Post # 1
I love my wedding dress and I’m so looking forward to wearing it on the big day. This being said, every time I’ve gone to the bridal shop, i.e. once when I bought the dress, annother time to pick up the sash and the third time for alterations, i keep looking at a shorter dress that I think would be so much fun to wear during the reception and so much more comfy than a long wedding dress.
The thing is the dress I am looking at is over 200 $. We are on a very tight budget but i keep telling myself its my wedding and i am sure i could pay for it. I don’t really want to discuss it either with FI because already he finds we’ve spent enough money on the wedding. So, discussing the purchase of another dress just wouldn’t fly with him.
But i’m thinking of just buying it and deal with the discussion with FI later.
Whenever i saw some brides who had more than one dress, i had mixed feelings about it. Some say you should keep the same wedding dress all night long while others think its a good idea to change dresses at one point.
Out of curiousity, i’m just wondering what some of the bees here think about changing into a different dress. Will most of you keep wearing your main wedding dress or will you change into a new shorter length dress at one point during the reception.
Post # 3
I’m a bride with two dresses without any regrets. I knew going in that I wanted two gowns and that’s exactly what I got. Do what makes you happy, I sure did!!!
Post # 4
I thought about getting two dresses, but decided that for me personally it wasn’t worth the cost or the time it would take to find/alter the dress if needed. I also think it depends on how comfortable your wedding dress is and if you think you’d be uncomfortable in it during the reception (versus simply being more comfortable in a shorter dress).
Post # 5
@Lauraine: I will keep my main dress on for the reception, until later in the evening when I change into regular clothes (we are having our wedding at a campground, and camping for the night, so I will get chilly and want to be comfy around the fire).
For me two dresses would be too much extra cost and hassle, but I’ve seen brides really pull it off. I photographed a wedding once where the bride changed for the reception into a super cute shorter dress with cowboy boots. I loved it.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
I have two three dresses, but you don’t really need to find another white one.
Right now, it’s a great time to buy before they bring new gowns in for graduation season. You should be able to find something for way less than $200.
I found my formal reception dress for $59.99 + tax. No alterations needed as I bought it from the petites section.
If I were you, I’d try non-bridal stores. You’d be surprised. Even Modcloth has amazing choices for less than $200.
Post # 7
I will only get one dress, two dresses is a waste, the wedding dress should be worn for both the ceremony and reception in my opinion, except in cultures where they have more than one types of dress for different ceremonies – Chinese culture, Indian culture.
Post # 8
I have two dresses!!!
I have a lovely pink ballgown for my ceremony/cocktail/first dance… about 1/2 through I plan on changing into my champagne little sparkle dress…for my exit and after party 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
Do it! We had a 10 hour long wedding and my ceremony dress was very heavy. It was beautiful, but hard to move around it. It just felt wonderful to get into my shorter, cooler dress and dance the rest of the night away. Here’s pics 🙂
The short one was just a great bargain. It was on sale at David’s Bridal for about $175. Totally worth it as I was able to dance and move around freely and enjoy the end of the night.
Post # 10
@AnotherMrsBrown: I love both of your dresses! You look gorgeous.
Post # 11
@Lauraine: I had one dress and don’t regret it. I loved my dress so much I didn’t want to take it off.
Post # 12
If it fits your budget I would totally get 2 dresses. I would love to have 2 dresses so that i can dance and have fun and not worry about people stepping all over my dress
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
If it is going to create a budget issue, or an argument with your FI, I would skip the 2nd dress. You are really on the fence about it anyway, and they are unnecessary.
Post # 14
I am not a big fan of the do what you want then ask forgiveness later approach. If you can’t discuss it with your FI and come to an agreement on it, then don’t do it. I would lose trust in a person who would do something they thought I didn’t like knowing they’d have to “deal” with me later.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Personally I love my dress too much to want to take it off and change into a second dress!
Post # 16
I’m changing into a reception dress. It’s still going to be a long wedding dress but it’ll be more comfortable than my ballgown and I don’t want to take up the whole dance floor with my dress! My ceremony ballgown was $400 and my lace reception dress was $100 so it still wasn’t bad.