Post # 1
This is a fairly new concept to me and my first reaction was “no way! you get this beautful dress and it’s so sad that you only get to wear it ONE day and with a reception dress I’d be wearing it for even LESS time” buuuut now the idea of changing into something fun to party in is growing on me.
I’m still on the fence, what is your opinion of the reception dress concept??
Post # 3
I wanted one I just never found one I really loved. I know some bees are against them but to each his/her own. I had a ballgown and it was annoying during the reception.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
I love my dress so much, I can’t imagine taking it off. Then again, that was a priority – making sure it will be comfortable all day.
I bought my dress at a trunk show, and the designer said that they put all their dresses through the 10 hour test; if it’s going to be comfortable for 10 hours, it’s a go!
Post # 5
I think if you want one then go for it. Personally I think they’re kind of a waste of money and it seems silly to only wear your actual wedding dress for such a short period of time. I loved my dress so much that I would have never considered changing into something else!
Post # 6
@gelaine22: That’s a good point, a friend of mine had a rather large dress and her bustle broke! She’s a dancing queen and she was annoyed because it was in her way. But at least you got to wear it as long as possible!
Post # 7
I also used to not understand the appeal of reception dresses. And then I started trying on wedding dresses. There were a few where I thought “Wow this is gorgeous, but there’s no way in hell I could wear this all day. It’s too heavy/itchy/poofy” Now, I can totally relate to people who want them because reception dresses can be way more comfortable to dance and move around in. I think if I had picked a ballgown or something more elaborate than what I got, a reception dress would be awesome.
Post # 8
@PinkStripes: I think it depends pretty heavily on way too many factors. Bride, budget, venue, etc.
If I was having a super formal affair with a heavy silk/satin dress, I would probably like to change into something more light and fun as the night went on.
One wedding I attended, the bride had purchased the same dress as her bridesmaids but in white to change into because it was July and their venue wasn’t air conditioned.
Personally I am drawn to lighter, more airy dresses so I personally would probably stick with the same dress for the whole day and evening.
Post # 9
I changed out of my wedding dress ASAP! I loved it, but boy was it heavy. I just changed into a little dress I had brought with me, it was not “intended” to be a reception dress — it was one I already had.
Post # 10
@lizzieb: 10 hour test period!? that’s genius! Why don’t all shoe designer do that?!
adoc86 I kind of think they are too! I haven’t even started trying on dresses yet so I have no real attachment to anything but who knows how I’ll feel once I find it. Truthfully I’ve seen so many sparkly white cocktail dresses on Pinterest and that’s what made me rethink things… stupid Pinterest.
Post # 11
I used to not like the idea at all. Spending that much on a dress and loving it sooo much to only wear it for a matter of hours (ceremony) and then take it off just didn’t make sense to me. However, I have seen brides change into a different dress towards the end fo the reception (to go out afterwards, etc) and I thought I could see myself doing the same. It just all depends on how comfortable your wedding dress is. A ballgown would probably get super uncomfortable by the end of the night.
Post # 12
My dress was 53 POUNDS. A dress for dancing was NOT optional!
Post # 13
@BrandNewBride: Wth? How? I saw your dress in some recaps, I believe. It did not look like it would weigh that much. Where was the weight? In the train?
Post # 14
I’m still undecided. I really want to wear my wedding dress for as long as humanly possible. But then weddings here usually take a looooong time. Two ceremonies (civil ceremony is obligatory if we want to be legally married and a lengthy Catholic church one is what we really want), cocktail hour, all the first dances, speeches, cake cutting, etc… I think I’ll be dying to get into something short and lightweight.
Post # 15
I have no beef with the concept of reception dresses… as long as you paid less than $100 for your actual bridal gown!
Post # 16
I really dislike the concept. It seems like yet another thing invented by the wedding industry to separate brides from their money as quickly and permanently as possible. It just feels excessive to me; you’re already spending thousands on the event itself, and hundreds if not thousands on the dress. There’s no need to throw another dress on the Must Have list. Especially not when there are so very many dresses on the market that a bride who loves to dance can find a dress that she can dance in, and yet still is her dream dress. When I attend a wedding and the bride changes into a reception dress which is obviously purchased just for the reception, I just feel a bit sad for her, knowing how much money she burned through.