1. ComfortMy wedding dress was a huge ball gown with a long train & Corset. I felt like the most beautiful bride while wearing it but after doing the first dance and eating I was hot, the dress felt tighter and I tired of dragging it around. To be honest, when I bought a second dress but I wasn't sure that I would actually wear it, I was bringing it just in case. When the night came I was so happy that I had something to change into. After I changed, I was able to easily navigate through tables to meet guests, dance and move more freely. I made sure all the important pictures were taken while I was still in the dress and after that I changed into my reception dress and flat sandals.
2. Keep your Gown Safe!While everyone is drinking and dancing it is really easy to get something spilled on your dress, get it accidentally torn or damaged in some way. You can always get it cleaned and fixed afterwards but this is an added expense that you may not have the means to pay. To avoid this, you could simply change out of your dress before dinner or before the real dancing happens during the reception. This way you can relax and not worry about red wine being spilled on your dress or your train being snagged on someone's heel.
3. Let your Personality Shine!If you go traditional with your gown, changing during the reception gives you a chance to present a completely different look. You can choose to wear another white dress but in a different style or you could go bold and wear something completely different. Maybe you don't want to wear a dress at all! It's completely up to you.
4. Set the MoodThis point plays off of my previous point. Your reception dress can change up your look but it can also really change up the vibe in the room and set the tone for the reception. My wedding dress was very traditional and pristine but my reception dress was very sexy & flirty. I wanted to get something that showed off my curves and gave my husband an idea of the what
the rest of the evening would be like (wink, wink!), so I went for a form fitting evening gown that showed a lot of cleavage. But you can do something fun or adventurous and help get the party started! A sequined party dress or a jumpsuit with a cape will knock the socks off of your guests.