Post # 1
I was just wondering how many of you have both a wedding and reception dress? I have a vintage very formal 1950’s gown that I am wearing for my reception but just recently I was online and I found this absolutely to die for vintage flapper dress, original from the 1920s! I really love my wedding dress, but I was wondering if maybe I could buy the 1920’s dress and wear it at some point during the wedding, but I am just not sure that I want to change out of my wedding gown right away. What do you think of this? When did you change into your reception dress?
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I absolutely LOVED my wedding dress! I wasn’t planning on changing at all. But it was very tight and nearly impossible for me to sit down. So I literally wore a robe to the church, got dressed there, had the ceremony, changed back into my robe, drove to the reception venue, and changed back into my dress. LOL!
Then when it was time to leave, I didn’t want everyone to wave me off while I’m dressed in a robe, so I had a 2nd dress. I rented it from Rent the Runway (see pic below), and I changed into it about 15 minutes before the end of the reception. It worked out great for me! But I’ll admit, I’m not your average bee. 😉
Post # 3
I changed when I got too hot and wanted to keep dancing. I had a very simple white cotten dress that I was really only going to wear from reception to the hotel (sitting on the bead work on my wedding dress sounded uncomfortable) I think I ended up changing at 8:30 or 9:00 pm, our reception went until 10ish.
Post # 4
My dress is a heavily beaded, snug fitting mermaid-style dress, and our wedding is at the end of August in a non air-conditioned barn (it’s not as bad as it sounds, it has ceiling fans and great circulation, but it’ll still be warm), so I am planning to change into a cooler dress right after we do the cake-cutting. Basically I want to wear the ultra-formal dress for most of the photo ops, and then the lighter, less constricting dress for the dance party portion on the evening.
Post # 5
I’m changing into my reception dress after the ceremony and family pictures before entering the reception. My reception dress is still a wedding dress, just not a ballgown like the ceremony dress. In your case maybe you could change after dinner?
Post # 6
We had a Catholic ceremony, followed by a couple of hours of a garden party, then a speakeasy in the evening. I changed from Morning Dress to Black Tie after the garden party. My wife changed from her wedding gown into her reception dress (an off-white flapper dress) after our first dance, which was about an hour into the speakeasy.
Post # 7
BelleEtoile: Nothing wrong with buying a special ‘first night of honeymoon’ dress or first anniversary dress if you decide you don’t want to change for the wedding.
Post # 8
I live in Florida, and was married in March usually it’s 80+ degrees, and having an outside wedding i felt i had no choice to get a 2nd dress, being as my dress waas heavy, and very tight. So i changed right before we cut the cake, almost towards the end of the wedding, it wasn’t as hot as was expected and I love my wedding dress and just didnt want to take it off.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I might just get that dress now!