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Carly
Just Said Yes May 2024

Get a second dress or alter the first?

Carly, on February 11, 2024 at 7:48 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 4
I’ll try to keep this brief…
We’re doing a surprise choreographed first dance (I’m a dancer so they’ll expect it, but we’re telling people we’re not doing anything big) and I just tried it in my dress (by myself) for the first time.
Although I never wanted a train, the dress I picked has one, and it’s grown on me. It’s not super long, but definitely long enough to be in the way while I’m dancing. I don’t like the look of a bustle and don’t think it would work with my dress regardless. So, although I’ve always said I don’t want a second dress for the reception, I also don’t necessarily want to get rid of the train. Making this all either more or less complicated than it already is, I don’t feel SUPER strongly about my dress to begin with, but I do like the little train more than I thought I would. Do I go against my instinct and get a second dress for the reception? Or maybe just for the first dance and then change back again? That feels like so much work. Or do I just get rid of the train, which was my original picture in my head anyways, even though I like it now?

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Latest activity by Michelle, on February 12, 2024 at 7:44 PM
  • Michael
    Rockstar October 2023
    Michael ·
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    Another option is to have a loop at the end of the train to keep it out of the way of your feet. If the train is not long at all, you might find a variation to the loop, to extend it.

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  • Michael
    Rockstar October 2023
    Michael ·
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    You might consider various different bustle styles and just use the bustle for the dance. Maybe you could do something unconventional to keep the train out of the way. Maybe a seamstress could work with you on that.

    I don't know if you saw the other dancer who is doing the Lindy Hop. She is asking about a wedding-style dress that she can dance in. Remember though the bustle is not going to be the thing people focus on at the reception -- the focus will be on your spouse and yourself while greeting everyone.

    If your ceremony dress is close enough, I would say wear that for the dance -- make it work.

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  • H
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    As Michael said, there are a variety of bustle options. I would check in with a seamstress to explore the different bustle options and see if one does work for you.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    All wedding dresses have trains unless you custom order one without it. Talk to an independent seamstress what your bustle options are. Keep in mind that wrist loops are super heavy so you won’t want to wear that longer than a couple seconds. Being able to move in the dress is something that should be practiced while trying on styles. You should be able to dance with a regular bustle. A second dress will be expensive in the long run because you are only wearing them for a very limited time for the lifetime of the dress.
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