(Closed) What are your thoughts on reception dresses?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What do you think of the "reception dress" concept?
    Yay : (64 votes)
    20 %
    Nay : (230 votes)
    71 %
    Undecided : (31 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • 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
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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 # 7
    2685 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    2977 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @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
    9115 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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 # 11
    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My dress was 53 POUNDS. A dress for dancing was NOT optional!

    Post # 13
    2571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @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
    1999 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    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
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    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
    7357 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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.


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