To Change or Not to Change: Reception Dress Dilemma

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had a reception dress since I’m not a “big poofy gown” type person anyways….so I wore my ceremony dress through dinner and the dances….I changed after the mother son dance…and I’m so glad I did, I was much more comfortable….

 

I even changed my fascinator and my shoes 😀  It was much easier to dance in, and be a total goof in…..

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@JackiBean:  I love my wedding gown and plan to wear it as long as humanly possible, so I will not be changing into a recpetion dress.  Do what makes you happy!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I originally wanted to do the reception dress thing–but that was before I found THE dress. Now, I’m actually bummed that I only get to wear it once! I LOVE it so much that I didn’t want to take it off in the store–so I’m definitely not going to want to take it off on my wedding day.

So…no reception dress for me. Nothing could compare to my main dress.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I changed into a reception dress. It is common in my culture and it was nice to change into a dress that I was able to move more freely in (had a drop waist ballgown with a poofy, heavy train). I would have loved to stay in my wedding dress as it is a once in a lifetme thing, but no regrets – I love to dance 🙂

I wanted something I could wear again, so I chose a non-white reception dress (one of our wedding colors was gold). Got lots of compliments on it!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mintblush:  I went with white for my reception dress since I wanted to stay “bridal”, but I can wear it again on our cruise….and I figure if I want to, I can get it dyed.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

Yes, I’m changing dresses for my reception.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I was going to say that if you adore your wedding dress beyond words, why change! But since you said you will be wearing your ceremony dress on multiple days, a new dress may be a nice change of scenery and a way to make your night feel more… Special? So if you can find something you love just as much as your wedding dress, and you are able to get both at a decent price, go for it. 

I love my dress so incredibly much, and since it’s costing an arm and a leg, I actually feel guilty at the thought of wearing it only for the ceremony. I never want to change out of it. I have a reception dress (bought for a tiny family ceremony that never happened) that my MIL is insisting that I bring just in case I feel like changing, but I highly doubt I will. I’m not a dancer anyway. 

This is my “reception dress.” I may wear it to the rehearsal dinner, but I am undecided. It actually has a lot of similarities to my wedding dress, which is a natural-waisted, lace ball gown with a lace bolero.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@JackiBean:  I say no. But that is because I feel like you get so little time to spend with your wedding dress and you can never wear that dress again. I also wonder if the “reception dress” is a fad right now, so I dont think i’d want that in my pictures. 

That said, some people do really love it and rock it. I think its just personal taste. And I am biased because I LOVE my wedding dress. 😛

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Since your first dress was so heavily discounted, I think if you want a second dress you should go for it. If you’re going Kim Kardashian style (and it doesn’t sound like you are), then it’s a frivolous waste of money. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@JackiBean:  I guess the main question is what’s your ceremony dress like? I’m sure if it’s a big, heavy dress you’ll enjoy the change at the end of the night but it’s not such a problem if it’s a light thin dress. Plus, you get to wear your ceremony dress three times – if it were me I think i’d probably go for a reception dress just because I knew I’d be getting relatively ‘good value’ out of my ceremony dress!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Yes, have a reception dress. Every bride I’ve known has been so relieved to change into a more comfy dress. I can’t wait to wear mine.

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