(Closed) Reception dress – to do or not do

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I get a reception dress
    Yes - you will be able to enjoy yourself more : (10 votes)
    11 %
    yes - its fun to change : (6 votes)
    7 %
    No - it will take away from your dress : (44 votes)
    48 %
    No - no one will even care so it's a waste of money : (31 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 4
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 1993

    Nope. I loved my wedding dress and wanted to be in in all. night. long.  I wore it to the bar afterward and danced my face off.

    FWIW, I love your wedding dress but your reception dress is completely blah compared to it.  If you want to change, then do it – but man I think you’re doing a disservice to your original dress by changing into that one.  

    Post # 5
    9755 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I agree! I LOVE your wedding dress!  I don’t really care for that reception dress compared to the wedding dress…I’d be disappointed you changed! Can you get it bustled so at least it won’t get stepped on??

    Post # 6
    2605 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Yeah I second Blanche here… I feel like that dress would be a real let down after your amazingly gorgeous ceremony dress.  I’d keep shopping if you really, really want one, or just wear the Divina all night… it’s only one night after all, and celebs wear that kind of stuff all the time!  🙂

    Post # 8
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    depends when you change I changed after dinner, speeches and the unofficial cake cutting. I only changed for the last 1.5hrs of the reception.

    Post # 9
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    on that note: I don’t like the one you picked out.

    Post # 10
    2 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My wedding dress is very close to your dress and I chose to wear a reception dress.

    I wore the Alfred Angelo 2212T as my reception dress. It is tea length and can be “spiced up” with belts and/or colors. I wore sparkly blue shoes and a blue belt with mine. I was so much more comfortable then I would have been in my wedding dress.

    Also, it was fun to have a “wardrobe” change :).


    Goddd luck!

    Post # 11
    24 posts
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I love your wedding dress and also agree with the other bees.  Divina is so gorgeous, and the reception dress you shared is kinda meh in comparison. I feel like it you’re really wanting a reception dress, then it needs to have some kind of wow factor.  I hope you find a way to bustle your dress so you can dance the night away, or find a reception dress fit to follow an act like Divina.

    Post # 13
    7977 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    If you feel you can’t dance or move in that dress, or that it is too heavy, you will probably feel better changing. However, I don’t like the dress you picked to change into. The one the PP posted… the tea length one… would be so much nicer and is also a completely different style, so it’s not competing with your dress.

    Post # 14
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I agree with PPs about your second choice downplaying your beautiful first dress, but I think you should change if you’d feel more comfortable. I think a shorter dress that looks exactly like your first dress, but chopped where it flares out at the knee would look amazing (If that makes sense). Instead of competing with your first dress, it would compliment it, still show off your great figure, and be totally sexy and fun! 

    Post # 15
    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I changed and loved it, but not into a second wedding dress. i got married in Greece then wore my dress again 2 weeks later at our reception Pre Drinks & changed into an Allanah Hill dress for dinner & dancing. I was sooooooo comfortable in the reception dress, but your first gown is incredible. While usually I vote yes yes yes for reception dresses, I think this time I’d either stay in that amazing gown of yours. That second dress is very meh compared to the first and still has a train..? Kind of defeats the purpose of making dancing easier. It only looks slightly more comfortable. Here’s what I wore as the reception dress.


    Post # 16
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @KellyLouise:  you look so great in each change… The original in Greece, the cute little cardigan later, and the reception dress looks amazing, so cute and fun!


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