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How to Avoid a Wedding Dress Mishap

September 3rd, 2014

You’ve had a vision in your head of what your wedding dress will look like since you were 5. It only took one time watching a princess movie, and you knew someday that would be you. Does this sound like you? Well, whether you were 5 or 25 when you had the “vision” of what your wedding dress would look like, today we are going to get real and talk about melding your dream dress and practicality together.

You have decided you are getting married at Venue at the Grove, in a lush, beautiful, OUTDOOR venue! It’s gorgeous, and so unique to Phoenix. Now that you have decided on the venue, you get to start all the other fun details for your day. One of which is your dress! Remember that tulle princess dress you’ve been dreaming about since you saw Cinderella? Well, before you go out and buy that dress, consider these dress tips for an outdoor venue!

Tulle Is NOT your friend. A little tulle to fluff up your dress is just fine! But if you’re planning on a tulle princess ball gown, you may want to reconsider. Tulle is the easiest fabric to get things caught in. . . . grass, leaves, bugs, you name it, and those hundreds of layers of tulle are going to catch them.
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You don’t have a 50 ft CARPETED aisle to walk down. Ok, Kate Middleton and Princess Diana could pull off the mile long train and veil. . . . they had a long carpeted indoor aisle to walk down. You may want to opt out of the cathedral length train and veil to keep from unwanted things getting caught as you walk down the aisle. Also, we get asked about aisle runners all the time. In the grass, these can be very difficult to walk on, especially in heels, and can get caught up and bunch very easily. You are better off walking on the grass. vatgrove.dress6
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Be a shoe model. Isn’t it every woman’s dream to have an excuse to wear several pairs of gorgeous shoes in one day? Today is that day! You can wear a wedge or thicker heel for the ceremony. Have a pair of fabulous fun heels for some sassy pictures, and then a pair of flats or flip flops for dancing! This is a sure fire way to be sure your tootsies are comfortable and you’re not sinking into the grass for the ceremony.

White is VERY white. Depending on the time of your ceremony, lighting can be harsh. A white dress in pictures can look very white, and very glossy, depending on the fabric. If possible, chose a dress that is a tad off white to softening the look in your pictures.
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You WILL get dirty. Ok, this seems like a no brainer. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony and/or reception, you are probably the type of bride that already knows this. However, I have had brides that really get upset because a speck of dirt lands on their dress, or the bottom hem gets dusty. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is NO way to avoid this. It’s going to happen. Here’s what you have to remember. First, NO one is looking at the hem of your dress, they are looking at your glowing face and how happy you are. Second, you will NOT be able to see any of this in your picture. . .  .and if you can, your photographer can Photoshop it. Lastly, you’re getting married! Let’s focus on the important things, right?
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You will look GORGEOUS no matter what dress you decide on. But I hope these tips give you something to consider when you are trying on your dream dress!