Post # 1
After trying on dresses in air conditioned stores and sweating buckets in those dresses, I’m wondering how I will deal with the heat on my wedding day (4pm outside in July with the sun directly above). I have heard the dress I wanted (taffeta, A line, Layered, with tulle/crinoline) is VERY HOT and VERY HEAVY. I honestly thought about installing some kind of fan in my skirt, like one of those tiny battery operated ones, to deal with the heat!! I know it sounds totally ridiculous but I remember my sister dying in her dress, which was silk and with a cotton petticoat — so much more bearable than my dress. I also thought of using parasols for the outdoor pictures.
Problem is, our wedding is on the beach in Hawaii, so we do want most, if not all of our pictures to be outside. The sun in Hawaii is perhaps a blessing AND a curse.
So…what did you do or what are you planning to do to deal with the heat for your outdoor ceremony or outdoor photo session?
Post # 3
We made the ceremony short.. 20 min tops because it will be hot! Im more worried about the groomsmen than myself. Im not sure there is too much else we can do.
We are getting married in front of a fountain and i keep teasing that i might have to jump in! lol
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I just suffered. It was in the high 80s with ridiculous humidity on my wedding day and I was just miserable outside. I had a very heavy tulle skirt and the only relief was randomly lifting it up, which is so not attractive.
Do what you can to minimize how long you’re outside or suck it up, that’s my only advice!
Post # 5
I’m dying to know the answer to this, too. My wedding will be in July, and I too am wearing a taffeta skirt with tulle/crinoline. Our ceremony isn’t outdoors but our photos will be!
Post # 6
Does having hoops in your crinoline help at all? I nearly died at my last fitting and was thinking of switching my regular crinny to one with hoops. I felt like my legs were wrapped in a cocoon of fabric & was so hot!
Post # 7
My bridal consultant just had her wedding and she said the best thing she bought was a random purchase of a silk slip to wear under her dress. She had a big ballgown that required a crinoline as well. She said that the slip helped so much because it kept the tulle off of her legs and from going in between her knees. That is definitely on my must purchase list!
Post # 8
I just suffered. My dress was about 20 lbs because of all the beading and multiple layers of tulle, organza and silk with a long train. It was about 87 degrees and very humid, the first day of a now 2.5 month long heat wave on the east coast.
Just make sure to build in some ‘freshup’ time before and after the ceremony. I made sure to wear my hair in an updo and have my makeup and hair artists come back to touch me up before the ceremony. I also changed my underwear, reapplied deodarant and took as much of a birdbath as I could without taking off my dress. i was still sweating even in the ice cold ballroom, it took me hours to cool down.
Post # 9
Arghhhhhhh. I know I am going to die in my dress but I love it!!! I read some posts and here are some suggestions I found:
- Make sure the room where I’m dressing is cool. A/C is the best since there is no humidity
- Shower as late as possible without pushing my time
- Gold Bond talcum powder or baby powder yourself, thighs, boobs, anywhere you might sweat (spray on deoderant will work too)
- keep yourself as calm as possible by minimizing the people in the room, and having a mimosa/champagne or other drink helps too
- Ask that your transportation have a/c on and ready for you
- ask the ceremony site and reception area what kind of coolants they have fans, a/c, etc.
- Keep hankerchief, cold water and baby powder with your Maid/Matron of Honor of DOC at all times.
Post # 10
Another thing that i plan on doing is having some refresh time after the ceremony.. I have to go bustle my dress anyways so i plan on taking a 5 to 10 min breather before heading into the reception dinner!
Post # 11
@futuremrskelsey: One thing to think about, drinking will make you hotter, so if anything you should minimize alcohol. Easier said than done I know 😛
I know that a hairdryer with a Cold Shot setting is going to be mandatory in my bridal suite, along with deoderant and maybe those little oil wipes for your face. Have paper or tea towels to pat yourself off!
Post # 12
@futuremrskelsey becuase i know you are looking at the maggie dress I wore im goinhg to tell you straight up…your going to sweat to death.
A slip underneat MIGHT work but the crinoline isnt what is touching your leg its a really havey piece of material instead.
I suffered. WE took pics in the heat all day (12-4) and then some insidea and right before the ceremony i laid downstiras on the floor so the corset would come off my chest a bit and had the skirt up to “air” things out. I didnt get hot thought until we were at our reception…the only thing i found that worked was this Soft Dry deoderant that i had purhase for the bathoom baskets. I sprayed it on just before i went to dance with my husband and it worked wonders…its a can of deoderant and it sprays a powder almost…it got ready of the sweaty glossy feeling right away (and it made me smell good!!!)
I would try that – spray deoderant— we even sprayed it up my skirt (TMI—sorry) but it worked!!! no more sweating legs!!!
Post # 13
Im getting married in Hawaii too! What island are you getting married on?
I have the same worries as you, especially because i have always naturally been about 10 degrees hotter than everyone around me. I dont know what im going to do, so this isnt any help to you…sorry!
Post # 14
this was one of the very important reasons that I chose the dress i did. I know some people wouldn’t think practicality would be invoved when finding the one dream dress but mine did! my seamstress told me I was the smartest bride she’d seen all summer! I wore a very light all cotton with silk lining jcrew dress. it was great!
Although you’ll be overheatted you may not notice during the vows. I was hot and my feet and dress hurt but didnt’ notice until the ceremony was over!
Post # 15
Arggghhhhhh … I am looking forward to WEARING the dress of my dreams, I am not looking forward to sweating in it!
Thank you everyone for your help and insights, Baileyh, thanks for the tip about the spray can! Even though you were sweating, you could not tell it in your pictures — you looked beautiful.
I just had another thought — maybe I’ll hang an ice pack from the inside of my dress or sew hooks into the dress and hang it from the dress! That might work wonders!!! Although it might be a little weird to walk down the aisle with something dangling between my legs! 🙂 But whatever works!!!
Oh, and I don’t plan on drinking alcohol before the wedding. I don’t drink, so I’d definitely overheat and possibly pass out!!! 🙂
Post # 16
lol! Get some of these sewn into your dress crinoline! Haha I can just feel it now, it would be a like a mini fridge down there!