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One Wedding, Two Looks

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

Having a second look on your wedding day is fun way to incorporate personal style into your wedding day. Not for everyone, this falls into the "nice to have" category of wedding planning. Keep reading to learn how to decide if a second look is for you and things to consider if you opt for a second look.

Welcome to Gigi’s Bridal, where we celebrate the joyous journey of finding the perfect wedding dress. At Gigi’s Bridal, we understand that choosing the gown for your special day is a momentous occasion filled with excitement, emotions, and dreams. As a bride-to-be, you deserve an unforgettable experience that reflects your unique style and showcases your inner radiance. In this blog, we aim to simplify your wedding gown shopping experience and equip you with the confidence to discover your bridal look.

Deciding whether to have a second look in the form of a reception dress for your wedding day is a fun and creative choice that can add a unique touch to your celebration. Here are some considerations to help you decide if you want to go for a reception dress.

  1. Comfort & Ease of Moving: If your wedding ceremony attire is more formal, such as a traditional wedding gown, you might consider changing into a reception dress for more comfort and ease of movement during the party. A reception dress allows you to choose a different style that suits the mood and vibe of the reception. You can opt for something more relaxed, trendy, or playful compared to your ceremony gown. If you plan to dance a lot at your reception, a reception dress that's easier to move in could be a great option. You may opt for a dress with a shorter hemline or lighter fabric for this reason.

  2. Personal Style: At Gigi’s Bridal, personal style informs much of what we do and how we lead you to your dream wedding gown or gowns. Changing into a reception dress can provide additional photo opportunities, showcasing different aspects of your personality and style. A reception dress can be an opportunity to showcase your personal style and individuality in a way that may differ from your ceremony gown.

If you have decided that a second look is for you, then this next part is something to keep in mind.

  1. Focus your resources on your primary wedding day look: If your budget, time, and energy allows for a second look then explore the possibility of a second look. If you are short on time, reach out to bridal boutiques like Gigi’s Bridal where you can walk out with the gown the same day you say yes to it.

  2. Time and Logistics: Think about how much time you'll have to change between the ceremony and the reception. Make sure the schedule allows for the transition without feeling rushed. Some brides opt to change before their reception entrance such that they are in their second look before their entrance. In some instances, brides will change after the reception entrance but before they hit the dance floor. In addition to when, consider where you will change looks. Often wedding venues have a bridal suite which may be a prime location to change.

Ultimately, the decision to have a reception dress as a second look depends on your preferences, the overall theme and style of your wedding, and how you envision your day. Take your time to explore various dress options, consider the pros and cons, and choose what resonates most with you.

Finding the perfect wedding dress is a journey filled with excitement, anticipation, and countless memorable moments. At Gigi’s Bridal, we understand the significance and nuances of this special occasion and strive to create an unforgettable experience for every bride-to-be. Our wide range of exquisite dresses, exceptional customer service, and attention to detail ensures that each bride feels radiant and confident on her wedding day. Whether you're dreaming of a classic ball gown, a sleek and modern silhouette, or a bohemian-inspired creation, we are here to make your vision a reality. Let us be a part of your love story and help you find the dress that embodies your unique style and personality. Your wedding day is a celebration of love, and we are honored to play a role in making it truly a lifetime memory.

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