Why stick to only one wedding dress?


Why stick to only one wedding dress?

And why would you need more than one wedding dress, you might ask? Well, the modern bride knows too well how overwhelming the options can be when it comes to finding her dream dress for the big day. It has to work for a civil ceremony at the town hall, followed with a drinks reception, then a sit-down dinner, and all-night dancing. And that’s before we have contemplated the micro-wedding conundrums, with a teeny civil wedding or family-only celebration, perhaps followed with a bigger party in months to come. Then of course, you have the rehearsal dinner, the morning-after brunch, and just a whole bridal weekend to dress for.

But fear not, we have the answers. In true Galvan style, we firmly believe that the days where brides had to order a custom, giant meringue dress a year in advance are behind us. Instead, we are now looking at several, impossibly chic, versatile outfits that you can rewear for years to come and that don’t compromise on your own inherent style. So let’s take a look at the second, or indeed, third and fourth, dresses. If you have already found your “main dress” and are looking for something a little more fun, playful and versatile, for part of the big day, and all the occasions around it, then read on.

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Civil Wedding

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First, let’s take a look at wedding dresses that have enough timeless appeal to be “the one” but also the simplicity and ease to suit tying the knot at the town hall or a more pared-down micro-wedding and mini-mony. For these, you need a minimalist, clean cut elevated by luxe fabrics. This Valencia dress is an über-chic number in pure buttery silk, with exposed shoulders and a thigh-high slit, balanced by long sleeves and a calf-length. Details that matter. The very definition of modern romance.

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Minimalist Ceremony

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Another option on the minimalist scale is this Ibiza dress, crafted from luxurious heavy silk satin. The asymmetric neckline creates sensual, modern lines on the classic slip dress, while two romantically daring straps delicately sit across the back. Cropped and versatile, this dress is a must-have for the bridal weekend, can suit a plethora of nuptial moments, and far beyond the wedding too.

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With its clean geometric lines and delicate details, the Florence dress is a slip dress that exudes modern sophistication. Crafted from glossy satin and sheer organza, it spells chic with a twist. This dress has all the details, flair and personality, but also the restraint to suit a micro-wedding to perfection.

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Bridal reception

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Striking yet classic, this dress is perfect for wedding lunches, cocktail receptions and even after-parties. A signature Galvan style, it features a bustier with built-in support, a structured V back and adjustable back slit, finished at the chicest calf-length. All of it covered in thousands of matte sequins for a magical effect. The dress many dreams are made of.

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After-party dress

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When do you need to change into your second wedding dress? For the after-party, of course. For a slightly bolder take on the all-over sequin look, this Roma dress ticks every box on the bridal after-party checklist. High shine sequins? Check. Asymmetric neckline and hem? Check. Thigh-high cut? Check. Suited for all night-dancing? Check, check check. Reminiscent of old-school Hollywood glamour, this dress is arguably the season’s most dazzling bridal number.

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All night dancing

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For something more classic, but no less striking, look to our Estrella number. Inspired by the iconic ‘90s slip dress, this simple shape is universally flattering on all figures, and eternally glamorous in lustrous metallic. Embroidered in translucent paillettes from head-to-toe, it was made for moonlit first dances.

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Rehearsal dinner

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Make your rehearsal dinner a bridal night to remember, with an exquisitely tailored jumpsuit. This Geneva jumpsuit is simple in appearance but fits like a glove, to give brides to be all the confidence to shine. Also works beautifully for a chic civil ceremony.

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Morning-after lunch

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What could be chicer for a bridal weekend lunch than this coat dress, modest yet joyful, elegant yet unique. Featuring shimmering organza sleeves scattered with dainty crystals, which fan out like petals across the wrists, this chic number is perfection for mid-season nuptials, as a bridal cover-up or as the whole outfit. Eminently versatile for your bridal trousseau.



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Alizé Wilkinson


Alizé manages communications and content at Galvan. Over the past 12 years, she has worked in the fashion, jewellery and arts worlds, following a stint as a writer for Le Monde. Born in France, she lives in London with her British husband and two toddler daughters. As well as a growing collection of slip dresses, Alizé collects embellished knitwear, vintage textiles and international magazines. Her other interests include Marc Chagall, Gustave Flaubert and periwinkle hydrangeas.

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