I remember the first time I heard of someone buying two wedding dresses to wear on the same day. My first thought was they were crazy, and my second thought was they had way too much money. After getting into the bridal industry I quickly began to see the benefit of having multiple dresses in some situations. Now, having two dresses (or more sometimes) has become fairly common. Let's look at some reasons and situations where this might make sense:
- Your dream wedding gown isn’t practical for you to enjoy yourself at the reception - If your wedding gown has a long train (bustling can be a hassle) or is very full and formal (often making bathroom breaks a nightmare!), a perfect solution is to purchase a separate reception dress. These are often shorter, more sexy, and generally just more comfortable. Also, regular dresses can be found very inexpensively.
- Your dress budget does not allow you to get your true dream gown - In a situation where your dream dress is just too far out of your budget, another way to make a statement is with multiple dresses. You can often buy 2 or even 3 very nice, memorable, dresses for far less than a single expensive designer wedding gown might cost. If the guests see you change into several different dresses during the day they might be more impresses than with a single beautiful gown.
- You are doing an outdoor or destination wedding - For these types of venues a formal gown may just not be practical. Yet you still want pictures of yourself in a more formal dress. Simple solution, wear a casual dress for the outdoor or destination ceremony and then dress up in the formal gown for same day pictures or pictures at a future time.
- You are doing a theme wedding - An example would be a Halloween wedding where the bride and groom might dress in costumes for the wedding but still want some wedding photos in more traditional or formal attire. Often, if the bride and groom's wedding ceremony tastes run more to the eccentric (wicken weddings, holiday weddings, or medieval weddings....different strokes for different folks) the relatives and others getting copies of the wedding photos might appreciate something more formal or traditional to hang on their walls.
- You are very unique and want to wear a unique dress - Examples might include non-traditional colors, styles, etc. What comes to mind is the story of a couple, who were huge Green Bay Packer fans, got married in the parking lot of Lambeau field before a game, and wore green and gold packer jerseys. What seemed like a great idea at the time, might lead to disappointment in the future when looking back on your wedding day and not seeing any traditional photos...why not take some in a nice dress just to be safe?
- Plus size wedding dresses - As many plus size brides know, finding wedding dresses that truly flatter your figure can be difficult. While a good dress shop can truly help you out, often you must settle for a wedding gown that may not be exactly your taste, but fits well. When it comes to party dresses though, the sky is the limit for plus size ladies. Why not express your true style with a different dress for the reception instead of settling on a wedding gown that isn't everything you want for ceremony and reception? Whatever your reasons for buying multiple dresses, keep in mind some of the issues that could happen in doing so.
- Don't let it be a budget buster - While two or more dresses can cost the same or less than a single wedding gown, if the gown you are choosing takes a large portion of your budget, you need to really ask yourself is their room for a second dress for the reception.
- Two dresses mean two different fittings, alterations, etc. Our advice, if you are buying multiple dresses, buy them from the same shop. This way you don't need two different people doing measurements and you don't need to go to fittings at multiple stores....there will be enough demands on your time as it is. A plus is those buying multiple dress from the same shop might get you some added discounts.
- Multiple dresses might mean multiple accessories. Keep in mind, the added expense if you need different shoes, jewelry, etc. On the flip side, often you can make the same dress look different by adding different accessories for less than a second dress might cost you.
- More to remember and handle. Your maid of honor might already be feeling overwhelmed and now you are asking her to keep track of a second dress and accessories.