I suggest a “rehearsal skirt.” I’m a theater person, so it wasn’t an unfamiliar concept for me in general, but I used a skirt that was a line, a somewhat similar shape to my dress, just to get used to the fabric moving around my legs. My skirt was still a lot more substantial, but at least I wasn’t going from pants to a skirt. We’re not at all superstitious or anything, so we did one walk through of the dance with my skirt on (I wore a big t shirt over it to preserve at least a tiny bit of magic). But if you’re nervous, I would say work in a skirt that’s a similar shape and weight if you can. but also, the reality is that you’ll be excited and energized and you probably won’t notice the extra fabric, unless it’s improperly bustled and gets underfoot.
We had a planned semi-choreographed dress and I had a heavy A-Line. I even rehearsed in rehearsal skirt (theatre person too!) but the night of the wedding, we decided not to do it. My bustle wasn’t super secure and my dress was just so much heavier and my feet were starting to hurt in my heels and decided to just do the “sway”. It was still super romantic and wonderful. We did not regret doing our dance at all. Just play it by ear!
Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
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Jeniper: We did a simple choreographed dance and I had a dress with a bigger bottom as well, it definitely was different than practice but it wasn’t terrible! We took a few minutes between the ceremony and reception to sneak into a room and do it once in my dress (just played the song on a friend’s phone) just to have a feel for it and refresh our memory and that was great! I did step on my dress once but it wasn’t really noticeable to other people, I was happy with it and thought it was worth it! Here’s a link so you can see my dress/our dance:
I did a choreographed dance with my dad, and practiced in my shoes and still had a little slippage on the big day. I think it was more to do with my dress getting caught under my shoes because my bustle wasn’t as tight as I had wanted. But it wasn’t a huge deal truly.
DH and I did a choregraphed but fairly easy routine for our first dance, because we felt it was a bit too fast for swaying. We practiced a few times, but probably not enough, and I wore my shoes and crinoline. We practiced right before we went into the reception and were pretty good, but didn’t realize we’d be doing it in front of everyone immediately after. We made a ton of mistakes lol, but everyone still said we were adorable. You really don’t need to be any good to have fun with it 🙂
Just make sure you practice a ton so it’s second-nature and you can have fun… with so many of these “choreographed” dances they look like they’re thinking the entire time. Doesn’t look romantic or sweet at all, more like work!
I had a fit and flare with a full skirt and crinoline. It was a lot harder to do our semi-choreographed dance than it was when we practiced Because i kept stepping on my dress everytime I stepped backwards. But it didn’t matter only screwed us up once momentarily.