Post # 1
Hi ladies – just over a month to go and I’m worried about dancing (and moving in general) in my big poofy ballgown that weighs a ton. My dress has so many layers of crinoline underneath that I had originally planned on taking some out to de-poof it a bit, but in the end decided to leave it be. I had my second fitting today (and HATE the look of the bustle, but that’s another story) and started thinking about trying to dance with all that crinoline hitting my legs and trying not to trip on anything. Do i need to find a hoop skirt or petticoat? I don’t fully understand the use of each. I definitely do NOT want to add any more poof to the skirt, but was just thinking about trying to keep the crinoline off my legs.
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman
I got married in a ballgown and even though it was a bit heavy, I didn’t have too much trouble with the crinoline while dancing. It was the walking that gave me a bit of trouble and it was more because I was on grass, lol. It could’ve been easily solved if I had got it hemmed by another inch. If you’ve got a competent enough seamstress, you don’t have to worry about anything because I know she’ll already have all these concerns on the forefront of her mind. It’s pretty much your choice if you want to add a petticoat or hoop. Generally I find that the only time you’d actually need a hoop is if your dress doesn’t have enough crinoline to give itself some shape and you want your ballgown to have that bell shaped kinda look. Some brides also tend to use hoops in the summer to give themselves some ventilation in those hot temperatures. Petticoats kinda give the natural A shape but those are generally used when the gown doesn’t have any crinoline at all.