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Tips to Keep You Comfortable on Your Wedding Day

Planning and practice are good strategies for making your wedding day festivities run smoothly but nothing beats some practical advice from brides who have been-there-and-done-that. Eliminate the stress of discomfort on your wedding day by following these simple tips.

1. Make sure your dress fits and functions. Don’t be alarmed if your dress doesn't fit perfectly after your first fitting. It can take up to three or four fittings to get it right. If possible, schedule your last fitting two weeks before your wedding. Also, keep in mind the time of year and movement in your dress.
“I picked out a silky lightweight mermaid wedding gown that fit me perfectly and looked gorgeous. My problem was a cold October wedding with an outdoor evening reception. It was cold! I also should have practiced dancing because my dress was too tight around the bottom and I had to borrow my friend’s hair tie to bunch it up above my knees so I could move on the dance floor!” Lydia

2. Wear comfortable shoes! This may sound like an obvious one but it is oh so tempting to put style before practicality. (I’m guilty of this one I confess!) Just like testing out your dress several times before the wedding, you should test out your shoes. Would an insole make them more comfortable or do they cause blisters on the back of your heels? This information would be so much more helpful to know beforehand. Consider the ceremony site and where you will be walking. Also, it’s not a bad idea to bring a change of shoes for the latter part of your reception. You want to have fun dancing the night away with the ones you love, not wincing in pain with band-aids hanging off your heels!
“I don’t usually wear high heels but my friend found a pair of designer heels in my size (and budget!) and I fell in love with them. I had to walk through squishy grass before reaching the aisle runner and if that wasn't bad enough my feet hurt after standing so long during the ceremony. As soon as the photo session was over, I kicked those heels off and slipped into some cute sneakers.” Laura 

3. Don’t lock your knees at the altar. Many people don’t know that standing for long periods of time with your knees locked can cause you to faint. It can decrease the flow of blood to your brain in healthy individuals and this causes you to lose consciousness. Common causes of fainting also include stress, anxiety, hunger, fear, or use of alcohol or drugs (WebMD). So keep it loose up there on your big day and share this tip with your attendants. Sally wishes she had.
“I was so embarrassed at my best friend’s wedding when I fainted during her wedding ceremony. I watched the video later and saw everyone stop and the best man pick me up off the stairs with a crowd forming around me. Ugh.” Sally

4. Keep water close at hand and pack some snacks in your emergency back up kit. It is easy to get dehydrated with all the running around and alcohol. Keep yourself hydrated with sips of water throughout the day. Snacks also come in handy especially when waiting for dinner to be served.
“I had worked for months planning my wedding and it really paid off. All our guests told us how much fun they had and how beautiful the day was. I totally agree but by the time we got through our dances and greetings, dinner was over and all we had to eat was the little food we gobbled down between toasts. We were starving when got to our hotel and settled for cheeseburgers instead of the yummy swordfish on our wedding menu.” Sarah

5. Have fun! Enjoy the special day you've planned. Draw comfort from the love you share and celebrate today with your friends and family. 


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