(Closed) 2nd dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should a bride have a second dress for the reception?
    Do it! You'll feel more comfortable for the party! : (24 votes)
    21 %
    Don't do it! It's just a waste of money! : (92 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 3
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    For me, it would all depend how fabulous that second dress is! A tulle tea length dress would be my dream reception dress. The kind where your shoes poke out at the bottom. But if I truly was totally head over heels in love with my original wedding dress I really can’t see myself wanting to change out of it and part with it so soon after putting it on. But I’m sure you’ll get some great advice from women who have and haven’t for different reasons and I wish you luck with your decision. πŸ™‚

    Post # 4
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I personally think that it would be a waste of money, but more than that I would feel like my wedding dress wasn’t as special and I was trading it in for another dress for the party.  I’m going to be married once and my wedding dress will be the only dress I will be wearing for my wedding day. 

    But to each is own and if you would truely feel more comfortable in a different dress for your reception then go for it!

    Post # 5
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think it’s kind of a waste of money, and honestly, how many times in your life are you going to get to wear a long white fancy dress?  This is really the only time you’ll ever not look a little silly wearing a wedding dress, embrace it.

    Post # 7
    23607 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @jessicagrace25:  If it will make you happy, you should do it! It’s your wedding day and you should be able to live it the way you are dreaming it up! πŸ™‚

    Post # 8
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I voted “don’t do it..”  I’d rather buy a cute dress or something sexy for the honeymoon.

    Post # 9
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I bought another one for reception only because Asian brides do it for cultural and traditional reasons … they tend to change dresses during different course of a meal

    Post # 10
    5269 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2016

    Wear it to the rehearsal dinner!!

    Post # 12
    15 posts
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I bought one–got it on sale for about $70 (it was originally $300)…but I don’t know if I will wear it. I’m torn.  I love the pictures of brides leaving the reception in a different dress.  However, logistically, I just don’t think I’ll be able to find time to change into it.  Our reception only goes until 10:00 and I can’t think of a good time to slip out and change (Idon’t want to change pre-reception because I want the first dance pictures to be with my actual dress).  Maybe the last hour, but who buys a dress to wear for an hour?  Also, if you do the garter toss thing, it’s questionable enough with a long dress, but seems downright indecent with a short one…

    Not really sure what I was thinking. Also, I’d need to get the second dress altered and want to buy it a sparkley sash and I think that money could be better spent on the other dresses I still need to find: bachelorette party, 2 separate bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon.  I’ll probably try to sell the second dress I bought (non-returnavle since it was so on sale), but if I could have made it fit into the schedule any better I would definitely wear it!

    If you find a dress you adore and/or have an uncomfortable or overly pouffy wedding gown and can find the perfect time to change into it, then I say go for it!

    Post # 13
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My only con for a second dress other than money is that I don;t want to take my dress off until I have to πŸ™‚

    Post # 14
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I had a 2nd wedding dress. I LOVED it. I changed into it after the toasts so I could dance freely and well move in general.My first dress was a 10 pound dress with an amazing train, but I probably would have died if I tried to dance in that all night. So I had a sheath wedding gown to change into.

    There is a traditional wedding dress in our culture and most of the brides will change into that at some point during the night. So I am actually having a hard time thinking of a wedding I went to where the bride did not change.


    Post # 15
    6533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it all depends on what you want.

    I was thinking I’d have a really hard time deciding between a traditional ball gown and a fitted lace mermaid. I was seriously considering two dresses (ball gown for ceremony, fitted lace at reception) because I didn’t want to regret choosing one over the other. Then I went dress shopping. I found that I hated ball gowns. I felt like I was being attacked by the dresses. I fell in love with my fitted lace gown, and right then knew I didn’t need/want a second dress.

    There are some people who really just can’t choose between two dresses. I think it’s one of those things where if you do have two dresses, they should be very different. 

    Post # 16
    871 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My wedding and reception are at the same place – I want to get my money’s worth from my dress I’ll be wearing mine from go to woah! I want to feel like a bride not just like i’ve been wearing a costume and change out of it.

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