Post # 1
the boning at my sides of my waist kept bowing out – my dress was convex where it should have been concave! the only way to prevent this was to constantly tug the bodice up every few seconds.
basically, my dress bodice wasn’t tight enough. but my mom had already sewn in the lining. this all transpired just a couple of days before the wedding because she lived very far away from me and was finally in town. she would have to remove the lining to fix it, and we had already been getting a little snippy with each other so I just didn’t have the heart to fight with her and tell her I wanted it to be tighter.
so, what would I have done different?
- put my foot down and insisted it fit better, come hell or high water
- asked for a real sash so I could have pulled it tighter (mine was sewn down on the dress to keep it as flat as possible)
oh well, too late now! nothing my photographer and I can’t photoshop away, fortunately.
so, married bees: what would you have done differently? this thread might help future brides!
(PS: also, I wish I had my hair flower on the right side of my head, so it faced the audience!)
Post # 3
I would have:
Cut the hem on my gown instead of adding more “tucks”. I knew I would resell it and wanted it to return to the designer’s size, but it wasn’t the look I was originally going for. It’s so slight, but I see it.
Used a ton of hairspray! I am not a hairspray kind of gal, and the stylist tried to convince me, but I wanted to look like “me”. And I did. Me, after a jog!
Used a make-up artist… the one I hired wasn’t available on the day of and I thought I could wing it. I’m clueless about make-up and my make-up completely faded by the first dance.
Practiced walking with my veil. It did things on the longer walk that it never did in the salon. It was such a beautiful cathedral veil, but in some pics you couldn’t see it. Or I would have asked my Maid/Matron of Honor to adjust it for me, if I needed it!
Post # 4
Get a 3 point bustle so the damn thing would have stayed up!
Post # 5
@jjmomma: re: makeup– yeah, I thought of doing my own and I’m glad I did not.
I wish I made my husband carry my lipstick in his pocket. it faded halfway through the photo shoot and I didn’t have time to touch up. so my lips are a little pale in the photos.
Post # 6
I wish I would have chosen a better seamstress. If only :(. But as for advice, I’m glad I picked my dress up the week before the wedding instead of a few days before so I had some time to adjust it.
Post # 7
Not a thing. I loved every second that I had it on my body. The fit, the fabric, the design was all the best I’ve ever worn. And it was actually comfortable. I never in a million years thought I’d buy a designer dress. But it was so absolutely lovely to wear that I’m trying to cook up a reason to go to an opera gala or something so that I can do it again. Unfortunately, there isn’t as much of a market for second hand non-bridal gowns, so I won’t be able to get my money back like I did for my wedding dress and probably will never actually justify the expense.
Post # 8
Put in a corset back rather than a zipper. It was a little loose, and I wish it would have hung on me better and showed off my curves