(Closed) Anyone else torn about having a reception dress?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Are you having a reception dress?



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  • Post # 3
    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I had a reception dress. My ceremony dress was really heavy and big so it was pretty hard to walk around the reception area with all the tables so I got a sheath wedding gown to change into for the reception. I changed after our first dance and toasts, so while our guests were eating.

    Post # 4
    2567 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I don’t have the budget for a second dress.  Since I spent $3000 on my gown, I’m getting my money’s worth and wearing it as long as possible!

    Post # 5
    722 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I had a reception dress, but not a “traditonal” reception dress.  I realllllly wanted a red, floor length gown, but I would never wear it during my ceremony—so I had it for my reception!


    Post # 6
    1094 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    I would love to have a reception dress, but it’s not in our budget.  Plus, my mom bought my wedding dress and I have guilt regarding taking it off for the reception (she was very generous and I love her!).  I love my dress, but I have doubts that my BMs will be able to bustle the train correctly (no one will be able to attend any of my fittings for proper instruction, yikes).  My dress is also heavy (especially with the crinoline/whatever it’s called).  Oh well!

    Post # 7
    982 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I am not going to have a reception dress. My mom paid a fortune for my dress and would probably kill me if I only wore it for half of the day. I also love my dress and want to wear it as long as possible, since I only get 1 chance to ever wear it!

    Post # 8
    2469 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I went back and forth about a dress change, and realized that I personally would regret not having send off pictures in my wedding gown. I’ve since heard people say they can’t wait to see the photos of me in my dress during our send off, and as we got into the limo. I’m so happy with my decision 🙂

    Post # 9
    5486 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I didn’t give it one thought.  I would have never changed out of my dress. 

    Post # 10
    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

    Honestly, I’m not. Instead of having to split my budget in some form or other to get two dresses, I am spending my entire budget on my perfect dream dress. If you have the money and you want to, go for it! But I personally don’t want to pay over $1,000 on a dress to wear it just for an hour or two. 

    Post # 11
    15 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am not buying a reception dress. I spent $2000 on my dress, and its gorgeous so I can’t see only wearing it for an hour or so.  Personally, I hate the idea of a reception dress, it’s just too much IMO.  However, I can understand that these big ball gowns are heavy and hard to dance in.  I am thinking about buying a cute tea length wedding dress to wear as my honeymoon dress, or send off dress, or whatever it’s called my mind went blank lol.  I agree that picturing the dress with a great pair of shoes is very temptilol lol.  It really just depends on want anthy our budget.  Good luck!

    Post # 12
    3146 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I never even thought of having two dresses. BUt I’m also not someone who ever envisioned the big fancy (heavy) dress. Mine is a tea length gown and I’ll wear it all day.

    Post # 13
    2623 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Yeah considering the money I spent I am wearing the dress all the night, hell I might sleep in it and go to brunch in the the nest day lol.

    I think if you have a massively heavy huge dress, then you should be all means get a reception dress for later inthe night when the dancing starts.

    Post # 14
    4134 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I’m thinking of getting an evening gown to have with me just in case I want to change or someone spills something on me that I don’t want to walk around with all night (like food). But it won’t be a wedding dress

    Post # 15
    1098 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I didn’t have a reception dress.  Like a lot of the previous posters, I spent way too much on my dress to only wear it for an hour.

    Just as a different perspective, I recently went to a wedding where the bride did have a reception dress.  I was really disappointed as a guest, becase I saw her beautiful wedding dress at the reception and was hoping to see it close up at the reception…and it was gone.  The reception dress was very pretty, but I really missed seeing the bride in her gown at the reception.

    Post # 16
    6309 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I toyed with the idea, and really thought I’d have 2 dresses. I had always figured I’d do a more traditional ballgown. After becoming engaged I became drawn to the more fitted lace dresses. I was worried if I went lace I’d regret getting a ballgown, but also worried if I went ballgown I’d regret not getting the lace. 

    The best piece of advice I was ever told was someone who said when you find the right dress, you won’t want or feel the need to have a second one. They were totally right.

    I tried on a few dresses of different styles. I ended up falling in love with a lace dress that wasn’t a full ballgown but also wasn’t a mermaid/fit & flare. It was more in-between.

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