Once upon a time, brides bought just the one dress for their big day. They’d put it on in the morning before the ceremony and keep it on through the wedding breakfast, the speeches, the first dance and well into the night. With many spending more on their dress than their first car, most brides wanted to make the most of it.
These days however more and more women are opting for two dresses. Whether it’s because they want to represent two cultures coming together through marriage, they couldn’t decide on a favourite gown or they want a different look for the dance floor, increasing numbers of brides are investing in two dresses for their wedding day. If you’re planning a wedding of your own and are trying to decide whether to go for one dress or two, here are a few things to consider before you hit the shops.
Women have been making a costume change longer than you think
Though the idea of switching gowns for the wedding reception is relatively recent, brides have been nipping out for a costume change in the middle of their weddings for years. Traditionally, the newlywed would swap their white gown for a simpler ‘going away dress’. As fashion blogger Jessica Cangiano says “the going away outfit was intended to be something that would travel well as the couple embarked on their honeymoon, or at the very least, off to their new life together and Mr. and Mrs”. This tradition stretches back to the 1930s and is one many brides are choosing to revive today.
Getting in the mood to party
If you’ve always dreamt of walking down the aisle in a princess-inspired gown, complete with a meringue skirt and long train, there’s a good chance you’ll come a cropper on the dance floor if you don’t opt for a quick change. By swapping dresses before the party really kicks off, you can ensure you have your dream look in all the formal photos and that you’re also free to throw some moves on the dance floor.
Swapping outfits takes time
Though having two dresses is a great way to express your personality and feel fantastic on the day, it’s important to remember that costume changes take time. If you are planning to swap gowns half way through, make sure you build a natural break into the day to ensure you don’t miss any of the action while you’re away.
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