What Should Cost More, My Wedding Ceremony Dress or My Reception Dress?

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What are the rules when you decide to wear not one, but two wedding dresses? Our wedding experts discuss how to divide your dress budget between the perfect two in our daily post.

I want to wear one wedding dress for the ceremony and another for the reception. Which one should I spend more money on?

There is no rule of thumb for which of the two gowns should have a bigger budget, according to Carin Rosenberg Levine, co-owner of Hitched, a bridal couture and creative planning salon in Washington, DC. You may feel inclined to spend more on your ceremony gown, since it's the one you'll make your grand entrance in. However, you'll be in your reception dress a lot longer, so this division of time might lead you to spend more money on that ensemble. When creating your two looks for the big day, think less about the cost and more about the vibe of your ceremony and reception and the kinds of dresses that will look best for each event. "More often than not, brides choose something more traditional and romantic for the ceremony and a fun, festive dress for the party," says Levine. Plus, if you plan to spend the majority of your reception out on the dance floor, you'll want that gown to be one that's easy to move around in. Regardless of which dress ends up costing more, the most important thing is that "you choose two gowns that make you feel like the most fabulous versions of you," says Levine.

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