(Closed) What are your thoughts on reception dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What do you think of the "reception dress" concept?




  • Post # 77
    1979 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    It’s not for me- I like the romantic idea behind having ONE dress.  From a practical standpoint, I think ball gowns are a LOT easier to dance in than mermaid/slinky dresses. Ballgowns at least provide space for your legs to move! I am looking for a wedding dress I love for the ceremony and that I can dance in at the reception.  While 2 dressed aren’t for me, I can see why some people do it. 

    Post # 78
    1828 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I originally wanted 2 dresses because our ceremony and reception venues are SO different. Ceremony is outside, airy, gorgeous, waterfall. Reception is in a private room at an Irish Pub (still gorgeous, just indoors and closer quarters).

    I found my dress yesterday and it’s a somewhat poofy ballgown. I am considering getting a reception dress still, but at this point I just do NOT want to get out of my dress. I love it…definitely thinking about a lighter dress for after the reception when we hit the Vegas Strip though!

    Post # 79
    1030 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @PinkStripes:  No way! Your wedding flysss by. I spent 2000 dollars on my wedding dress and loved it. As it was, I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night. A few hours is already too short to wear one of the most beautiful garments you will ever own that you put so much effort into finding. 

    With that said…I love when there are changes to incorporate attire from different cultures. And at the end of the day for people who want to do it, to each their own! Who am i to judge, haha?

    I just know i didn’t want to take mine off when it was the end of the night AT ALL!



    Post # 80
    2851 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    It’s cool if other brides want to do it…their wedding, their decision!

    But for myself, I plan on buying the most awesome wedding gown ever (lol) and I won’t want to take it off! I can’t see myself spending the time and money to get the perfect dress only to take it off after a couple hours. I want to wear it all day long. We plan on having an after party, so I guess I’ll change for that…but I might not want to! I figure this will be the one time I look truly amazing, so why would I downgrade from my fabulous dress?

    Post # 81
    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Not my thing! I loved my dress and wanted to wear it for the whole day/night. 🙂

    Post # 82
    9680 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @PinkStripes:  Like many things wedding related, it is a waste of money in my opinion. But hey, if you’ve got money to waste then do what you want with it. Definitely wouldn’t work for me though. 

    Post # 83
    4605 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I personally don’t want a reception dress. My wedding dress is the most expensive article of clothing I have ever purchased, my ceremony and reception are going to be short anyway, and my dress is really light and comfy. I want to wear the crap out of that thing.

    Post # 84
    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I always HATED the idea, and still kinda do in most cases. Most of the brides I have seen with reception dresses seem to just have a second dress so that they could buy two.


     However, for my wedding we are either doing a really simple reception/dinner at a restaraunt or Fiance and I will be grilling burgers in our backyard for a Family BBQ as the reception. Either of these options really don’t lend themselves to a fancy wedding dress which I will most certainly be having for my ceremony, so I am thinking I will find a simple white sundress for the reception, because that just seems to make more sense.

    Post # 84
    1031 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    Fiance and I recently attended one of his friend’s wedding and the bride changed into a reception dress that was very similar to her wedding dress. Nonethess, I thought both were very pretty. I did overhear a few females making negative comments like, “I guess she got it like that.” Personally,  I think that if a bride wants a reception dress it’s her business/choice and it doesn’t warrant justification to the general public. My dress wasn’t  excruciatingly expensive,  but it wasn’t cheap neither.  It isn’t heavy, scratchy, nor uncomfortable; and yes, I’m contemplating a reception dress. Not because “I got it like that”, but because this will be my special day to incorporate whatever I feel is special/important to me. Some brides want a ceremony/reception dress, some spend thousands on a ceremony dress and the only difference is each spent their money the way they saw fit!

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