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Getting dressed on the big day

Written by    Last updated: September 13, 2006

At last – it’s time to put it all on…

Wearing your wedding dress

Be careful getting into your transport to the reception – you don’t want to pick up a smear of engine oil on the way. Make sure your dress is arranged to minimise creases. If you are wearing a veil over your face, you may want to wear it up until you get to the ceremony, so you can see what is happening.

If you are wearing a dress with a voluminous skirts, you’ll need to practice walking elegantly in it – the key is to keep the skirt moving forward just ahead of you by giving it a tiny kick before you take a step. You will probably wear your dress in its full glory only for the ceremony itself. After this, many fancier dresses have detachable parts or trains that can be bustled, which will aid movement during the day.

Don’t try to deal with your dress on your own. Ask for your bridesmaids’ help to make sure your skirt is lying properly during photos, and don’t attempt to go to the loo on your own. For brides in large skirts this is a two‐person job, and those in ball gowns may have to take their dresses off altogether.

Emergency kit

You should give a “wedding handbag” to your chief bridesmaid to carry for emergencies. The following contents are recommended to keep your outfit in tip‐top condition during the day:

  • Spare stockings or tights : If you’re one of those people who only has to look at a pair of stockings to ladder them, it’s worth carrying spares just in case the worst happens.
  • Anti‐perspirant deodorant: If you’re prone to stress sweats, this is a must. If your sleeves are tight‐fitting, you might want to get your dressmaker to sew in some perspiration pads, so as to avoid those unsightly underarm damp patches.
  • Aching feet: After posing for too many photos, pep up tired and swelling feet with a cooling foot spray. These tend to come in fairly large bottles, but you can decant a small amount into a handbag‐size vaporiser.
  • Safety pins: In case the worst happens and a zip goes.
  • Baby wipes: These will remove most small stains and unsightly smudges that might occur during the day.

Taking it off

On the happy couple’s first night together, few brides can manage the transition from wedding dress to seductive lingerie alone. Usually you will need your new husband’s help to undo all those buttons, laces, hooks and eyes. As most new husbands are – rightly – inexpert at this (and possibly a little tired too!), allow some time and patience for this.

Allow the dress to drop to the floor and then take his hand to step over the skirts. Many brides like to lay their dress on a clean sheet under the bed for the night. It doesn’t matter too much what you do with it, as it is only one night, but don’t wrap it in plastic and don’t fold it into sharp creases. It’s not a disaster if you simply leave it on the floor for that night…

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