Post # 1
So, it’s a silly thing to admit, but I was watching SayYes to the Dress and stumbled across a potential concern. And since I still have awhile to worry about it, I figured I’d try and get an answer sooner than later. 🙂
I’m planning on wearing heels for our ceremony. And though I haven’t 100% commited to a pair, the ones I like a lot have a 3.5 inch heel. Because I can last probably about the length of the ceremony wearing heels, I’m switching to flip flops for the reception. (I tend to also wear flip flops year round as much as possible, so it seems fitting). The challenge is that flip flops are obviously not 3.5 inches (and I wouldn’t want to wear them if they were).
So, is there a way to handle this when it comes to the hemming of a dress? Can a middle ground be created, so it’s sort of not dragging, but not TOO high? Or, would it make sense to seek out shorter shoes?
Post # 3
Dresses usually look fine if your shoes are peaking out a bit…if you get your dress hemmed to like just a few cm above the floor in flip flops, it would expose a bit of your shoes in heels but probably wouldn’t look silly. The exception might be a ballgown-style dress. Perhaps you can ask a seamstress to a) create a bustle that raises the entire hem, or b) create a hem that can be “let down” by undoing a few closures, for when you’re wearing heels.
Just a note, I’d be careful with flip flops–the hem of your dress, regardless of its length, could get stuck between your foot and the flatbed pretty easily, especially while dancing. You might want to consider a comfortable pair of flats or flats sandals that your feet don’t lift off of when you move.
Post # 4
I don’t know if a middle ground can be created, but I have seen this cause problems. My friend wore 3 inch heels and then switched to sneakers. During the reception while dancing, she tripped on her hem and fell! She was fine and no one cared, I think she was a bit embarrassed, but it was because the dress was too long when she wore the sneakers. Good luck with whatever you decide – seems like many others would have had this same problem, and might have an answer!
Post # 5
I would ask your seamstress to do something like a mini front bustle; only it isn’t a bustle, for the front of your gown. She/He should be able to put some snaps or ribbon ties on the underside of your gown, so you can tack it up after the ceremony. It would really depend on your gown as to how this could be acheived.
Post # 6
Have you selected your dress yet? If you post pics, that might give us a better idea of what sorts of solutions to suggest.
Post # 7
I wore 4″ heels for the ceremony and photos and then changed to flats for part of the reception. It dragged a bit while I was dancing, but it wasn’t that bad.