Finding your perfect wedding dress is one of the biggest moments in wedding planning. Once you’ve got your venue and date set, the dress is the next biggest—and the most fun in our opinion—on the wedding checklist!
You want your dress to be spectacular, eye-catching, and timeless, and sometimes that doesn’t mean it will be the most comfortable or easy to move around in.
That’s why many of today’s brides are opting to choose a second dress for the wedding reception as well.
So, what exactly is a bridal reception dress, and how do you know if you need one? Read on to find out.
Your wedding dress is the one you’ll walk down the aisle in and the one that will be captured in your formal wedding photos. As weddings become more extravagant, it’s natural that the dresses do as well.
That’s why many brides are opting for a second dress for the reception, or a bridal reception dress.
Your reception dress is typically more simple and more comfortable. The idea is that you’ll have an easier time dancing, eating, and socializing in this second dress during your party.
It doesn’t just have to be about comfort, though. Reception dresses for brides can be a different style than your wedding gown to express your different fashion preferences.
So how do you know if a wedding reception dress is right for your big day? Let’s discuss the pros and cons.
Being more comfortable during your reception is a major pro to wedding reception dresses. If your heart is set on a lace bodice wedding dress with a tulle layered skirt, you won’t have trouble walking down the aisle, but moving and grooving on the dance floor might give you some trouble.
With a simpler dress, you don’t need to worry about people stepping on your dress by accident, and you won’t have to enlist a bridesmaid to help hold your skirt in the restroom either.
Even if your wedding gown isn’t restrictive at all, getting a second dress for your reception is another way you can opt for various wedding dress styles. Try a mini dress, a jumper, or a pantsuit to show off your unique bridal style.
If you’re having a religious ceremony and need to dress more modestly or you’re wearing your grandmother’s vintage wedding dress that’s lovely but not exactly your style, your reception outfit can be your chance to show off your individuality.
Lastly, take the weather into account when considering a reception dress. You can go from indoors to outdoors or cold to hot more easily with a change of dress.
Reception dresses aren’t as pricey as wedding gowns, so it’s not a huge strain on your wedding budget either. And the best part is, the simplicity of the bridal reception dress means you actually can wear your reception dress over and over again.
A second dress for the wedding reception doesn’t seem like it would come with many cons, but there are still things to consider before you jump on the purchase.
The extra cost is the first one. While bride reception dresses are not as expensive as wedding gowns, it is still an added expense. Be sure your budget will allow it before making the jump.
You should also consider the time away from your reception. You’re already missing some of the party while taking pictures, and now you’re missing even more time celebrating with your friends and family by changing into a new outfit.
If your wedding dress is one of the more ornate styles, it won’t be a quick change. Be sure to practice changing in and out of your dresses so you know how long it will take you and how much help you will need so you can discuss your reception timeline with your wedding planner.
And don’t forget about your hair and makeup. You’ll need to be sure that your look matches both outfits unless you’re planning to keep your stylist there throughout the ceremony and into the cocktail hour.
One con you shouldn’t worry about is what other people will think of you switching dresses. If you find a wedding dress and a wedding reception dress you absolutely love, go for it! This is your wedding day.
You can’t have your dream wedding without the perfect venue. Enter Kendall Point in Boerne, Texas.
Located just outside San Antonio among Texas Hill Country, we offer gorgeous views, top-shelf amenities, and more than enough party space. We also offer multiple grand staircases for you to show off your wedding looks.