It's the lucky bride who gets to wear more than one dress on her wedding day. However, it's not just a symptom of spare budget and extravagence. Sometimes it is a necessity:
When Alex Curran tied the knot with footballer love Steven Gerrard in the summer of 2007, she did so in a heavily beaded and bejewelled Flamenco-style Eli Saab gown she'd bought in Paris. Complete with a Spanish-influenced headdress and flowing train, the gown was a stunning spectacle. It was also very heavy. The bride confessed that she eagerly swapped it for a Prada mini dress for the evening's festivites.
Victoria Beckham's creamy golden dress for her Catholic ceremony to husband David was demure, modest and romantic. For the party, she wanted a far sexier look. For that, she donned a close fitting "Jessica Rabbit" purple dress that sexily clung to her curves with a cheeky slit up the thigh. The other colours of the theme, burgundy and evergreen, were picked out in the flower detailling on the shoulder.
In many European countries, religious ceremonies are not legally binding. A civil ceremony must take place first in order for the marriage to be recognised by the State. When this happened for Grace Kelly, she married Prince Rainier of Monaco on Wednesday 18th April 1956 in a chic golden suit, heavily embroidered; befitting her new status as Princess of the Meditteraenean principality. The iconic gown she wore for her religious ceremony the following day was far bigger and filled the Cathedal of Monaco. Beautiful though it was, it would have been inappropriate in a smaller venue.
Beautiful though your wedding gown might be, we all know that they are not the most practical garments in the world. 5ft trains are great until you have to trail them around the dancefloor. Shorter skirts are better for dancing in, so once you've greeted your evening dress, you can easily slip into a party dress for boogying the night away. Arguably some guests may feel cheated if they didn't get to see you in your fancy finery, but your comfort must be the number 1 priority