For brides who dream of looking like a princess on their wedding day, the fairy-tale ball gown can come at a price. No, we’re not talking about the price tag! The price in question is the ability to dance or sit on your wedding day. That’s why more and more brides are opting for a separate dress for the reception. Ball gowns and even mermaid or A-line dresses can be very heavy and restrict movement.
For most brides, one of the main reasons to even have a reception is to be able to dance with your friends and family during a party celebrating your marriage. If your wedding gown literally weighs heavily on you, consider a bonus dress as long as your budget allows for it. A second dress can also offer some sex appeal for brides who aren’t afraid to show off some skin, but still want to keep their style demure for the ceremony.
Below are some of our favorite reception dresses worn by brides at real weddings! Be sure to click on each image to get further inspiration from the celebrations.
With a jaw-dropping mermaid gown with a feather skirt, this bride lost the length and kept the drama by changing into a crystal-embellished metallic mini dress. Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer, Dress by Ines Di Santo
The bride’s ceremony gown featured a gorgeous mermaid silhouette with ruffles, but because it restricted movement, she chose to change into a shorter number during the reception so she could dance. Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography