Feathers are a great accent that can be added to your wedding gown as part of a wardrobe addition, such as a cape or boa. Feathers can be used in a more subtle way such as accents to the sleeves or on the front of the gown. Feathers have a more playful look and can make any gown design seem exotic.
Statement bows make a bold statement on your wedding gown. These bows can be large or small, but they are guaranteed to get attention. They can be made from a variety of materials or fabric, and placed near the top of the dress or in the skirt.
A wedding cape is a perfect way to express your style or individuality. A cape can be made from a variety of materials and can have additional features such as a hood or a faux-fur collar. A capelette is a smaller version of the cape that only extends over part of your wedding gown. The cape or capelette can be removed at the right time for dramatic effect or worn throughout the ceremony.
Shopping for a wedding dress is one of the most memorable days leading up to your ceremony. It’s the moment that all of the wedding plans start to become real and you can actually envision yourself walking down the aisle. Shopping for your perfect dress is incredibly exciting (and let’s face it, fun—especially if there’s champagne involved), but it can also be extremely emotional. Insecurities can unfortunately rear their ugly heads, and it’s important to put together the right team to help you shop. You want to ensure that you feel like the amazing and incredibly gorgeous bride that you are from the moment you walk in the door to carrying the dress out to your car. … read more
The gown you choose to wear for your wedding ceremony will be absolutely gorgeous of course, but what if you want to change it up for your reception? What would be the benefit of doing that? Here are some reasons you might choose to switch out your outfit for the reception.
Showcase an Additional Dress
When you were wedding dress shopping, if more than one dress caught your eye, changing at the reception might be the perfect excuse to showcase both dresses, especially if they differ in style and type. If you have it in your budget to wear two separate, full-out wedding gowns, changing at the reception is a perfect option for you! You might also want to wear a wedding gown that’s been passed down in your family, but weren’t sure how to incorporate it. This is especially wonderful if you had a hard time deciding upon what dress to choose in the first place — so why not both?
What if, for the reception, you’d just like to change a bit of your dress to add some extra flair? Why not choose a transforming dress for the reception? This way you can still change up your look for the second half of your wedding day, but without the price tag and potential hassle of a whole separate dress for the occasion. Some dresses are have a detachable top shrug piece or even a skirt that can be removed to give your reception outfit a sassier, more party-ready look.
One benefit of changing at the reception is that you’re also able to get a variety of looks in your photos for the day! Some brides choose to not only change their gown from the ceremony to the reception, but also their hair and makeup as well – maybe a classy updo with the full gown at the ceremony and a more free-flowing hairstyle with the less-fancy reception dress. However you choose to do the details, changing at the reception gives you the opportunity to not only showcase another dress look to your guests, but in your future photo albums and wedding video as well.
Traditional for the Ceremony, Sassy for the Reception
Especially in the cases of religious ceremonies, there may be specific expectations placed upon the gown you actually get married in. Many churches and other places of worship require shoulders to be covered, or a certain length of skirt for the bride’s attire. This means that your dress options would be limited to gowns that are appropriate for those settings. And if your personal style doesn’t align with those options, you might feel frustrated by your dress choices. Changing at the reception means that you’re able to honor and respect those traditional expectations while still being able to celebrate your wedding in a gown that you really feel represents you and your personal style. This might be especially applicable if your favorite gown is a little more revealing than the venue would prefer, or has a fit (like a mermaid style) that may be tighter than a traditional ceremony location might find respectful. It’s your wedding, so you should wear whatever you love the most, but making the change from ceremony to reception gives you the opportunity to respect both your venue AND your personal preferences!
More Appropriate for Ceremony Activities
There are also times when you may need to wear a different dress for your reception, depending upon what the activities you have planned for your reception. The most obvious example for this is, of course dancing, but you could even have an extra-special activity or exit planned that would require you to have more mobility than perhaps a traditional gown might allow. In this case, changing into a cocktail-type dress might be a great way to keep yourself comfortable while you’re dancing your heart out, but still look like an absolutely stunning bride on your big day.
Wear It Again!
One of the extra-special things that can happen if you do choose a more casual reception style to change into is the ability to wear the dress again for special occasions in the future. Some brides choose a cocktail-style reception dress and then wear it every year to dinner on their anniversary! I’ve even heard of a bride who, after the wedding, dyed her short reception dress a gorgeous color, and now wears it to every wedding she attends as a guest, as a way to remind her and her husband of the day they made that special commitment to each other. However you choose to utilize a reception dress in the future, it can be especially wonderful to know that you’ll be able to revisit the dress from one of the best days of your life and wear it again and again.
Whatever reason you choose to change at the reception, there are many wonderful ways this can spice up your wedding reception look and add a new spin on things! Did you change at your reception? Are you glad you did?
One of the newest trends in wedding attire is for brides to have a wedding dress with some transformative aspect to it. This can provide an added excitement and versatility factor, as well as a fun surprise for you to reveal to your guests—and maybe even your spouse—on the big day. … read more
Finally, the date has been set. You’re getting married and the love you feel for your partner grows every day. The venue reservations have been handled, the guest list has been finalized, and you’re working on nailing down all the details. Now comes the hard part: hours of sifting through bridal shops to try to find your perfect wedding gown. … read more
Picking out a wedding dress can be one of the most dramatic moments of a bride’s life. It’s likely been an event you have been dreaming about ever since you were a little girl. It can be tricky to find “the right one” with all the choices that are before you. … read more
Your big day is fast approaching, and there is so much to be done in order to make sure it’s perfect. As every soon-to-be bride knows, the dress is one of the most important components of the day. In fact, for a lot of brides, the day you say “yes” to the dress is almost as big as the wedding day itself. … read more
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