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Advice from the experts

Top 5 tips for

rocking your frock

When it comes to making brides look gorgeous on their big day, Edinburgh-based bridal designer Mette Baillie of Freja Designer Dressmaking is one of the best. So who better to turn to when we needed some first-class advice on how to banish VPL, cope with toilet trips and work your wedding dress to full, fabulous effect.

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1. Get your outfit ready in advance.
“Remove all the labels and hang out your dress to let the creases drop out. Iron or stream clean it if needed, or get it professionally done,” advises Mette. A quick poll at We Fell In Love HQ shows that we would be opting for the latter – we are so not brave enough to go near a white dress with a hot iron!
“Also, make sure your underwear, stockings, tights, garter, etc. all go with your dress and make sure that nothing leaves you with lines.” You definitely want to be more VIP than VPL as you make your way up the aisle!

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2. Break in your shoes before the big day.
As somebody who had my poor bridesmaid changing my blister plasters before the ceilidh dancing kicked off (sorry Charlotte – you’re a total legend by the way!), I really wish that I had thought of this. It was the fear of getting my white shoes grubby, and of marking the wooden floorboards in my rented flat, that led to this great folly. If only I’d heard these words of wisdom back then:
“Make sure that your shoes are broken in (wear an old sock on top of them while you glamorously do the housework in them, so they are kept pristine).”

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3. Have a dresser on hand to help.
Chances are you were up at stupid o’clock to start the beautification process. And after a morning of relaxed preps with the girls, it’s amazing how time suddenly seems to fast forward in the final hour before leaving for the ceremony. We’ve seen brides barely have a chance to look at themselves in the mirror before having to dash out the door! To avoid a last minute rush and the ensuing stress, nominate someone in advance to help you get dressed and make sure they know exactly how your dress should be tied/buttoned/fastened up, and also how any accessories (including your veil/belt/coat/kitten ears – delete as appropriate), go on too.
“Make sure your bridesmaids or mum (or makeup artist and hairdresser), know how to get you into your dress,” says Mette. “Make sure they have clean, dry hands, and no lipstick on as they help you into your shoes… it’s so easy to plant their lips on the front on your skirt!”
Also, have at least one person on standby to help do up the train of your dress, or bustle it, later in the day. We suggest choosing somebody who will be at least reasonably sober. And if all else fails, there’s always YouTube.

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4. Make sure that your dress still fits.
So you picked up your dress well in advance and squirrelled it away in your mum’s spare room closet to avoid any sneak peeking. And we get that having to remove this immaculate creation from its protective bag and risk those pesky creases is a pest, but please, please do trust us on this and try it on again before the wedding day. Safety pins are so not a good look!

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5. Think about how you will go to the loo.
“It sounds silly, I know, but make a plan for how to go to the toilet,” says Mette. “If you have a big skirt, you may want to go “Cowgirl-style” – facing the wall, lift your skirt at the front and let the train hang back…you get the idea…”
And one final piece of advice from Mette: “Have a long lie the day before… and relax!”

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I’m still chuckling over the cowgirl comment – I’d never have thought of that! Anybody got a top tip to add to these? Christina x
Image credits
Top photo features WFILwedding 2012 dress by Freja Designer Dressmaking, photo by Blue Sky Photography. Other photos show dresses by assorted designers. Photos by (from top to bottom) Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography, Craig & Eva Sanders Photography, Claremont Photography, Ryan White Photography & Susan Renee Photography.