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Changing Gowns: I do, I do, I do!

Brides-to-be often kick off their wedding planning by shopping for the perfect gown. Perhaps, they’ve pictured their dream wedding gown since they were little girls. Or, maybe, they aren’t so clear about what kind of bride they want to be on their big day. Anyone who’s ever watched Say Yes to the Dress knows that the options for wedding dresses are endless and the decision can be daunting. So what if that single wedding gown doesn’t scream, “that’s the one” to you? If you just can’t decide on the bridal style that’s right for you...then don’t!

According to TheKnot.com 2015 trends report, The Knot, brides are increasingly going for a second, or even third, dress for their weddings. But, while transforming your look during the wedding may double the fashion statement you make, remember that having two wedding dresses means twice the planning as well. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Budget for an extra wedding look: A second dress often amounts to more than a second line item in your budget. Two looks mean extra trips to the tailor. And you may need to factor in additional shoes or two sets of accessories. Make sure to budget for these added expenses.
  • And speaking of accessories: It’s important to find bridal accessories that coordinate with each look. You may want to showcase a flirty pair of high heels with a short cocktail dress, while wearing a pretty pair of ballet flats with your floor-length gown. The same kind of thought should go into choosing jewelry, a cover-up and, even, undergarments. One cover-up with great versatility is the sharmbaa With it, you can transform any wedding ensemble from look to look. It doubles as a cover-up and a shawl; a cape and a scarf. What’s so great about the sharmbaa shrug is that it invites each woman to collaborate in the creation of its look making it perfect for coordinating with different dresses.
  • Pick your hairstyle with two looks in mind: Just like your accessories, your bridal hairstyle should match each dress. That elaborate up-do would look stunning with a frilly, feminine gown, but might not go so well with the simple white sheath for the reception. But you also don’t want to spend a lot of time redoing your hair on your wedding day either. Make sure the hairstyle you choose works with each dress. Or find ways to easily transform your hair from look to look-- a switch from a veil to a rhinestone clip would do the trick, or from a tiara to a sprig of flowers quickly pinned to your locks.
  • Plan ahead to be picture perfect: Typically, brides choose to take the standard list of wedding photos in their more formal look and go for more candid photos in the less formal one. But, however you decide to coordinate the photos with the dresses, make sure your photographer is on board with the outfit switch and knows how to adjust the photos accordingly.
  • Put time on your side: Don’t forget to include changing dresses in your wedding schedule. The longer it takes you to move from one wedding dress to the next, the less time you will have to actually spend with your guests. So scope out the best place to change ahead of time. Find a time when there’s a natural lull in the festivities to swap dresses, perhaps, between the ceremony and reception, or the dinner and dancing. And make sure wedding planners or bridesmaids are on hand to help you get into your next ensemble seamlessly. That way, you can spend more time enjoying yourself and your look.

 With some planning and preparation, you can pull off a second wedding dress without missing a beat. And what bride wouldn’t want to make a grand entrance on her wedding day...twice?! 

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