(Closed) Scared to wear wedding dress to reception?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m sure it has happened. but you are just as likely to get something on your dress before the ceremony as well. My understanding is that most stains will come out of a wedding dress

Post # 3
230 posts
Helper bee

Honestly, I had so little appetite I barely ate or drank much more than champagne and a bite or two of food.

Nobody will approach you with dark colored drinks.

I think you’ll be fine. Worst case – you run to the bathroom and wash it off and blot. Really I think it’s not an issue.

Post # 4
2511 posts
Sugar bee

laschai:  I thought everyone got stuff on their dress! By that time it doesn’t matter much anyway 😉 You’ll be having too much fun! And it’ll come out

Post # 5
46980 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You only get to wear a wedding dress once (at least that’s the intent). I just can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to wear it as long as they could. You can wear an inexpensive white dress anytime.

Post # 6
5769 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Do you intend to re-sell your dress or save it for some reason? I suppose anything could happen, but wedding dresses are intended to be worn and enjoyed IMO. Mine got soiled along the bottom hem, but nothing that did not come out with cleaning. And I am lucky I did not spill on mine, as I am not the most graceful person ever! But for me, spending the amound I did on a gown, I wasn’t going to wear it for only a few hours (ceremony and photos) and then pack it away. I was under no illusions that any of my future children would want to wear my dress, so in my eyes the purpose was to wear it and feel great for the entire ceremony and reception.

Post # 7
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I got married last weekend, and the bottom of my dress was filthy by the end of night. I could not have cared less. I saw no point in spending all of that money on a dress I love to only wear it for pictures and a 20 minute ceremony.

Post # 8
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Unless you bought an expensive designer dress on which you were absolutely counting on the resale to pay for it, I would say NO WAY to wearing a different dress to the reception. Who cares if someone spills something on it, this is what you bought it for, to wear it on the one day, you planning on wearing it somewhere after? There is another reason the ceremony is BEFORE the reception.

Although it is recommended that you drink white wine instead of red to try to avoid spills.

Post # 9
1626 posts
Bumble bee

Even if you don’t spill, you’ll probably want to clean it before you wear it again (if that’s your intention). Don’t sweat the petty stuff, this is probably the least of your stressors.

Post # 10
11435 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

julies1949:  Exactly. I wore mine all the way to our hotel suite, which was an hour-and-a-half away from our venue.

That’s the only time I had the opportunity to ride in a limo all day, too, so I wanted to remain in my gown. One of my favorite photos of my Darling Husband and me was among the last two photos taken that night — the two of us, in our wedding attire, in the limo.

Post # 11
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

laschai:  Your dress is a one time use deal.  So realistically, would it be the end of the world to get something on it?  Most stains should be able to come out.

Post # 12
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I spilled red wine on my dress. Club soda erased it in five seconds flat. Seriously, if everything goes right at your wedding, the last thing you’ll be worrying about is keeping your dress pristine!

Post # 13
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

laschai:  I’m worried I will spill something on my dress. But I love my dress and want to wear it as long as possible. If I do spill something I can guarantee it will be a good laugh and no one will be surprised.

Post # 14
23594 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

laschai:  Honestly, I had all kinds of little stains happen to my dress before my ceremony even started! I know it’s not nearly as bad as drinks/food on the front of my dress, but it’s easier to just roll with the punches.  After my initial stains (from taking photos outside), my BMs were smart enough to have all kinds of things on hand – stain wipes, tide to go pens, chalk, etc. to get those stains out.  The chalk worked wonders!

Honestly, I think you’ll be just fine.  Nobody’s going to intentionally come at you with dark drinks.  But if you’re really concerned, how about that inexpensive dress as backup (maybe you could leave the tags on and return it later if you don’t use it?)?

Post # 15
612 posts
Busy bee

I’m not sure I undertstand the idea of protecting the dress that much at that point. If you want to resell it, I understand, but it doesn’t make any sense to deprive yourself of the value of the dress just so that you can recoup (half) the costs later. Wear the dress and enjoy – isn’t that what you bought it for?

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