(Closed) Do guests care for the bride to change into another dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Do guests care to see the bride change into another dress?
    Yes - I like and enjoy seeing a dress change. : (10 votes)
    11 %
    No - It doesn't make a difference to me what dress you are wearing. : (78 votes)
    89 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    I find it unusual to see the bride change, especially since wedding dresses aren’t cheap! If you like your dress, you want to wear it all night, then that is what you do! I can’t imagine anyone being surprised you didn’t change.

    Post # 4
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    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Honestly, unless the dresses are massively different, I don’t think most guests are going to notice.  Personally, when I see a dress change, I can’t help but think it’s a bit ostentatious.  Why spend a boatload of money on a dress you’re only going to wear for the ceremony and pictures, then change out of it for your reception?  It just doesn’t make sense to me.  With my dress, I wanted to wear it as long as possible and couldn’t fathom the thought of wearing it for a couple of hours and then changing into a less expensive dress for the reception.  

    And in answer to your specific question – NO, I most definitely do not think guests expect to see the bride change into a different dress for the reception.

    Post # 5
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    10567 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I really wouldn’t want to see the bride change!  If she chooses to wear a second dress, she should definately have a private place to change!  Wink

    Post # 6
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    2750 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Hi there, I am also Chinese but I grew up in Canada.  FI is caucasian and we grew up together~ That said, I also know about the custom of 3 dresses for our culture.  However, I tossed around the idea of a ceremony dress and a reception dress and I am (right now) feeling like I will only choose one. =)

    Post # 7
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    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @AB Bride: LOL! I had the same first thought when I saw the title.

    Post # 9
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    10567 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @anonymous29:  I couldn’t resist Smile  More seriously, I think a 2nd dress could be cute.  I wouldn’t expect it, but it is becoming a little more common as the 2nd dress is easier to dance and party in.  I think beyond 2 dresses is excessive, because I expect the bride to want to spend time with her guests, but it wouldn’t really bother me as long as she’s still making the rounds. 

    @galloway111:  I’m glad I’m not that only one!

    Post # 11
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I wouldn’t expect it all. I would probably be a bit confused if it were another full length bridal style gown.

    A nod to the past with a sleek knee-length or cocktail ‘going away’ dress at the end of the night, that I can get behind 🙂 Those can be so gorgeous, and then you’ve got a beautiful dress that isn’t necessarily bridal that you can wear again and again that reminds you of your reception.

    Post # 12
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    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    By “care to” do you mean like or dislike?

    Post # 13
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    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I don’t really understand the question — do the guests “care?” Like, would they enjoy seeing a dress change? Or would they be bothered by it? There’s different ways you can care about something, I guess. I didn’t know how to vote.

    I used to think I would want to get a reception dress, but that was back when I thought I was going to have a big ballgown and a more upscale wedding. We’re having a somewhat laid-back beach wedding, so my dress isn’t going to be all that unmanageable to begin with. I am still debating whether or not I might want a little white dress for our exit, though!

    ETA: @NDB, I definitely agree!

    Post # 15
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    781 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @anonymous29: I’m Chinese too so I grew up going to Asian banquets, expecting to see the Western gown, the Chinese dress, and a 3rd dress.  So for me, I look forward the dress changes and seeing each and everyone of them!

    Post # 16
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    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I prefer not to see someone change then.  A gal can do whatever she wants, but as soon as there are two dresses there is a better and a worse one, and people will think that she should have stuck w/ whichever one they preferred.  If you only have one, everyone just thinks you’re pretty.

    The only (non-asian) 2 dress wedding I’ve been to involved a switch from a Vera to a ??? more casual number immediately after the ceremony.  I was stunned that the bride was in such a hurry to shuck off a $10K dress after just an hour or so.  It seemed more spoiled than practical.

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