Today we are going to talk about dressing for the wedding.
It will take around 15 minutes to do all the buttons up on the back of your dress and at least 20-30 minutes for a lace up.
A bobby pin or small crochet hook is very handy for putting the elastic loops over the buttons. It can be very difficult using your fingers.
Get the bridesmaids dressed first, and then around one and a half hours before the car arrives, it’s all about the bride.
She needs all the help she can get – so having the bridesmaids ready first – puts the focus on her.
If you are wearing a strapless dress and you’ve been wearing a bra with straps all morning, take the bra off or slide the straps from your shoulders at least an hour before you begin to get ready – or you’ll have red dents on your shoulders.
If you take the bra off at the last minute and put your dress on and go, there will be very obvious marks on your skin for the ceremony.
So, your bridesmaids are ready – it’s around an hour and a half before you’re going to leave and it’s your turn.
The first thing you need to do is go to the bathroom even if you don’t think you have to go. It’s amazing how nerves will have you running to the toilet frequently on a wedding day.
Then put on whatever underwear you’re going to wear. You can put the garter belt on at this stage, which can be easier than struggling with it once you get the dress on…. but that’s up to you.
If your dress has a lace up back, it’s really important you have a trial run a few days or weeks before the wedding with one of your bridesmaids so you can time how long it takes.
Have one bridesmaid on the day that knows exactly what’s going on with the dress. She can take charge and the others can help.
Often one of your bridesmaids will practice lacing or buttoning up the dress when she has no nails but on the wedding day those fake nails make it near impossible – and it’s these things that will make you run late and cause stress.
Once the dress is on, you’re going to put your shoes on and your garter. Then it’s a matter of your final bits of jewellery and those last touches.
Many brides aren’t exactly sure what piece of jewellery they are going to wear on the day. It’s common to have two different necklaces/earrings/bracelets on the wedding day to see which one looks best once you have the dress on.
Try each piece of jewellery on and get your photographer or one of your bridesmaids to take a photo to show you.
It’s really good to see what it looks like in a photo rather than just looking in a mirror. It will give you a clearer picture of what looks best.
If the necklace is too long and you can’t make it any shorter with the clasp, grab a needle and thread. If it’s silver use pale grey thread, if it’s gold use yellow thread.
Stitch the chain links to the correct length. It’s important the length of your necklace works well with the neckline of your dress and that it’s not too long or too short.
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