Post # 1
Hi, bees! Not sure if this posted earlier today, so forgive me if it’s a duplicate post! Can’t find the original in any of the threads. My fiance and I are doing a jive/fast-paced swing dance for our first dance, and there is no way I can do it in my gown, even with a bustle, simply because of the length. I didn’t plan on having a separate dress for the reception, since I love my dress and it’s otherwise very comfortable, light, and easy to do ‘normal’ dancing in. I also love the tradition we have back home where all the women in the bride’s family and close friend group gather around her and lift up the edges of her skirt to dance in a circle. Would it be weird/too much/something to change into a short, fun dress just for the first dance and then put my gown back on? I have a room at the reception venue where my mom, sister, and I are storing extra shoes, etc, anyway. Thanks for any suggestions!
Post # 2
If you don’t want to change the dress, change the first dance?
Post # 3
haha That made me laugh 🙂 I know…but this song and dance really has special meaning to us and represents us/our spirit really well. We worked very hard on it. We wanted to do a fun dance so much that I was like, I’ll figure out wardrobe later! I don’t mind changing in and out, since my wedding dress is light and just has one zipper in the back I can do myself, just was wondering if anyone else had done this before or has seen it happen!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2020 - Hampton, VA
Go for it! That sounds really fun!
Post # 5
If your gown is easy to get in and out of I say go for it!
For me, it took a team of three and a broken false nail to get me into mine, so I would have cried at the thought lol.
Post # 6
Hmmm, maybe then change the time of your first dance till after dinner? That way you can use dinner time to go change. You’ll still have the dress you love for the majority of the night (speeches, entertainment, etc.). Plus, after your first dance, it may be easier to do open floor dancing in a different, short dress, so that’s a bonus! Since your first dance seems fast and fun, it may be a great opener to open floor dancing (as opposed to a traditional slow song).
Keep in mind though that going up to your room to change and come back down will likely take at least half an hour, so you may not have much time to do the “meet and greet” at dinner tables if you were planning to do that. Also consider if changing will mess up your hair at all. I’m changing dresses for my reception, but I’m also using that time for a hairstyle change and makeup touch up.