Before now brides would change from their wedding dress into a cake cutting dress that was worn right before the ceremony ends. This dress was a farewell dress used to say good bye to guest before leaving with the groom. However, this has changed over the years with the introduction of the 2nd/ reception dress.
Recently, the reception dress is now part of the wedding gown budget . The reception dress, as the name implies, is worn by the bride to change her look from ceremony to reception. Brides with big Cinderella gowns or long exaggerated trains usually have to change to the reception dress to aid dancing and moving around during the reception. Reception dress has fast become a bridal trend in the Nigerian wedding industry with brides either buying or getting a top designer to design it.
As a bride if you would be getting a reception dress consider these few points
*Incorporate your personal style in the dress. You want to be both confident and comfortable in the dress.
*Try not to make it too expensive especially if your first dress cost a lot.
*Ensure the dress is one you can wear again. This means you have created extra value for the dress and you are in turn getting more value for your money.
*Do not change too late into the reception. Change before you cut your cake or before you dance. You want to be comfortable during activities at the reception.
For brides on a budget you can still have the best of both world. Get a 2 in 1 wedding gown. A 2 in 1 wedding gown is a mermaid/ straight dress that has detachable train or a full skirt attached to it. The gown with the skirt/ train is worn for the ceremony and for the reception the train/full skirt is removed.
So I will ask again is the reception dress a trend or a tradition?
We think whether as a tradition or a trend, it's obvious the reception dress is not going anywhere in a long time.
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