(Closed) Reception dress – yes or no?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Newbee

No way, it was one dress for me the entire day. 

How often do you get to wear a ballgown? I wanted to milk it.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, I didn’t want to take my dress off.  Changing in the middle would have disappointed me.  I don’t really understand the lure of a second dress. 

Post # 4
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Newbee

You are absolutely beautiful by the way!

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I think reception dresses are the silliest and dumbest thing ever. 

if you can’t move in your dress comfortable, you probably shouldnt be getting married in it, let alone, buying it.

i clicked on your link, you dress is beautiful! You should be able to dance comfortably on it. Just get a french bustle suring alterations and the back of your dress won’t draw around the dance floor. 

Mans from my personal experience, people extra careful when they are around the brides dress

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’ve thought about getting a second dress, but not for the reception… for the post-reception shindig.  We only have our venue from 5pm to 9pm, and downtown bars start just across the street.  If we’re going to bars on a Saturday night in a tourist location, I don’t think I want to show up in my wedding dress.

However, I don’t think I would want a seperate dress just for a reception.  I think the outfit change would be too stressful, and I really did choose my dress for my entire wedding day.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

 

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MissTravelbug:  I’ve got a cheap (£50) short white dress. It’s nice but also cheap enough that I can decide on the day whether I want to change or not rather than choose a second dress that costs so much I HAVE to change.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I wouldn’t want to take that beautiful dress off at all during the reception. I’ve never understood reception dresses. Unless you’re in one of those dresses the girls in Roma communities wear that are impossible to function in, I would say bustle your train and enjoy the dress you’ve been dreaming of.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m getting two dresses! I don’t see a problem with getting another one of you’re going to be more comfortable.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

You’re wedding dress is WAAAY to gorgeous to not wear it the whole night. I vote only the one dress. You only get to wear a dress like that once, so why cut your time short?!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

i bought two wedding dresses – but the total cost of both was still way under my budget, so i wouldn’t have stretched to do so.

i did it because my first dress is very delicate tulle and lace with a very full skirt and i didn’t want people to rip it or for it to be tricky to dance. so i bought a lace mermaid dress as a late night dancing dress and i’m having the train cut off so it’s the same length all the way around. i tried on shorter dresses and felt like a guest, not the bride. 

i say go for it!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

 

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MissTravelbug:  

For me personally I want my wedding dress to be all day. I understand the girls who wear those super opulent gowns almost like costumes they are so heavy might want to change. I don’t plan on anything that extravagant though 😀

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have an evening gown (not very bridal at all) that I may change into for the last hour of the reception if my dress gets too heavy and hot and uncomfortable. I may not end up feeling like I want to change, but I could definitely see myself wanting to cut loose towards the end of the night and wanting something more comfortable but still elegant to do it in! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was so glad that I had a second dress for the reception – I didn’t put in on until the bands second set but at that point I just wanted to relax and be comfortable but still look cute. We also had an entire property (large estate w a mansion house and carriage house “motel”) and we were up until 4/430 and there is just no way I could have lasted all night in my dress for 12 + hours (I was dressed by 1 for my first look and pics)

My second dress was just a short cocktail dress that cost about $150 – 200 w a cute lacey knit cartigan and I have actually worn it again twice to other events. Since it was purple not white it was more reusable (my gown was “white” though)  Purple is my color and everyone went crazy when I changed (it only took me about 10 min max – just get out of the other dress and zip up the new one and slip into my flats when I was in my bridal suite going to the bathroom anyways – no big fuss) 

I had another little white lace short dress that I got for $50 on clearance (it was the white version of a dress I love and own in black so it was a no brainer to get it for wedding events) that I originally planned to use as my reception dress but once I got the purple one it got downgraded to brunch the morning after the wedding

I didn’t stress about changing and didn’t do it the minute the reception started but when I was starting to get hot and annoyed I was happy I had an option. I have been to too many weddings where the bride ends up in her sweats or getting ready clothes at the end of the night cause she just had to change and didn’t have anything else with her and I was not letting that happen!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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MissTravelbug:  For me, it was a waste of money. If I’m spending over $1,000 on a dress, I am going to wear that damn thing ALL night. I had more of a ballgown than your dress, and I was never hot and danced in it all night (I was married in July so hot, hot, hot!). I even continued to wear mine through our afterparty til 2 am. 

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