A few months back, I blogged about a little idea I picked up during my time being a Washington, DC wedding photographer – to practice bustling your dress before the big day! You can read the full post HERE, but in short, it’s a huge time saver on your wedding day when you want to maximize your time with the friends and family there to support you. Well, more recently, I thought of a similar dress-related trick that is worthy of sharing!
Dress closures come in a variety of trends (zippers, corsets, and buttons), each of which has their own challenges. Seeing 60+ brides dress for their day, I can confidently say that buttons are the most dreaded! Don’t get me wrong, buttons are stunning and probably my favorite of all three, but they give most brides quite a bit of trouble on the big day! Think about it, you’re in a hot room and everyone around is excited and slightly nervous (in a good way!) for the events ahead. Now you have 20 teeny, tiny little elastic loops staring you in the face which is not an easy task – especially for mom, who is usually the person closing you up! So, to make life a bit easier, this is something I’d recommend practicing once or twice before your actual wedding day so whoever is responsible feels comfortable and knows approximately how long it would take. Because trust me, it will definitely take longer than you expect!
All of this to say, I myself had a button-back dress and was told a little secret by my bridal shop that I want to share with all future button dress brides. It’s quite simple, really… invest in a crochet hook! Its little hook can grab onto your elastic loops and help you pop them right over the button! Having mom try to grab those with her nervous hands and newly finished faux-nails (I can’t do anything normal in those!) is near impossible, but this is an inexpensive solution!