Post # 1
Alright, bees. I’m panicking.
Every time I’ve tried my dress on at home, I’ve been hot. I attributed it to the fact that it was summer, the a/c wasn’t on high, I was in a rush, etc. I’d say I’m typically a moderate “glow-er”– I wear clinical strength deodorant and stay dry all day. I do sweat at a bit night, mainly due to the fact that my Fiance has a core body temp equal to the sun.
Yesterday, I had my first fitting and… I thought I was going to die. I was sweating so bad (TMI, so sorry) that I had sweat running down my legs into my precious shoes. Friends have tried to calm my fears by saying the seamstress probably had the heat up to keep me warm, that I was standing unnaturally still, that I was nervous. All might be true, but the fact that I will be nervous and standing still on my wedding day also rings true.
Bees, I am TERRIFIED that I am going to sweat off my spray tan, makeup and hair and soak my lace bolero. I plan on wearing my hair down, because my head looks oddly tiny when my hair is done up, but if it means the difference in looking like a melting wax figure with a bad tan, then I guess I should consider it.
Any advice on (literally) keeping your cool? I’m wearing spanx, a strapless bra and a strapless faille gown with a lace bolero (which I didn’t have on yesterday and still looked like I’d just run a marathon in July).
Seeking sweet skills to stay sweatless,
Sweaty Beast Bride
Post # 3
You will be FINE! Try doing some yoga up until the big day, meditate a little bit. Honestly, it sounds like the reason that you’re sweating more than average is simple, you’re getting married! It’s a nerve-wracking time for anyone. Not saying it’s bad nerves, but it’s a big thing!
I found this article so it helps a bit. It talks about the aisle, but I think in general we all stress ourselves out a heck of a lot more than we need to about the whole day.
Post # 4
I am a fellow sweaty person (my nose even sweats, I swear), and staying cool for our wedding day in August was a huge concern of mine. Here’s what I did:
- Opted out of having a spray tan: I knew I was going to be sweaty and didn’t want to have streaks running down my arms or legs. I rocked my non-tan body.
- Carried a handkerchief with me all day: It was a life saver. I held on to it with my bouquet and used it to wipe my face. It really helped.
- I wore my hair up: I know you said you don’t like the way you look with your hair up, but you might want to seriously consider it. It was so much nicer not having a sticky neck.
- I didn’t wear pantyhose: I’m not sure if you were planning on it, but you might not want to in order to keep your bottom half cool.
- I didn’t wear a lot of make up: I did my eyes and lips and just put a light powder on my face. I knew my face was going to sweat, so I didn’t want to make it look like it was melting off by caking on foundation, concealer, etc.
- Drank lots of water: After all that sweating, you don’t want to get dehydrated, so keep sipping on water all day!
With your wedding being in November, it should be cooler outside. If you happen to start getting over-hot, step out for a minute and catch a breeze- It could help!
Post # 5
I’m a sweater too. I sweat when it’s hot. I sweat when it’s cold. I sweat when I’m nervous. I sweat when I’m happy. There is no escaping the horrors of prespiration. *sigh*
I plan on slathering myself from head to do with clinical strength Secret if I must.
Post # 6
I’m so torn about the airbrush tan. I look one million times better with color, but I got one over Labor Day weekend and we stayed in a hotel with white sheets (we have dark at home). When we woke up in the morning, there were little orange puddle marks on the bed from me. So gross, and all I could think of was turning my dress and bolero cheeto-orange with sweat.
I’m having airbrush makeup, so that should stay put pretty well. I’m most worried about my hair! I wonder if I can get the stylist to find something I can wear up for the ceremony and take down afterwards.
I might just have to suck it up and bathe in deodorant. Awesome.
Post # 7
I’m a sweater – and I’m overweight.
My secret (pun not intended) is to put Secret Clinical Strength anywhere I need it for a day or two prior to the event where I have to be made up or bear skin, with the caveat that I would NOT recommend your face.
Because I’m overweight, I stick it beneath my boobs, in my rolls, at the crease of my thighs… and it works pretty well.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I brought baby talc (Burt’s Bees), and dumped it down the front /back of my dress several times throughout the night. Also reapplied my anti-perspirant to the reception frequently, and I brought a folded fan to cool down.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I, too, carried a handkerchief with me all day. Since my upper lip and hairline are the very first places that I break a sweat, my MUA and I spent months before the wedding testing different primer, foundation, powder, and sealer combinations to find one that held up. And I would stand over top of the AC vents in my venue to have the cool air blow up my dress. Classy, I know.
Post # 10
I guess I’ll try a few options over the next two months… Certain-Dri, makeup primer, etc. I’m not having a hair trial, so I’ll have to wing it there.
Anyone else have experience with airbrush tans and sweat? I’ve never noticed it rubbing off on my clothes, but then again, I wasn’t wewaring white and sweating like a coal miner.
Post # 11
Every time I tried on wedding dresses I got hot and sweaty, the gowns would stick to me and it was just so embarrassing considering the sales girls would be helping me on and off with them. Same holds true for the dress I chose, so I feel your pain.
I get sweaty when I’m nervous and sweat a lot when I work out. I think working out and sweating really helps me not sweat as much later in the day when I get nervous, etc. Maybe if you are not already exercising you could try that? Sitting in a steam room (at the gym) also helps me.
I have to assume your spanx aren’t helping matters either. If at all possible, can you go without them?
Last ditch effort, get yourself a bottle of rubbing alcohol from the pharmacy. You can have someone wet a cloth with it and wipe the back of your back, your wrists, elbow creases (pulse points) As it dries it helps cool you down. Worked for me when I was in an August wedding
Post # 12
I sweat through even clinical strength deodorant. Thankfully, most of the time it’s only my underarms. But yeah, all my t-shirts have pitt stains. It’s gross.
Post # 13
I saw this done at a wedding, good idea actually! the bride bought a little fan, and put it on the head table so it was infront of her. She just plugged it into the lights that were in the front of the table, and you couldnt even see it behind the flowers and glasses. If the your venue is warm, it might be a good idea!
Post # 14
I have to second the putting deodorant everywhere. I hadn’t really thought about it until my photographer suggested it during the getting ready photos. I think it saved my legs. Also if you have box fans in the dressing room it was nice to stand over it to cool down under the dress.
I had my heart initially set on a half up half down look, but the updo won due to heat.
Post # 15
Yikes I most def sweat a lot…esp when I get nervous. Everytime I have had my dress on I start sweating…I too and wearing my hair down. My wedding is outside in Oct at 4pm so hoping it will start colling down some by then. However I am getting married in St thomas and it is supposed to be 75ish there at that time of day in Oct…..so I am totally freaking out. I just didn’t see me wearing a so-called Destination Wedding wedding dress and I had a moment in my dress…..but my dress is gonna cause me to look like a sweaty monster if I don’t figure something out….
I got certain dry the other day….pros it works excellent for underarms but I tried it on my back and stomach and sweat still breaks thru there>>> Bees that are putting the deodorant on other body parts what are you using? I saw a few people mention secret clinical strength and baby powder….I feel like nothing is gonna keep me dry that day…..sweating just thinking about it!
Post # 16
You can get botox injections in your armpits to stop sweating if you’re really worried!!