Tall Wedding Shopping Woes

I was going through some wedding photos the other day and it brought back the oh so (not) joyous memories of trying to find a tall wedding dress, shoes and underoos that fit my abnormally long figure.

The Dress

Mr. L3 and I had known each other for almost 2 years when he finally popped the question, and then we decided on a quick 3 month engagement.  I literally went dress shopping the Saturday after getting engaged and KNEW I had to buy a dress THAT day if it was going to be ready for my big day.  No pressure, right?  Makes me want to shovel copious amounts of chocolate into my mouth from anxiety just thinking about it! At the 2 bridal shops I went to, I secretly found amusement in the half-my-size attendants having to hoist the 6842848680 lb dresses over my head. Of course, every sample dress was way too short and I ended up having to pay more for “extra length”, BUT the thing that saved me from needing any alterations was the lace-up back on the dress that I found at Alfred Angelo.  This is KEY if you want to save 100s on alterations because you can just tighten or loosen the bodice according to how bloated you’re feeling that day. So, even though I had to pay more for a dress that was long enough, it probably all evened out since I didn’t have to shell out cash for alterations.
Me in my “extra length” dress from Alfred Angelo

The Underoos

For some reason, I had it in my head that buying a bustier was the bridely thing to do because it would hold me together under the dress.  My mom came bustier hunting with me and had a deuce of a time cramming me into the torturous garment.  When the saleslady came into the dressing room to check on our progress, she said “hmmm.  This is hitting you in all the wrong places because your torso is too long for it.  It’s smushing your sides and giving you chubs.”  Ummmm…gee thanks.  Aren’t you only supposed to tell bridezillas things like “WOW.  You look fabulously beautiful in that.  You’re going to be a breathtaking bride”?  Despite all this, I still bought the danged thing because every bride is supposed to have the proper undergarments right?  Never fear…I came to my senses and returned it before the wedding because with a lace up dress, I really didn’t need anything to hold me together other than the dress itself.  However, this got me thinking, when is someone going to start a line of long torso undergarments?  I think there might be a market for it!
The Shoes
I knew I wanted flats but…Vera? Or cheapies? Vera? Or cheapies?  This was my great debate after I had spent countless, frustrating hours hunting online for size 11 wedding shoes and had narrowed it down to 2 pairs.  I was DROOLING over a pair of ($275) bejewled Vera Wang flats.  Every bride should have a little Vera right? At least that’s what I was telling myself to justify the expense.  I’m REALLY glad I talked myself down and bought $28 flats from Dessy instead because it rained quite a bit on my wedding day. (Yes yes I know…rain on your wedding day=oodles of good luck.  If I had a dollar for every time I heard that, we could have stayed an extra week in Europe on our honeymoon.)  I had absolutely no problem tromping around in the wet grass in my $28 flats but probably would have had a minor spaz attack about the $275 Veras getting water damaged and not being wearable after the wedding.
It took a lot of legwork and a little extra money but overall, I was thrilled with how I looked on my wedding day.  Hopefully by the time my daughter (if I have one) or niece are ready to marry, they’ll have an easier time finding bridal items suitable for the more leggy lady.

Your turn…

Tell me your wedding woes (or successes).  Was it difficult to find a long enough dress?  How about the shoes? Or, if you have yet to tie the knot, what do you anticipate being the most difficult thing about wedding shopping?  How about long formal dresses?  Do you have difficulty finding those?

Check out these related articles…

Wedding Woes Sorted, All The Tall Things
5 Tips for Tall Women on Finding Long Formal Dresses, Tall Fashion Adventures
Online Shopping and Wedding (Guest) Dress Woes, Tall Fashion Adventures

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  • Reply Veronica October 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    you definitely were a beautiful bride!

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures October 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Why thanks! (Just don't tell anyone how much I paid you to say that…JK!)

  • Reply auntp October 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Can't believe that was almost a year ago! Coming up on an anniversary:-)Such good memories…

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures November 1, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I know! Can't believe it either! How does time fly so fast?!

  • Reply Liz November 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful dress! Do have pictures of the front or did I miss them…

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures November 2, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Thanks Liz! And it was surprisingly comfortable too! If you go to my post entitled Online Shopping and Wedding (Guest) Dress Woes (http://www.longleggy.com/2011/09/online-shopping-and-wedding-guest-dress.html), you can see a pic of the front toward the bottom of the post. =)

  • Reply Liz November 2, 2011 at 2:03 am

    So Pretty!

  • Reply Krista November 2, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous dress and bride! I was lucky enough to find a wedding dress that only needed minor alternations.

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures November 2, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Thanks Krista! And that's great to hear about not needing a lot of alterations!

  • Reply Nova November 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I had my mom custom make me a simple dress from a pattern. The patterns have built-in areas for lengthening and shortening and it worked perfectly. I've tried on other fancy dresses and the waist sits around my ribs. *sigh*

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures November 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience Nova! I'm so glad to hear you were able to have the perfect custom made dress!! My grandma also made my mom's dress for her back in the day and it was beautiful!

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