Nothing makes a statement quite like your wedding dress. Well, nothing that is apart from your 2 wedding dresses. The trend for a ‘bridal wardrobe’ or multiple big day looks has been popular with celebrities and royal brides for years, but now what was once reserved for the biggest budgets or flashiest celebrations has become a fun way for the bride to show off her personal style. Two dresses? What’s not to love?!

The rise of the second wedding dress

While traditionally the focus has been on finding ‘the one’ when it comes to big day looks, the 2 wedding dresses trend is quickly gaining momentum. The rise of the second wedding dress is definitely a thing, and at Ellie Sanderson we see more and more brides coming in with plans for a big day outfit change, And, if budget allows, why settle for just one wedding dress when you can have 2?

Chosen by KYHA Amaya wedding dress
Amaya by Chosen by KYHA delivers that megawatt wow-factor as a second wedding dress

Celebrity wedding style

The 2 wedding dresses trend has been embraced by some of the coolest, most stylish modern brides over the years. Who can forget Meghan Markle’s scene-stealing second wedding dress? That iconic Stella McCartney halterneck is the stuff of evening reception dreams! Sophie Habboo blew us away with her figure-hugging bespoke Emma Beaumont lace gown for her Spanish wedding, but it was her cute, silk halter dress mini – complete with a high, wavy ponytail – that really marked the start of the party. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Kate Middleton has opted for multiple big day looks, showing it can work whatever your bridal aesthetic.

What to wear as a second wedding dress

Typically the 2 wedding dress trend is split into day and evening. The first gown, for the ceremony, vows and wedding breakfast, tends to be quite classic and more traditional , while for the evening reception or afterparty brides like to switch things up with something a little more fashion-forward and fun. Cool, slinky gowns, dresses with serious sparkle and sexy, short numbers all make excellent second wedding dress choices. 

Where to buy your wedding dress (or 2 wedding dresses!)

If you’re thinking “it’s hard enough to find one wedding dress, never mind 2!”, we understand. But at Ellie Sanderson we like to make the process of searching for your wedding gown as fun, enjoyable and confidence-boosting as possible. We stock the most exciting bridal labels in the world, in both our Beaconsfield and Kiddington studios, from UK design icon Suzanne Neville to cult Aussie label Chosen by KYHA.  To start the search for your wedding dress (or dresses!) just click here to book an appointment to suit you. 


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