Home LEISURE Events Bridal trend alert:

Bridal trend alert:

While it’s a common occurrence among Hollywood A-listers, the trend of wearing more than one dress on your wedding day is one that is just starting to take off in South Africa. Oh Happy Day owner Joelene Botha shares her thoughts …

‘Chrissy Teigen did it. Meghan Markle did it. Hailey Bieber had three and Paris Hilton had five. I’m talking multiple wedding dresses, of course. But this hot trend is no longer limited to international A-listers! In fact, several of our fashion-forward Oh Happy Day brides have worn more than one gown for their South African destination weddings in the last year or two.
Which led me to wonder: what makes the second wedding dress trend so appealing to brides? And how do you decide if you should wear more than one wedding dress for your own big day?
Of course, the idea of multiple wedding outfits is nothing new to multicultural brides. For many years, brides have worn different outfits at their religious or cultural ceremonies or across the different days of a wedding celebration. Zulu brides, for example, will often wear traditional attire for their Zulu wedding and a Western-style white gown for their church ceremony or reception. Chinese brides will typically change their outfit at least three times. These bridal wardrobes are a symbol of the rich heritage each couple brings to their union (and a fashion feast for the guests!). But for the purposes of this article, I’m referring specifically to the 2022 bridal trend of wearing more than one Western-style wedding dress across a single wedding day. So, why do it?

Stylish bride Meg went from long and voluminous to short and sweet (but carried the statement sleeves through both her looks). Photos: Michigan Behn Photography

- Advertisement -

It’s all very well wearing a beautifully ornate lace dress and veil to your ceremony, but it’s not going to help you when you want to get down on the dance floor. Similarly, that slinky reception dress you’ve been coveting may not be church-appropriate. Wearing more than one dress allows you to switch between styles and silhouettes, and always be appropriate to the venue.

Wearing a wedding dress that belonged to your mother or grandmother is super special, as it creates a material bond between you, and a tradition that can be passed down to further generations. But what if you also want to express your personal style? Choosing to have multiple wedding dresses will keep everyone happy. Plus, if you want to preserve the dress for the future, you won’t have to worry about tears and stains at the reception.

Many brides worry about choosing a wedding gown that’s too trendy and won’t stand the test of time in the photographs. It’s true that a classic style is less of a risk. But what if there’s something of-the-moment (or even cool and retro) that you absolutely adore? Having a second (or third) wedding dress allows you to be more adventurous and style conscious, which is perfect if you’re a bride who loves to make a statement. (Far-shun, honey.)

With all the changes and challenges and postponements of the last two years, couples have had to learn to be flexible when it comes to imagining their big day. We’ve seen ‘minimonies, sequel weddings, and virtual ‘I do’s’. Along the way, finding ‘the one’ wedding dress has become more about building a bridal trousseau, with pieces you can wear more than once and combine or restyle in different ways. Bridal designers have been on board, producing more transitional and convertible outfits that can take you from day to night (or from one celebration to another) with ease.


So, is the multiple wedding dress trend for you? Not necessarily! There’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose and wear a single dress across all of your wedding elements. And, of course, there are some disadvantages too. Cost, for one, can be prohibitive. Then there’s the need to get different shoes and accessories to go with each look. And, of course, there’s the fact you’ll only get to wear your dream dress for a small portion of the day (who doesn’t want to feel like a queen for as long as possible?). Ultimately, only you can decide if this 2022 bridal trend is for you. But one thing’s for sure – if you do go this route, you’ll be in chic company!

Article supplied by:  Award-winning wedding and event planning company, Oh Happy Day, www.ohhappyday.co.za, 079 277 8844, [email protected], @ohhappydaydbn

- Advertisement -
Previous articleFeeling chic? Add a hat!
Next articleA glowing bride


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Hit the road on a self-drive 4×4 vacation…

If the thought of exploring South Africa on a self-drive 4x4 trip to discover magical off the beaten track destinations - in a most...

Artist: How to choose the right artwork to enter

Winning the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is something every up-and-coming artist strives for. “Every year we receive hundreds of entries, but sadly, only a few of...

Happy retirement…

Make a conscious choice to view this as the Summer of your life and you’ll find it the most wonderful season of all. As it...

Calling all artists – win cash plus your own solo exhibition!

Entries are now open for the annual Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2022, called Art Beyond Imagination.  Being the longest-running competition of its kind in...

A bunch of thought-provoking reads for May

Stay inside, throw on something comfy and have a book party on your own with any one of Exclusive Books’ must-read page-turners for this...
Want more exclusive content?

Sign up for our monthly newsletter