Post # 1
After being on WB several months I have noticed posts regarding requests for help in selecting or finding special dresses for showers, bachelorette parties, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, etc. Now there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting a nice outfit for a special occasion! But truthfully, I am flabbergasted. I got a special dress for my wedding and that’s it. It’s not that I will not try and dress nicely for the other events but I certainly do not consider it necessary to purchase a new outfit for those events.
So what do you think? It is merely nice to be able to purchase new dresses/outfits for wedding-related events or do you think it is a necessity?
Post # 3
I am falling down this rabbit hole already, and my engagement party isn’t until July! It’s a love-hate thing for me; I love the idea of looking sharp and put together for my wedding-related event, but I hate the idea of spending money on yet another wedding-related item. I’m hoping to use some of what I already have, but I know I’ll still end up purchasing additional outfits.
Post # 4
@trueblue14: Of course I think it’s necessary to purchase a dress for your wedding (wedding dress). Regarding purchasing other dresses, I think it really depends on what you already have in your closet. I don’t have a ton of dresses or dress clothes because I don’t have a job that requires it, nor do I go out much.
We didn’t have an engagement party, so it wasn’t necessary to purchase clothes for that. However, I did purchase a couple new dresses for our engagement photos last summer. I didn’t have a bridal shower either. We got married in March in Indiana, so I purchased a dress for our rehearsal dinner. Had it been warmer, I would have worn one of the dresses from our engagement photo shoot. After our rehearsal dinner, I went back to the hotel and slipped into jeans I already had for our co-ed bachelor/bachelorette party.
Post # 5
I wore a new dress for my rehearsal & obviously the wedding. Where I come from, showers are a surprise, or at least we “act surprised” & I am not into engagement parties. I can see girls getting something new for their bachelorette party, which is fine to me too. But I voted only wedding as that’s a must to me.
Post # 6
@trueblue14: It’s a bit different here in the UK as not so much onus is put on some of the things like they are in the US. We don’t really have a rehearsal dinner as an example. I got a new dress for bachelorette (hen) party and as you kinda put in your poll thought I may as well for the wedding day mwahaha
Post # 7
I didn’t know people still had Engagment Parties until I came onto the bee. I guess if you have the money and don’t feel about it buying a new outfit is fine. I also didn’t know the rehersal was just a fancy event for people. I was thinking of just buying the tacky groom and bride shirts (tux shirt and dress shirt) for the rehersal.
Post # 8
I have a dress to wear to the rehearsal dinner, although it’s not white and I’m not opposed to wearing it a other places before the RD. I didn’t buy the dress specifically for the dinner either- I found it on sale and loved it, and when I got home I decided it would be great for the RD. I don’t think I’m having a shower, and I might get something new for my bachlorette party, but that’s just because I don’t have many fun “going out clothes” anymore. We’ll see. I know that it won’t be a little white dress or anything though…definitely something I could wear again or in differenct contexts.
Post # 9
Oh the special dress for the wedding was my poor attempt at a bit of humor. Even an old ornery woman like me has a new dress for my wedding!
Post # 10
I look at it like this – there aren’t many occasions you get to rock a great white dress. I figure wedding related events are a great excuse – that said, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money on them as I probably wouldn’t wear them again.
Post # 11
@trueblue14: Not one of these special dresses = necessity (yes, including the wedding dress). BUT that doesn’t stop me from getting a different dress for each occasion. I don’t actually need an excuse to buy new dresses, but that won’t keep me from getting a new dress for however many wedding-related events that I want.
Post # 12
Oh no…. another thing I have to think about?! We’re not having a rehearsal dinner or any showers so I don’t have to worry about those, but we will be having an engagement party and a bachelorette. Guess I better get shopping!
Post # 13
@trueblue14: I liked it, it brought a smile to my face.
Post # 14
I don’t think it’s “necessary” to buy something new, but I look at is as an “excuse” to buy myself a new dress. Especially for events like a bridal shower or bachelorette where the bride is generally the centre of attention, I want to look my best. If that means wearing a tried and true outfit I love, or getting something new, that’s fine with me. I still remember what my cousin-in-law wore to her shower three years ago because she looked stunning!
Post # 15
@trueblue14: I don’t have a ton of dresses, so I really wanted to get new outfits, and getting married is a great excuse. I purchased 3 complete (head to toe) new outfits for engagement pictures, a new dress for my bridal shower, and a new dress for the rehearsal and dinner. Of course I also purchased my wedding dress. the 7 other outfits are NOT wedding/bridal specific, so I am going to be able to wear these again (honeymoon, date nights, parties, events, etc.)
Post # 16
For me, I’m only getting new dresses for the wedding and shower. I think rehearsals are kind of overdone so we’re just doing pizza on the beach and I probably will wear jeans. We didn’t have an engagement party and my bachelorette party will just be girlfriends going out to dinner, so I don’t need a dress for that.