Deanna’s Tuesday Tip
When you are shopping for your wedding dress, there are lots of factors to consider: price, style, bling, lace, train and even color. When brides are narrowing down their selection they often consider one other factor: can they wear it all day? This question often leads to a debate about wearing a second dress, a sort of costume change, for the reception. Brides start dancing to the music in their heads and the friends and family who have come along to experience the magic moments of dress shopping create a mini-mosh pit in an attempt to see how well the bride and dress will stand up to dancing.
Changing into a second gown seems to be a trend worth taking a second look at. The traditionalist in me would never recommend a Wonder Woman-like change. But just like marital disagreements, it is a good idea to look at both sides of the story.
Ask anyone who has worn a bridal dress or sells one, bridal gowns are not designed for comfort. With rare exception, wearing a bridal gown is going to be a bit uncomfortable. You probably are not used to wearing that much fabric, lace, beading and tulle all at one time. The gowns are surprisingly heavy and sometimes downright bulky. Wearing a dress with any length of train makes moving quickly a wish only a fairy godmother could grant. So why wear your wedding dress all day? Because it is your wedding day! Your wedding day is the one and only day you will get to wear your dress, so cherish every special minute you are in it. Not mention, getting every penny out of your dress investment.
Instead of purchasing a second dress for your wedding reception, consider purchasing a beautiful dress for your ceremony rehearsal and dinner. Wearing a beautiful dress the night before will build the excitement and anticipation for those who have not seen your wedding dress and the entire next day. Lots of pictures will be taken at the rehearsal event too, so dress the part and dress up a bit.
If you have your heart set on changing into a reception dress, then go for it. Your guests will be surprised by the change, so be prepared to wow them. Choose a truly stunning dress which fits the theme and setting of the wedding. You might even want to choose a second dress which really shows off your unique personality or your cultural background. Some wedding dresses just were not designed to cut the rug, so if you are a crazy dancer, changing out of your traditional dress just might be the best option for you and the dress.
Only you can decide if you are going to wear one dress or two dresses on your wedding day. If you are looking to be traditional, then stick with the same dress for the ceremony and reception. If you are seeking a mix of traditional and contemporary, then go with a traditional dress for the ceremony and then a party dress for the reception. No matter what you wear, the day is about you, not the dress or dresses.
Happy dress shopping and I hope to see you at Volle’s soon!