(Closed) I’m going to fall flat on my face (literally!) – Recommendations??

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2641 posts
Sugar bee

 I was terrified enough of tripping on my dress walking across a flat surface.  Well I have a lot of experience with cumbersome dresses (long story).  I can tell you walking down the stairs doesn’t require holding your dress, like walking up the stairs does.  So if you are holding on to your bouquet and dad, holding your dress might not be as big a concern.  (Although I’m not sure how long your train is, or if it will get in the way.)

Can you practice walking down stairs in your dress?  Maybe at your home?  And it looks like those stairs are carpeted.  So make sure you try to practice on carpeted stairs.  That makes a difference.  Hopefully you’ll find that it works out OK. 

To be honest I totally understand your apprehension.  But if you can feel comfortable about pulling it off, it will be a really cool, memorable entrance.

Post # 4
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m worried too, I have to walk down stairs (assuming its an outdoor ceremony!) and it scares me a lot!  My only advice is to practice.  I know it sounds so strange, but given the fact that I have a trumpet dress and 4 inch heels, I’ve been practicing walking down the stairs.  Because I don’t want to fall, and I also don’t want to be looking down at the ground as I descend the stairs- that’s not photo worthy at all!

Post # 5
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

you’ll do fine! just practice.

Post # 6
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I walked down the stairs alone pre-ceremony and the photographer took photos of me.  I was fine just held the dress up with one hand and then held on the the banister.  My SIL walked down stairs during her ceremony.  She had the ushers hold the train of the dress which was smart because it lifted the front just enough to get down.  She also had her dad to help support her.

Post # 7
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hold your bouquet in your left hand, loop your right arm thru your dad’s (like you’re escorting him rather than him escorting you) – that way you can hold your dress up with your right hand. When you get to the bottom you can put your hand on his for arm and he can take the lead.

I think you should at the very least pause at the top but not really stop because people will be taking pics but they’ll expect you to start moving.

It seems odd to have people walking up and down the steps. Can’t you just have Bridesmaid or Best Man & Groomsmen start from opposite sides, meet at the stairs and walk down?

Post # 9
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have the same issue and decided together with my coordinator to have my dad wait at the bottom of the stairs for me.  Then I can hold my bouquet and my dress with different hands, and also have a little “me” moment on the stairs.  Then meet my dad at the bottom, and walk down the aisle together.

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