Brides looking to purchase a wedding gown for their ceremony and then a second one for the reception can save money by buying one dress which can easily alter its look. A convertible dress can change the neckline, skirt length or silhouette giving you a more conservative look for the ceremony and a party dress for the, well, party.  Here are three 2-in-1 gowns from the April 2012 shows:

Kelly Faetanini (far left) featured several dresses where the neckline detailing can be removed. The high neck lace neckline here forms a keyhole in both the front and back, and when taken away leaves a strapless sweetheart neckline.

Removing the voluminous layers of a skirt will help you have an easier time on the dance floor.  Reem Acra (center) designed several wedding gowns with detachable tulle skirts revealing a slimmer silhouette or a mini dress underneath.

This blush tulle ball gown by Jenny Lee (far right) can be shortened to tea length after your ceremony via pick-ups.  The shorter hemline will ensure that you don’t trip on your floor-length skirt and let you show off a fabulous pair of shoes!

Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2013 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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