Post # 1
Wedding day is quickly approaching, only 3 days left. Cannot believe it’s almost here. I am starting to freak out when I think about having to walk down the aisle and the idea of reading my personal vows / letter for fiance in front of other people is making me sick. I’m not afraid of public speaking, just weird to speak so intimately about our relationship in front of all those people.
Anyway, I wanted to see if any of the married ladies have tips for walking down the aisle, I mean, how to walk (pace, etc), how and where to hold bouquet and that sort of thing.
My Mom is walking me down the aisle so not like I’m going it alone, but we are doing a first look so guess it will be more important for that trip!
Thanks in advance!
Post # 4
@MrsOrange: I wish I had tips, I have the same question though… I keep imagining it and I don’t know what I’m even thinking… I have a hard enough time walking normally. (Er… it’s nothing serious, I’m just very clumsy and self-conscious.)
Post # 5
Was taught by my coordinator to sort of kick my skirt forward with every step. I had a ball gown so it was a bit poofy and long. Also, the red carpet made it so the fabric of my dress wasn’t moving along smoothly. If I hadn’t done it, the fabric would’ve bunched up and I’d probably have tripped all over my skirt. I also found that doing the gentle kicking of the skirt helped with my pace. It doesn’t have to be obvious or unnatural, just gently guided my skirt away from me haha. At least my legs were doing something between steps… I tried to practice slow steps and I always ended up sorta getting off balance. Harder than it looks, i feel!!
As for the bouquet, they told me to use it to keep the veil away from my face. Otherwise, I could get makeup/lipstick on it… They’ve also had a bride get her falsies stuck in the little holes of her veil. I held mine somewhere near my hips/waist, not too far forward.
Ahhh, explaining was much harder than I thought haha. I can see it in my head, just can’t put it to words!
Post # 6
my biggest tip is only relevant if wearing a ballgown/princess skirt.
and that tip is: kick. don’t just walk… kick forward or you will walk on your skirt.
Post # 7
@MrsOrange: Take your time, I agree – walk slowly than you would normally walk, and hold your bouquet low and at (i believe) your waist (I so did not do this, even though I planned and planned to). And most importantly, just have fun! 🙂
Post # 8
Actually, the bouquet looks a lot better when you carry it LOW, more at hip level than at your waist. I started a thread about it a few weeks ago:
Photography tip I wish I would have known earlier: hold your bouquet low!
As one of the other posters on the thread noted, think “Crotch flowers!” Sounds silly, but it really does look much nicer in the pictures.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I haven’t walked down yet, but the resounding tip I see on TV and on these boards is to carry the bouquet low (don’t cover up the lovely details of your bodice). I’ve seen some brides on TV walking with the bouquet up and off to the side or at their chest and they just look awkward.
Post # 10
I just walked normally but quite slowly so I didn’t trip. You could link your right arm and then hold your bouquet with both hands just at the height where your navel is – with the flowers tipped slightly outwards. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 11
Yes! about keeping your bouquet low. It seems more natural for people to have their hand creep up towards their chest, but try to keep your hand right below your belly button and tilt your bouquet forward slightly.
Post # 12
I will echo what the PPs recommended. Try to hold your bouquet low, walk at a comfortable pace, and be sure to SMILE and look at the photographer!
However even though I prepped to do that myself, once it was my turn to walk down the aisle I was so stinkin’ nervous that all of that went out the window! As you can see in the photo below I am holding my bouquet all floppy and it looks totally ridiculous lol! This is the only picture I have where I am kinda smiling… because I made brief eye contact with the videographer who told me to smile. All the other pictures before this I just look petrified haha! I did walk at a normal pace though. Perhaps a little slower since I was walking with my grandpa.
Even though my moment of walking down the aisle didn’t turn out how I planned I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. I am not a naturally graceful, smiley person… especially in front of 75 guests. So even though I don’t necessarily look elegant, I do look like myself. And at the end of the day, none of these details mattered.
Post # 13
Yes, pace yourself!!! I walked so fast down the aisle! lol. I just didn’t think. I was too nervous. Smile and BREATHE!
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Walk slow and on the same foot as the person you are walking with (arrange this in advance). Hold your flowers at the base of the flowers/top of the stem and then hold your hands down by your belly button. Try your hardest not to put those flowers up by your bust.
Post # 15
Thanks for the awesome tips ladies! I definitely will do the kick thing, I have a fuller tulle skirt and I think my dress is just a tad bit long (everyone else said no) so this will help prevent any mishaps (hopefully) Just hope I don’t look like a Rockette or something!
Now just have to remember, stand up straight, shoulders back (i have terrible posture) smile, walk slowly , bouquet by “crotch” 🙂 kick feet , glad it’s easy 🙂
I’ll let you know how it goes! Good luck to all the soon to be mrs’s. Thanks again for the tips!
Post # 16
DIBS — I am trademarking “Crotch Flowers” as a band name. I didn’t think of it, but I called it!