Poofy dress to second dress for dancing? Show me please!

posted 10 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
3951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@calireaming112:  I think your Mother-In-Law is making up rules that don’t exist, but you can be equally as stunning in a short or less poofy dress!

I didn’t do this, as my dress was comfortable to dance in, but if your ceremony dress is white, I think I’d stick with that color for the reception (though that’s really up to you).

Post # 3
717 posts
Busy bee

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@calireaming112:  I’m not doing this but have been to a few weddings where the bride did this, and they always changed into a fun flirty dress so they could dance and have fun.

BHLDN has a bunch of little white dresses that I think would work:



Or even a separate top and skirt that looks like a dress:


I think this can be long too, but I’ve always seen it done short. I think unless your ceremony dress is SUPER extravagent (which I totally support!) I would stick with a shorter one. If you did go the long route I would so pretty simple (but still fun!) to contrast:


These are my suggestions but ultimately, it’s up to you! If you want to go short, long, colored, sparkly, whatever, you are the bride and can do whatever you want! I have been to many weddings in my lifetime and have never thought “WTF is she wearing?” about the bride, no matter how unique or out of the box her look was. Always just thought how gorgeous she looked. Good luck!


Post # 4
1400 posts
Bumble bee

My cousin and her wife started in matching (short and red) dresses and nice heels and then switched into jeans and matching (same style, different colors) t-shirts for the reception. Their wedding went into the early hours of the morning and they looked super comfortable and happy.

There are no rules about what you should wear. Wear something comfortable and something that makes you feel beautiful. You don’t want to have your memory of the night marred by feeling uncomfortable or having your feet hurt or constantly needing to adjust your dress.

Post # 5
10527 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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l wonder if your mil is thinking that the second dress ‘ought’ to be equally a wedding dress because basically she is not pro changing dresses in the first place? Not that she has any say in it of course and you will obviously do what you want , but l kind of understand her position as l am all for having one dress and dancing or whatever in it no matter how poofy. Unless it is very tight skirted of of course.

Anyway, l think whatever you choose will be just fine. I love the full skirted tea length ones pictured , in white . 

Post # 6
1043 posts
Bumble bee

Do you want another dress? I had a poofy dress and danced all night in it! As long as its altered properly its not much of an issue. 

Post # 7
4636 posts
Honey bee

I danced in my poufy dress all night long, and those photos are some of my favorites because of the movement of the skirt.

Post # 8
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2022

I bought a dress that converts. It is the Enzoani Paige – has a beautiful overskirt which you can’t even tell is an overskirt, and then turns into a mermaid with cutouts. I’m planning to change sometime after our first dance – I want the princess ball gown first dance!! 

Post # 9
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I’m considering doing this as well and I think contrast would be more ‘stunning’ than trying to match to the first dress. So if your first dress is very blingy, switch to something short and sleek and modern. Or if you start lacy and princess-y, switch to sparkly! 

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