(Closed) To change or not to change (for the reception)

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I get an affordable reception dress or stick with my ceremony dress the whole day?
    Stick with your ceremony dress, you won't notice that you're uncomfortable on your wedding day! : (19 votes)
    51 %
    Buy a short reception dress to change into just in case : (7 votes)
    19 %
    Buy a long, flowy backless reception dress to definitely change into : (11 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
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    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I voted for the backless flowy reception dress as it will look the most bridal, and therefore probably enable you to love it a bit more. But I may be biased because I am having two dresses (my reason is mostly because I’m scared of tripping over and injuring myself in a long dress, plus I’m also indecisive). For me, I know I’m really looking forward to changing the dress as it will enable me to spend a few minutes of quiet time with my Fiance.

    But it depends on your reception. If there’s not likely to be a lot of dancing, maybe you won’t need to change? And surely it won’t be THAT hot in May?

    Post # 4
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    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    If you do get a reception dress, I would defintely go for a short one. I think it’s a little strange to go from one long dress to another long dress, but that’s just me! With you venue though, if you’re that hot in the dress, I would definitely get a reception dress. It’s becoming more and more common these days and if you got your ceremony dress for free, why not?

    Post # 5
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    1123 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m staying in my wedding dress.

     

    I’m probably going on a 6 hour drive to our honeymoon in that dress. 

     

    My mom spent $1200 on my wedding dress, enough money to buy me a brand new large wardrobe, which I desperately need. That dress is getting every ounce of use I can get out of it.

     

    I really like that second dress though too, very pretty

    Post # 6
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    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I voted for wearing the same dress all night – I hate when brides change their dresses for the ceremony. Or maybe I am just too practical. If I’m spending thousands of dollars on a wedding gown, I am going to wear it all day!!

    Post # 9
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    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Valdrine:  I really don’t think they’ll be judging you for the extravagence of two dresses. It’s not like you’ll be switching from a Dior to a Valentino or something.

    More likely they’ll be thinking – “wow, two dresses on a budget – she must be a fantastic bargain-hunter!” Or “woo-hoo, ANOTHER fantastic dress, YAY!”

    Post # 11
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    3371 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m surprised there seems to be a stigma against being a ‘two dress bride.’ I guess I am just used to Chinese weddings where it’s not unusual for the bride to have half a dozen outfit changes! I am doing a different reception dress, something I can dance in. I also picked a style that was different to my ceremony dress, so I could have the experience of wearing both (my ceremony dress is a mermaid/trumpet, my reception dress is a ballgown I can twirl around in).

    I like both of the long dresses, they’re lovely! And at the end of the day, it’s your wedding – do what you like, wear what you like – and don’t worry about what other people will think. They will be too distracted by how beautiful and happy you look on the day to be wondering how much your wedding dresses cost!

    Post # 13
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    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Your dress is beautiful! I’d personally pass on the reception dress.

    Post # 15
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    441 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I love the Isadora and Isadora Marie dresses so I’m sure your ceremony will be awesome. I say if you can afford it and it would make you happy go ahead and get a 2nd dress. If you feel guilty about splurging just donate at least one of them to a charity thrift store or Brides Against Breast Cancer afterwards. 

    Post # 16
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    3371 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Valdrine:  I know how you feel – I’m Chinese (raised overseas) and I feel a bit self-conscious about having more than one outfit change. I think I’ll stick to two dresses, I think that’s perfectly acceptable (just the right amount of indulgence) for a bride! 😉

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