10 Tips for Wearing a Corset at Your Wedding

Corsets are a major element of bridal fashion. Since most wedding dresses have some corset structures built into them, it's not surprising that some opt to go full steam and wear a "real" corset as a visible or foundation element to their wedding look. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're tempted by the idea of special occasion corsetry...

 
 Corset: Dark Garden "Valentine" | Millinery: Kalico Delafay | Model: Miss If 'N Whendy | Photo © Loic Nicolos

Corset: Dark Garden "Valentine" | Millinery: Kalico Delafay | Model: Miss If 'N Whendy | Photo © Loic Nicolos

 
  • A corset can help create (or dramatize) an hourglass silhouette as well as providing amazing strapless bust support, no matter how well endowed your bosom
  • If you want a dramatic low-back look, a custom corset is a must
  • Custom corsets are time consuming to make – start the process well in advance
 
 Ensemble: Pop Antique with Dark Garden | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Stereo Photo Album

Ensemble: Pop Antique with Dark Garden | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Stereo Photo Album

 
  • If you're planning to wear a foundation corset under your dress, be sure to bring some sort of sample to fittings so you can make sure the necklines match and the waist of the dress is suitably tailored
  • A corset may actually add a bit of bulk around the ribs as it reduces your waist, so don't expect it to work wonders if you buy your perfect dress and it's two sizes too small! (A corset also won't make your hips smaller.)
 
 Dark Garden Couture: Dark Garden "Edward" corset vest & Pop Antique for Dark Garden "Shirtwaist Corset" | Millinery: Kalico Delafay | Models: James Alvarez & Lex Lima | Photo © Loic Nicolas

Dark Garden Couture: Dark Garden "Edward" corset vest & Pop Antique for Dark Garden "Shirtwaist Corset" | Millinery: Kalico Delafay | Models: James Alvarez & Lex Lima | Photo © Loic Nicolas

 
  • Corsets aren't just for women/femmes – there are some striking options for men and MOC types as well
  • Make sure you know your limits for eating and drinking in a corset – bubbles are extra risky, so watch out for those toasts! You don't want to be distracted by feeling uncomfortable, so stick to smaller portions without necessarily cutting back on food overall.
 
 Dark Garden Couture: Left corset art directed by Pop Antique with embellishment by Sparklewren, Karolina Laskowska, Neon Duchess, & Laurie Tavan. Right corset Dollymop for Dark Garden "Alyscia" | Millinery: Kalico Delafay & Pop Antique | Photo © Gaede Glass Photography

Dark Garden Couture: Left corset art directed by Pop Antique with embellishment by Sparklewren, Karolina Laskowska, Neon Duchess, & Laurie Tavan. Right corset Dollymop for Dark Garden "Alyscia" | Millinery: Kalico Delafay & Pop Antique | Photo © Gaede Glass Photography

 
  • Test how well you can both dance and sit down in your corset – you'll want full range of motion for such an important day!
  • To rock a corseted wedding "dress," it usually works out better to plan for bridal separates: a skirt and corset as two distinct pieces
  • You might have plenty of opportunities to re-wear your corset after your wedding if you choose a style and color that represents your own personal style – not just what's expected of wedding attire
 
 Dark Garden Couture by Autumn Adamme: Alyscia ensemble | Model: Mercy Daae | Photo © Loic Nicolas

Dark Garden Couture by Autumn Adamme: Alyscia ensemble | Model: Mercy Daae | Photo © Loic Nicolas

 
 Dollymop for Dark Garden Couture | Model: Cat Mitchell | Photo © Loic Nicolas

Dollymop for Dark Garden Couture | Model: Cat Mitchell | Photo © Loic Nicolas

 

Would you wear a corset for your wedding? What questions do you have about wearing corsets for special occasions?