Brides are increasingly opting to change into a second dress at their reception to dance the night away in. We can understand why – sometimes, the bulkier dresses that are chosen for the traditional wedding ceremony just aren’t practical for a party atmosphere at your reception, or comfortable for your ride home. Doing this can really up your comfort factor after the ceremony and the pictures. Use these tips to find a perfect dress to change into.
Make “Practical” Your Mantra
Because you’re looking to change into another dress, try and keep telling yourself that you’re looking for something practical. Of course, it’s only natural to get pulled in to getting another gorgeous wedding gown, and you’re welcome to do that, but getting a more sensible dress will prove to be a blessing when you’re partying at your reception. Consider fabrics and colors, too, which you’re welcome to change. Feel free to bend the rules – the beauty of the fact that reception dresses are fairly new is that there are no hard rules to break just yet, so invent them as you go.
While you might have gone a little conservative for your ceremony gown, feel free to go a little crazier for your reception dress. If you have a themed reception, feel free to dress within it. If you want a short dress, that is totally okay! You can inject a lot more of your style into this dress, so you can get it to look like whatever you want, without worrying about any traditions getting in the way.
Timing Is Everything
What if you only want to change into your reception dress after dinner, or if you only want your dress during your grand entrance? Timing is incredibly important when you consider changing your dress, so schedule this time in advance. It probably won’t take a long time, especially if you have help, so consider asking a bridesmaid or a loved one to help you change out of your dress and into the new one.
Make Sure You Stand Out
Some brides make the mistake that “practical” means simple. It doesn’t have to be! You don’t want to be confused for a guest at your own wedding, after all! Feel free to make your reception dress as colorful, glamorous and out there as you want. A really great idea is to get a sequined dress, or an ostrich feather dress. Dress it up with some fabulous accessories, like great shoes or tons of glittery jewelry to assure that you still upstage everyone.
A reception dress is a great idea for women who are looking to stay conservative for their wedding and then have a party look for their wedding, or even for women who can’t decide between two great, but incredibly different, looks for their wedding. Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds?