Once a bride's priority for her wedding day was finding De Ene, and no, that is not the groom, but the dress!
But more and more brides are investing in not one but two coats. It is a trend that has been embraced by the rich and famous.
Meghan wore two – Givenchy for the church and a Stella McCartney dress for the evening – when she married Prince Harry.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's daughter Katherine wore two when she married movie star Chris Pratt last month, while designer Elie Saab made two dresses for his new daughter-in-law.
This weekend Prince Louis of Monaco's bride went one step further. She wore three dresses – one for the civil ceremony, one for the church and a third for her reception.
Here JILL FOSTER meets five brides to find out if a wedding can really be more special if you say: & I two. . . "
I DID IT HOT TWO SHUFFLE!
First dress: £ 140
Second dress: £ 40
Beth Baker, 28, works in publishing and lives in Cambridge with husband Matt, 28, an accountant. They were married in July 2017 in Ashington, West Sussex.
I have been a dedicated style dancer since I was twelve. Then, four years ago, I dragged Matt to a class and he loved it too.
Beth Baker, 28, who lives in Cambridge, bought two dresses (left her first) for her wedding in 2017 because she wanted one that she could roll in (right) for her first dance
We knew that we wanted to do a waltz for our first dance and that meant a dress in which I could easily move around. The idea of having two cheaper dresses – one for the wedding, one for the evening – seemed the perfect solution.
I ordered my first dress from China for £ 140. A few adjustments and it was perfect. I then went online to watch ballroom dresses – and found one for £ 40. There was a lot of cheers when I wore it for our first dance.
I BOUGHT THE SECOND DRESS TO COPEEN WITH MY CANCER
First dress: £ 1,200
Second dress: £ 600
Claire Scanlon, 35, a full-time mother, lives with her husband Craig, 36, a regional sales manager and their six children aged 10 to 17 in Dunstable, Beds. They married in May at the Horwood Estate in Milton Keynes.
Buying a second dress was a whim when I went shopping for a wedding dress with my cousin, who married himself.
Claire Scanlon, 35, who has incurable bone cancer, bought her first princess-style dress for £ 1,200. However, she wanted a cooler for the evening
I had already bought a dress – a beautiful princess-style dress that hit the waist for £ 1,200 – but I was a little worried. The material was heavy and I was worried that if I felt sick during the wedding, I wanted to wear something cooler.
I have incurable bone cancer after having had primary breast cancer two years ago, but I'm fighting it as well as possible. If you have children, you must continue.
I tried on some flowing, lighter dresses and immediately felt better. I didn't feel guilty about paying £ 600 for a second dress – you get married only once.
The second dress, pictured, which cost £ 600, was a direct decision when Claire was shopping with her cousin. She is pictured with her husband Craig
Craig was very emotional when he saw me walking down the aisle. I had kept both dresses secret and it was funny because I told Craig during the meal that I was too hot and he said, "It's a shame you didn't get a second dress that is a little cooler."
I did not tell him that that is exactly what I had done. He was so surprised when I came forward to dance in my other dress.
I have saved both dresses and in case our daughters want to wear them – or part of them – for their own marriage.
Katie Lee, in the photo, bought her first dress from a Spanish brand called Pronovias for £ 1500
I wanted to transform myself all day long
First dress: £ 1500
Second dress: £ 1500
Katie Lee, 25, a marketing manager, lives with his husband Josh Hearne, 30, a financial director, in London. The couple married in October 2018.
It was Daddy who encouraged me to wear two wedding dresses instead of one. He and my mother came shopping soon after I got engaged in May 2017. I had always considered wearing a dress with a full skirt, but none of the dresses I tried were right – so the store staff suggested that I try a separate skirt and top. I didn't know it was even an option.
I immediately found the perfect skirt. From a Spanish brand called Pronovias, it was made in a nice thick silk that hung perfectly. It looked beautiful with a delicate lace top. However, there was one major problem: the skirt was incredibly heavy. If I wanted to dance all night, I would be too limited.
But Dad was adamant. "That's the one!" He said. And so we embraced the idea of two outfits – one for the ceremony and one for dancing.
I saw a flowing satin skirt with a long lace train, but couldn't find a top that I liked. The staff then came up with another great idea – they could cut off part of the train and use the material to make a top. I chose a halter neck shape for the top, inspired by the reception dress by Meghan Markle. Simple, yet stylish.
Katie was inspired by the stylish look of Meghan Markle for her evening dress, pictured. Her combination of top and skirt cost £ 1500 to make
On the day I loved to have two looks. I wore my dream-sized skirt for our Jewish ceremony and the photos, and then at the start of the reception smothered up to eat and dance. Josh had never seen either of these outfits, so he had the surprise element twice.
My dresses are really versatile, so they will have a life afterwards. I can wear one of the two tops with different outfits, and I plan to paint the reception skirt for another event.
I THINK I MUST BE PURCHASED TOO MUCH
First dress: £ 2,000
Second dress: £ 1,000
Kimberley Renton, 35, a writer, lives in London with husband Matt, 33, who works for a leading real estate website. They married in the South of France in September 2014.
Because I am not very organized, I only went shopping a few months before our wedding. I had tried a few before I found this beautiful £ 2,000 lace dress by French designer Laure de Sagazan. I bought it, but there is something wrong with it not having the & # 39; wow & # 39; effect I had hoped for.
Kimberley Renton, 35, found a beautiful £ 2,000 lace dress, pictured, by French designer Laure de Sagazan, but found another dress she liked on social media after
After a little torment, Kimberley decides to order this dress of almost £ 1,000 in beach style
When I then browsed on social media, I always saw another dress called The Hollie by an Australian designer. It was more beachy and relaxed in style.
I tormented for a while, and then after a night out and a few drinks, I bought the dress on my credit card. It was almost £ 1,000, but I thought if I didn't get it, I would regret it.
I didn't tell Matt a word – I thought he'd tell me I'd spend more! On the day of the wedding I changed in time to the second dress for the first dance, The Rolling Stones ’Miss You. Matt was very surprised and the guests loved it. I have no regrets.
Reanne Birch, 31, said her family was surprised when she bought another dress. Her first photo in the photo costs £ 2500
WHEN MY HUSBAND FOUND, HE ALSO ORDERED A SECOND OUTFIT
First dress: £ 2500
Second dress: £ 1,300
Reanne Birch, 31, works in the protection of children. She married Kumar, 32, a clinical psychologist, in August 2017. They live in Grays, Essex.
When I told my family that I was planning to buy another wedding dress when I had bought the first one a few months earlier, they were a little surprised.
But I have always been exaggerated and loved the first time I bought a wedding dress that I wanted to do it all over again!
And although Kumar was not impressed, I spent so much when it got closer to the day that he decided that he would also get a second outfit.
My first dress was the first I tried in the first store I visited. I wanted a mermaid-style off-the-shoulder dress and Mom saw it first. A nice lace number, it costs £ 2500.
Reanne said that social media had a lot to do with her second chosen dress, pictured, which she had made for £ 1,300 by a clothing maker
While Dad was walking me down the aisle of Painshill Park in Surrey with the sound of steel pans on Canon by Pachelbel, I felt great. Kumar cried when he saw me.
Social media had a lot to do with my second choice of clothing. Instagram clearly knew that I was a future bride because wedding dresses seemed to pop up in my feed all the time.
I saw a beautiful Italian designer dress and knew it was the one – but for £ 9,000 it was even too much for me! Fortunately I found a great dressmaker who made me a very similar style for just £ 1,300.
Kumar and I both disappeared after the first dance and returned to the dance floor in our new outfits. The guests were so surprised that we had changed, but they loved it! I am thinking of taking the train off the second dress and turning it into a regular evening dress.
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