Post # 1
I bought a beautiful wedding dress. I absolutely love it. I’m super excited for my fiance to see me walking down the isle in it. I never expected that I would have a second dress for the reception, but one thing led to another and I do. I love my second dress too! So now I’m torn as to how to handle this situation. I don’t want to have a “Ceremony only” dress and a “Reception only” where I change immediately after the ceremony, but I’m not sure how to divide up my time. My ceremony starts at 3:30 and we have our venue until midnight. I plan on taking full advantage of that time.
So when do I change?? What worked for all of you brides that have already done this? What do other brides to be plan on doing?
All of our “organized events” will conclude around 9 with our bouquet toss/garter toss. The rest of the evening should hopefully be a giant dance party.
Part of me thinks that I should change right before all the “tossing” so that when the party starts afterward, I don’t have to disappear to to get changed. Also, this is super top secret stuff. No one knows about this second dress aside from my parents!
Post # 3
@SkyChick: I will be changing more than once, so my changing schedule will be a bit different.
I think changing right before the tossing is perfect because it signifies a shift to the party, and the “reveal” to your guests will be more noticeable since everyone will be watching you toss the bouquet. 🙂
What does your reception dress look like? Is it more party/dancing-friendly?
Post # 4
I can’t remember exactly when I changed. I think it was after dinner and before cake cutting and bouquet toss — according to the photos I got back.
Post # 5
I only have one dress but if I had two, I think I would change after dinner…
Post # 6
I’m changing right after the ceremony/receiving line. You could change after the ceremony, then before the dance/bouquet toss, then change back after that. It’s a lot of changing but it could make it not strictly ceremony/reception dresses.
Post # 7
@MlleFabuleux: My reception dress is a knee-length Mori Lee 6733 (If you feel like googling it) with a fitted bodice and a fun poofy skirt. My ceremony dress is a fit and flair, not the best for dancing. And, I agree with your thoughts on changing before the bouquet toss and having all eyes on me 😉 Thanks!
@MrsN14: I’ve seen brides do like you said, change and then change back. I just know how I am and that I’m not going to want to take that much time just for changing!
Thanks for the feedback, still curious to hear how some more brides have handled this!
Post # 8
@SkyChick: I have two dresses as well! I have a huge, very heavy ballgown for my ceremony and the earlier part of the evening, and a sweet little reception dress to change into later on in the evening when the dancing gets underway. I don’t really have a specific plan for changing, as such…I was just planning to slip into the shorter/lighter dress once I start to get tired and hot from lugging 30 pounds of ballgown around! Haha! But, I do know that I want my first dance with my hubby to be in my formal ballgown…so it’ll be sometime after that. Yay for two-dress brides! 🙂
Post # 9
@SkyChick: You can also change the look of your dress. I came up with a few looks using one dress.
This is my”dress” online
See… This is the ceremony look. (Traditional Catholic Ceremony)
And then the reception look:
You can save a lot of money this way. I almost got another dress too but I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t want to have to change. Hope this helps.
Post # 10
i wore my wedding dress for the civil ceremony at 2, photos with my husband, catholic ceremony at 6 and then dinner (civil and religious weddings seperate in mexico).
then my reception dress after dinner from 9-2am that was a short strapless white chiffon dress with a sparkly bit at the side. (mexican wedding receptions are also very long haha)
so i got a good bit of wear out of them!