Hiking with a wedding dress

posted 6 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
1657 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

lizg2018 :  Is there any private place you can get ready at on top of this mountain at all? Not just thinking about the dress but you’ll get sweaty on a 45 minute hike so your hair and makeup won’t look pristine either.

Post # 3
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

lizg2018 :  Just wondering: will your guests be happy with a 45-minute hike? Or will the ceremony be just for your FI and you?

Post # 4
114 posts
Blushing bee

If there will be help to carry, I suggest carrying the dress in a large backpack, bring a portable steamer (does a battery powered one exist?) And either bring some sheets for someone to shield you or something like this: 

This camping shower is $50 from walmart. 

While changing at the top isnt ideal, I think unless you are walking up a paved or smooth gravel trail, there is no way in a dress like that, which by the way, is gorgeous. 

Post # 8
7871 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you having guests? 45 minutes is a pretty serious hike for many guests.

ETA: I see you say “many” have said they like it, but “many” is not all. Anyway, you know your guests.

Post # 9
4345 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

If you are determined to do this, I’d have someone carry several sheets. Two people (or more) can hold the sheets up as a makeshift changing room while you put on your dress. It’s not ideal, but it is probably the lightest, easiest way for you to be able to hike and change instead of ruining the dress.

Post # 10
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I love this idea! We’re doing something similar, but with a short hike to a cabin and meadow, where we’ll have our ceremony and reception.

Back in January there was a wedding convention here, and this amazing photographer & videographer had a wedding video playing on his screen from a similar ceremony. His package included a hair and makeup artist, so the photographer, MUA, bride, groom, and officiant all hiked up in hiking gear to the top of this mountain. Once they got up there, the MUA freshened the bride up, and she changed into her ivory ballgown, and the groom got into his tux, and they said and recorded their vows on the peak of a mountain, then hiked down to celebrate. It made for some of the most incredible and memorable wedding photos I’ve ever seen. It’s different, but very doable. 

Post # 11
563 posts
Busy bee

There must be somewhere you can change. Just go behind a tree or have a friend hold up a sarong. Or wear bike shorts and a singlet and just put the dress on over the top. 

Post # 12
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We hiked around in alaska for photos (we got married on a cruise but did a day of photos in Juneau and surrounding area). It was awesome, but it poured haha. Anyway, I had more of a ballgown style, but I put leggings on underneath and wore my runners, and then had our hair and makeup person around for touch ups but also as an umbrella-carrier. She and the photog thought we were slightly insane (we also did some acro balancing in our photos) but it was amazing and the dress was none the worse for wear. I don’t think you’ll really see any marks you get on the bottom hem.

I think I’ve added a photo..if it works its in a random park we found and hiked into with a dog that just bounded away from its Dad and came over to say hi. the owner was mortified to see his dog rubbing up against my dress, but I love those photos!


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Post # 13
6910 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

daniTS :  OMG I love your photo!

My husband and I really wanted to do this but decided against eloping and we couldn’t do it with all of our guests, especially since my mom was diagnosed with a heart condition right before we got engaged.

Anyway, I don’t have experience with this exactly but I did stuff my full A-line, lace, and tulle dress in a small carry-on suitcase for a day though and didn’t even need to steam it. You could probably get away putting a dress similar to the one you posted in a backpack. Do an updo, use a shit ton of hairspray and be willing to make-up and touch-ups at the top and I think you’ll be fine!

Post # 14
4993 posts
Honey bee

daniTS :  


What  a great photo. Easy to see you are a  dog lover! (all the best people are, of course)

Post # 15
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

elderbee :  Haha thanks! We kept trying to get him to smile for the camera, but he was more interested in saying hi to us. So cute!

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