Switching up your look between your ceremony and reception can be a fun way to keep your guests guessing. Of course, you don’t have to go to the level of someone like, say, Kim Kardashian, and wearing three completely different dresses throughout the evening, but there’s nothing wrong with a little switcheroo! Fortunately, designers are making the ceremony to reception dress swap a little easier (and perhaps more budget-friendly) by creating two-in-one wedding dresses, like the Anne Barge style above. Looks like a traditional ballgown, but the grand skirt is completely removable to reveal a super-cute lacy mini. Check out a bunch of brand-new two-in-one wedding dresses here and tell us your thoughts on wearing multiple dresses:
Anne Barge is known for creating classic, feminine, and flattering wedding dresses – so we were thrilled when we learned about her brand-new lower-priced Blue Willow collection, featuring gowns retailing for $1,990 to $2,500. It’s a great mix of styles, from airy ballgowns to sleek, form-fitting silhouettes. Check out two of our favorite styles from the new Blue Willow collection, Lyric (below, left), and Sage (right).
View all of the new Anne Barge wedding dresses here, and let us know which one’s your favorite in the comments.
One of the best pieces of wedding-planning advice we can share is: Don’t go shopping for your wedding gown until you’ve booked your venue. Sure, it may be tempting to go shopping as soon as you have that ring on your finger, but avoid the pull of the bridal salon until you’re all squared away on your wedding site. Here why: Different types of wedding dresses look best at different types of venues. If you’re getting married on the beach, for example, you probably don’t want to wear a big, heavy ballgown. And vice versa – a barely-there sheath might not be appropriate at a grand house of worship or ballroom. Check out these examples from our Fashion Ideas section:
If you’re having a wedding in a large space, like a hotel ballroom or a house of worship, look for gowns that have the grandeur to match, like these ballgown wedding dresses.
Marrying outdoors, a garden or backyard perhaps? Choose a romantic wedding gown with an ethereal feel and feminine touches.
Destination weddings call for lightweight beach wedding gowns that aren’t overly beaded or structured and show just the right amount of skin.
And if you’re planning a casual soiree, perhaps at City Hall or a restaurant, a short wedding dress will fit in perfectly. These styles even work well for rehearsal dinners, or as cake-cutting or “going away” dresses.
Are you choosing a gown to fit your venue? Let us know in the comments!