(Closed) Reception dress – yes or no?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Blushing bee

I had always liked the idea of a reception dress, but now as I get closer to planning (still a waiting bee!), I’ve decided I do NOT want a veil nor a train (okay, maybe a short one) so, I feel like as long as I stick with that, my dress will be fine throughout the night.

PS. Saw the post of your dress when you first posted it & fell in love! GREAT choice!

Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I am having 2 dresses, the reception dress will be short and cute!!To allow me to dance the night away!!

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper

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MissTravelbug:  I had one; it was my mum’s suggestion and I’m really glad I listened. I got into my dress at midday, and by midnight was dying to change (it was a heavy dress with a corse, and the train just would not stay bustled, so ended up with it flung over my arm, and it weighed a ton). My second dress was still long and lace, but it was super light with no boning and no train. I wore it from midnight until we went to bed at 6.30am. So even if you get one just in case, like I did, I would recommend it. 

ETA:I think some of these responses are probably coloured by the length of weddings where different people live. I’ve noticed that weddings in the States are a lot shorter than those in Europe. In our case, our ceremony was at 1pm,followed by a drinks reception lasting from 1.45-3.30pm,followed  by the meal which took us to 5.45. The evening do officially started at 7pm with the first dance at 8. Basically, by the time I changed and midnight most guests had seen me in my dress for about 10 hours lol. I do think making a big thing of changing is a bit OTT, and I also think it’s nice to keep the ‘official’ dress on for the first dance at least, but I think if your wedding will be anything like as long as ours (all the guests stayed until at least 1am with half staying until 2.30am and a handful even later), a second dress is a good idea. 

  • This reply was modified 7 years ago by barbie86.
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Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m not a fan of changing into a second dress for the beginning of the reception. Seriously, I’ve waited 33 years to wear a wedding dress. Why would I want to take it off after an hour!!

that being said I’m looking for a “late night” dress. We are having a dw in Jamaica. I plan on wearing my gown for ceremony, reception, dinner and photos, and for as long after that as I can. Fiance and I want to party all night, but not sure how long into the night I’ll be comfortable. So, want to get a fab short dress for the late night hours. But only changing if I absolutely need to. If I don’t change into the short dress at all, I won’t be upset. I’ll just wear it the next night for dinner!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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MissTravelbug:  i am definitely not anti-reception dress or anything, but i found one dress that i was in love with and did NOT want to take it off 🙂

i wore a mermaid gown in late spring (it was about 73 deg F that day and sunny and gorgeous) and i was perfectly comfortable all day and night!

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

 

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MissTravelbug:  i loved my dress so much that i didn’t want to take it off. i actually put it on 2 more times after the wedding was over bc it was just sitting in my apartment on a hanger for 8 months after the wedding until i finally went to preserve it. LOL 

 

Post # 37
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Your wedding dress is gorgeous!  Are you sure you’ll want to take it off?

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

My entire family and fiance all think I am NUTS, but I am 100% getting a second dress for the reception. I LOVE my first dress, my ceremony dress, but there are SOOO many other gorgeous gowns I also love… so you know what, screw it. I’m getting two. It’s my day, damnit! 🙂 I only get to be a bride (God willing!!!) once in my life, so I am going to do it the way I want, and I want two dresses!! My first dress is much more glamorous, but also a lot heavier than what I plan to get for my reception. I am currently trying to find the perfect reception dress, but I plan to get something beautiful but also extremely comfortable so I can dance the night away after changing. 

 

YOU DO YOU, GIRL! 🙂

Post # 39
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Busy bee

No, I find it to be a really stupid idea. (No offense to those who do it.) You get one day to wear your wedding dress. I would hate to spend so much money on a dress and only wear it for my ceremony and then spend a bunch more money to only wear it at the reception. Plus, then you have 2 dresses to dry clean, get altered, etc. 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Of course I feel that I’m a special snowflake, but I am against reception dresses although I have one.  I bought my dress intending to wear it the whole time, but it was for a winter wedding in Boston.  Now, my wedding is in the Bahamas (long story, venue cancelled on us), and I still wanted to wear my original dress but it isn’t really appropriate for a tropical wedding so I’m changing for the reception.  I say wear your dress all night if you can, you only get one chance! 

Post # 41
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Helper bee

In my honest opinion, I think it’s silly to pay for another dress. If you’re already paying a ton of money to wear one dress for a few hours, why bother buying two? Plus, how often do you get to wear your wedding dress? Get every minute out of it! Lol but hey, everyone does there own thing and if you’re for getting a reception dress then that’s fine also! I just switched out of my heels to platforms flip flops just to stay comfortable and I could dance all nice!

Post # 42
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Bumble bee

I think a second dress is a waste of money, unless your first is really impractical. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I have a reception dress because I love to dance, and the way I dance, my ceremony dress wont allow for that as its mermaid style. So reception dress it is!

Post # 44
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Busy bee

Well u want two. 

I also want to elope ..lol.  

I want to get have ceremony on the beach, champagne and dinner with my Fi,  then I want to run upto my hotel room and rape him while in my dress.  The  change to the other smaller dress I’ve fallen in love with and go out for drinks and party just him and I…and then probably rape him in that dress as well. It is optional that he rape me instead. 

That’s my perfect wedding. Just him and me..a beautiful ceremony, drinks, food, beach and sexy time. 

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