Post # 1
Hey I wanted to get everyone’s thoughts on this. Is it worth it to wear a reception dress? I’ve been looking around for a gown to wear to the reception and waffling between getting a white one (kind of a second wedding dress) or a colored gown to match my theme.
I come from a culture that requires brides to wear three dresses during the reception, with the last one being a traditional cultural dress. I’m definitely not wearing the cultural dress (you’d have to drag me across broken glass…). It’s been kind of stressing me out to find any reception dress because I can’t find anything I like as much as my wedding dress which I love love love. I was thinking about this and since this is the only day I will ever get to wear my wedding dress, is it worth it to cut the time short by switching out for another one? Would it be weird if I just wore my wedding dress for the entire time? It’s a very casual dress for a destination wedding, so it’s not going to run the risk of being too heavy or something.
What about you all, are you wearing a reception dress?
Post # 3
I’d never switch to a second dress – I think it’s enough of a shame that I’ll only wear my dress once, there’s no way I’m cutting that time short!
Post # 4
@katatatkat: are you vietnamese/chinese by any chance?
Post # 5
Sort of. FI and I dance tango and a lot of relatives have never seen us dance before and asked if we would. So we’ll be doing a performance in lieu of a traditional first dance and I had to buy a separate dress for that, since my gown would be too long and restrictive. But after the dance, I plan to change back into my wedding gown, so I’ll only be wearing the dance dress for all of about 10-15 minutes tops.
(My dance dress only cost $20 from an outlet mall, btw. I didn’t spend a lot on it!)
Post # 6
@Edelweiss: That’s really cool, I’m very jealous of you being able to give a performance that your guests will be impressed by. Mr CL and I were talking about our first dance a couple of days ago and the fact that we’ve both got two left feet. It’s going to be a nightmare!
Post # 7
i will be wearing my wedding dress all night 🙂
Post # 8
I think I’m going to. I love love short dresses but don’t want to wear one for my ceremony. I’m not planning on spending a lot of money on my wedding gown so I feel ok buying a second one for the reception, plus it will be one I can wear again. PLUS I want to be able to dance all night without getting too sweaty and gross!
Post # 9
@clumsylawyer: Don’t be jealous; I’m really nervous! FI has been dancing for many years and is quite good, but I’ve been dancing for just under one year and I’ve never performed. I used to think I had two left, too, but it’s amazing what a few private lessons with a good instructor can do. If you’re worried about your first dance, it might be worth a few lessons just to learn a basic waltz or foxtrot.
Post # 10
Nope I love my dress and want to wear it for as long as humanly possible.
Post # 11
Well I am not sure I have a short dress now and going to talk to a seamstress to see if there is any way that my lace dress is even useable…
Post # 12
I had a reception dress, and it was so much easier than wearing my giant dress all night. I know it’s over the top according to some people, but my wedding dress was a gift, that wasn’t the tea-length vision I had when envisioning my wedding. So, I compromised and had a tea length for the reception.
Post # 13
I’m wearing a white bridesmaid dress for the reception. My wedding dress was a gift from my grandmother and as much as I love it I can’t see myself wearing it all night. So I paid for my reception dress and spent under $200 for it.
Post # 14
I’ll be wearing my wedding dress all night. I’m in the camp that says this is a once in a lifetime dress, so I better wear it as long as possible! I can understand changing if your dress is uncomfortable though.
Post # 15
I have a white cocktail dress for later on in the reception (like 11pm-on). I opted to do this since I’m wearing a big-BIG ballgown and I will probably be ready to change into something lighter at that time. I will probaly do it just before or after the cake cutting.
The dress I bought is a bridesmaid dress from the Noir by Lazaro collection, I’m quite sure I will be able to wear it again so it was a no brainer for me. Here it is (will be white):
Post # 16
I chose other. I was still wearing my wedding dress, just with a different skirt. I had a big ballgown skirt for the day and a 1950s skirt for the evening.