Some brides-to-be buy two wedding dresses and choose between them at the last possible moment. Other brides-to-be buy two wedding dresses and wear both. More than you’d suppose, if a recent Boston Herald article isn’t pulling my leg. While a quick-change between ceremony and reception is de rigeur in many cultures, Western brides have traditionally gone the one gown route. Melania Knauss changed dresses (from a 100,000 Christina Dior couture dress to a $10,000 Vera Wang lightweight tulle dress) mid-wedding during her marriage to Donald Trump, but that’s Melania Knauss.
Stoneham-based wedding dress designer Elizabeth Crannage, who has been making gowns for 49 years, blames the trend on Donald Trump.
“I started getting requests for two dresses about a year and a half ago, when Melania Knauss went down the aisle in something that weighed 100 pounds and changed at the reception,” she said. “And I think the return of the ball gown – which is really complicated to sit down in – has forced brides to wear another dress.”
Which was the case with one Beacon Hill bride.
“My wedding was black tie so I wanted to wear a gown, but it also was a long night and I wanted to be able to dance later in the evening with all my friends, so I had a shorter version of the same dress made,” said the 24-year-old, who asked not to be named. “It was the same fabric, color and with the same details, but was strapless and ended below my knees. I loved them both.”
If you want to emulate Melania (and aren’t put off by the thought of the cost), consider wearing something heavy and traditional (think huge skirt and long train) for the ceremony and then changing into something that you can move easily in (like a sexy sheath) for the reception.