(Closed) Reception dress. Is it worth it?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
13943 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I honestly don’t understand the idea of a reception dress.  I’m spending so much money on my gown, why would I want to change to another dress?  I guess I’m very traditional and old-school, but I just can’t fathom buying a wedding dress, wearing it for an hour, and then changing into another dress that makes me blend in more with my guests.  It’s the one day I have to stand out at a party.

Post # 4
7547 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I agree with the pp. This is the only day of your life where you can wear that gorgeous gown, why do you want to take it off?


However, if you’re going to a bar after, it would not be appropriate to wear a huge gown. Why not wear a dress you already own? No one would expect yo uto have a special dress just for the bar afterparty. 

Post # 5
4822 posts
Honey bee

1) if you want another dress I dont think your soon to be wife needs a new something, unless she wants it.

2) I think you will be fine in terms of comfort BUT if you can find something for cheap enough that you love, go for it. 

3) personally, I would not want to spend that amt of money on a dress to wear if for less than the whole event if it wasnt planned initially and purchased on discount with that in mind.

Post # 6
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I like reception dresses πŸ™‚ especially so when the first gown is big, and heavy.

Post # 7
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not changing out of my dress until the end of the reception but I definitely bought a super cute number for our after party! We are doing the same thing as y’all πŸ™‚ And I went silver and sparkly! I still want to be the bride πŸ™‚

Post # 9
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You should add a poll.

“or if I just feel obligated to get a second dress because it is such a hot trend right now.” << In response to this:

I have been to about 4 wedding in the past 1.5 years and NOT ONE bride had a reception dress. I have been to many more weddings throughout the years and not known ONE SINGLE bride to change their dress. Receptions dresses might be very popular on blogs and a “trend” but that doesn’t mean that most people are doing it. If you want to wear a reception dress do it for your own comfort not because of other people.

Post # 11
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress is a convertable which I bought specifically because I wanted to change; the bottom comes off and it becomes a fun flirty “retro glam” reception dress.

I feel what you’re saying but if you really want to change into something after the reception, just go for something you own. The bar won’t expect you to go bridal after the wedding’s over.

Post # 12
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it’s totally what YOU want to do and can afford to do. I got my dress on clearance (it’s a cocktail gown for sure, Jessica Simpson brand) for $22. I knew I did not want to wear my wedding gown out to the bars afterwards and had no doubt I would be getting another gown. I do not, however, as I said, plan to wear a true reception gown. The number one reason is because I can’t afford it because I have COMPLETELY toyed with the idea! Apparently I’m too picky πŸ™‚ Good luck though, in which ever you decide. Let us know!

Post # 13
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I loved my reception dress.  Most of all, I loved it because I can actually wear it again and I’ll always remember the first time I wore it.  Get something you’ll wear for anniversaries for years to come.  My reception dress was actually grey, so I can also wear it as formalwear for other events. πŸ™‚

Post # 14
4 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I got married in a tropical location so it was hot and I was wearing a long ballgown style dress with a tulle skirt and train. I got really hot during the reception and threw on a little white BCBG dress I had brought with me for a reception dress. It was nothing too fancy. Just a cute little white dress that was just above the knee so I could let loose and have a good time. I think it’s worth it if you feel as if you may be uncomfortable at all.


Post # 15
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am getting a reception dress! Its almost identical to my gown but its a shorter and more of a party dress! Way more comfortable to wear in the limo on the way back to the resort!

Post # 16
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve never seen anyone with a reception dress that looked better than they did in their wedding dress. I’m sure that there are reasons to have a reception dress, like if you are wearing your grandmother’s dress during the ceremony, but most of the reasons that I’ve heard make me think “you should have just gotten a different wedding dress to begin with.”

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