Post # 1
Everytime I have worn my dress, when I tried it on the first time after a bazillion other dresses and yesterday during my bridal shoot, I’ve almost passed out. To the point where I had to sit down, drink water and put my head down. It has passed both times without me passing out or getting sick but still….. Why is this happening!?!
I don’t want to imagine what will happen if I feel like this during the ceremony, it’s not like I can say “Oh, wait, I need to sit down for a second.”
I even made sure I ate and was hydrated for my bridals yesterday…. I don’t know what else to do. 🙁
Post # 3
The only two things I can think of are:
A. Is it a really tight corseted dress? In that case, give yourself a little breathing room and don’t lace yourself up so tight- lol!
B. Anxiety. Just remind yourself that your wedding is going to be awesome no matter what happens, and you should be ecstatic rather than anxious!
Post # 4
Is it too tight in the torso?
Post # 5
I second the other bees…too tight or perhaps you are standing up too straight with no bend to your knee?
Post # 6
@brideatbeach: I’ll add to this:
C. Heat. I nearly passed out during one of my fittings, and it happened to be hotter than usual in the building. The dress is also very, very hot.
D. Lack of food. I also hadn’t eaten enough before the fitting.
It could be a combo of any of these things (or something we haven’t thought of)
Post # 7
First thing that came to my mind was you’re locking your knees. I would really pay attention to the way you’re standing and making sure you’re not doing that.
If it is a corset dress make sure it’s not too tight! Eek, good luck!
Post # 8
I agree with other bees. Check and see if it’s too tight. I had to tell my seamstress to lay off, because at my 2nd fitting after she had taken it in, I couldn’t breathe. See if that helps.
Post # 9
Could be one of the things listed above, but could it be that your gut is trying to tell you something?
Post # 10
Is it a ballgown? My very tiny cousin had a gorgeous large ballgown, but it was too much for her to hold up. She had to cut her ceremony short and spent most of the reception sitting down :(. If it’s heavy, could you cut out some crinoline and make it more of an a-line?
Post # 11
@KoiKove: That is kind of uncalled for.
OP: I am sure that it is just hot, or heavy, or tight or something. Is it satin or some other thick, heavy fabric? Can you work with your seamstress to fix the problem? I am sure she has had this issue with other brides, and she may have some recommendation. Good Luck!
Post # 12
@missapis: It’s a pretty reasonable question considering the only information given is that she gets dizzy in her dress, anxiety or nerves can cause that.
I’d also like to know how heavy this dress is. You may also be sucking in your belly or holding yourself in a really rigid position when wearing it. I forget what it’s called but there’s a great technique to relax where you sit or lay down and progressively tense and relax every muscle in your body from your feet to your face (so tense your toes then relax, tense your calves then relax and so forth) maybe you could sit for 5 minutes next time you put your dress on and let your body relax, then when you stand up you should have a more natural posture. Just a thought.
Post # 13
@missapis: Why? I’ve read lots of stories about brides who after the fact (ie-getting divorced) realized their body was trying to tell them something. Often times the stories talk about feeling dizzy or lightheaded when wearing the dress. I’m not saying that is the reason, just saying on top of looking at locking knees, holding breath, etc, she should do a gut check.
Post # 14
My seamstress said that she has had brides pass out on her before, and it usually means that they are locking their knees and/or didn’t eat before their appointment.
Post # 15
@KoiKove: When I saw the title of the post, that was my first thought.
Post # 16
Now that you all mention the locking knees thing I do remember noticing that the back of my knees and calves were starting to feel sore from the way I was standing during my bridal shoot…. I had to sit down right after noticing that. Pluuuus I was having my *ahem* cycle, I tend to me somewhat anemic during that time. I knew this which is why I made SURE to eat before hand. But I never would have even thought about the way I was standing….
The first time I almost fainted in it was VERY hot in the fitting room and I hadn’t eaten. I did learn from that ie, eating before the bridal shoot.
My dress is a satin A-line dress with a lace-up bodice…. Maybe MOM needs to be a little less heavy handed on the corset lacing. lol. At one point she had a knee in my back! In her defense she does only weigh 90 lbs and the seamstress told her it had to be “VERY TIGHT!”….. 🙂 I do plan on giving myself a little more breathing room on the wedding day.
I’m just worried if it is something else that I’m not prepared for and I STILL feel faint on my wedding day.
And no one has to worry about second thoughts, falling in love with my best friend’s older brother/my amazing future husband was the best decision I ever made. 🙂