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Devoted September 2020

Ceremony and Reception Dresses?

Jessie, on February 12, 2020 at 4:43 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 28
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A few people acted like I was crazy when I said I'm only wearing 1 dress, and not a separate one for the reception.

I figure if I'm spending over a grand on a dress, I wanna wear it allll day.

What are you ladies doing? 1 or 2 dresses?

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Latest activity by Kendra, on February 13, 2020 at 9:50 AM
  • Private User
    Dedicated September 2020
    Private User ·
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    1 dress! I can't imagine wearing 1 dress I spent over 1k for only an hour or two.
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  • Jessica
    Expert February 2020
    Jessica ·
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    1 dress. I only spent $200 on my dress but I don't see the need for two dresses.

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  • Jill
    Expert April 2020
    Jill ·
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    One dress! I don't even know how I would logistically do two even if I wanted to.

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  • Megan
    Expert October 2021
    Megan ·
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    In only wearing one also. But I made sure I got something that I would be comfortable in all day long too!
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    1 dress. I've been to 12 or so weddings and never seen the bride change.

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I also wore just one dress and I didn’t even spend that much money on it. It was more about wanting to just wear it all day. I didn’t want to spend time changing and being away from my guests.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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    I did one. I figured when's the next time I'd ever wear my wedding gown? May as well make the most of it. But I do see the appeal of changing into a shorter dress to move around in
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  • Elyse
    Beginner June 2021
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    I’m doing 2 dresses. I have a big ball gown and i know I’m going to get irritated trying to dance in it all night long. I’m keeping it on to do my first dance with my planned family members but then while everyone is eating dinner I’m changing into my second dress.
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  • Keah
    Savvy October 2021
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    I’m doing two dresses. Planning to change after my first dance while people are eating. Just in time to dance!
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  • Julia
    Dedicated October 2020
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    I’m doing 1. I also felt like I was spending a lot of money on it and wanted to wear it as long as possible. I’m still trying to convince my FH to leave straight for the airport after reception so I can wear it longer lol.
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  • Kellyann
    Dedicated July 2020
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    I'll wear my wedding dress through reception. I got a black after party dress to change into later
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  • Mary
    Dedicated October 2020
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    I have 3, actually.

    I'm Vietnamese-American, so typically, we wear a white Western-style wedding gown for the church ceremony, then change into the red Vietnamese dress for the reception.

    My wedding gown is only $300, so I'm not exactly choked up about wearing it once, but my Vietnamese "ao dai" is a custom design that I'm very excited about. However, I can't dance in either dress (both floor length, snug, and long-sleeved), so I'm changing into a white, spaghetti strap, full-skirted, midi-length dress for dancing. None of my dresses are difficult to get in and out of, so this isn't a big deal.

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    I only wore 1 dress. I loved my wedding dress so much, I had no desire to take it off and change into anything else! I, personally, think reception dresses are ridiculous.

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  • Rebelle Fleur
    Rockstar July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    I think it’s more of a cultural thing. I’m wearing 3 different outfits.
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  • Jessie
    Devoted September 2020
    Jessie ·
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    Good point! Are you having multiple celebrations? Just curious


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  • Rebelle Fleur
    Rockstar July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    Nope. Ball gown for the reception, a evening gown from a Nigerian dress maker and then a jumpsuit.


    The ball gown is huge. Ten foot train, underskirt. And much more modest. As is expected in my culture for the ceremony. And the once I am off the market officially (reception) I have something a little sexier.
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  • Angel
    Expert August 2020
    Angel ·
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    1 dress. I wish I could afford more than one! But, I'm so obsessed with my dress I don't think I'd want to take it off in exchange for another anyway!

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  • Jessie
    Devoted September 2020
    Jessie ·
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    Exactly what I was thinking! I told my FH to not be surprised if he comes home to me me in my dress afterwards haha.
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  • Sabrina
    Dedicated September 2020
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    I think only the snobby folks really think it matters that you wear 2. Like you said, if you are spending all this money on a dress I'm going to wear the hell out of it!
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  • Michelle
    Dedicated March 2021
    Michelle ·
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    I agree! I would wear my dress for the whole week if I could lol...


    But I do want 2 different looks, so in addition to my bustle, I have a lace panel that I will remove for the reception and I will add beaded straps. I am also changing my necklace and headpiece so I will look very flowery during the ceremony and blingy during the reception.
    I will be doing an exit dress, but that's just the last 15 minutes so I don't have to worry about fitting a giant dress in a teeny car.
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