(Closed) Being in a wheelchair as a bride….so many issues, hep plz!!!

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think the only style you might want to stay away from is a huge ballgown. I think that if you want beading, you should try some gowns on with it. You might find that it will look great on you. As far as a veil and train goes, there was an episode of Say Yes to The Dress that had a girl in a wheelchair. They did a custom train that attached to her wheelchair and if I remember correctly, she also wore a veil, so I think that if you want those things you should see if you can find a seamstress that can do them for you. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but when you schedule your appointments for shopping for your gown, you may want to alert the staff to your situation and see if you can book double appointments, so you can not feel rushed. I don’t have any experience in your situation, but I would think that you might need extra time to get in and out of the gowns and if you are rushed, you may get to tired to try on as many as you would like to.

I am not sure about your feet or what type of wedding you are having, but you might want to think about wearing some foot jewelry.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can have a train.  There was a girl on SYTTD that was in a wheel chair that had a train.  You can have anything you want, you just might have to have modifications.  If you want a veil, go with a shorter like elbow or a birdcage.  For the shoes, I would think you could get some beautiful ballerina flats.  One of the bloggers today had some stunning ones (though they were quite expensive, but as they are handmade, maybe a company like that could custom a pair for you). 

Come back here often, if you have questions or need ideas for modifications, the hive is the best place to ask.

Good luck, congrats, and Welcome to the Hive.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m thinking you could probably have a birdcage, shoulder length, or even elbow length veil, since any of those would be short enough not to get caught in the wheels?  You might want to consider a shorter wedding dress to avoid getting anything caught in the wheels.  Or you could talk to a seamstress about having a dress altered for you (e.g., to make it slightly shorter in the back than in the front).

As far as shoes, I wore slippers for my wedding.  They felt exactly like bedroom slippers, but looked bridal.  I got them from elinor44 on eBay.  I wonder whether something like them might work for you?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Foot jewelry kind of looks like it might be a sandal–except that there is no bottom to it.  Here’s an example:

Post # 9
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157 posts
Blushing bee

I remembered seeing this a while back, and maybe you can draw inspiration from her:

http://offbeatbride.com/2010/01/bright-green-alberta-wedding

http://offbeatbride.com/2010/06/wheelchair-wedding-dress

One other note, to make sitting more comfortable, see if you can find a dress you like with an empire waist.  I say avoid ball gown but mermaid as well.  Most of the mermaid or trumpet dresses are tight, so the won’t be that comfy plus, when you sit down the bottom will be all poofy around your feet. So empire and a-line will probably work best in your case.  Do you want a long dress?  Because tea length seems like it would be ideal for sitting and rolling (so nothing would get caught).  

Maybe I am biased because I wore Claire Pettibone, but if it’s your style then she might be perfect for you.  Her dresses tend to be romanic and comfortable and don’t have trains.  

These are ones that would be gorgeous sitting or standing!

Couture Gowns

Couture Gowns

Couture Gowns

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I’m posting a photo of this one because I think this would be perfect for your situation.  If you wanted to get it hemmed to tea length it is totally do-able with this dress.  Plus, the top seems ideal for a relatively larger chest (support for the ladies!).

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Maybe you could rent an electric one, just for the day.

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