I love the idea of two wedding dresses: one long and demure for the ceremony, and another shorter one to change into when the dance floor really heats up. But for those of you who dream of having only one dress for your one special day, try a more subtle way to switch it up between the ceremony and reception.
On her wedding day my friend Nora wore a strapless Oscar de la Renta gown, which featured a sculptural bow and looked gorgeous on her. She did not wear a veil during the outdoor ceremony and instead opted for a huge fresh white peony in her hair that accented her updo. After the cocktail hour, when the couple joined their guests for dinner, the white peony had been traded for another peony in her hair, this time in a deep, romantic shade of red. This little change signified that the bride was in party mode! If you don't want to wear flowers in your hair, try a jeweled or feather clip or headband to really switch gears from subdued ceremony to rockin' reception.—Abbe Wright, assistant to the editor-in-chief, Elegant Bride