(Closed) Almost passed out at dress fitting….tips so this doesn’t happen next week!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Take a shot of schnapps or whiskey or something.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

@nonapkns:

Does your dress have a lace-up back that was laced too tight?  I would make sure that I was well hydrated, and have eaten even though it will likely be busy.  Take the time!

Post # 5
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Had you eaten recently?  I get like that if I haven’t eaten in a while.

I felt like my dress really maginified how hot I was so it would help you to wear as few layers underneath as possible and try to keep your venue from turning the heat up super high.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t lock your knees. Stay hydrated and fed appropriately. Breathe deeply from the diaphragm (make sure the dress isn’t too tight!) Tense and relax your toes/calf muscles — this will not only relax you, but it also makes sure that your blood flow is doing what it needs to do. Furthermore, mindfulness — focus on what is around you, evaluating details to distract yourself.

Finally — give yourself permission to feel nervous but to know that you’ll get over it. Let your calmest bridesmaid know that you’re worried about this happening. Heck, let your hubby to be know about it too! That way there’s no secrets to add to whatever tension and pressure you might be feeling. Plan with them: if you are feeling faint during the ceremony, you’ll simply say quietly that you’re feeling a bit ill and need a minute or two, and then you’ll continue when you’re feeling better.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have MVP and pass out all the time. Like other PP have said, do not lock your knees and calm yourself. Make sure you have had lots of water and ate a decent meal. And if you do feel dizzy and start to see spots, tell whoever is marrying you that you need to sit. I’m having a chair next to the alter for me for this very reason. You want to cover all of the bases so you don’t pass out on your wedding day! Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Make sure you don’t lock your knees when you’re standing.

Edit: sorry, others beat me to it.

Post # 9
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh no! I just saw this as I was going to respond to your PM!  Definitely don’t lock your knees, drink lots of water.  It won’t happen the day of the wedding because you won’t have to stand in the same position for that long of time.  Fittings are tough!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Beyond just “not locking your knees”, you can isometrically contract and relax your leg muscles: think of trying to lift your kneecaps up or tighten your calves and hamstrings, then relax, and continue to repeat.

Prolonged standing decreases blood flow in veins of the legs back to the heart, because it is primarily “pumped” back by the squeezing action of your working muscles as you move.

So by actively tensing the muscles you can maintain adequate venous return and prevent the drop in blood pressure that causes fainting.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

OMG I thought I was the only one who almost fainted at my dress fitting. Mine was horrible and it was the 1st fitting. I nearly passed out but the last fitting wasn’t bad and neither was my bridal pictures. My advice to you is to do what all the PP said.  Don’t lock you knees, make sure you have a decent meal, and stay hydrated. Not too much though you don’t want to be doing the potty dance in the front of everyone either. LOL!

Post # 13
Hostess
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@nonapkns: Oh, and eat a banana! 🙂 Good for nerves.

Post # 14
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456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i totally almost passed out at my first dress fitting! and i was so worried it would happen the day of. but i am pretty sure it was the temperature at the bridal salon and the fact that i hadn’t eaten in a few hours.  Literally 10 minutes before i walked down the aisle, i sat for a few minutes and had a healthy fruit/nut bar and some water, and i felt great all night!

good luck 🙂

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