Post # 1
I am recently engaged and looking forward to a summer wedding next year. I love weddings, but I don’t want a big wedding so we are planning a private elopement with no guests. This is for cost reasons but also because both of our families live all over the world. And honestly, I like to have the best of the best so there’s no way I can afford a wedding with my expensive taste! At least I can have an elaborate elopement without the huge cost.
We are thinking of having a simple dinner reception after our private wedding – possibly even after the honeymoon – with close friends and family that are nearby and able to make it. Is it appropriate to wear the wedding dress to this or is that a bit silly? Yes if it’s the evening of the wedding and no if it’s after the honeymoon? Should I just buy a simple, elegant dress for that?
Would love to hear your advice!
Post # 3
I wore my dress for a big at-home party about 3 mths after I eloped! Everyone thought it was great, and the ladies especially loved the chance to see my in my dress in person.
Post # 4
Wear it if you want to! I had my wedding and reception separated by a day. Just family at the wedding, and big blowout the next night. I wore my dress both days and no one batted an eye.
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! I’m glad to hear your experiences!
Post # 6
I’m going to be wearing my wedding dress at our hometown celebrations. He’s from California, I’m from Canada, we met and are having the wedding in North Dakota. But we want to be able to celebrate with everyone, so we’re hosting parties in our home towns a few weeks afterwards (the American one first, since we’ll be coming back from our honeymoon into California anyways, and then the Canadian one the following weekend.) And you bet I’m wearing my dress! At least to show it off. I’m also buying a short white dress to have just incase wearing the dress is a pain or it gets ruined or anything.
Post # 7
@crystalrae: i will wear mine at my at home reception
Post # 8
Wear the dress! But I would bring another to change into if you start to get uncomfortable.
Post # 9
I’ve attended two receptions that took place after the couples had honeymooned, and, at both, the brides wore their gowns and the grooms wore their tuxedos.
Post # 10
I say go for it, get your money’s worth out of your dress!
Post # 11
Go for it!! People do this all the time.
Post # 12
My wedding sounds a lot like @cirk: except that I’m from Wisconsin, SO’s from Connecticut, and we’re having our small wedding ceremony in DC (followed by the two at-home receptions). I’m actually really looking forward to wearing my dress three times. A number of relatives and friends have already expressed their excitement about seeing me in it too.
Post # 13
I agree – definitely wear your wedding dress. It’s your reception party you can do whatever you want.