Two dresses or only one?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m a bride with two dresses without any regrets. I knew going in that I wanted two gowns and that’s exactly what I got. Do what makes you happy, I sure did!!!

Post # 4
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I thought about getting two dresses, but decided that for me personally it wasn’t worth the cost or the time it would take to find/alter the dress if needed.  I also think it depends on how comfortable your wedding dress is and if you think you’d be uncomfortable in it during the reception (versus simply being more comfortable in a shorter dress).

Post # 5
1216 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Lauraine:  I will keep my main dress on for the reception, until later in the evening when I change into regular clothes (we are having our wedding at a campground, and camping for the night, so I will get chilly and want to be comfy around the fire).

For me two dresses would be too much extra cost and hassle, but I’ve seen brides really pull it off. I photographed a wedding once where the bride changed for the reception into a super cute shorter dress with cowboy boots. I loved it.

Post # 6
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I have two three dresses, but you don’t really need to find another white one.

Right now, it’s a great time to buy before they bring new gowns in for graduation season. You should be able to find something for way less than $200.

I found my formal reception dress for $59.99 + tax. No alterations needed as I bought it from the petites section.

If I were you, I’d try non-bridal stores. You’d be surprised. Even Modcloth has amazing choices for less than $200.



Post # 7
9204 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I will only get one dress, two dresses is a waste, the wedding dress should be worn for both the ceremony and reception in my opinion, except in cultures where they have more than one types of dress for different ceremonies – Chinese culture, Indian culture.

Post # 8
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have two dresses!!!

I have a lovely pink ballgown for my ceremony/cocktail/first dance… about 1/2 through I plan on changing into my champagne little sparkle dress…for my exit and after party 🙂

Post # 9
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

Do it! We had a 10 hour long wedding and my ceremony dress was very heavy. It was beautiful, but hard to move around it. It just felt wonderful to get into my shorter, cooler dress and dance the rest of the night away. Here’s pics 🙂 

Big dress:


Short dress: 

The short one was just a great bargain. It was on sale at David’s Bridal for about $175. Totally worth it as I was able to dance and move around freely and enjoy the end of the night. 

Post # 10
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AnotherMrsBrown:  I love both of your dresses! You look gorgeous.

Post # 11
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Lauraine:  I had one dress and don’t regret it. I loved my dress so much I didn’t want to take it off.

Post # 12
239 posts
Helper bee

If it fits your budget I would totally get 2 dresses. I would love to have 2 dresses so that i can dance and have fun and not worry about people stepping all over my dress

Post # 13
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

If it is going to create a budget issue, or an argument with your FI, I would skip the 2nd dress. You are really on the fence about it anyway, and they are unnecessary.

Post # 14
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am not a big fan of the do what you want then ask forgiveness later approach.  If you can’t discuss it with your FI and come to an agreement on it, then don’t do it. I would lose trust in a person who would do something they thought I didn’t like knowing they’d have to “deal” with me later. 

Post # 15
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

Personally I love my dress too much to want to take it off and change into a second dress!

Post # 16
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m changing into a reception dress. It’s still going to be a long wedding dress but it’ll be more comfortable than my ballgown and I don’t want to take up the whole dance floor with my dress! My ceremony ballgown was $400 and my lace reception dress was $100 so it still wasn’t bad.


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