(Closed) Has anyone had trouble making it through their reception due to dress heaviness?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My dress is heavy, but it’s no where near as heavy as yours.  If you’re worried about it, you could be a two dress bride.

Post # 4
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Well… My problem was not with the heaviness, but with the heat. During the ceremony and pictures, I couldn’t feel a thing even if it was warm, because I was just living the moment… Then during dinner, I was getting so, so warm that I could feel the sweat dripping down my legs. I decided it was time to get up and go outside, take some more pictures… As soon as we were done with pics, I went to change in a nice dress I have to go and have drinks at the hotel bar…
But – it was after dinner: our parents were heading in their hotel rooms, and only the friends were staying for drinks; we were mixed with other resort clients… So I felt better in a “regular” dress than my wedding dress – I had had enough attention in one day.

So, unfortunately, yeah it might be a good idea to have something planned in case you just can’t stand it anymore!!

LOVED my dress though, would not change it!

Post # 5
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Can you stalk ebay, preownedweddingdresses.com, or oncewed.com for an inexpensive and/or used J Crew or light lace dress in your size?  With a soft lace dress you could probably fold it, stash it, and change into it late in the evening if needed.

Post # 6
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I’m not sure how much mine weighed, but it was HUGE. Not sure if I’m remembering correctly, but I think I counted 14 layers to the skirt. Most were silk, so light, but still… I’m guessing yours has tons of beading? I’ve worn a couple of heavily beaded dresses in some shows I’ve done, and those can be crazy-heavy.

But. If it’s well made, it should be OK. I definitely wasn’t bothered by my wedding dress, and I had no problems dancing in the beaded ones. Holding them was heavy but, once they were on, they seemed OK for some reason.

Post # 8
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

This happened to me! I had major dress regret during the wedding planning time, during the wedding, and even now because of it! My dress was so pretty but so heavy that I didn’t truly think when i bought it 9 mths before the wedding that I would be exhausted on that day, that it would be so hot to wear, didn’t think of any of that! 

I ended up buying a cheaply made reception dress to wear for about the last two hours of the reception, but when the actual day came, I was TIRED and HOT that I switched into the 2nd dress after cocktail hour!  The  original dress was too heavy for October in LA and I was getting cranky after the ceremony so I figured to just change right away!    I would highly recommend walking around the store for fifteen min. in the dress…can you do it? How about with high heels?

Post # 9
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow! 50 lbs! If you don’t mind me asking, what dress are you wearing?

Post # 10
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

LOL! I didn’t have that happen, but I did get some nasty heat rash on my legs (it was about 20 degrees warmer than it normally is on March evenings!) which definitely cramped my style. 😉 But I kept on trucking. It was fine.

Post # 11
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My bustle became a pain in the neck by the middle of hte reception, if we could have figured out how to do it correctly, I don’t think it would have been a big deal, but that bothered me more, not so much the heaviness of my gown.

Post # 13
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

that is def a lot of fabric.. You should do some leg exercises to so when you sit down you can cope with the resistance- Just kidding!

The dress is gorgeous tho! I cant wait to see piccies of your wedding day.

My dress feels super heavy. So I hope I can handle it too!

Post # 14
1251 posts
Bumble bee

Haha, I agree with ccrane. Start doins some serious squats up until the date!

And I can’t imagine doing that dress with heels. What are you putting on your feet?

Post # 15
494 posts
Helper bee

One of the dresses that I tried on was so heavy it felt like it was crushing me. It was my absolute favorite dress and I had to opt for a different one because it was literally weighing me down. So knowing what a really heavy dress feels like, I would say bring a change of clothes just in case. You dont want to be stuck in a chair for your entire reception.

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