(Closed) Second dress-after party dress-are you?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

My gown has a removeable lace overdress so it gives something of that effect: more formal for the ceremony, more relaxed for the reception. Ultimately, though, it’s the same gown.

I wouldn’t do two actual gowns – that seems way too extravagant. When I see/hear about a bride who wears two gowns, it always strikes me as “she couldn’t make up her mind,” rather than finding one gown that she loved and wanted to wear all night.

However, when the bride changes from her gown into a dress (i.e. something shorter/lighter/less constricting/better for dancing, etc.), that makes more sense to me.

Post # 4
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Nope, I already only get to wear my gorgeous wedding gown for one day, why would I want to make that time even shorter by only wearing it during the hour long ceremony?

Post # 5
30 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m definately having a second dress having one custom made

Post # 6
6212 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I am definitely not having one for the reception, but would consider doing one for an after party if we have one

Post # 7
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I spent a lot more on my dress than I had wanted and I love it so much that I have no intention of changing into something else. To me, there was no point spending so much on the ceremony dress if I was only going to wear it for an hour or two. Just an extra unnecessary cost in my eyes.

Post # 8
37 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I thought about having a second dress as my FH is Chinese and red dresses are part of their tradition. Then I thought about how much I spent on my dress and realized that I wanted to wear it all day long! Luckily, we decided to have a seperate Chinese Banquet a month after our wedding so I get to wear another dress then! I think if you really want to though, go for it. I love when I see pictures and the bride has 2 dresses. It looks like so much fun!! (just not practical for me)

Post # 9
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was gung ho about NOT changing out of my dress throughout almost all of my planning. I only thought about it when I saw some gorgeous Sue Wong cocktail dresses at the bridal salon when I was getting my dress altered, but the dresses were like $500 bucks. But then I found an amazing beaded and feathered Sue Wong cocktail dress on Ideeli.com for $100  (original price was like $550) and I decided to order it, mostly expecting to return it. But it came and it was just so fun, and happened to fit like a glove so I kept it.

I still wanted to wear my ballgown for the majority of my wedding, but changed into my party dress for maybe the last hour of the reception. At that point I had been wearing my ballgown for like 8 hours, so I think I got my moneys worth. The short dress felt so good after a long day, and I was able to dance and have fun for the end of the reception. It was fun and I am so glad I did it!

Here is the model stock picture of my “reception dress”

Post # 10
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


I’m wearing my wedding dress to the reception, I’m not changing into anything else. I AM, however, changing into a little white dress to go out to the club next door for the after-party but that is just a white jersey mini dress, it’s not a second wedding dress. 

I think whatever floats your boat but unless you are having some sort of cultural wedding where the changing of outfits is expected, I think it’s pretty unnecessary. I would actually feel ridiculous going from my photo shoot to my reception and changing into an entirely different dress. I love my wedding dress, I want to wear it for as long as possible.


Post # 11
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

If I were wearing a wedding gown for the ceremony I would totally do a second, more “fun” reception dress!  As it is, my wedding dress is already short and pretty fun, and I don’t want to relegate it to just a reception dress (especially since it cost more than I originally intended!).  But like I said, were the circumstances different, the more dresses the merrier!

Post # 12
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m wearing a second dress, one for my ceremony and then I’m changing into a black gown for the reception. The main reason being that I wanted to wear a black gown in the first place, but it really seemed to make everyone super unhappy for whatever reason, so I decided on the compromise of wearing a more traditional gown for the ceremony and my black gown that I guess I really consider to be “the dress” for the reception

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