Do you recommend a second reception dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I bought a reception dress.  Can’t wait to wear it.   I wanted to be able to feel more comfortable dancing.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am.  I am worried I will stain my wedding gown during reception, with food and booze around.  And I want to wear a dress that is easier to walk around.  🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think it is necesaary, but I got one, because I was doing a second line parade down Bourbon Street.  I wore my actual wedding dress for all of my ceremony and reception.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I decided not to get one.  I have a LOT of other things I could spend that money on 😛 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

First of all, your dress is GORGEOUS!

(it looks super comfy too)

That being said I’m still buying a 2nd dress, and heres why:

My dress was 1000, which I know isn’t typically a lot, but I never spend more than 15 dollars on an article of clothing- so I really felt like if I was spending this much money- this would be the dress I wore for all of my ceremony and reception. Now because I knew that I had every intention of wearing this dress all night- I opted for a lightweight chiffon number (Mori Lee’s 3113).

However… my reception ends at 11, and we have every intention of barhopping after the reception. And while my dress is lightweight, the idea of barhopping downtown in a wedding dress didnt seem functional, so that’s where my second dress is coming in (which I haven’t picked out yet).

I say that if the dress is comfortable, and you dont have too much going on underneath-then get your moneys worth and wear it all night long!

Oh and my job as a bridesmaid a year ago, was to help the bride pee 😉 lol.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I didn’t buy one & I’m glad I didn’t. I wanted to wear my dress all night. My feelings were that if I changed into a reception dress it wouldn’t feel as special- just any other night dancing with friends. My dress wasn’t the most comfortable either- it was too big come my wedding day but I still wouldn’t of changed anything.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Even one wedding dress is so crazy expensive I can’t imagine buying two, but that’s me. I’m purposefully getting a comfortable wedding dress so that I don’t have to worry about the reception going all night. Again, that’s just me. But I guess I would just think about:

1) If you get a reception dress that means you will only be in your wedding dress for the cermony (for most people about 20 minutes). And during the pictures while guests won’t see you. Is it really worth paying all that money for a dress that you’ll only wear for that long?

2) If you really love your wedding dress will you want to take it off?

3) How uncomfortable will your wedding dress be all night?

4) How does this affect your budget?

For some people a reception dress is a great option and it’s something to consider. Just some food for thought.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I didn’t because I spent so much on my wedding dress that I was going to wear that sucker ALL NIGHT!!  It actually wasn’t that hard to go to the bathroom, I went by mylsef and just hoisted it up LOL, and mine probably had a similar fit to yours.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@JenGirl:  

1) If you get a reception dress that means you will only be in your wedding dress for the cermony (for most people about 20 minutes). And during the pictures while guests won’t see you. Is it really worth paying all that money for a dress that you’ll only wear for that long?

 I plan on wearing my wedding dress thru the ceremony, pics, dinner, official dances, etc.  I will be changing around 9 pm – when the only thing left to do is dance.

Reception dress doesn’t mean you have to change into it right when the reception starts.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got one and it was awesome being able to change into something sassy and short. I will add I had Destination Wedding and the dance is right after ceremony before the photos then I went in the water with my ceremony dress and it is more necessary to have back up. I did not want to spend my reception in a wet sandy dress.  Everyone loved the changeover of dresses and still tell me how much they loved how I got two dress styles in the photos instead of the same one in all of them for the entire event.  

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m bringing a second dress as a back up as I don’t anticipate wanting to change out of my gown, but who knows. Its a gorgeous yellow sundress that I could wear any other time, so I wouldn’t be wasting it if I don’t use it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@GroovyHippieChick:  That makes way more sense to me. That way you actually have time to enjoy both dressees! I’ve only seen brides that changed between the ceremony and reception and it kinda blows my mind. But to each their own. But I think your method is a lot more reasonable.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My wedding isnt here yet so I cannot answer the question BUT your dress is goregous. I am on the fence with many of you and agree with either sides. For me I will be spending more on my dress than anything else I have ever had as far as clothing so why change but on the other hand I plan to really dance the night away so will bring a back up, just wont buy something else.

 

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