I see you have only a few replies… maybe I can share my story (albeit an old one)
I did this the first time I was married (circa 1980) as it was for sure the norm back then (not sure about now).
We left our Reception somewhere around 11 PM… went to my Parent’s House and changed, came back to the Reception site around Midnight (in time for the Midnight Buffet). Did some more dancing, another walk around to chat with Guests… and left, it was probably about 1 AM.
The outfit I chose was what I’d today term smart casual (so not super dressy), but it was certainly good enough to wear to work.
We got married in the Autumn, so I had a Wool Skirt, Pretty Blouse, Blazer (didn’t match skirt) and tights. My accessories were simple jewellery, Leather shoes & purse (that coordinated) and a Hat (and an umbrella)
This outfit was part of a bigger Bride’s Trousseau that I had built for my Wedding Life (a large assortment of mostly NEW clothes to get me thru the Fall & Winter season as well as some summer pieces… covering Lingerie, Clothes, Sports Wear, Outerwear, Shoes and Purses for our Honeymoon, Work, and Casual times… including as well as a Winter Coat, Hat & Scarf Set and Boots). The NEW Items I had chosen myself, and some had been gifted to me by my parents… over the course of the year of my Engagement.
Trousseaus were still in fashion then in some circles. Combined with my already “University Life” Wardrobe I had a good assortment of clothes for that first year… meaning I was in a situation where money could be spent on other things (Trousseaus date back to the custom of a family outfitting a Bride / Daughter so the Groom doesn’t have to spend a great deal of money on her upkeep in the first year… and can spend his money elsewhere… such as providing a home)
In our case that “elsewhere”, was my working income being able to be spent on paying off our Furniture Loan with my Hubby (lol, back when Interest Rates were over 20%, and Credit Cards over 30%).
Having a Trousseau was a nice thing in that I didn’t have to make any major purchases for a long time… I was all set for my new career with a good work wardrobe.
I would like to do it again this time round… as it was nice to have a lot of NEW things to wear that first year of marriage. Not sure if I will though, as I am now semi-retired, so I don’t require as many outfits as I did when I was younger and just starting out working. Thinking though that I will probably buy many NEW items to have for our Honeymoon (that would be a worthwhile compromise IMO)
This time round…
We are not having a “traditional” big white pouffy wedding (been there done that)
But rather are Eloping to a Destination Wedding (just the 2 of us saying our vows to one another) overlooking the Beach. And after our Mini-Moon then we’ll be having a Back Home Reception. To which I will probably wear the Dress I marry in (leaning towards a Wedding Dress).
Not sure if I’ll wear my gown the whole night of our Back Home Reception / Party… as the event will be pretty informal / casual… and I want to be able to dance comfortably with my gang of friends. Thinking therefore that I’ll have another dress to change into. Lol, although it will be January and frickin freezing here, I am leaning towards something summery because the theme of our Reception will be “Sea & Shore” and related to both our Beachy Destination Wedding and our Caribbean Honeymoon Cruise. Obviously if I go that route… the outfit / dress would be something I’d wear on our Honeymoon too.
I hope this helps you out (even a little bit),