For some brides, comfort is key when it comes to their wedding gown and how it fits. For others, beauty is pain! But there can be a balance when it comes to selecting a wedding dress that looks great and doesn’t suck the life out of you or bust a seam when you sit down. Choosing the right silhouette is important. A tight-fitting mermaid gown may look fantastic as you stand still, but you may look silly waddling like a penguin down the aisle because the dress is too fitted through the hips and thighs. You also may not be able to “get down and boogie” in a mermaid gown. And even
taking a seat to enjoy your meal could be uncomfortable. So think about what activities are important to you and be sure to choose a style that allows for the appropriate movement.
If you like the look of a mermaid, but still want the flexibility to dance and sit, look for a fit and flare gown that shapes through the hips, but flares a little higher and doesn’t constrict the legs so much. Or consider a sheath gown that is cut straight, but doesn’t hug the curves quite so much. If you really love that fitted mermaid, consider a second reception dress that is short and fun or has a little more flow if you want to float around the dance floor with ease. Yes, you want to look your best on your wedding day, but you also want to enjoy the day and not be numb from pain!