The solely time a girl would possibly resolve to put on a full-on ball robe is for her marriage ceremony. It might have been her dream since she was just a little lady, or she discovered inspiration from the crimson carpet, however at this time, there are numerous variations of a ball robe that she will be able to select from and quite a lot of settings she will be able to put on it.

“I don’t think there is any particular setting where a ball gown is most appropriate, although they can be more fitting in certain venues,” mentioned Carrie Goldberg, founder and inventive director of CLG Creative. “A ballroom, château, or villa requires a certain level of drama, as does a grand expanse like a mountaintop or rolling hills.”

It’s not solely the situation {that a} bride needs to be enthusiastic about. “Consider the time of year, and the type of fabric,” suggested Stacie Houlker, proprietor of Stacie the Stylist. “Wearing a Mikado ball gown in the summer can be uncomfortable.”
Added Goldberg, “If you’re choosing a ball gown for the beach, I recommend that it be something super lightweight, like layers of tulle or chiffon that blows in the wind rather than a stiff silk faille, taffeta or duchess satin.”

Oversized florals adorn Anne Barge’s Fillmore ball robe with a pleated full skirt, dropped waist and strapless neckline. $7,030, 766 Madison Ave.HandoutInspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ ball gown has an ivory floral brocade fabric, corset closure bodice and scoop neckline. $3,375, Julie Allen Bridals, 154 S. Main St., Newtown, CT.Inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ ball robe has an ivory floral brocade material, corset closure bodice and scoop neckline. $3,375, Julie Allen Bridals, 154 S. Main St., Newtown, CT.Handout

But managing a voluminous skirt and heavy robe will be cumbersome. A bride might have to have a couple of helpers readily available to help her when posing for pictures, strolling down the aisle and even going to the lavatory. (Cue the bridesmaids, marriage ceremony planner or stylist.)

“Every dramatic wedding gown in history — from Princess Diana to the Duchess of Cambridge to Grace Kelly — almost certainly had a team of people managing their fashion on their wedding day. Big volumes and long trains require expert attention!” mentioned Goldberg.

Whether or not you’ve got a pair of arms that can assist you, Houlker’s prime recommendation for shifting in a ball robe is to put on wedge sneakers. “They offer the best comfort without sacrificing height and no one will know you’re not wearing high-heeled shoes.”

Sophie, a two-for-one look by Peter Langner, will transform from a regal tulle ball gown to a low-waist little white dress in guipure lace by simply removing the skirt. $7,000, Wedding Atelier, 72 Madison Ave., 4th Fl.Sophie, a two-for-one look by Peter Langner, will rework from a regal tulle ball robe to a low-waist little white costume in guipure lace by merely eradicating the skirt. $7,000, Wedding Atelier, 72 Madison Ave., 4th Fl.HandoutLook 2 of Sophie by Peter Langer.Look 2 of Sophie by Peter Langer.Handout

While a ballgown will be the proper match for the ceremony, it will not be snug to mingle, dance and dine with visitors over a number of hours. So little marvel that’s it’s turn out to be fairly frequent for a bride to alter right into a second, and even third marriage ceremony costume because the reception evolves from cocktails to dinner after which dancing.

“Choosing a ceremony gown that is cumbersome, voluminous, and has a long train almost always requires a costume change. Even the best-made gowns with the most well-done corsets create a situation where it is challenging to dance, eat and enjoy a long night of socializing,” mentioned Goldberg.

“And a change of venue typically warrants a change of dress. What works for an outdoor or a religious ceremony doesn’t typically suit a reception in a completely different space. Plus, a change of dress indicates to your guests that the party is nowhere near over.”

White-on-white beading in various floral patterns and fringe add movement to Onyx by Theia, a V-neck minidress. $998, Kleinfeld Bridal, 110 W. 20th St.White-on-white beading in varied floral patterns and fringe add motion to Onyx by Theia, a V-neck minidress. $998, Kleinfeld Bridal, 110 W. twentieth St.HandoutThe full skirt on Rami Al Ali’s White Collection’s mini wedding dress (Look 2) has an off-the-shoulder sweet-heart neckline accented with oversized bows. $3,310, Flora on Madison, 766 Madison Ave., 2nd Fl.The full skirt on Rami Al Ali’s White Collection’s mini marriage ceremony costume (Look 2) has an off-the-shoulder sweet-heart neckline accented with outsized bows. $3,310, Flora on Madison, 766 Madison Ave., 2nd Fl.Handout

Finding the fitting time to modify appears to be like needs to be thought out and deliberate prematurely, particularly in case you’ll need assistance getting out of 1 costume and into one other.

“I think the ideal time for a dress change is after dinner and before cake cutting,” mentioned Lindsay Landman of Lindsay Landman Events. “I love the visual of the bride showing up to cut the cake in a new look when all eyes are on her. Then, after the cake is cut, she can roll right into a final dance set and party the night away in the second dress. The key is setting the change in the timeline before the night begins and committing to sticking to the plan. This way she can ensure that she isn’t missing a key moment, such as a favorite song.”

So, what ought to a second costume, also referred to as a reception costume, appear like? “A reception dress is anything the bride wants it to be. Short, long, pants or some kind of jumpsuit,” mentioned Mark Ingram, proprietor of the Mark Ingram Atelier and designer of the Mark Ingram Collection. “It should feel super celebratory, venue appropriate and as figure flattering as the wedding gown. It should have movement and look great on the dance floor.”

Go for bold and daring in Millia London’s bright pink tiered minidress with a plunging neckline and ruffled layers of tulle. $750 at BHLDN, 195 Broadway.Go for daring and daring in Millia London’s shiny pink tiered minidress with a plunging neckline and ruffled layers of tulle. $750 at BHLDN, 195 Broadway.HandoutA two-piece look by Nadia Manjarrez Studio Bridal is comprised of the Rosa Bustier and Rosa Miniskirt made from a floral embossed jacquard. The flowing train shown here is detachable. $2,950, Flora on Madison, 766 Madison Ave., 2nd Fl.A two-piece look by Nadia Manjarrez Studio Bridal is comprised of the Rosa Bustier and Rosa Miniskirt constructed from a floral embossed jacquard. The flowing prepare proven right here is removable. $2,950, Flora on Madison, 766 Madison Ave., 2nd Fl.Handout

The model distinction between your first and second costume ought to consider your ease of motion. “A second look should be easier to move in than your first and should also be a style departure from your ceremony gown,” advises Goldberg. “It should also have a different look and feel than your rehearsal dinner dress. Use each fashion change as a way to explore a different facet of your personal style. Make it true to yourself.”

“A second party dress should reflect a super joyous and fun vibe, but be ultra glamorous,” mentioned Ingram. “If your first gown was all lace or a stylish, simple tailored fabric, then by all means break out the beads, fringe and sparkle.”