(Closed) Wear wedding attire for at home reception?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Should we wear our wedding attire (destination wedding) for the at home reception
    Yes! People are going to want to see your dress. : (9 votes)
    50 %
    No one is going to care either way. : (6 votes)
    33 %
    No! That is way too weird. : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Other: explain below : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    3788 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I probably wouldn’t. I would have pictures of the actual wedding up for the at home reception to see, but I think wearing the actual wedding clothes is awkward. They know it’s not your real wedding.

    Post # 4
    Member
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    How formal is your dress? What about turning it into a cocktail dress? Most destination dresses look like they’d be easy to shorten!

    Post # 6
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    It may be a little much for an at home reception (assuming it’s very casual?) but hell, if you wanna wear it, wear it. I’d probably use it as an excuse to go get a new cocktail dres though. =]

    But that WOULD be cute shortened into a mid-thigh dress depending on how it flares on you. BCBG makes lots of tiered cocktail dresses like that

    Post # 7
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    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I love the idea of making it into a cocktail dress, if you can bear to have it altered.  Otherwise, put up lots of pictures of you in your dress, have photo albums around (the pro one and/or those any friends/family members’ who were at the wedding).  You can also buy a cocktail length wedding dress if your budget allows.

    Post # 8
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    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    If you love it and want to wear it, if it will fit the feel of the event at all, go ahead and wear it!  If everyone else is wearing jeans, then it might be weird, but really, who cares?  Even though it’s not your wedding day, it’s still an event where you’re the center of attention, and you’re not asking anything of the guests, you’re just wearing what you want. 

    Post # 9
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    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I was at an at home reception and the brides dress was very similar to yours. She wore it and looked amazing! I don’t think anyone thought anything of it. I say go for it! Who doesn’t want to wear their dress twice??

    Post # 10
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    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I was going to ask the same thing.  I’m wearing this dress.  I thought about possibly shortening it further, but I’m not sure if it will seem silly to wear the same dress twice, because some of the people there will have already seen me in it.

    Curious to see what other folks say, then I’ll vote!  🙂

    Post # 11
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    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I’d def. wear it. I mean — you’re having a reception so that the people who couldn’t make it to your Destination Wedding can be part of something else right? Why not wear it? Plus, when else are you going to be able to wear your wedding gown again? 🙂

    Post # 12
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    348 posts
    Helper bee

    We had a similar situation and I was not planning on wearing my dress again, but it turned out that all my husband’s aunts REALLY cared.  It definitely went a long way towards smoothing over any hurt feelings about not having been invited to the actual wedding.  So maybe sound out your family (particularly older female members!).

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