(Closed) Do you recommend a second reception dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 18
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m not, because I LOVE my dress. Love, love, love it, can’t wait to wear it, very sad I can only wear it for one night. And she was pricey, so I’m getting every minute I can out of her! 

Post # 19
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I didnt, but I wore a lace bolero for my ceremony and removed it for my reception.  I also switched out from a traditional to a birdcage veil, so my overall look was quite different.

And honestly, just remember to pee right before you put on the dress (I’m so glad my sister reminded me of this at the wedding).  I didn’t really drink much liquids at the wedding so I never had to go.

Post # 20
3696 posts
Sugar bee

Like MissNerdy, I am wearing a lace top layer (in my case more of a full “overdress” than a bolero”) that I’ll be removing for the reception, and also taking off my veil and switching it for a decorated comb/fascinator, so it’s sort of like a second reception outfit, but without actually buying a different dress.

For what it’s worth: I think a second actual wedding gown as a reception dress is absurd, and the ultimate example of the Wedding Industrial Complex trying to find every possible way to wring money out of us. However, I think changing out of your wedding gown (maybe after pictures, the first dance, cutting the cake, whatever) into a simpler, lighter, more comfortable (more affordable) dress so that you can enjoy eating, dancing, a glass of wine, etc., is eminently sensible, and definitely for the bride up above who is planning on barhopping after her reception ends, something like that would surely be in order.


Post # 21
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought a second dress for the reception for a few reasons. First of all, my wedding dress was right at $1000 and I absolutely love it. I definitely do not want to ruin it at the reception. My wedding dress is puffy, hot, and uncomfortable. It’s strapless and has a train on it. I don’t want to be miserable at my reception – I want to enjoy myself. I want to eat with the piece of mind that if I DO drop something on my dress that I just ruined my reception dress and not my wedding gown. I don’t want to be so hot that I feel like I’m going to pass out and I don’t want to be tugging my strapless dress up all afternoon.


I’m going to show up at the reception in my wedding gown and we will share our first dance with me in that dress. Then, I will go and change into my reception dress, which is absolutely beautiful as well. I’m SUPER excited about wearing BOTH dresses. =)

Post # 21
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@GroovyHippieChick  That sounds like a great time. I’m thinking about it and changing just before we leave because we are flying out the following morning and I want my dress to be taken home by family. 🙂



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