One thing that surprised me as the day went on, though, was just how heavy, and even more importantly, how hot, the fabric felt throughout the wedding. Though my gown was a mermaid design and not nearly as large as many of the ball gowns out there, it still weighed heavily on my petite frame, especially with the crinoline layered underneath.
Moving with the train? I needed one or two girls with me at all times. Using the restroom? I couldn’t manage on my own. Climbing steps and sitting in the van we’d rented? Extremely challenging.
Plus, I must admit that although the weather was a perfect 75 degrees, I still started to feel a bit overheated if I was walking around too long outside. And during the cocktail hour, as I sat in the bride’s room at the reception site taking a breather, my feet up and the back of my gown unzipped, I understood why many brides prefer to switch into a lighter gown for dinner and dancing.
On the other hand, once I was inside the cool banquet hall, things were a lot easier, and I just loved swishing around the dance floor in my beautiful dress, which was much simpler to handle once it was bustled!
LESSON LEARNED: If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing, because I adored my gown. I’d choose it again in a heartbeat, and can’t wait to do a “day-after” shoot sometime in the future. But for those of you who have yet to make your pick, think long and hard about just how long you’ll be in your dress, what the weather will be like, how much time you’ll spend outdoors, and what undergarments you plan to pair with it. A gown feels different when it’s been on your body for six hours, rather than for just a few minutes at a time in the bridal salon.
What’s your gown like? Will you be changing into a separate reception dress?
(Photo Credits: Personal Library)