Post # 1
I am having my wedding in the city where I live (Baltimore). I assume the majority of our guests will be staying in a hotel near my reception venue (which is in the middle of swanky nightlife.) Do you think it would be tacky for me to go to a bar/afterparty in my wedding dress with all of my family & friends? Or should I change into a different “shorter” dress for the afterparty?
I didn’t purchase a wedding dress yet but I plan on getting something very plain (like a sheath dress without a train). If I got something really plain like that, would it be OK to wear to an “afterparty” or too tacky?
Post # 3
I know people that do. It’s fine. I think a short afterparty dress looks a bit classier though. I really do hate seeing a bride in full regalia chugging a beer at a casual bar. It just looks a lil sloppy, like she wanted to continue drinking her pain away lol. JK. But for real, I am going w a short cute number. Bridal but not over the top.
Post # 4
@kelly105:I would wear my wedding dress if we had an afterparty! Totally. It cost how much? I’m not getting another one!
It’s still your day. Wear it. 🙂
Post # 5
wear the hell outta that dress!! if the after party was the next day… i’d say it was a little weird, but that night with other wedding guests?? i’d say it’s fine and encouraged=)
Post # 6
I wore my dress to our “afterparty”, which was basically going out to a casual bar with a bunch of our guests. Ironically, I had planned to change and actually brought a shorter dress with me (my mom felt very strongly about not letting me keep the dress on at the bar). BUT I didn’t have time to change at the venue because I was having too much fun dancing and then saying goodbye to all the guests. Then we were leaving the venue and didn’t really have space in the car to lay out the dress nicely so my mom actually encouraged me to keep it on. And then we just went straight to the bar. Although the hotel was like next door, I didn’t think I’d have the energy to come back out once I went in to change – it had been a long day! Plus Darling Husband was planning a surprise for me in the wedding night room so they wouldn’t let me in there anyway.
Anyway, this is all a very long way of saying that I think you should just keep your dress on the whole night 🙂
Post # 7
Not sure about in Baltimore, but I’ve heard that some bars/clubs in LA won’t let brides in in their dresses. They are worried about the dress getting damaged and the bride suing the bar. Might be safest just to get a cute white cocktail dress for the afterparty.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn
If we were having an afterparty, I’d totally rock my dress right through it. Because honestly, when will I ever get a chance to wear it again? Tacky or not, I’d want that thing on as long as humanly possible!
PS – Go Baltimore! This thread makes me want to come party with you. 😉
Post # 9
I dont know really know if its considered tacky or not, but I agree with “wear the hell out of that dress”! Its youre ONE day to wear a wedding dress! If its as simple as walking out of your venue and out into night life, heck yeah I’d leave the dress on and party on!
Post # 10
I’d wear it till it fell off, you invested so much time and money getting it. But it would depend on what kind of dress. If its heavy satin in July I might want a shorter, cuter dress to dance until the wee morning in it.
Post # 11
I think if you are going to a bar, who cares about tacky! I agree @lox: rock it girl!
Post # 12
If we do afterparty I plan on wearing my dress. It is your day so wear the heck out of that dress
Post # 13
First of all, it’s your day who gives a crap what “others” may think! I plan on wearing my dress out after our reception, and I don’t care if anyone thinks it’s tacky! I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my friend’s wedding and we went out to local bars (Jersey shore in summer) afterwards and it was a blast, many free cocktails from strangers and funny pics at the bars. DO IT!
Post # 14
We are having an afterparty at a nice resturant/bar that is at our hotel. It is right next to the pool, so it is going to be kind of a pool party. I am going to most likly wear a cocktail dress, but I keep on thinking I might wear my wedding dress but Fiance bought me this gorgeous cocktail dress with beautiful matching shoes.
Post # 15
It sounds lovely to wear for an afteparty
Post # 16
We pretty much hung out at the bar of the hotel where everyone stayed. Yes, I kept my dress on! I didn’t want to take it off!