What do you do when you have a ‘that’s the one’ wedding dress moment… with 2 different dresses? It happens more often than you’d think, and for a lot of past brides it has meant choosing between the 2 dresses and always wondering if they would have been happier with the other. But thanks to the advent of the dual wedding dress trend, brides can now have the best of both worlds. This idea isn’t going away anytime soon, and it’s not hard to see why (what bride wouldn’t love the chance to wear two gorgeous, sparkly dresses in the same day). But making the dual dress look work takes a lot of planning, so we’ve brought you some tips on crafting the perfect dual look and halving the stress!


The most glaring issue is that for most, doubling the dresses means doubling the budget – on top of the other expenses of a wedding this can sometimes be too much. So you need to work out how your budget will be split across the two gowns. Budget is a very personal thing, and often the reason you’re buying a second dress will guide how you split your budget. You might want that princess ball gown with a long train for the ceremony, but the thought of dragging it around all evening fills you with dread. Or maybe you have a dress that’s been passed down to you that you want to wear for sentiment, but you also want to express your own style. Or maybe you just can’t choose between the two. If you are lucky enough to be wearing your mothers dress down the aisle, you could then spend your entire budget on the second dress. But if you’re opting for a full dress for the ceremony, you might need a lower budget for the reception dress.


We’re often asked how brides should go about choosing the styles for their 2 dresses. Should they be the same style and from the same designer, or should they be dramatically different? The good news is there is no hard and fast rule here – it’s whatever you prefer as the bride! Personally, I love the idea of going for dramatically different looks, as this separates out the dresses and gives you the chance to really make an impact twice over. This also allows you to explore different bridal styles and embrace the traditional and the modern at the same time. But you can also opt for a different dress within the same style or from the same collection to reduce the drama while giving you the comfort, mobility and change you desire. You should also think about your accessories, and if you will change these at any point during the day. Dual styles doesn’t necessarily call for dual accessories, but if you’re going for the drama factor then switching out the traditional for the show stopping jewellery and shoes is the icing on the cake. Again, this choice is often driven by the reason you’re doing the dual look in the first place.


This is one of the areas you’ve got to put some real planning into, because it will affect how you look back on your wedding for the rest of your life. Your photographer will need to know in advance that you will be changing dresses, and when, so that they can ensure they get the right shots at the right time. Getting all of the standard shots while the bride is in her more formal, ceremonial attire is considered very important, especially to relatives, so make sure you don’t dash away to change too soon! Instead, you will need to carefully plan when you will change so that you get your formal photos, while the documentary style reception photos can capture your second dress in all of its beauty.

At Riki Dalal, we love helping brides feel their most beautiful on their most special day. Many of our brides are now choosing a dual dress look for their wedding, and our designers are on hand to help them select the perfect gowns. To find out more or to book your appointmentget in touch with us today.