You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, the one that makes your heart sing. Since most dresses are ordered anywhere from four to six months prior to the wedding, the wait to wear your stunning gown can seem like an eternity. When your big day finally arrives, slipping on your gorgeous gown is such a memorable moment. If you’re like many brides, you may wish the day wouldn’t end, so that you never have to take it off. That is, unless you have a fabulous reception dress to change into. Double the fun with a wedding dress change!
Reception Dresses For Brides
Wedding dress changes are certainly not a new idea and they can be done for many different reasons. Maybe you fell in love with two gowns and simply couldn’t choose just one, or perhaps your ceremony dress is more formal, perfect for a church wedding and you’d like to make a switch to something easier to dance in. Whatever the reason, a wedding dress change can be the perfect solution for you! Following are five different options for reception dresses :
- Lovely in lace. With soft and romantic detailing, a short lace reception dress can remain classy while also being young and modern. A gentle color, like soft pink, can further add to the uniqueness of this style.
- Convertible Wedding Dress. You won’t need to shop for two separate dresses if your gown transforms into a party dress. This wedding dress change goes from formal to fun and is totally fabulous!
- Glam it up. Choosing a sparkly reception dress with gold or silver sequins can be a great way to get the party started.
- Change into Chiffon. Whether you choose a white dress or go with a colored option, a light and airy chiffon dress is as classy as it is comfortable.
- Take the plunge. After the formal ceremony is done, a well-designed plunging neckline is the perfect choice to step up your reception dress.
When it comes to reception dresses, there are really no rules that you must conform to. Instead, you should consider your wedding venue (or wedding venues, if the ceremony and reception locations are separate), your wedding theme and colors, the statement you want to make, and how comfortable you will be in your second dress. You may want to consider a dress that “matches” the style of your wedding dress. If your ceremony dress is a huge ball-gown with beautiful lace accents, you can consider a more form-fitting reception dress by the same designer or one that also includes lace accents. Similarly, if your wedding dress is uniquely colored, your reception dress can come in the same or a similar color shade. On the flip side, you may want to consider a dress that has a completely different look from your wedding dress. Going in this direction can allow you to explore completely different bridal looks–changing from a formal wedding gown with a long train to a short, backless dress that is light and fun. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that your wedding is a celebration, so above all else, make sure that your choice adds to the fun!
After Wedding Dress Ideas
Your wedding day was pure magic, the perfect way to start a new journey with the person you love. Now, the question is what to do with your dream gown (or gowns, if you had a wedding dress change). Check out some of our favorite after wedding dress ideas. All are great options, we’d love to hear which one is your favorite!
By: Dana Bates