Of course you want to look amazing for your wedding day – it’s the most you’ll ever be photographed – but you also want to balance it with feeling comfortable and confident. Here are our top tips for your prepping your wedding day look…
First things first – whatever shoes you choose to wear for your wedding, be sure that you’ve worn them in to avoid blisters and rubbing. This counts for everything from casual flip flops to sparkling skyscraper heels. If you haven’t worn them before, then you’ll need to break them in before the big day (the earlier the better, as you’ll have time to make alternative shoe arrangements if your new shoes are too painful to walk in). We recommend putting on a pair of thick socks and walking around the house in your shoes while your fiance is out – if you’re worried about damaging them, then a top tip is to pop a pair of stockings over the top to stop them getting scuffed. You’ll look a sight, but it’s a small price to pay for comfort on the wedding day!
If you love your wedding heels but aren’t sure you’ll be able to walk in them all day and night, then we highly recommend bringing a pair of ballet flats or flat sandals with you. Not only is it a much better alternative to going barefoot on the dancefloor, but it’s also good to have backup shoes for walking on grass, especially for couple photos.
Another item of clothing you’ll need to balance between aesthetics and comfort is your bridal lingerie. We’ve given you some top tips for getting the right lingerie here, but you’ll need to get the balance right and potentially pack a change (or two) of underwear, depending on your circumstances. Shapewear can be a great option if you want clean, smooth lines under a close-fitting dress, or you want a bit of a boost in confidence, but it can also be uncomfortable to wear for long periods. You might want to pack an alternative set of lingerie to change into in the evening, once your couple photos are done and you can relax a little.
Equally, there are plenty of beautiful and flattering bridal lingerie sets, but they may not be a good option to wear all throughout the day, especially if they involved corsetry or boning. You can always change into a set later in the evening, however – or just save it for your honeymoon!
Whatever underwear you choose, be sure to have it sorted before your wedding dress fitting so that you can see exactly how the lingerie sits under your gown.
Tights or stockings
It’s totally up to you whether you choose to wear tights, stockings, hold-ups or bare legs under your wedding dress – despite the classic image of the ivory stockings, suspenders and basque, there’s no ‘right’ bridal lingerie and you should choose whatever you feel comfortable in. If you prefer to wear tights with your shoes, or think it may be more comfortable and prevent blisters, then a pair of nude tights may be a good addition to your bridal outfit. Other reasons to wear tights include prevent chafing or rubbing of the thighs (especially in hot weather), or to keep warm at winter weddings. Stockings or hold-ups can be a ‘sexier’ option if you don’t like the idea of full tights, but be sure to try out your chosen lingerie well in advance so that you know you’ll be comfortable on the day.