(Closed) wedding dress vs reception dress

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t change my dress the whole time.  My wedding started at 6 and pictures started at 4 so I didn’t get too overheated.  I wouldn’t want to have 2 dresses since I spent so much on one.

Post # 4
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My opinion is… I LOVE MY DRESS sooooo much I am going to enjoy EVERY second wearing it ALL through my reception.

Even if it is an oven under there 😉

Post # 5
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I wore mine the entire day.  I put it on around 2pm and didn’t take it off till about 2am. 

Post # 6
271 posts
Helper bee

I’d be really interested to hear what everyone says about this as well. I’m thinking of having two, but only because I found my first one at a sample sale for $300 when it retails for $1200, so I’m thinking, hmmm…there’s some money left, maybe I could get a second….*flexes fingers*

I think if you’re confident, go for it, at the least, it’ll be another talking point your guests at the reception, I love admiring dresses at weddings, the more the better! 

Post # 7
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i believe in only having one dress. i dont get why people spend so much money on a wedding gown n then quickly change out of it to a regular dress that makes them look like everyone else at the reception. most brides only get to wear their wedding dress once, so it makes sense to wear it for as long as possible.

Post # 8
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I do not understand the concept of reception dresses. I do know they are very common for Asian brides but I have yet to come across any other bride (who is not of Asian heritage) who has worn them. A wedding dress is expensive enough and you only get to wear it one day out of your lifetime. If you have a reception dress too, you are paying double for two outfits, one of which you only wear one hour at most (if even that long) out of your life. Most women in real life cannot justify that expense and much prefer to have just one dress. Those same women say that they cannot imagine changing out of their wedding dress for any reason and want to wear it as long as they can. The Wedding Industry however wants you to believe those brides are the minority, which is not true in reality at all, as the reception dress wearers are actually in the minority.

That said, I will not be purchasing or even considering a reception dress.

To the OP: If you are concerned that the wedding dress will be hot, look for a dress that isn’t. Lightweight fabrics such as chiffon are not hot. Natural materials such as silk are breathable (read: they allow for airflow which cuts down on the heat factor).

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