(Closed) Split Reception: How to Hide the Dress

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How to hide the dress?
    Change at the venue (using their washroom/a car/a screen). : (12 votes)
    44 %
    Forget hiding the dress and just wear it for the dinner beforehand. : (3 votes)
    11 %
    Don't split the reception. : (8 votes)
    30 %
    Other. : (4 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    820 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I like your idea of splitting the reception. It’s unique and it allows you to have the sunset ceremony that you want and I think it would be beautiful. I’m thinking of two different things: One, you wear a simple, white sundress during the dinner and then yes, go change in the bathroom before the ceremony.. or two, you wear your real dress the whole time, but you have to build in a "moment" where you reveal yourself to him so it’s the same wow factor. I wonder if you could have all your guests seated at their dinner tables after say a coctail hour (which i guess you would have to miss) and then your groom stands at his/your table waiting for you and they play some kind of music and in you walk. (you could even put down some sort of an aisle, or simply a rose petal aisle). When you get to him you kiss, the best man jumps up maybe and gives a quick speech welcoming everyone, explaining the unique schedule for the evening, you guys eat dinner and then make your way over to where you’ll have the sunset ceremony. Then drinks and dancing after. 

    Hope that helps, or at least gives you more to think about!! 🙂  

    Post # 4
    818 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I just went to a wedding with a split reception on saturday and it was a really nice idea. One piece of advice I have from a guest point of view is to have a set length of time for dinner. At the wedding, dinner started at 4pm and the ceremony was supposed to start at 5, but they didn’t announce it until 5:15 and the ceremony didn’t actually start until 5:30. So that might be something to think about.

    Post # 5
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I like monalisa’s idea of wearing the dress the whole time but building in a reveal. Depending on how fancy your dinner is, you’ll want to wear your wedding dress the whole time anyway! After all, it’s your one chance to wear it. Plus, you might be rushed to get ready if you don’t already have your bridal hair and makeup done, or if you look overdone in something other than a wedding dress.

    Could you have a "processional" through the dinner tables to meet your Fiance at the head table, or something like that?

    Post # 6
    2249 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    i Love this idea! you could also do a private first look with him before the dinner. My friend dit that and it was beautiful, a special moment that they had in private (except the photographers and us spying bridesmaids ) and it just added to their special day!

    Post # 7
    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I love the idea of a split reception, but I would maybe do a first look kind of thing before dinner and then wear your dress the whole time. You don’t want to have to take time out from dinner/guests/each other to change before the ceremony.

    I would suggest keeping your makeup artist {if you’re using one} until the ceremony to do a touch up of your makeup after you eat. Or just make sure you do it yourself. You don’t want to be caught without lipstick for the pictures and dancing afterwards.

    Post # 9
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I voted for the first option…but I wouldn’t recommend changing into a wedding dress in a car! 😉

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