Post # 1
What are some practical things to consider when choosing a dress? I’ve seen Bees say that they had trouble sitting or dancing in their mermaid gowns. Some fabrics are hotter than others or wrinkle more easily then others, right? Presumably some styles are more difficult/expensive to alter than others. I’m going dress shopping for the first time in a week and would love to hear about practical considerations when choosing a dress.
Post # 3
@asbtoabs: I’d say the ones you mentioned is what comes to my mind.
Post # 4
Make sure you can sit comfortably in it. I’d put my dress on 3 times at the store before someone mentioned I should probably sit in it to see if I could comfortably.
Post # 5
Transport! Some dresses don’t compact well for moving around (especially to a destination wedding) or some fabrics will look ‘frumpled’ no matter how much care you take in readying it for moving between store, house, venue, etc.
Post # 6
The weight of the dress is something to consider. Also, what undergarments will be required? If it’s a backless dress and you need support in the bust area, keep that in mine. Also, venue compatability. If you’re having your ceremony on the beach, would you want to get a dress with a train that will just be dragging in the sand?
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
And can you pee in it without assistance?? This is one of the reasons I have a slinky stretchy dress 🙂
Post # 8
All I really thought about was: is it comfortable? do I like how I look in it? (And am I wearing the dress rather than the dress overpowering me?) what colours does it come in? Will it be long enough?
Not overly practical I’m afraid 🙂
Post # 9
Oh, I did check that I could walk and sit down after I’d picked my design.
Post # 10
My dress was polyester so it was quite hot at our outdoor Florida wedding, even though we got married in March. If you’re going to be out in the heat try to find a natural fiber that will breathe. I wore a trumpet dress so dancing and movement wasn’t an issue. It was just so freakin hot. I was a swamp beast at the end and had to take a shower at the venue (B&B) before leaving because I just couldn’t stand myself.
Post # 11
If the skirt has a lot of ruffles or other fancy details on the bottom, it may be more expensive to hem than a plainer skirt.
I have heard that silk fabrics wrinkle more easily than synthetic fabrics do.
Satin can be heavy to wear and may be better suited for fall/winter than warmer months (although I wore a mostly satin gown on a day that was 80+degrees and it wasn’t that big of a deal, so don’t panic if you like satin and want a summer wedding).
Corset back dresses can reduce your alteration costs and give peace of mind that your dress will fit even if you gain/lose weight at the last minute. You can also often get away without wearing a bra in a corset back dress.
You do have to watch out for “back fat” with corsets, though you can have alterations done to reduce the appearance of back fat. OR, just wear straps (since you don’t have to do the corset as tightly if you have straps to hold the dress up).
It is true that it is hard to go to the bathroom without help if you have a poofy skirted dress and mermaid dresses can be hard to walk/sit in.
I’d definitely say make sure you go to the bathroom right before you put your dress on no matter what kind of dress you get. 🙂
Post # 12
@shaka: Dress transport- that’s a good one for me! I will likely be getting my dress out of state. My mother is confident that it will be no problem to fly home with the dress, but I’m thinking I might drive when it’s time to pick it up. That or I’ll cross my fingers for a cheap return flight and book a seat for my dress 🙂
Post # 13
@lolot: Ugh, I didn’t really understand that dresses require assistance in the bathroom until I got engaged. I really hate the idea of asking for help, but it seems inevitable with the dress styles I like. Since I’m not a big drinker, my thought is to drink only enough water to stay hydrated and hopefully not have to use the bathroom until the reception ends.
Post # 14
If you are getting married in the summer and you have hot summers, think about natural fibres over polyester.
Also, consider the size and weight of your dress and the difficulty that huge frocks can present. So if you are travelling to your ceremony venue by car, make sure you can actually get out of the car in your dress!! Or at least can get out of it without the assistance of three burly men.
The bride pictured below took nearly 10 minutes to get extricated from the limo. This caused considerable grief all round!
(I was actually covering a completely different wedding but this group managed to arrive and split our party in half so I hung around to capture the drama!)