Okay, sure, maybe it sounds a little over the top to buy two dresses. But when they are this pretty, who can really argue? Reception dresses are a great option for brides who want to live it up at the reception sans gigantic princess gown (but who still want a gigantic princess gown, thank you very much). And sometimes you just can't decide what silhouette you want to rock. A reception dress takes the pressure off.
Although reception dresses are usually tea-length or shorter, you can choose any style or length you like. For many brides they want to maintain a level of formality with a floor-length dress, but go with a more modern or form-fitting style than they want in the ceremony.
And while you may want to go traditionally white for your ceremony, a reception dress allows you to experiment with colors like gold and blush.