Dressing of the Bride
Getting Around in Your Gown
Putting on a wedding gown isn’t like putting on any old dress.
It’s at least a two-person job,
so take heed of these tips to get into and get around in your gown.
You’re probably already aware that your wedding gown is unlike any other piece of clothing. Likewise, the way you put it on and maneuver around in it is unlike the way you wear the rest of your wardrobe. Know this: Getting dressed on your wedding day is at least a two-person job. Arm yourself with this advice:
Assemble the Accoutrements
When getting dressed, the main goal is keep your gown clean. You’ll need to have a few things ready: a clean white sheet, your garter, and your shoes. If your gown needs to be slipped over your head, have a scarf on hand; if your gown has a lot of buttons, make sure you have a crochet hook to help pull the loops over them. Keep a clean white towel on standby, as you’ll need it to cover the front of your dress when drinking or eating before you depart.
Step Right In
When it’s finally time to get dressed, place the sheet on the floor and set your shoes down on top of it. Put on your garter if you have one, then unzip or unbutton your gown and position it over your shoes. Have your mom or an attendant hold the dress open and support you, as you slowly step into it one leg at a time, placing your feet in your shoes as you do so. If you have a sheath or other style of gown that you must slip over your head, put your shoes on first and use the scarf to cover your face to avoid makeup smudges. Have your mom or an attendant zip or button the gown.
Brace yourself: Going to the ladies’ room is also a two-person job.
Get Into Position
Examine the gown to make sure every fastening has been secured, every inch is lying smoothly, and there are no last-minute smudges or spots. If you need to sit down for a moment before hitting the aisle, perch on a backless stool with your gown fluffed out around you–not scrunched under you. If you can’t find a backless stool, pull your gown up before you sit, and ask an attendant to drape your train over the back of the chair. Drape the towel over your bodice before applying last-minute face powder or taking sip of water. Finally, turn towards a full-length mirror and take a long moment for yourself to revel in how simply stunning you look.
As you move around it’s important that you gently lift your gown to avoid last-minute tears and stains. To do so, bend just a tiny bit at the knees and softly gather a piece of your skirt in each hand (if you carelessly grab a fistful of fabric, you’ll wrinkle it). Then slowly lift your skirt off center and away from the ground. If your dress is super-full or designed with a train, try not to walk or step backwards (again, you’ll risk ripping the fabric). Instead, reach behind you and delicately lift the back of your skirt with your hand, or enlist the help of an attendant. When you reach your destination, simply drop the skirt behind you and it will naturally fluff itself out as you take your first few steps.