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From One Bride-to-Be to the Next: The Second Wedding Dress Dilemma

by Katherine Callaghan

A lot of work and planning goes into a bride’s wedding day look. Everything from the bride’s accessories to hair and makeup needs to be thoroughly planned out before the big day. While every bride dreams of buying the dress, brides are also opting to wear two different dresses to the ceremony and reception.

For some brides, their dream wedding look requires multiple wardrobe changes. In most instances, when a bride wants to wear two different wedding dresses it’s because she wants to emulate two different looks. For the ceremony, the bride usually wants to wear the traditional, dramatic ballgown and then for the reception opt for a sleeker and sexier dress to easily dance the night away.

I always wanted to have a wardrobe change for my wedding. I like the idea of having two different bridal looks that speak to me.  This, however,  raises a lot of questions. Does the second dress take away from the first dress? Does budget allowed for two wedding dresses,  and most importantly, is it worth the time from your reception to change out of your dress and into your second dress. In response to the latter, you’ve spent all this time and money into planning your dream wedding, do you really want to waste a second of it getting changed?

On the other hand, a sleek and sexy dress for the reception offers a lot of benefits. If dancing the night away with your new hubby is a priority, then a more figure-hugging dress might be in your best interest. It even makes life easier when you have to use the ladies room (I don’t even want to think about what it must be like to pee in a ballgown). If you’re hosting an after party, I think it’s safe to say you’re going to want to change out of your ballgown and hang out with your closest friends and family in a less restricting dress.

It’s a hard call to make, and  I’m still not sure I can make just yet. While I’m still going back and forth on wanting a second dress, maybe I should start by finding the ceremony dress first!