(Closed) wedding gown and a reception gown?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Alexander Homestead

stealingcinderella:  I thought of having a second dress but couldn’t figure out at what point I would change. I plan to bring a back up dress in case of some sort of calamity (ie spilling something on it, it ripping, etc) but otherwise I plan to wear my same dress all night and just bustle it to get it out of the way. 

Im curious to see what other bees plan to do that respond to this thread. 

Post # 3
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

stealingcinderella:  a lot of brides change into a reception dress during the dancing part/end of the wedding. they seem to like to stay in their wedding dress for the key moments (ie first dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc) but then once the party gets started, brides come out in a fun dress (ive seen short ones, lacy ones, beaded ones, etc). 

Post # 4
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am wearing a different dress but it’s not going to be a wedding dress, just a white sundress. Our reception is very casual.

My fiance and I will be in our formal wear (so in my wedding dress) for the first dance and parents dances and then we will leave to quick change. 

ETA: Leave to the bathroom or to the hotel room upstairs, not like leave the building or anything

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by  LadyHatter.
Post # 5
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I changed after dinner, before any dancing occurred. I could barely move in my first dress. I think I just slipped away at the end of dinner.

Post # 6
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just had a bride buy 2 different dresses, one for ceremony, one for reception. She hadn’t planned on getting two but she couldn’t decide which one! Luckily the 2 gowns fitted in her 1 gown budget! Both in ivory satin and lace up backs but the ceremony gown is strapless with a fuller train and the reception dress is much more fitted, v neck and with a shorter puddle train.

Post # 7
418 posts
Helper bee

I would either change before entering the reception or during dinner/before a first dance/father daughter dance  depending on when you plan on doing (or not doing) these to draw attention to your wardrobe change.

Post # 8
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I wore 2 dresses.  I changed right after the ceremony and family/bridal party pictures but before cocktail hour pictures with just Darling Husband and me.  I preferred my 2nd dress but the first dress was more traditional. 

Post # 9
53 posts
Worker bee

I’m considering it. I got actual wedding gown at a thrift store so its in the budget.. It’s huge too with a cathedral train. I just love it though so not sure if I will wear something else to the reception. HMMMM

Post # 10
2014 posts
Buzzing bee

My dress will be fairly expensive. There’s no way I’m taking that bad boy off earlier than I have to. For me, it would be a waste of money. If I was going for something more purse friendly then I probably would have seriously considered getting a second one for the reception.

Post # 11
509 posts
Busy bee

Sukii:  That’s my thinking too, I spent all this money on a dress, I’m going to wear it as long as I can.  Hell, I might wear it to work, to the gym, the grocery store……

Post # 12
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Petersburg, Russia

Sukii:  those were exactly my thoughts about changing to a second dress – I loved my wedding gown so much, I just couldn’t see me wanting to take it off earlier than I had to. But! I’m so glad I eventually decided to get a reception dress! It was short and comfy and I could dance all night long – and I was actually pretty happy to take off my big corset back ball gown. Also, I changed right before our first dance which was about 2 hours from the beginning of the reception.

And that’s my reception dress:


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