(Closed) Reception dress; Do or Don't?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are you changing dresses during your reception?
    Yes, I am. : (6 votes)
    8 %
    No, why would I do that? : (56 votes)
    72 %
    I'm not sure yet, it depends on if it's within my budget. : (9 votes)
    12 %
    Yes, of course! I have to be able to dance! : (7 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    2691 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    For me personally, I want to spend my whole budget on one dress that I really, really love and not take it off a second before I have to.

    But I know a lot of brides who have bigger budgets who get two dresses and they are beautiful so I think it’s all about personal preference.

    Post # 4
    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m a dancer and was dead set on changing my dress so I could dance. But when I realised most of my dancing friends aren’t actually coming, we have atiny dance floor, and FH and my family were kind of like “eh?” I decided against. 

    I’ll have plenty of other oppurtunities to dance in a short dress. 

    Post # 5
    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Most of the weddings I have been to so far, the bride bustles up her dress for the dancing. I think it might be hard to get in and out of the wedding dress, and it is an extra cost. But if it means that much to you, go for it! It’s your day. It would make it easier to dance. The important thing is that you’re happy!

    Post # 6
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    If it makes you happy, go for it. I personally feel like it would be a shame to wear my super gorgeous expensive wedding dress for only 30 minutes of ceremony and pictures before taking it off, I want to wear it all night! I plan on wearing it into the bar for my after party too because I CAN!!! haha

    Post # 7
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Personally, no. I want to wear my wedding dress the whole night! How often do you get to wear a wedding dress? 

    Post # 8
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I changed into a reception dress and I was sooooooo glad that I did. It was so hot in my long chiffon dress, I couldn’t wait to get into my short dress and sandals. I also didn’t break the budget on either (my “wedding dress” was $500 with alterations, a monique lhuillier bridesmaids dress in ivory and my reception dress was a $60 ivory lace baby doll from asos) so I felt no budgetary obligation to get mileage out of a garment. I looked great in both, and both were bridal – if you find a reception dress that you love, go for it!

    Post # 9
    732 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Personal preferance here, I wouldnt want 2 dresses. I got my dress because I love it and i really dont want to take mine off until i absolutaly  had to.. if i could wear it all the time I would! ;p Im having a smaller wedding so i dont really think its needed either. However if I was having a larger wedding i dont think that id switch out of my gown..I love it too much. it would almost feel like id be cheating on it with the party dress!

    Post # 10
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    No my dress that I have has a bustle which I can use or I can use a robbin hoop which is under the train that I can have on my wrist.

    Post # 11
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    I am wearing a tea length dress for my reception! I got a huuuuge tulle dress for free, and the thought of bustling all that and trying to swing it around all night was a little daunting lol. So I definitely went for another dress!

    Post # 12
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    I’m undecided at the moment.  I love my dress and want to wear it all night, but it is quite heavy and even though it will be bustled for the reception, I fear I will be uncomfortable and hot because I know I want to dance.  I do have guilt about not wearing it all night too (the dress was not cheap and my mom was gracious enough to pay for it all).  I think I will make a final decision when we are closer to the wedding and our budget vs. actual costs firms up a bit.

    Post # 13
    8604 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I loved my dress and wanted to wear it all night. I did get hot on a few occasions but I’m still happy with my decision to wear it the entire time.

    Post # 14
    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I think of it this way: If my dress is $3000 after tax, alterations, crinoline, underthings, etc, and i wear it 30 minutes (some ceremonies are shorter!), then I am paying $100 a minute to wear that dress. No, thank you.

    Post # 15
    8471 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I don’t think it’s a good idea because it’s your WEDDING DRESS!  You can wear a party dress any time at a PARTY or to another person’s wedding. 

    Post # 16
    201 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    After much thought and budgeting, I chose to buy a reception dress.  I don’t plan to put it on until roughly 9pm (reception starts at 6) after all of the main parts of the reception/dinner are finished.  This will give me about 2 hours in it.  

    My mom purchased my wedding gown, and I purchased the reception dress (which is a DB bridesmaid’s dress in ivory http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Bubble-Dress-with-Asymmetrical-Organza-Petals-VW360094_Bridal-Party-Bridesmaids-White-by-Vera-Wang-Bridesmaids).  My first dress is heavily beaded and mermaid style.  The women at the shop said my only option for going to the bathroom would be to remove the entire dress.  With that in mind, and the sheer weight of the dress.. I decided something light and fun would be best for the dancing!

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