(Closed) Wedding dress at a dinner reception after an elopement?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wore my dress for a big at-home party about 3 mths after I eloped!  Everyone thought it was great, and the ladies especially loved the chance to see my in my dress in person.

Post # 4
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wear it if you want to! I had my wedding and reception separated by a day. Just family at the wedding, and big blowout the next night. I wore my dress both days and no one batted an eye. 

Post # 6
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m going to be wearing my wedding dress at our hometown celebrations. He’s from California, I’m from Canada, we met and are having the wedding in North Dakota. But we want to be able to celebrate with everyone, so we’re hosting parties in our home towns a few weeks afterwards (the American one first, since we’ll be coming back from our honeymoon into California anyways, and then the Canadian one the following weekend.) And you bet I’m wearing my dress! At least to show it off. I’m also buying a short white dress to have just incase wearing the dress is a pain or it gets ruined or anything.

Post # 7
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@crystalrae:  i will wear mine at my at home reception

Post # 8
4798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Wear the dress! But I would bring another to change into if you start to get uncomfortable. 

Post # 9
11342 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve attended two receptions that took place after the couples had honeymooned, and, at both, the brides wore their gowns and the grooms wore their tuxedos.

Post # 10
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I say go for it, get your money’s worth out of your dress!

Post # 11
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Go for it!!  People do this all the time.  

Post # 12
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My wedding sounds a lot like @cirk: except that I’m from Wisconsin, SO’s from Connecticut, and we’re having our small wedding ceremony in DC (followed by the two at-home receptions). I’m actually really looking forward to wearing my dress three times. A number of relatives and friends have already expressed their excitement about seeing me in it too.

Post # 13
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree – definitely wear your wedding dress. It’s your reception party you can do whatever you want.

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