Some brides choose to wear more than one wedding dress for a myriad of reasons.  Some brides might even attend the after party in a third, more casual, dress.  Choose what is right for YOU!

Below are some reasons to wear another wedding dress or dresses as well reasons to wear only one wedding dress.

Example of Ceremony Wedding Dress

Photo Credit: Pronovias Privee – Dulcinea (Ceremony Wedding Dress)

Reasons for Two or More Wedding Dresses

 1.  Your ceremony dress is uncomfortable or too heavy.

If you want to arrange a photoshoot and wedding ceremony in a complex cut outfit, it is better to have a backup for the banquet and the first dance.  This applies to dresses with a long train, tight-fitting dresses such as ones with corsets, and dresses made of heavy fabrics.

2.  To have photos in more than one dress.

Some brides want to change their wedding dress to another designer to take photos in two or more wedding dress looks. You can have the ceremony dress photographed, then changing into a simpler dress for the second part of the photoshoot.

3.  The bride could not decide between two wedding gowns

Sometimes the bride isn’t able to make up her mind and choose one thing wedding dress. So why deny yourself the pleasure of having two images for your wedding?

4.  There is a risk of ruining your wedding dresses due to climate.

If the climate is unstable and there is a risk that it will rain, having one or more wedding dresses can save the wedding day!

It is necessary to get married in a church in closed clothing, therefore, a long skirt and sleeves (at least short ones) should be present. And to spend the whole wedding day in clothes, covering from head to toe, is not the most comfortable thing to do. Therefore, for the walk and the restaurant, you can prepare the second option.

5.  No compromises on your wedding-dress style.

Do you want to wear a classic, conservative wedding dress for your church ceremony, a lighter, more revealing wedding gown for your lively reception?  If so, there is great news because you can do both! Changing wedding dresses after the “I dos” and before the wedding toasts has become fashionable because brides wanted to honor their religious beliefs and feel like themselves on their big day.


Example of Reception Wedding Dress

Photo Credit: Amsale – Emeline (Reception Wedding Dress)

Reasons Against Two or More Wedding Dresses

1.  Financial considerations.

Obviously, two dresses are more costly than one dress. There’s consistently a chance you’ll have to improve your wedding spending design to make the second (or even third) wedding dress a practical choice. You might have to settle on a choice between the additional show-stopper dress and the opulent floral arrangements you’ve been considering.

2.  Time constraints.

A wedding schedule can be very complicated, so be certain let your wedding organizer know to make tentative plans for additional opportunities to change into your second wedding dress. Assuming you need formal wedding photographs of the two wedding gowns, you’ll also have to factor this change into the wedding day schedule.  Additionally, there are difficulties that accompany taking off one wedding dress and putting on another.  Your bridesmaids should prepare with any complicated bodices that will take twice as long.

3.  Additional accoutrements.

On top of two or more wedding dresses, you may find yourself in need of two pairs of shoes, two necklaces, or even a different hairstyle. Those, too, can augment your total wedding costs. Of course, it is certainly possible to find a single pair of shoes that matches the two or three wedding dresses. However, it might take extra time and coordination, so make sure you plan accordingly.

The After Party

Photo Credit: Katherine Tash – Mini Ilaria (The After Party Dress)

Maybe your sister booked a suite or your college friends planned to go out afterwards. By having two or three wedding dresses, you can quickly get ready for part two of your reception. Not only is going out in a wedding dress cumbersome, but it also significantly increases the risk of getting stained or ripped in the process.


There are compelling pros and equally persuasive cons for buying two or even three wedding dresses. But only you can decide what’s best for your special day.  However, if you do buy two or three dresses, establish ahead of time when and where you’ll change, and ask your bridesmaids to help.  With proper planning, there’s no scrambling or extra stress on your most special day!