(Closed) Changing from high heels to flats during the day – dress length issue?

posted 7 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just get your dressed bustled. You should have no problems then

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

My daughter went with a slightly higher heel for the ceremony, but changed into wedges for the reception and dancing. We were pretty careful in finding shoes where the height difference wasn’t very noticeable. The dress was hemmed with the lower heels on (actually she used both) but split the difference…it wasn’t too short nor did it drag on the ground after. Ask your seamstress the best way to do it.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I changed into platform flip flops for the reception (which my mother hated and begged me not to wear).  No one knew I was wearing them unless I showed them.  I was super comfortable all day and my dress was not dragging on the ground!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I wore 4-inch heels for the ceremony and for most of our photos – but had changed into flats for family photos and dancing.  Totally not noticeable during the dancing; with my dress bustled it felt totally fine and I did not have any problems with the length of the dress at all . But probably should have kept my heels on for the photos – I was looking noticeably shorter than my husband, haha.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My dress length in heels had about 1 inch of peep toe reveal.  If you don’t have it hit the floor fully, it will move nicely with you, and you can avoid a lot of the dents and bunches in the skirt that are pretty common in “in real life” pics, but you never see in ads/magazines.  

If your shoes are 2.5 inches and you downgrade to flats/sandals with 1 inch of heel, your dress will pretty much be right at the ground.  One thing to check is how the rest of it fits if your dress is fitted through the butt/midsection.  When you’re in heels vs. flat feet, your posture will change, and I find this affects the fit through the butt.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went from 4 inch heels to a 1 inch heel to bare feet throughout the night with no issues!  Dress got a little dirtier than it might have, but it all came out in the wash… literally.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Like Sapphire Sun, I had 4″ heels that I managed to wear through our first dance and cake cutting and everything. After that, i was over them. I was literally hiking in them during our photoshoot since we did it on a dairy farm.

I had back up wedges, but they ended up in someone’s car after the ceremony, so I just went barefoot. My dress was dragging a bit, and for some reason my seamstress made my bustle really long, but by then I just didn’t care. I was dancing and having fun and my feet didn’t hurt. 🙂 The photog left shortly after so I’m not too worried about having photos where my dress is dragging.

If you’re worried, find a cute pair of comfy wedges. Noone will see them and they’ll give you a little height.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

thank you for posting this… I was wondering the same thing… when my husband and I got married we got married barefoot in the beach sand… now that we are renewing..I want to wear shoes…  right when I was about to post the same question…I saw this.. perfect timimg!

Post # 11
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Honey bee

If your dress is altered for wearing heels, then it will drag (and you and your guests will trip over it) if you switch to flats or go barefoot.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Whew! Thanks for this post!

I have 4″ wedding heels and bought 2″ platform flip flops for the reception. I was worried that I’d be tripping over my dress all night. Glad to hear that others didn’t have much of a problem with this. 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am planning on using platform flip flops for later on in the reception. They are comfy and tall!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@TinyTina: What a great idea! why didnt i think of 2 inch platform sandals too? LOL Tongue out

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am 5’2 and I ordered my dress in “short” length…when I took it to the seamstress yesterday, she said it was about an inch too short, but I think it’s perfect. I didn’t want my dress hitting the floor with my 3 1/2″ heels on, and standing you can just barely see my peep toe–which is exactly what I was going for. When I change into my flips for the reception, the dress just barely brushes the floor =)

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