(Closed) Anyone changing dresses for the reception??

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’m not going to because this is the only time I’ll get to wear my dress! I’m going to stay in that beauty as long as possible! 🙂

Post # 4
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I definitely could not afford a second dress after the money I just dropped on the first one. Is there anything you can do to make your wedding dress more comfortable?

Post # 5
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had an long white cotton dress from Old Navy, that I planned on slipping into when I got unconfortable. Then when I went to leave and change my SIL practically threw her body in front of the door. She said I would really regret not wearing my dress. So I went into the bathroom, took off the spanx and undergarmets, and spent the rest of the night in my dress. It got completely trashed but having the pictures now I am glad that I did. (I did end up changing before the afterparty)

Post # 6
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m with 50ftbride – this is my one chance to wear my dress!!  I didnt take it off until the afterparty… when i changed into my mom’s (cocktail length) wedding dress.

Post # 7
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I didn’t want to take my wedding dress off at all…so I wore it to the reception.  But we had an Indian event (which involved me doing a performed dance) the night before and I did change during that.  My outfit was essentially an Indian wedding gown, and it was too heavy and cut in a way that made it difficult to dance.  I changed into my mom’s wedding dress for my dance, and ended up keeping it on for the rest of the night.  With the help of my mom and bridal party, the change was super fast (like 10 minutes).  I don’t think anyone even noticed I was gone.

Post # 8
2634 posts
Sugar bee

Besides that I can’t afford a second dress – I don’t want one!  I LOVE my dress and want to rock it the whole night. 

Post # 9
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It’ll be my one chance to wear this dress, so I’ll be leaving mine on.

Post # 11
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have several changes of oufits throughout the day:

– I am asian so for tea ceremony in the morning, I am thinking about wearing a traditional red dress

– Church ceremony, I will wear my white Monique Lhuillier gown

– Part of the reception, I will wear the white Monique Lhuillier, then change into my Oscar De la Renta gown which I already bought even before I bought my wedding gown. I want to resell it, but if I can’t I just might as well wear it.

-Possibly wearing a short one shoulder mini dress by Le La Rose for after party.

I know lots of change of outfits, but most of these are something already sit in my closet, the only thing I am buying is the white Monique Lhuillier.


Post # 12
15 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hi, as the bridal advisor from [link removed due to self promotion policy], I can give you some suggestions:

A popular choice these days is to go ahead and indulge both fantasies. Be the classic elegant bride for the ceremony and then the fabulous diva for the reception. The biggest stumbling block to this dream is usually money.

For the brides who like the idea of having a distinctive look for the reception but cannot afford a second gown (or simply love their first one too much to ever consider changing out of it), there are some ways to get the effect without actually getting two gowns.

One intriguing possibility is a convertible bridal gown, which is a single dress made with a removable lower section. You have a traditional look for down the aisle, and then before the reception, a portion of the skirt is detached, leaving a gown with a skirt to the knee or mid-calf. Add a dazzling pair of crystal chandelier earrings and some fabulous shoes and you will have an entirely new look, without the hassle or expense of changing into a different gown.

Another way to transform your look from demure for the ceremony to more fabulous for the reception is to swap out your accessories. Let your hair down (ask your stylist about creating a style which is designed for this), remove your veil and put on a jeweled headband, and replace traditional pearl earrings with more flashy crystal chandelier earrings. The effect may not be as dramatic as changing into an entirely different wedding gown, but it will nonetheless make for a spectacular grand entrance and a style that says you are ready to hit the dance floor.

Hope this can help. Good luck!

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