How to Handle Changing Into a Second Bridal Gown

There are a few logistics to consider if you decide to have a reception dress.

wearing a second dress to your wedding, changing into a reception gown
More and more brides have been taking part in the second-dress trend, wearing a glamorous gown for the ceremony and then changing into a lovely, but more comfortable frock for the reception. This is a great idea for those who want to wear a princess ball gown while still hoping to dance all night. When selecting a dress for the reception, it’s important to pick one that stands out as significantly different from the first one. Otherwise, what’s the point? Most women decide to pick something more lightweight and with volume, making it easier to move around. That’s not the only way to change your look, though. Don’t feel like you have to stick with something in bridal colors. If family disapproved of not wearing traditional white for the ceremony, this is your chance to don something more your style. You could even wear a chic jumpsuit!

However, taking part in this trend involves more than simply finding the right outfit, you also have to figure out the logistics in order to change into your new ensemble without missing too much of the party. Of course, everyone’s timeline is different, so be sure to consult with your planner to see when is the best option for you. One potential good time to change is after your first dance, while guests are either still being served dinner or going to the buffet. That way you can decide whether you want to simply slip back into the crowd and wait for people to notice the switch, or if you want to spotlight the change. Putting on your new ensemble during the cocktail hour is another option, especially if your second dress is still fairly bridal. Then all eyes are certain to be on you when you reveal the wardrobe change during your grand entrance.

Most importantly, you should practice switching your outfit once you have them both in your possession. Will you be able to do it yourself, or will you need assistance? If it turns out you need to have someone help you out off your first dress and into your new one, be sure to finalize those plans before the big day, whether you use your maid of honor, your mother, or a professional bridal dresser. 

See examples of reception dresses worn at real weddings and discover the pros and cons of wearing multiple bridal gowns

Opening photo by Jamie Levine Photography; Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal

Authored by: Emily Lasnier