(Closed) Reception Dress? To Do or Not To Do?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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325 posts
Helper bee

I’m going to buy something else to change into late night, but I’m planning on wearing my actual dress almost the entire wedding. I’m so in love with it and want to wear it as long as possible! It ends at 11 and we plan on hanging out/partying after so I want something more comfortable for that. I may change around 10. I actually looking at a white BHLDN jumpsuit to change into instead of a dress.

Post # 17
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73 posts
Worker bee

 

windowlulu: Are you living in the US? I got it from Group USA, its a bridal/evening gown chain thats mainly on the East coast I believe. They have a website https://www.camillelavie.com/ where you can order online. I’m not sure if they have that dress anymore but you can call and ask, they have many gorgeous dresses. 

Post # 18
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8330 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Nope, I’m  anti reception dresses . A beautiful wedding dress you wear for half  – or less than half – the  occasion, no,  not for me.   I can’t  help feeling it’s a Wedding Industry thing we have been made to feel we need.  

Post # 19
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102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I always thought it was a terrible waste to buy the most expensive dress you’ll ever wear, that you can only wear once, then change halfway through the one day you can wear it into something else. 

Now that I’ve bought my wedding dress I am seriously considering getting a second dress because I am worried about being comfortable through the evening and also about being able to go to the bathroom. My dress is a mermaid with a corset back and I’ll probably wear spanx under it to smooth out a couple of wobbly bits – I think it will need to come off every time I need to use the bathroom and that will require help from someone who can lace the corset up, which will be a pain. I think I will get a second dress, but something fairly inexpensive and just see how the night goes – if the proper dress is getting to be too much of a pain then I’ll change. If the dress isn’t causing too much trouble then I’ll stay in it. 

Post # 21
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I loved wearing my dress all day. I did buy a second dress, and wore it to formal dinner the next night on our cruise (so about half of our guests saw it). I thought I would be too cold in my wedding dress to last the whole day, but my Mother-In-Law bought me a bolero at my 2nd fitting that kept me warm. My second dress was mostly black with some white, which was a fun, elegant change. I’m wearing it again to a local adult prom next week. It has only been 3 weeks, and it is already getting used again! No one we know is going, and I would still wear it again if they were. It will be so much easier to wear this gown in the future for an anniversary, ball, etc. The wedding dress is getting preserved. So, to sum it up, I would have something on hand that is comfy just in case you do need to change.

 

I wore very short kitten heels and they lasted the whole day. I kept flip flops in my room and gave my friend the key just in case I needed them.

Post # 22
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

bazzi:  my dress was a corset trumpet. I didn’t wear shapewear because the ruching was really putting in work! We never undid the corset til I took it off. I was able to lift myself to use the restroom. Is this possible for you? I imagine yours might be fitting longer down the leg than mine was.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I wore my dress until the dancing started, then I changed into a David’s Bridal light chiffon dress. It was great! I was able to dance all night, and my mom took my big gown home at the end of the night so I only had to fold up the David’s dress when we were leaving the hotel the next morning.

Wedding dress:

Dancing dress:

Post # 24
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815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

interesting! I was pretty sure I’d wear one gown all night, but now I am not 100% sure because of the dancing…

Post # 25
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2041 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

cruisinbee:  What is an adult prom? I had to ask!

Post # 26
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee

If the ballgown is too uncomfortable to wear for the whole day, I would change into a lighter dress for the reception to eat and dance comfortably.

I’m on the fence about a reception dress. I’ll see how I feel after I get my dress altered.

Post # 27
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94 posts
Worker bee

I made the decision very early on that I would have two dresses and could care less what anyone thinks. lol. On your wedding day, you pretty much have everyone’s permission to get whatever you want as long as you can afford it. This is not my first wedding but I am now in a position where I can afford to have everything I want and make it as beautiful as possible, so since we are paying we get the sayso! Go get your dress! 🙂

Post # 28
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1117 posts
Bumble bee

windowlulu:  Sure, it was Stella York 5786. I wore the train for a little bit and then took it off. It still had a slight sweep train but not too long of one. 

Post # 29
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352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

windowlulu:  I am considering getting a relatively inexpensive ($200 or less) reception dress to have on hand just in case because my wedding dress has cap sleeves that I can’t lift my arms in. I am planning to wear the wedding dress all day/night but it is a comfort knowing that if I get sick of being confined I can just go upstairs to the room and change so that I can continue to party the night away. 

Perhaps something like that might work for you too. 🙂

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