Why Two Wedding Dresses Are Better Than One

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Two wedding dresses were once solely reserved for the celebrity or high end wedding, but many of today’s brides are indulging in this bridal trend.

Yes, one of the biggest bridal trends is buying two wedding dresses to change up your look from ceremony to reception.

Why Choose Two Wedding Dresses?

As bridal buyer Richie from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms comments, ‘Often brides can’t decide on the specific look that they want for the wedding day, so if their budget allows for two dresses they can have the best of both worlds! For example, a bride may love the idea of a romantic ball skirt for her ceremony, but she may want a fitted skirt or shorter style for the reception.’ 

Gittan from Angel Star adds, ‘For some brides, the dress they dream of wearing from the ceremony may have heavy beading or a long train and it might prove awkward to wear all day, so they will look to change their dress and wear one that allows them to dance the night away at the evening reception.’

Two wedding dresses are better than one
L-R: Dare to Bare: Do you love the sheer illusion trend, but feel it is too risky for the ceremony? If you are a bold bride who would like to wear a more risky dress like Hierba from Pronovias, then change for your evening reception; Colour Change: Maybe you would like a second dress to wear a tradition ivory gown for the ceremony, but change to a coloured wedding dress for the reception such as the golden Oralie dress from Savin London

Take a closer look at these gorgeous fishtail and mermaid dresses

When Do You Change?

The best time to change your wedding dress from the ceremony to the reception is after the photographs and before dinner. However, you might like to keep your ceremony dress on throughout dinner and then change your look for the evening reception and ‘wow’ guest with your new look for the first dance. It really all depends on your own personal preference and the style of dress you are changing into. Just make sure you aren’t holding up proceedings and change at a time when guests are mingling. Be sure to also touch up your make-up (you might want to change to a bolder lipstick) and possibly get your hair restyled for your second look.

Two wedding dresses are better than one
L-R: Take The Plunge: Again the ceremony may not be the time for a plunging neckline, but your evening reception will allow you to vamp it up in a dress like Rosa from Jenny Packham; we also love this halter neck Clarissa fit and flat gown from Ronald Joyce

A curvy bride looking for inspiration? You’ll love these looks…

Budget Friendly Options

For some brides two wedding dresses might not come within budget, however, with many designers now offering versatile dresses designs with overskirts, detachable sleeves or capelets, then having two dresses becomes more achievable because you are only really purchasing one dress but enjoying the versatility of two looks.

Two wedding dresses in one
Two in One: Nurit from Enzoani offers two gorgeous looks in one. A full-length gown, it features a curve-hugging mermaid dress underneath a dreamy, detachable A-line skirt with sparkling beaded belt which can be removed for later in the day.

Is This The Trend For You?

Whether you want two completely different bridal looks that include two separate wedding dresses, or if you just want to add on or remove layers between your wedding and reception, there are definitely options that will suit your budget and allow you to switch up your look between ceremony and reception.

Why not begin the search for your dream wedding dress on our Directory


Featured Image credit: Sassi Holford

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