Post # 1
I’m having my alterations appt next week – all my dress needs is a hem and bustle. On the wedding day, I was hoping to wear heels for the ceremony and photos, then change to flats for the rest of the night. I’d love to hear from other brides who did this – I’ve heard mixed reviews. Some say it was totally not an issue at all – they had their dress hemmed to their heels, and didn’t have a problem with flats later on. I’ve heard others say it was a disaster. My heels have a 3 inch heel. I’m not insanely crazy about them, so I’m not sure about the “peekaboo” option where the dress is hemmed a bit shorter, so they peek out.
And input/advice would be fantastic! (And, if you’re not married yet, but in my situation, I’d love to hear your plans, too!)
Post # 3
I am curious about this too! I am planning the same, and am quite afraid because it was very hard to walk in my dress before it was hemmed, I was constantly stepping on the front of it!
Post # 4
My dress is actually good with heels or flats. it drags on the floor just slightly when i am barefoot, so I think i’ll be ok. it probably also depends on the poofiness of your dress
Post # 5
I’d love to hear opinions on this, though I will be doing it the opposite. I want to be able to go in flats during pictures because we will be on the beach…and the thought of walking in the sand in my 4″ Michael Kors makes me want to cry. lol
Post # 6
I had no problems tripping over my dress when I did this – just be prepared for your dress to be very dirty on the bottom. Since it was already pretty filthy after the ceremony and taking pictures, I didn’t care.
Post # 7
I’m planning on doing this too. Would love to here other’s experiences. (I’m planning on leaving my heels on for ceremony and pics, and them put them back on for the first dance. MY Fiance is 6’3″ and I am 5’4″ :O!)
Post # 8
@auggiefrog: Haha! My Fiance is 6’6″ and I’m 5’1″!!!
Post # 9
I got a wedge with a pretty big platform to avoid this problem! I knew I couldn’t stand/dance in 3.5″ heels all day/night, and my Fiance is 6’6″ so I need heels! And I didn’t want to ruin the bottom of my dress by changing into flats since it’s scalloped lace. I ended up finding a platform wedge that’s cute enough to pull off for the amount of time my toes will be sticking out from under my dress, which wont be much! After the platform, the heel is only about 2″ so I’m not really too worried about my feet hurting!
Post # 10
I went from 4″ stilettos (wedding, cocktails) to 4″ wedges (reception) to 2″ foamy Teva sandals (after party dance dance revolution at a bar) and I had to hold my dress up all night after I went down 2″. It wasn’t annoying but my dress definitely got dirty!
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I wore 4″ heels for the photos and ceremony, then changed into ballet flats for the reception. It wasn’t an issue for me. I will note that our reception was not a typical wedding reception. It was more like an elegant dinner party, so I wasn’t dancing the night away or doing lots of things where I would be tripping all over myself.
Post # 12
My dress drug on the floor, it wasn’t a big deal but it was FILTHY. I was able to get it cleaned though so it wasn’t a big deal. I was wearing 4″ heels and changed into flats eventually bc I couldn’t take it.
Post # 13
Your dress is going to get a bit dirty on the bottom, no matter what. White/ivory shows everything!
For my dress, having the bustle done well really helped so that it didn’t drag (and wasn’t stepped on)
Post # 14
I haven’t gotten married yet, but I’ve brought both my heels and my lower wedge sandals with me to alterations. The dress is hemmed for the heels and then she put a bustle in at the bottom that makes it the appropriate length for the sandals after the ceremony.
Post # 15
I went from 4″ heels to flats and it was totally fine. My heels peaked through a tiny bit when I walked, to give you and idea of the length of my dress. The bottom edges of my dress did get a little dirty, but nothing awful or unfixable (and shoot, you’re wearing it once, so who really cares?).
Being in flats made dancing much more fun and enjoyable, and Darling Husband enjoyed regaining his height over me, haha (he’s normally 6″ taller than me). Also, my dress bustled wonderfully and stayed out of my way!
Post # 16
Thanks for the feedback, ladies! Much appreciated.
@KristenGotMarried: I love that you did a little DDR afterwards.