Post # 1
I was SO gung ho about the first look but now I am worried about my dress getting dirty before the ceremony.
What are good ways to prevent this? Any married bees have good/bad experiences?
I see gorgeous pics of brides in fields and on beaches but I am feeling wary about wandering around a park in my best dress.
Post # 3
I did a first look at 11:30, before my 4:30 ceremony. I took photos with my hubby on a dock covered in bird poop, in the forest, on a golf course, and a muddy field.
Believe it or not, my dress didn’t get too dirty and I had a HUGE train. People were so willing to help me, and the girls with me and my photographer’s assistant made sure my dress never touched the ground. I also did NOT wear my heels when I was in the mud, cuz they would sink in. I wore rubber boots under my dress! I think you will be totally fine.
I did get a couple spots of dirt on my dress, but it was taffeta and it washed out easily with a damp cloth when I got to our ceremony location.
Post # 4
It really all depends on the fabric. If it’s a sturdier type, dirt probably won’t be an issue. Lighter fabrics like chiffon are more likely to get noticeably dirty. Mine was silk so it held up well despite my train getting trailed along a bunch of rainy streets for our outdoor photos.
Post # 5
I had no issues with the dress getting dirty, and it was winter when I wed in Australia…. just be careful and all will be ok! The pictures and memories are SO worth it…
Post # 6
For those that don’t want him to see the dress this isn’t possible – right?
Post # 7
@glorfin: You want to do a first look, but not let him see the dress? I guess you could peek around a doorway or something. Or stand behind him for the pictures.
But yeah, the first look is intended for you both to see each other, dress and all.
Post # 8
We stayed in the hotel for the first look so I didn’t have to worry about getting dirty (or my make-up melting off) but we took a ton of pics on the beach after the ceremony and my dress did not get dirty at all.
Post # 9
I tramped all around woods and fields in my dress for our pictures (before the ceremony) and did not get dirty at all (now, wearing your dress to your afterparty at a bar and staying out drinking car bombs until 3:00 am? That will get your dress filthy. Not that I would know…). Your photog’s assistant will carry your train, and if you have your ladies to help, you will have no problems. FWIW, our first look and doing our photos was my favorite part of my wedding (it was the only quiet time we had together all day and allowed us to be really focused for the ceremony), so I definitely recommend it.
Post # 10
I had a short dress so it wasn’t an issue. If you’re that worried, I’d try to pick an indoor location.