(Closed) evening/reception dress…good idea??

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@tulleprincess:  I have to say I agree with the other ladies. You only get to wear your wedding dress once! However, if you have the means and the desire to buy another dress, why not? 

Post # 4
737 posts
Busy bee

@tulleprincess:  Well I have a different opinion.  How many times in your life do you get to wear a fantastic white dress?  So you might as well wear two on the same day.  I agree that it will be easier to woosh around in a more ‘eveing style’ gown, that is without a train to bustle up (they always break).  And if you have the money, why not indeed.  Especially if your ceremony gown is ‘church friendly’, you can certainly have a sexier gown for the reception. Enjoy!

Post # 5
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@tulleprincess:  I hear you sister. I’m facing the same dilemma. My dress is a mermaid style with a very long train. I’m tossing up between buying a reception dress or getting a seamstress add a bustle.

The reception dress I’m thinking of is a Galina Signature SWG 359 for $99 from davids bridal. Only problem is

a) I haven’t tried it on

b) They don’t ship to Australia so I would have to use a freight forwarder

c) Buying a new dress is more expensive than adding a bustle

d) I haven’t seen a “real” picture of the dress. I.e one not on a model.

e) My wedding is less than a month away


Post # 6
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’ll be rocking two dresses. I’m wearing my Grandmother’s wedding dress during the ceremony and most of the reception, including dinner and the first dance and stuff. Then I’ll be changing into either a long fitted dress or a tea length tulle dress. I haven’t decided yet what kind of reception dress to get. I’m doing it because A)I don’t want to ruin the dress and I would be killed if anything happened and B) because I want to dance, and it’s hard to dance in a big ball gown that I’d be worried about the whole night. Might as well get a modern, fun dress to dance in!

Its your party, your look, your wedding, so wear whatever you want.

Post # 7
2652 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@tulleprincess:  I didn’t have a reception dress and kind of wish I did. My reception got SUPER HOT and I sweated buckets (It was the middle of July and 35 degrees + outside. There was air conditioning, but with all the bodies in the reception hall it still got really hot.). I would have liked to have a nice little backup dress to change into after dinner and our special dances. Everyone kept asking me if I had something to change into. I actually had my thighs rub against each other until they were raw and quite painful. I loved my dress, I loved my wedding, and I loved my reception, but I really wouldn’t have minded a lighter second dress at all.

Post # 8
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Why not wear your BIG dress for the ceremony, photos, first dance, cake cutting and then change into something slinky for dancing? That way you get the best of both worlds!

Post # 9
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

if you want to wear a reception dress then go for itt! many brides do itttt..

And alos in most chinese weddings the brides changes at least 2 times… i think that in the cihinese culture the more outfits you change into the more wealthy you are perceived? lols heard this long long time ago butt whoo knows if it is true jaja.. either way, i will be changing into a night gown and maybe a shorter dress after or wear the chinese dress before the nightgown/.. havent decided…

You willk have to decided how formal you want to remain… but here are some suggestionssss for reception dressesss:


Sue Wong Dresses:


Adrianna Pappell

This is the one i am wearing:

Post # 11
737 posts
Busy bee

@tulleprincess:  Lots of ladies choose a dress with no train because this enables them to dance and move around without the possibility of tripping on the train, or having a bustle that may or may not stay in place.  Also a lot of ladies choose a T length dress for this reason.  Some also choose dresses similar to those shown above.

It depends when you want to change your dress.  Some change directly before the start of the reception and do their entrance, first dance and cake cutting in the ‘new dress’.  Others wear their ceremony dress for all these ‘official’ duties, and then change into another dress.  Others then opt to change into a more ‘evening’ dress just before leaving at the end of the night.  This last option was chosen by my daughter so she has selected a short cocktail dress which she will wear when they leave as they are going away on their honeymoon straight after the reception.

So, there are many options of the type of dress you can select.  But I highly recommend that if you are going to the trouble to select a dress for the reception to go the ‘no train’ option for the reasons outlined above.

I suggest you search Jasmines Bridal Shop on Weddingbee to see what this company can do for you.  They made my daughter’s wedding dress as well as all the other dresses for my family, including my MOB dress.

All good fun choosing, so just make sure you enjoy the process.

Post # 12
9689 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

In theory I don’t have a problem with two dresses.  BUT…everytime I’ve seen it done I always end up disappointed.  Usually it is that I LOVE the first dress, so it’s kind of sad to see it replaced by something that just doesn’t have that same WOW factor.

If you really want two, I would wear the big dress the whole time, through all of the photo-worthy events (cake, dances, etc) and then only change for dancing.  But I almost find it cuter to go for something short and funky in that case. 

There is no point to having a train if it is only meant to be danced in…someone will definitely step on it then!  Do you want it to be ripped when you’re trying to dance?


Post # 13
9689 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it’s kind of fun to do something short for dancing only.  Like the Allure 951 or the one PP posted above

Post # 14
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@tulleprincess:  hahahahaha my turn  to comment on ur dilemma eh? I totally get what u mean and yup people questioned me about wanting to keep the train on my reception dress. My excuse was hey maybe one day I’ll be able to let someone borrow my reception if they want it for their ceremony. But seriously who am I kidding I’m 5’0 tall. lol but it’s ok same as my dilemma seriously do what you want and what you feel like is right 

Other bees are right alot of people do do 2 dresses (ceremony + reception) and it turns out beautifully. The only advice I got was just make sure the two dresses look totally different so it is noticeable. Hence I wanted a beaded bodice and the plain ruffly Allure dress for reception.

This is the only time u’ll get to pull it off and if you can, DO IT! i’m sure u will look amazing in both!

Post # 15
737 posts
Busy bee

My daughter’s dress is short and cute.  The colour matches the flower girl dresses, also she can wear this dress again.  Here is a photo:

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