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Last Dance/Going Away: How To Pick The Right Dress For You!

With so many brides wanting to slip into a more comfortable wedding dress for the reception, many are left asking 'do I need a dress for my farewell/last dance? We went right to Donna Holland, owner of Party Dress Express, New England’s #1 retailer for Wedding Gowns, Prom Gowns, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaids, Social Occasion Dresses and more, to get the answer.

Reception Dress

“We have seen a sharp rise in the popularity of the reception wedding dress. Many Brides choose to have a more opulent wedding gown for their ceremony and the first half of their reception before they change into a dress, still white, just a little less formal and easy to dance the night away in.  In this case, the Bride might choose to have her last dance and say good-bye to her guests in her reception dress,” Holland told us.

Dresses with Drama

“I love a Bride who wants to show her personality off with her Last Dance dress.  She is a Bride who likes to get noticed and is secure in her style. A dress with drama is always a good thing,” Holland told us.

A “Dress With Drama” is perfect for a more upscale wedding (say, at a fancy hotel) or a winter wedding. 

Elegant + Simplicity Dresses

“I have to say, I love when a Bride comes out in a different last dance dress.  It just feels classic and what’s wonderful is: she can definitely wear this dress again!  So I think even if you buy a reception dress, take a look at what’s in-store as a Last Dance/Say Good-bye to your guests dress.  You will leave such a lovely impression on your guests!” Holland continued.

An “elegant simplicity” dress is perfect for a daytime wedding or more casual affair.  It can be long or short but definitely feels classy and chic.

Off to the Honeymoon

An “Off To The Honeymoon” dress is where you can really save money, Holland told us.  “This is the dress that’s going on your honeymoon with you, so you will definitely wear it again.  The key is to pick a dress based on where you’re going on your honeymoon – warm and tropical might mean a bright colored short dress, a honeymoon at a fancy hotel might mean something long and elegant enough for dinners and dancing at the hotel.”

What Holland really wants Brides to know is, “You really can’t make a wrong decision.  If you chose your reception dress as your last dance dress, that’s perfectly wonderful.  That said, I just love color and think it’s such a wonderful way for your guests to see you and your husband, for the first time, in a new outfit, separate from your wedding apparel!”

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