Wedding and Reception dress? At what point during your wedding did you change?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I absolutely LOVED my wedding dress!  I wasn’t planning on changing at all.  But it was very tight and nearly impossible for me to sit down.  So I literally wore a robe to the church, got dressed there, had the ceremony, changed back into my robe, drove to the reception venue, and changed back into my dress.  LOL!

Then when it was time to leave, I didn’t want everyone to wave me off while I’m dressed in a robe, so I had a 2nd dress.  I rented it from Rent the Runway (see pic below), and I changed into it about 15 minutes before the end of the reception.  It worked out great for me!  But I’ll admit, I’m not your average bee.  😉

Post # 3
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I changed when I got too hot and wanted to keep dancing.  I had a very simple white cotten dress that I was really only going to wear from reception to the hotel (sitting on the bead work on my wedding dress sounded uncomfortable)  I think I ended up changing at 8:30 or 9:00 pm, our reception went until 10ish.

Post # 4
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My dress is a heavily beaded, snug fitting mermaid-style dress, and our wedding is at the end of August in a non air-conditioned barn (it’s not as bad as it sounds, it has ceiling fans and great circulation, but it’ll still be warm), so I am planning to change into a cooler dress right after we do the cake-cutting. Basically I want to wear the ultra-formal dress for most of the photo ops, and then the lighter, less constricting dress for the dance party portion on the evening.

Post # 5
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m changing into my reception dress after the ceremony and family pictures before entering the reception. My reception dress is still a wedding dress, just not a ballgown like the ceremony dress. In your case maybe you could change after dinner?

Post # 6
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had a Catholic ceremony, followed by a couple of hours of a garden party, then a speakeasy in the evening.  I changed from Morning Dress to Black Tie after the garden party.  My wife changed from her wedding gown into her reception dress (an off-white flapper dress) after  our first dance, which was about an hour into the speakeasy.

Post # 7
588 posts
Busy bee

BelleEtoile:  Nothing wrong with buying a special ‘first night of honeymoon’ dress or first anniversary dress if you decide you don’t want to change for the wedding. 

Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I live in Florida, and was married in March usually it’s 80+ degrees, and having an outside wedding i felt i had no choice to get a 2nd dress, being as my dress waas heavy, and very tight. So i changed right before we cut the cake, almost towards the end of the wedding, it wasn’t as hot as was expected and I love my wedding dress and just didnt want to take it off. 


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