(Closed) What’s with all the dresses?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3282 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m with you, eurekaanchovies!  I bought one dress, and have stuck to it!  However, this is not to say I didn’t buy two pairs of shoes and two veils…but, they were affordable accessories ($40 total for two veils and $30 total for two pairs of shoes) that would slightly ‘tweak’ the look between ceremony and reception.

Post # 4
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Eh, they’re trying make more money off of you. It’s not like you’ll return year after year to buy another dress if you get good customer service. They figure you’re getting married once, better sell you as many dresses as possible! I completely understand why you’d want to wear your beautiful wedding dress the whole night without leaving the party to change. Some people prefer the different looks and then spread their dress budget out over three dresses instead of one. 

Post # 5
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s The Wedding Industry at work! I can understandmaybe having another dress for the reception if your ceremony dress was a marshmallow, for sure. But since mine won’t be, and it sounds like you like your ceremony dress, I would politely but firmly tell them that you love your dress so much that you don’t want to take it off and to please stop calling. Those calls reaaaaally get me after a while.

Post # 6
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

it’s a marketing ploy. i did th same as you – find a dress that i could move around in on my own. but i’m still a 2 dress bride – partly because of tradition, and because my mum got a lovely dress made for my 2nd dress and i want to respect that


PS: wrt your bridal salon – you could tell them you’ve made all your decisions about your attire already.

Post # 7
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I hear ya! I wish I had a second dress for my reception, as my first one is pretty BIG for dancing in, BUT! I love the first one so much, and I already feel like I’m not going to get to wear it that long so might as well get the use out of it. Plus … Fiance would NEVER in a BILLION years approve of me spending extra money on a second dress.

Post # 9
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve got one dress and one dress only. I love my dress and will wear it as long as possible on my wedding day!

Post # 10
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i get so upset when i see a wedding show where the bride only wears the beautiful dress for a 30 min ceremony! sure, she changes into another beautiful dress, but the first one didn’t get a chance to shine! i’m a short dress bride and we’re not having any dancing, so it would just be silly for me to have another dress.  

Post # 11
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas

I’m going to change into another dress after the reception so that I can go out with my friends and not wear my wedding dress! 🙂  But I am only wearing one for the ceremony and reception.

Post # 12
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m doing a second dress, only because we are doing a small family ceremony followed by an informal cocktail party. I really want to have a wedding dress for pictures and the ceremony, but I would feel pretty silly walking around in a formal white dress at a laid back party. My ‘second dress’ will not be expensive, though, I’ll probably just grab something flattering from the mall.

Honestly, I think all the pomp and circumstances around weddings continues to grow and grow each year. We have gone from one dress to 2 or 3. Punch and cake in the church basement to ballroom receptions. One reception to a full schedule of ‘weekend of’ festivities. Etc., etc.

It’s funny, my parents say this is another example of excess in this country, but in this case I don’t agree. Throughout history, even ancient history, and many other cultures, weddings have traditionally been huge, elaborate affairs. I think there is a tendency for things to slowly return to that. I know in many countries several wardrobe changes throughout the wedding process are not unusual.

Post # 13
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

In the next couple years, the Wedding Industrial Complex is going to have brides buying 10 dresses at this rate!

Post # 14
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The wedding industry promotes three outfits to twist the dirk a little further into the sternum of every bride who doesn’t have money for extravagance. 🙁

Seriously though, I’ll probably just have my wedding dress and whatever going away outfit I can scrounge up.

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