Long Island Luxury Wedding Planners Weigh in on Growing Reception Dress Trend

Every year we are presented with new trends and ideas for the Big Day. Some we would do anything to forget (life size cakes anyone?) but there are others that look like they’ll be here for a while. Today’s example: the reception dress. The trend of having a change of outfit at some point throughout the day (usually between the ceremony and reception) is growing at an alarmingly fast rate. So your favorite Long Island event planners at La Bella thought it would be nice to break it down a little bit for you.

The first time I came across this trend, I was watching an episode of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.” I’m sure right now you’re thinking “Hm…how can a sweet sixteen inspire a wedding trend?” Well, in case you are not familiar with the show, it documents the process of planning the birthday party of a privileged young girl (or boy, in some cases) whose budget is equivalent to that of a wedding. In most episodes, the birthday girl had a change of outfit about halfway through the night. Somehow this fad spilled over into the wedding industry and now it has become so popular that a change of dress is almost expected of the bride.

There are basically two types of people when it comes to this craze: those who love it, and those who don’t. Because the switch has become so common, it is no longer primarily used for its “wow” factor. For many brides, a change of dress is more for comfort and convenience. They’ve spent the greater part of the day in a dress that while beautiful, is most likely very heavy and difficult to party in. And after all, what is a reception for if not to party down and celebrate your nuptials?

For those who are on the fence about a second dress consider this: two dresses means doubling your dress budget, which in all honesty, is not always worth it. I imagine that finding your wedding dress is much like finding your perfect mate. You’re going to try on many different types and styles and while they all might be very nice and perfect for someone else; they are not the dress for you. Eventually all of the frustration and hard work pays off and you’ve found The One. When you know, you know. You can feel it. My question is, what are the chances that you’re going to find it twice? How could you possibly have the exact same feeling about two gowns?

When all is said and done, the most important factor is your happiness.  Your wedding should reflect you and your husband-to-be as a couple, so you should be making decisions based on that and not what every magazine is telling you to do. Remember: fads are fleeting, but the photos are forever, so make sure your wedding is something you’ll still want to look at when celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary.


(Photo credits: Glamour Magazine)

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