Post # 1
Are cocktail dresses appropriate for the reception? I’d like to change frommy wedding gown but another wedding gown would be soo expensive? I was wondering if anyone has worn a cocktail dress for their reception? If so, what have the comments been for doing so? positive? negative? rude?
Post # 3
There’s a whole market for reception dresses ranging from under $100 to thousands for dresses that to me look like full wedding dress to what I would consider club wear.
I haven’t gotten married yet, but we are planning an after party so I will probably by a white (or silver ) dress to change into. So I think it’s definitely appropriate. I don’t think guests will care as long as they get to see you in your gown. If I were going to change during the reception I would wait until at least after dinner, but that’s just me. Maybe I’d make my big reveal in time to cut the cake and then head to the dance floor!
Post # 4
@mrtnza: I have helped plan many weddings (not a professional) and have had several brides do this. You will always have some of the old guard complain. Yes, they can get rather rude. If you have invited some people just to the reception and not ceremony you really need to stay in your dress. It wouldn’t be fair otherwise. If everyone is invited to both it is your choice as it is your day. Most people say they would rather the bride stay in her dress though. Shockingly I have even had male guests say that to me. (I didn’t think men noticed that sort of thing as much.) If your guest list is a bunch of little old ladies you might want to rethink that plan but the under thrirty-five crowd seems fine with it.
Hope that helps! Best Wishes!
Post # 5
I am changing to a tea length and there have been several Bee’s that have changed into a cocktail dress. One even makes them in an etsy shop now (I am ordering it for my rehearsal dress). I got the tea length for $100 and the rehearsal for $120. I am changing right before the reception as our first dance is a long ballroom dance and FH asked me too, but most I have seen change right after the first dances.