Post # 1
The hotel we’re staying at on our wedding night (and where one of the one room blocks is reserved) is next door to an Irish pub, so we are planning on inviting anyone who wants to keep the party going after the reception to join us there for a drink (informally.. this wouldn’t be hosted).
I’m wondering if I should buy a knee-length after-party dress that I can change into at the hotel before we go to the bar. I would spend less than $100 on this dress because I almost certainly wouldn’t wear it again. Part of me wants a pretty new dress to change into, but another part of me wants to keep my wedding dress on as long as possible!
This is my dress (without the strap):
Would it look weird if I wore this to a bar with some members of the wedding party and guests? Did you/will you change into a different dress for you after-party? I can’t decide!
Post # 2
I loved my dress and would’ve worn it to McDonald’s if that’s where we ended up! I don’t think it will look weird at a bar, especially if everyone else is still in their garb too. I think it’s part of the fun!
Post # 3
TaraMay_: Hmm good point! I’m definitely leaning toward leaving the dress on all night. Guess I better check to make sure future husband and the wedding party will not be changing into casual clothes or something beforehand just in case. I know the bride can never be overdressed at her own wedding, but I might get a couple of looks if everybody is in shorts and I’m in a gown!
Post # 4
We are doing the same thing. I want to keep my dress on all day and night and remember that WHOLE day!
Post # 5
spydezra: We did something similar. Our reception ended at 9 pm and we’d arranged to reserve the upstairs section of a great craft beer bar just around the corner from the hotel where the reception was & our block of rooms & where we were staying that night.
Once the last song was played (a last-minute decision of “Closing Time”) everyone was reminded that if they wanted to keep on keeping on to join us at the Flying Saucer. My husband & I led the way in our wedding gear. Some people stayed in their wedding clothes, some people popped up to their rooms to change, and some friends who we weren’t able to invite to the wedding showed up to continue our night! It was AWESOME!
Plus, wearing my wedding dress meant that we got a toast from the whole bar!
Post # 6
I wanted to wear my dress for as long as possible so if we had an after party I would have worn my dress.
Post # 7
We’re also going to a local bar for an after-party. I plan to change into a different dress (the one I wore for my bachelorette party, actually) b/c my gown has a corset, big poufy skirt, train, etc., and I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing to a complete dive like the one we’re going to. Plus, this bar has the best hot wings ever, and I fully intend to eat some, which I wouldn’t want to do in that gown! (And the third, TMI, reason: we fully intend to consummate our marriage between the afternoon reception and the evening after-party – so the gown’s coming off anyways! )
If my gown were designed more like yours and we were going to a more upscale bar, I’d probably keep it on.
Post # 8
We are likely going to an Irish pub for post-wedding drinks – we were chatting with one of the bartenders there about it and he insisted I come in my wedding dress, so that is what I am going to do – why not, right??
Post # 9
spydezra: Same here! We’ll be ‘after-partying’ it up, and I will absolutely wear my dress! Rock it girl, you’ll never be able to again!
Post # 10
I am a bridesmaid this weekend and we are planning on changing – but only because it’s supposed to storm, and the bride is changing as well.
Post # 11
At my friends wedding we went to the resorts ‘club’ after the reception.. Her only regret of that day/ night was not staying in her dress! Something to think about..
Post # 12
Thanks everybody! Definitely sounds like wearing my wedding dress is the way to go!