Will Just ‘The One’ Dress Do?

Our Official Blogger for The North West Wedding Fair, Brides Up North, discuss whether two wedding dresses are better than The One!

Many brides recall feeling that precious ‘it’s the one’ moment as they slipped on the dress that they wore down the aisle for the very first time.

It ticks every box and submerges them in pure, unadulterated dress lust joy, whether it is or isn’t the style they’d initially pictured themselves wearing.

But here’s a question. What if during the dress hunt you happen to find not one, but two wedding gowns that send you head over heels? Perhaps it’s that between them they satisfy your every wish, or that you simply can’t set them apart?

Could you really have two dresses for your big day? Well some brides, including a fair few A-listers, have resorted to doing just that in order to fulfil their wedding frock fantasies.

Those that do choose to go down the two dress route will want to look at their budget early on and decide how they will split the cash between their day and evening look. They’ll also need to think about whether they require different accessories to complete each style, and at what point in the day they intend to make their change, as not to disrupt the proceedings.

Also, if a bride is going to the extravagance of a second gown, most would expect each to be totally different to one another. So switching from volume to slim line or hitching up the hemline and going from long to short for the evening.

Recent examples of such dress changes have been flaunted by celebrity brides Nicky Hilton and Michelle Keegan. Miss Hilton nailed two totally different looks by opting for a high-neck, A-line lace gown for the day and a short sparking slim-fit dress for the evening. Meanwhile a Strictly Come Dancing style first dance to Dirty Dancing’s The Time Of My Life, meant ex-Corrie star Michelle had to switch from her elegant fishtail dress to short frock with ruffled skirt at the reception to make for a convincing ‘Baby’.

If however, your budget just won’t stretch to a full outfit change, there are other ways to mix up your wedding day look without (completely) breaking the bank. Perhaps you could do a quick accessory and shoe swap, to glam up your evening look – think statement necklaces and sparkling heels. Or if you have a bridesmaid that’s handy in the beauty department, maybe you could change your appearance for the reception by having stunning up-do (which will prevent over-heating on the dancefloor) and adding a little drama with smokier eye makeup and false lashes.

Alternatively, some clever designers are creating two-in-one dresses that provide varied looks with the simple addition or removal of certain elements, such as a jacket, belt or train, giving brides the best of both worlds.

There are, of course, benefits too for those that do choose to stick to just the one dress – less Saturdays spent visiting the same boutiques over and over, more time dancing and chatting at the reception, plus extra cash in the honeymoon fund!

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