getting into and wearing your wedding dress
Most women recognize that their wedding dress is perhaps the most important piece of clothing that they will ever wear. But, aside from looking spectacular, your wedding gown is unique because it is hard to put on and can be even harder to move about in. Be prepared for the two to three person job of putting on your dress, and getting around at your wedding is a whole other story. Take note of some of the following tips and tricks to putting on and wearing your wedding gown a little bit easier.
Keep Everything You Need Together
Remember that the main goal of getting dressed on your wedding day should be to keep your wedding gown clean. In order to do this however, you will need to keep everything together when putting on your dress, and some handy tools to help.
- Clean, white sheet – You only want to lay your gown on something that is clean and will not leave lint while you get your hair and makeup done.
- Scarf – For dresses that you have to slip on over your head a scarf can help to cover your dress from getting hair products on it or makeup.
- Crochet hook – If you have a dress that has a lot of buttons you should have someone use a crochet hook to pull the loops over the buttons so that they do not get dirty.
- Clean, white towel – Just in case you are going to be eating or drinking in your dress before the ceremony you should cover the front of your dress to prevent spills and stains.
Be sure that you have your shoes, garter and veil ready next to your dress on the white sheet so that when you are getting ready you don’t have to search for anything.
Learn the Step in Method
When you are going to put your dress on, put the clean sheet on the floor and place your shoes in the center. Then you should put your garter on and unbutton the dress and open it so that the opening is around your shoes. Have someone hold you as you step into your dress and put each shoe on. Then you can just pull up your dress and you are ready.
For a dress that you will need to pull over your head you should put your shoes on first, then use your scarf to cover your face to avoid makeup marks. Then your mother or friend can help to button or zip the dress up for you.
Smart Sitting Before the Wedding
Remember that if you are ready before the ceremony starts you will have to maintain a certain level of caution in order to avoid stains and tears in your gown. If you are going to sit down prior to the ceremony you should try to sit on a chair that is backless so that your gown can be fluffed around you, rather than you wrinkling it by sitting on it. In the event that you don’t have a backless stool accessible then you should raise your gown entirely and ask for help to place the back of it over the back of the chair.
Remember that if you are going to apply makeup or take even a drink of water that you should cover your gown with a white, clean towel.
Perfecting Your Moves
Keeping in mind that movement is going to be a challenge for you in your dress, there are some moves that you should perfect. If you are wearing a skirt that flares outward, you should bend at the knees before you walk and gather, lightly, a piece of your skirt in each hand. When you crinkle and hold your dress carelessly is when wrinkles can happen. For a long gown, or one that has a train, you should either ask for someone’s help to lift it while you walk, or pick up carefully from the back of your dress.
Taking Your Gown for a Ride
In the event that you have to get in your car to get to the ceremony, this can be tricky. Not only do you risk wrinkling your gown, but stains can also happen rather easily. Again, don’t sit on the back of your gown, lift it in the back and sit carefully on the seat. Ask for help from your friends and family to ensure your gown doesn’t touch asphalt and doesn’t get a grease stain from car doors.
Remember that if you are going to take photos on location that you should take a white, clean pillowcase to stand or sit on, so that the ground or natural elements don’t ruin your gown.
Get a Bustler
Plan the appropriate time to bustle the train, whether it is after the first dance or right after the ceremony. You should designate someone to help you bustle your dress at the appropriate time in the ceremony. This person should have attended the last fitting with you at the bridal shop to ensure that they understand how to do it carefully, to ensure the hem is even and make sure that it is draping correctly.
There is No Room for Modesty
Keep in mind that just as your dress is hard to put on and move it, it is going to be a chore to go to the ladies’ room with. Ask your bustler or maid of honor to be your assistant and lift the gown for you, so that you can handle your business throughout the ceremony. If you have a ball gown, you may actually have to step out of it entirely to go to the bathroom, so remember your sheet to ensure it doesn’t get dirty.
Keep in mind that while you are wearing your dress, even though it may be causing you stress, that you have to stand up tall, keep your shoulders back and smile. This is your big day and you should enjoy it!