Post # 1
Hi Married Bees,
Finding THE dress can be a very exciting challenge. But how does if feel to actually WEAR the dress on your wedding day? I’m just curious to know the pros and cons of wearing different dress styles on your wedding day.
I’ve heard brides say that certain fabrics are super heavy, or are difficult to move in. Maybe some fabrics are better for indoor vs. outdoor venues? I was afraid to pick a mermaid dress because I wasn’t sure if I would have a hard time walking or dancing. Maybe you chose the PERFECT dress and it was so comfortable — that would be helpful to know too! I’m just curious to know what advice married bees would give to new bees about picking a dress to fit their venue and season.
Hoping this can be helpful to everyone who is still searching for THE dress. Thanks in advance to all of you married bees!!
Post # 3
@aprilbrideSB: I found trying a mermaid dress on was restrictive round the knees. I was so pleased my dream dress was a fishtail. It was silk and had an inner corset so I had the weight of the dress on my hips. It had a cathedral length train and I honestly didn’t bustle it until I came to dance.
Post # 4
My dress was a satin A-line. It was heavy, but I could move well in it when it came to the dancing but it was HOT. The ceremony was outside and (maybe tmi) sweat was running down my legs and butt the whole time.. which was a really really gross feeling because I am not a sweater.
Post # 5
Prewitt, that dress is beautiful, congrats!!
Elarissa, thanks so much for sharing that insight — really good to know, and congratulations to you too!!
Post # 6
my dress was mermaid. and the mermaid part was poofy. it was really comfortable… except for when i sat down that one of my bustles broke!!
Post # 7
mine was organza, a full a-line with tulle/etc. we were only outside for a few minutes taking pictures, but in 90+ degrees I had the sweaty leg thing going on too! i am so glad our ceremony and reception were inside. if your dress has a full skirt i would recommend getting an elastic band put in so the weight of the dress is held on your waist (not the top of the dress).
Post # 8
I picked my dress for its simplicity and flattering style (I’m petite but busty). We got married in Bermuda, so something airy and lighter was what I looked for. I wore a strapless bra and spanx underneath, and was relatively comfortable. The bodice was snug, so at dinner my posture was excellent. 🙂
Here it is: Angelina Bridal Couture, unknown style (got it at running of the brides). Silk chiffon bodice with mock wrap, A-line silk organza skirt with train (longer than a sweep, but not massive).
Post # 9
@Phantom, I adore the simple elegance of your gown, you look beautiful — it’s perfection!!
@bikinihoneymoon, I didn’t know the trick about adding the elastic. That’s so good to know, thank you!!
Post # 10
My dress was A-line. It didn’t really bug me much at first but at the end of the night, my back was killing me from the bustle. I was also a bit hot under the dress after wearing it outside from 4pm – 11pm.
Post # 11
My dress was more of an empire waist with a full skirt and it was strapless, for the most part it was very comfortable, but I added a halter strap for dancing so I wouldn’t lose my dress, and it rubbed my neck so bad the back of my neck was raw! Also the boning in my bra left bruises near the bottom of my ribs (I didn’t notice that until I took it off), but for the most part my dress was very comfortable and functional.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
My dress was a mermaid style with a flared bottom and while sitting was a little difficult (I needed to hoist the dress first, for fear of pulling the material) it was VERY comfortable to wear. AND I could pee. Awesome. I did find my legs got hot from constantly being surrounded by fabric, but I blame that more on the super heated reception venue and not so much the dress. 🙂
Post # 13
I loved my dress and was so excited to put it on. However, by the end of the night, I was so hot that I couldn’t even enjoy dancing anymore. Luckily, I had brought another dress to wear to the after party, so I just changed into that early. I absolutely loved my dress, and it wasn’t that hot out so I didn’t have problems until I had been dancing my face off for several hours. Overall, I wouldn’t have changed a thing, except maybe putting on the small dress earlier.
Post # 14
I loved my dress and wouldn’t change a thing However, with that said, here are the cons of choosing the dress that I chose…..
It was organza and I wore a red crinoline underneath it. I found that I kept getting caught on the crinoline and my shoe even went through it once.
It was so hot that by the end of the night when my poor husband had to take off my dress, I smelt like sweat and immediately headed for the shower, certainly did not add to the romance that we were wanting.
Finally, I kept losing the top of my dress…I have a large chest and there was no way I could keep those babies in. I was very self conscious about that, not because I dont’ like them but because people kept commenting to me to pull up my dress (that drove me a little crazy)
All in All though I wouldn’t have changed one single aspect of my dress, just wanted you to be ready for what was to come 🙂
Post # 15
My Girl was everything I dreamed. Badgley Mischka sheath silk mikado gown with applique lace and chiffon train. It worked great for the beach wind.
The only con: a sheath dress w/ a chiffon train that was altered to fit you perfectly is hard to manuever in when you need to walk to your picture site. My dress bustle was a under bustle so I didn’t want to bustle for the bridal pictures so I had to hike up my dress which wasn’t easy. Think of lots of little steps.LMAO To be honest, I want to do another shoot w/ the dress so I can show the chiffon train bustled. That’s how much I LOVE MY DRESS.
Post # 16
What a great question! I just loved my satin, a-line dress and was excited to get to wear it on our wedding day. I had pads put in so I didn’t have to wear a bra and also wore a 3-ring hoop slip. Both of these were essential, as they helped to keep me cool (it was 93 and humid on our wedding day). I also had spaghetti straps put on. I liked this because I didn’t have to worry about my gown falling down all day, but I didn’t like that they seemed to not lay flat. The worst part was how sweaty I became once I started dancing the night away. At one point, I needed my BM’s to lift up my dress and unzip me in order to cool me down! As much as I loved my gown, I was anxious to take it off and shower when we got back to our hotel.