Your Guide to Partying Pretty: To change or not to change?
To change or not to change? That is the wedding question! One of our favorite trends is seeing brides change their wedding dresses mid-event (or sometimes multiple times!). If you want to know if this quick-change is right for you, consider these pros and cons to having wedding day dress changes and our suggestions for what looks to choose.
ONE DRESS, TWO DRESS, THREE DRESS, MORE
Considering just how much planning, shopping, and alterations go into getting one dress, I can't imagine doing it twice over! If you're like me, and one and done does it for you, then a simple A-line dress like Helen's is perfect for a traditional ceremony look and easy flow for dancing at the reception.
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL TO SHORT AND SWEET
So why would you choose to have two dresses? Most brides making the switch to two, start off with a floor-length gown and end the night in a cocktail-length dress. Maybe you love the traditional classic but you also love to bust a move with your friends and family on the dance floor (I know I do).
Then changing dresses sounds like the thing for you. Or maybe you just can't decide which dress you like best, so why not choose both? Pro: You can wear whatever styles you want, or all of them.
TICK TOCK ON THE CLOCK
But when would you have time to change? Con: An expert at Brides.com says the optimal time to change dresses, if you so choose, is a very small window.
Depending on your venue, finding a makeshift dressing room is key, but can be tough. If you do find a secret spot, grab a few bridesmaids and set out the second dress early on for the most time effective switch (which means less time zipping up, and more time with the ones you love).
BUDGET SPACE AND CLOSET SPACE
Whether you end up with two dresses, one, or twenty, it's important to remember your budget. Con: Multiple dresses means multiple price tags. Make sure that you're not going too far outside of your comfort zone. But if it matters to you and you can find a great balance, then what's one more "The One"?
COME RAIN OR SHINE
Maybe you're considering a second dress not for style, but for practicality. Weddings come in all shapes and colors, rain or shine. If you have a beach ceremony but a sand-less reception, a second dress makes sense when you get rid of your sea legs. Or, if you have an outdoor wedding instead of one indoors, shorter dresses mean less potential for dragging on the ground. Con: Your dress cannot control the weather. Pro: You can decide how to dress for the weather.