How Will Your Dress Feel At the End of the Night?
Advice from girls who've been there
By Natalie Tsang
August 26, 2011
Unless you change for the reception, you'll be in your wedding dress for eight, ten, or twelve hours. You may adore your wedding dress, but after all that time, how will it feel? Here are what four recent brides said about their wedding dresses.
Cheryl wore a love strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline and slight mermaid silhouette. The fabric was organza with lace panels. She said, "My dress was pretty comfortable. Would definitely recommend Spanx and a bustle so your train doesn't get stepped on. If you're going to dance and want to get down, I would tell brides to change into a reception dress."
Lisa bought her wedding gown at a little store in San Francisco where she selected an organza and silk dress with a scalloped plunging neckline. It had a trumpet silhouette with a chapel train, which she bound up with a over bustle. She said, "I wore my dress from noon to noon and the seams totally loosened up. It was actually comfier at the end of the night, although my feet were killing me. I loved the straps because I didn't feel squeezed and I could dance without feeling like I was slipping."
Iris wore a lovely cream V-neck made of chiffon, organza, and silk. It was a slight A-line style with a fitted bodice and a half skirt, as opposed to full one. It had a three-foot train. She said, "It was a really comfy dress except it was so hot out that I wouldve preferred being indoors or in a bathing suit. I wore it the entire night. It was like eighty-five degrees with ninety-five percent humidity. If anything, I swelled up and my dress got tighter. But that's all a function of weather.
Michelle wore a sheath made of raw silk with tulle accents with a brush train. She only wore it for two hours, but said, "I was lucky because my dress was very comfortable. The dress was only one-layer thick, without a lining, so it was very easy to move around in. I could breath easily. But towards the middle and end of the [wedding] the train was starting to annoy me because either me or my bridesmaids had to keep picking it up and moving it out of the way so I wouldn't step on it when I walked. I admit the dress wasn't very forgiving on the figure, so I had to diet a little bit prior to the wedding to ensure that any "lumps" or "rolls" weren't visible. I also wore Spanx underneath the wedding dress so that helped a lot. I wore the dress for about two hours before I changed into an evening gown for the rest of the night.