Selecting a comfortable wedding gown for big day



DAVISON — Many brides-to- be visit bridal shops with specific goals in mind regarding the style of their wedding gowns. Some women come equipped with magazine tear-outs or pull up ideas on their mobile phones. Others may have an entire scrapbook filled with various ideas they’ve been compiling for years.

Much consideration is given to wedding gowns. The cost and silhouette of the dress may garner the bulk of that consideration, but brides might want to spend more time considering comfort.

“Most brides bring up comfort,” said Michelle Galvin, owner of Meant to Be Bridal, a full service bridal boutique in Davison. “Which is understandable, feeling comfortable on your special day is important.”

Galvin and Alisha Bruton, the store’s co-owner, said brides shopping at Meant to Be have an advantage when it comes to comfort. “It is really important for us to get to know our brides and really help them pick a style that matches their personality,” she said. “We focus on designers that create gowns made out of high quality fabrics, which in turn helps keep the bride comfortable and she doesn’t have to sacrifice her own unique style while doing so.”

Depending on the time of day their weddings take place, brides can spend 12 hours or more in their wedding gowns. It’s entirely possible to find a gown that’s both stunning and comfortable.

“Being comfortable on your special day is very important,” said Galvin. “Brides have so much going on and so much time invested in their special day, the last thing they need to be worrying about is their gown or accessories being uncomfortable. If the bride is comfortable, she will be able to enjoy every moment of her special day with her husband-to-be, family and friends so much more.”

To make sure brides look flawless and elegant but are still comfortable in their wedding gowns, consider the following tips.

• Get sized correctly. Bridal gown sizes do not coincide with street sizes. Depending on the manufacturer, brides may have to select gowns that are several sizes larger than they would normally wear. This should not be a cause for alarm. Brides should go by their measurements.

• Purchase the right undergarments. Improperly fitting bras, shapewear and other undergarments can lead to discomfort as well.

• Move around in the gown. Brides should not just stand in front of the mirror and smile when trying on gowns. Put them through their paces. Try sitting, bending and even a little dancing.

Wedding gowns can be both beautiful and comfortable for those who know how to shop. “We love putting a smile on everyone’s face. It is very exciting to help each bride pick out their gown, which is the most important garment they will ever wear,” added Galvin.

Visit with Meant to Be and many other wedding vendors at the sixth annual Genesee County Bridal Alliance Wedding Marketplace set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Captain’s Club at Woodfield, 10200 Woodfield Drive, Grand Blanc. Admission is $5 at the door and $3 if you pre-register at or by calling 810-836- 5201.

Wedding vendors

Wedding Marketplace vendors this year include Tasty Layers Custom Cakes, Special Occasions Linens, Captain’s Club at Woodfield, Centennial Image Photography, Atlas Valley Country Club, CC Events, Bella Birches, Bon Appetit Catering, Black Tie Productions, Pop Mod Photography, Vogt’s Flowers, Rusch Entertainment, Creative Catering, Men’s Wearhouse, Floral Sense, Floradora, Glen Gables Wedding Chapel & Hall, Mike Naddeo Photography, University of Michigan-Flint, Sloan Longway, Holiday Inn Express, Titanium Buzz, U Pose Photo Booth, Affairs to Remember, The Whole 9 Yards, Circus Park Wedding & Banquet Facility and many more. This year’s Wedding Marketplace will offer two grand prizes, including a $500 voucher to be used with any, or a combination of, GCBA vendors and “The Diamond Dash" with a fabulous $500 diamond prize!

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