Post # 1
I’m not used to being uncomfortable. To see me dressed up is a rarity if it’s not something flowy, moves well, or A-line and forgiving!
I put my dress on for a fitting the other day and was like “Oh sh!t, I’m not used to feeling this way…” Strangely enough, I chose that dress mainly b/c it WAS the most comfortable one I put on, but in comparison to street clothes, it’s just another burden.
When I eat, often I bloat. Even jeans become uncomfortable after a meal sometimes. I actually have underlying gastrointestinal issues that are the cause of it, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I just deal. But I’m terrified that I’m going to bloat after eating and be super uncomfortable at my reception!
Does anyone else feel this way? I want my dress to fit snuggly and look perfect, but it will be at the expense of my comfort. Is this a legit concern?
Post # 2
Yes! I want to enjoy the food at my wedding, but the corset says no 🙁
Post # 3
I would just eat lightly and stick to tried and true options that dont upset your tummy. I also can get a “food baby” if I over do it and feel sluggish, so I will be sure not to overeat.
Post # 4
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
I do think it’s a totally valid worry, but unfortunately I don’t have any advice to give 🙁 But this is own my own list of worries as well, especially if you add wearing some kind body shaper like Spanx as well, since I feel like that would just make it even more uncomfortable. I can’t seem to find out if Spanx are even optional or not since everywhere II read everyone just seems to assume the Bride is going to wear them, but I feel like that’s just going to make the whole eating/comfort issue even worse.
Post # 5
I feel the same way, I normally feel pretty bloated [pretty sure it’s from IBS, but have not been diagnosed], but within hours of eating I normally feel icky, and I get tummyaches/discomforts and diarrhea [sorry, TMI] often.
Unfortunately, I also feel like absolute crap when I don’t eat, so my normal tricks of getting by will NOT work on the wedding day. I normally skip breakfast, and eat lunch later in the day so I know I’ll be home from work when the discomforts kick in – which obviously isn’t going to happen on my wedding day.
The good news is that pepto bismol works WONDERS for me when I have an upset tummy, it’s never failed to work. So I’ll probably enjoy a very light lunch [maybe a salad], and swig some pepto, and take more before the reception.
Also, I was sure to choose a dress that isn’t super constricting over the tummy area, as I REALLY hate to wear super tight fitting things around that area, way too uncomfortable.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
BurlapnLace: We had a huge yummy dinner at our wedding, and I was worried about the same thing, but I ended up not having any issues. I don’t know if it was because I was having so much fun that I didn’t notice any discomfort, or what, but I do normally feel bloated after eating like you described. My dress was quite fitted and I didn’t have any issues. Just try to have a good time and you rpobably won’t even notice!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
BurlapnLace: I can remember is your dress a corset? My MOH at her wedding we loosened it up a little for dinner then tightned it back for dancing so it didn’t slip.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I sometimes feel uncomfortable after a very large meal especially when dressed up. However, on my wedding day, no problems. I ate my entire dinner and cake! I felt fine. I wore shapewear uner my dress too (Rago). I somehow just powered through the entire night having a blast and nothing got me down. It was not until I got back to our room and out of my dress that the major exhaustion hit me.
Post # 9
jenilynevette: That’s what I have. IBS and a hiatal hernia. And a gluten sensitivity. It’s a blast.
Post # 10
Avoid dairy, carbs, and high-salt foods. Snack on fruits and veggies during cocktail hour, rather than the cheese and crackers. If your entree comes with something like mashed potatoes or rice, I’d skip it and just eat the protein and veggies. I personally bloat a lot less, and experience a lot less discomfort, when I avoid those foods. Obviously I don’t let that stop me on any average day, but on my wedding day, I’m not as worried about enjoying the food as I am enjoying the whole night!
Post # 11
BurlapnLace: Get a reception dress?
Post # 12
BurlapnLace: so, i’m not a bride. not even engaged yet (though it has been heavily hinted that it’s happening this month omg yes finally). anyway, take my advice as seriously or not as you wish, given that i have yet to wear a wedding dress.
i have done pageants my entire life, so though the gowns haven’t been for a wedding, i’ve spent a good chunk of time in formal wear (and the accompanying undergarments). and, i love to eat. so, put the 2 together and girl i feel your pain! it’s literally the WORST trying to be comfortable in the gown at all, plus with a food baby or even just a little bloat.
for your wedding, why not get a reception dress? i’m not even engaged and that’s probably the one detail i have set in stone. i need to be able to eat all the delicious food that i’ll inevitably be paying for. make your entrance in your fab wedding gown, and maybe even do your first dance in it! then, as you get into the actual food/drink of the reception, change into something much more comfortable (but still fab!). problem solved. honestly you’ll probably be glad you did. i know at least for me, if i were to eat a normal portion but in my formal gown, i’d be miserable. if i left the formal gown on and didn’t eat (horrors!) i’d be even more miserable and also hangry. and probably drunk, if i’m drinking and not eating. lol
Post # 13
We actually didn’t get to eat dinner during our wedding (prob why we both got so hammered lol). We were just having so much fun and pulled in so many directions that our plate got cold. Even when we had a moment to eat, guests were coming up to us to take pictures. Knowing how our night went, I can’t imagine it’d be possible to overeat on your wedding day. There’s just so much going on.
Post # 14
BurlapnLace: have you spoken to your venue about making your meal gluten free and without other things that you know trigger your IBS? Hopefully that would reduce your chances of bloating. I’m GF and the chef at our venue is celiac but I still worry that they’ll give me the wrong dish and I’ll be too ill to enjoy anything after dinner
Post # 15
BurlapnLace: We had our caterer box us a special to-go kit with all of our favorite choices. One of my family members was able to get it in our suite after she left the wedding (including cake!). So, we got back, fired up the jacuzzi… Had our romantic time… And, then chowed down before we passed out. We honestly didn’t even think about eating during our reception, as it just sort of flew by.