(Closed) How many "special" dresses are really needed?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: For which wedding-related events do you think it is necessary to purchase a new dress or outfit?
    Bridal shower : (78 votes)
    14 %
    Bachelorette party : (67 votes)
    12 %
    Engagement party : (42 votes)
    8 %
    Rehearsal dinner : (89 votes)
    16 %
    Well for the wedding would be nice! : (174 votes)
    32 %
    Not necessary, but nice. : (58 votes)
    11 %
    I can't live without ice cream! : (41 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I am falling down this rabbit hole already, and my engagement party isn’t until July! It’s a love-hate thing for me; I love the idea of looking sharp and put together for my wedding-related event, but I hate the idea of spending money on yet another wedding-related item. I’m hoping to use some of what I already have, but I know I’ll still end up purchasing additional outfits. 

    Post # 4
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    2084 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @trueblue14:  Of course I think it’s necessary to purchase a dress for your wedding (wedding dress). Regarding purchasing other dresses, I think it really depends on what you already have in your closet. I don’t have a ton of dresses or dress clothes because I don’t have a job that requires it, nor do I go out much.

    We didn’t have an engagement party, so it wasn’t necessary to purchase clothes for that. However, I did purchase a couple new dresses for our engagement photos last summer. I didn’t have a bridal shower either. We got married in March in Indiana, so I purchased a dress for our rehearsal dinner. Had it been warmer, I would have worn one of the dresses from our engagement photo shoot. After our rehearsal dinner, I went back to the hotel and slipped into jeans I already had for our co-ed bachelor/bachelorette party.

    Post # 5
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    8475 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I wore a new dress for my rehearsal & obviously the wedding. Where I come from, showers are a surprise, or at least we “act surprised” & I am not into engagement parties. I can see girls getting something new for their bachelorette party, which is fine to me too. But I voted only wedding as that’s a must to me. 

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    11335 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @trueblue14: It’s a bit different here in the UK as not so much onus is put on some of the things like they are in the US. We don’t really have a rehearsal dinner as an example. I got a new dress for bachelorette (hen) party and as you kinda put in your poll thought I may as well for the wedding day mwahaha 

    Post # 7
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    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I didn’t know people still had Engagment Parties until I came onto the bee. I guess if you have the money and don’t feel about it buying a new outfit is fine. I also didn’t know the rehersal was just a fancy event for people. I was thinking of just buying the tacky groom and bride shirts (tux shirt and dress shirt) for the rehersal. 

    Post # 8
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    2297 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have a dress to wear to the rehearsal dinner, although it’s not white and I’m not opposed to wearing it a other places before the RD.  I didn’t buy the dress specifically for the dinner either- I found it on sale and loved it, and when I got home I decided it would be great for the RD.  I don’t think I’m having a shower, and I might get something new for my bachlorette party, but that’s just because I don’t have many fun “going out clothes” anymore.  We’ll see.  I know that it won’t be a little white dress or anything though…definitely something I could wear again or in differenct contexts.  

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    11865 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I look at it like this – there aren’t many occasions you get to rock a great white dress.  I figure wedding related events are a great excuse – that said, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money on them as I probably wouldn’t wear them again.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2057 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @trueblue14:  Not one of these special dresses = necessity (yes, including the wedding dress). BUT that doesn’t stop me from getting a different dress for each occasion. I don’t actually need an excuse to buy new dresses, but that won’t keep me from getting a new dress for however many wedding-related events that I want.

    Post # 12
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    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Oh no…. another thing I have to think about?! We’re not having a rehearsal dinner or any showers so I don’t have to worry about those, but we will be having an engagement party and a bachelorette. Guess I better get shopping!

    Post # 13
    Hostess
    11335 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @trueblue14: I liked it, it brought a smile to my face.

    Post # 14
    Member
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I don’t think it’s “necessary” to buy something new, but I look at is as an “excuse” to buy myself a new dress.  Especially for events like a bridal shower or bachelorette where the bride is generally the centre of attention, I want to look my best.  If that means wearing a tried and true outfit I love, or getting something new, that’s fine with me.  I still remember what my cousin-in-law wore to her shower three years ago because she looked stunning!

    Post # 15
    Member
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @trueblue14:  I don’t have a ton of dresses, so I really wanted to get new outfits, and getting married is a great excuse. I purchased 3 complete (head to toe) new outfits for engagement pictures, a new dress for my bridal shower, and a new dress for the rehearsal and dinner. Of course I also purchased my wedding dress. the 7 other outfits are NOT wedding/bridal specific, so I am going to be able to wear these again (honeymoon, date nights, parties, events, etc.)

     

    Post # 16
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    5015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    For me, I’m only getting new dresses for the wedding and shower. I think rehearsals are kind of overdone so we’re just doing pizza on the beach and I probably will wear jeans. We didn’t have an engagement party and my bachelorette party will just be girlfriends going out to dinner, so I don’t need a dress for that. 

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