I’m sure you’ll get some great advice from women who have and haven’t for different reasons and I wish you luck with your decision. 🙂
Post # 4
I personally think that it would be a waste of money, but more than that I would feel like my wedding dress wasn’t as special and I was trading it in for another dress for the party. I’m going to be married once and my wedding dress will be the only dress I will be wearing for my wedding day.
But to each is own and if you would truely feel more comfortable in a different dress for your reception then go for it!
Post # 5
I think it’s kind of a waste of money, and honestly, how many times in your life are you going to get to wear a long white fancy dress? This is really the only time you’ll ever not look a little silly wearing a wedding dress, embrace it.
Post # 6
Thanks so much guys! I just fell in love with a tea length dress I keep thinking of. My mom keeps saying what a waste of money it would be because it is the one day for me to dress up like a princess. So I guess I just wanted some others opinions. Is anyone switching into a second dress? Or has anyone switched into a second dress on their day? Thanks for your opinions all!!
Post # 7
@jessicagrace25: If it will make you happy, you should do it! It’s your wedding day and you should be able to live it the way you are dreaming it up! 🙂
Post # 8
I voted “don’t do it..” I’d rather buy a cute dress or something sexy for the honeymoon.
Post # 9
I bought another one for reception only because Asian brides do it for cultural and traditional reasons … they tend to change dresses during different course of a meal
Post # 10
Wear it to the rehearsal dinner!!
Post # 11
the rehersal dinner…thats an excellent idea! thanks!!! either way, i still want to get imput from others. i am sure i am not the only bee that has thought of a second dress. opinions please 🙂
Post # 12
I bought one–got it on sale for about $70 (it was originally $300)…but I don’t know if I will wear it. I’m torn. I love the pictures of brides leaving the reception in a different dress. However, logistically, I just don’t think I’ll be able to find time to change into it. Our reception only goes until 10:00 and I can’t think of a good time to slip out and change (Idon’t want to change pre-reception because I want the first dance pictures to be with my actual dress). Maybe the last hour, but who buys a dress to wear for an hour? Also, if you do the garter toss thing, it’s questionable enough with a long dress, but seems downright indecent with a short one…
Not really sure what I was thinking. Also, I’d need to get the second dress altered and want to buy it a sparkley sash and I think that money could be better spent on the other dresses I still need to find: bachelorette party, 2 separate bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon. I’ll probably try to sell the second dress I bought (non-returnavle since it was so on sale), but if I could have made it fit into the schedule any better I would definitely wear it!
If you find a dress you adore and/or have an uncomfortable or overly pouffy wedding gown and can find the perfect time to change into it, then I say go for it!
Post # 13
My only con for a second dress other than money is that I don;t want to take my dress off until I have to 🙂
Post # 14
I had a 2nd wedding dress. I LOVED it. I changed into it after the toasts so I could dance freely and well move in general.My first dress was a 10 pound dress with an amazing train, but I probably would have died if I tried to dance in that all night. So I had a sheath wedding gown to change into.
There is a traditional wedding dress in our culture and most of the brides will change into that at some point during the night. So I am actually having a hard time thinking of a wedding I went to where the bride did not change.
Post # 15
I think it all depends on what you want.
I was thinking I’d have a really hard time deciding between a traditional ball gown and a fitted lace mermaid. I was seriously considering two dresses (ball gown for ceremony, fitted lace at reception) because I didn’t want to regret choosing one over the other. Then I went dress shopping. I found that I hated ball gowns. I felt like I was being attacked by the dresses. I fell in love with my fitted lace gown, and right then knew I didn’t need/want a second dress.
There are some people who really just can’t choose between two dresses. I think it’s one of those things where if you do have two dresses, they should be very different.
Post # 16
My wedding and reception are at the same place – I want to get my money’s worth from my dress I’ll be wearing mine from go to woah! I want to feel like a bride not just like i’ve been wearing a costume and change out of it.