Photo: Alison Conklin Photography
Wedding day wardrobe changes are becoming pretty popular as brides are eager to show off their unique style. Want to learn how to flawlessly execute a wedding day wardrobe change? Here are eight tips for doing it right.
1. Set aside some funds early on.
"If you have even the slightest inclination to wear two dresses, budget the cost ahead of time, allocating funds for both the wedding gown and the reception dress," says Araceli Vizcaino-S of Azazie. "It would be a shame to make a last-minute decision to purchase a second dress, only to realize your wedding budget is officially tapped out."
2. Opt for something bold.
"Look for [a dress] that is a major contrast to the first one so that it really stands out. For example, if you're donning a traditional ball gown for the ceremony, wow your guests with a form-fitting modern dress for your reception," says Joe Volpe of Cescaphe Events.
3. Don't feel wedded to white.
"While most brides choose to stay in the white/ivory family, I have seen a handful of brides come out in a party dress that matches their color palette," says Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services.
4. Change your look completely.
"If you don't mind packing an extra bag on the big day, then we encourage brides to have fun with it and pair the dress with new shoes and accessories. The dramatic change will certainly be a memorable one as a result," says Vizcaino-S.
5. D.I.Y. a Mini Makeup Do-Over.
"Keeping your beauty team on site to change up your look would be fun, but pricey. If anything, chat with the makeup artist during your trial to see if you can pick up a bold lipstick to pair with the second look," Vizcaino-S says.
"One of the most often missed points with the bridal outfit change is the undergarments. What you wear under your gown may not work for the second dress so be sure to plan (and pack!) accordingly," says Vizcaino-S.
7. Get the timing just right.
"Make sure the dress changes are incorporated into the wedding day timeline. It's easy to forget how many vendors will be affected. Your photographer will want to know to ensure all the necessary photos are taken in advance with the formal gown. Likewise, a dress change could lengthen the cocktail hour, [and] affect the catering as well as the introductions into the room. Even if the dress change is a surprise for your guests, don't let it be a surprise for your wedding day team!" urges Vizcaino-S.
8. Move quickly.
"People start leaving when you aren't around, so plan to have something else happening at that time if possible (dinner, dance, video, slideshow, cake is served, etc.). Make it fast and get back out there to reveal it to your guests," says Alex Chalk of Taylor'd Events.