Have you thought about Posture & Walking on your wedding day?
It’s all about finding the perfect dress, right? But did you know that your posture and the way that you walk make a huge impact on the way you look in your wedding gown? It’s true! Having great posture can improve your confidence and that confidence leads to feeling great both on the inside and outside!
Walking with your head held high can make you look taller and slimmer too and who wouldn’t say “yes please!” to both of those great benefits?
This is a topic I feel passionately about because of personal experience. I’ll never forget the embarrassment I felt when I watched one friend clomp across the reception floor in her beautiful bridal gown, walking more like an out of place truck driver than a bride. Yikes! It’s a picture that I’ll never be able to erase. Not the way you want to be remembered on your big day.
On your wedding day you’ll be the centre of attention and when you walk down the aisle or across the room, your posture and walk can contribute to your beauty… or detract from your overall look.
Your Wedding Day is your Catwalk
Think about professional models. Have you ever noticed how they pull off “the perfect look” with a confident stride and the poise of perfect posture? Whether you’ve made note of those qualities or not, you would certainly notice if their posture was poor or if they looked like they couldn’t walk in their shoes. The way they carry themselves is as important as their clothing, makeup, and hair.
Many brides don’t initially realize how different the walk down the aisle is from our normal everyday stride. Nowadays, most of us have very few opportunities to dress up nicely, and the way that we stand and walk in our street clothing just doesn’t cut it in formal wear.
Mama was Right
As you walk down the aisle, beautiful in your gown with all eyes on you, it’s important that your posture and your walk don’t detract from the perfect picture you’ll be painting on your big day. As much as we don’t want to admit it, our mothers were right all those times they told us to stand up straight. Good posture opens up your presentation to the world and makes you look tall, elegant, and fabulous as you walk down the aisle. Great posture really is the most important accessory to your wedding look.
How Will You be Remembered?
Your walk down the aisle is often the first time your friends and family, not to mention your significant other, will see you in your beautiful dress and it’s one of the all-important moments of your wedding. That moment is often included in your wedding album and videos and it’s a moment that you’ll look back on with fondness. When all eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle, you want to be the picture of elegance, confidence, and poise and having great posture elevates all three of those qualities.
And it’s not just about walking down the aisle. Good posture and a comfortable walk will ensure that you look your best for your entire wedding day and night.
Here are 3 tips on how you can compliment your stunning wedding gown, makeup, and hair with perfect posture:
1. Practice your Posture
No matter how far in advance of your wedding that you read this tip, it’s time to start working on your posture now. It takes time to correct slouching and the more time you spend becoming conscious of your frame before the wedding, the better you’ll look and the more comfortable you’ll feel on your big day.
As your sit at your desk at work, remember to do shoulder and back stretches every couple of hours. Lift your shoulders to your ears and then roll them back to keep your muscles loose. Sit with your shoulders aligned with your hips with your feet flat on the floor.
I used to have a dance teacher who would call out to us, “Long necks, ladies!” Try lifting your ears up and away from your neck while you throw your shoulders back and down—it’ll lengthen your neck and help you look and stand taller. Also practice squeezing your shoulder blades back and towards each other. All of these small exercises can be done at work, in the line at the grocery store, or at home!
2. Break in the Shoes
Be sure to practice walking in your shoes around the house and maybe even out for an evening before your big day. You just don’t know how the shoes will feel until you try them out properly, and you’ll be much more likely to slouch or stumble if your shoes are pinching or uncomfortable. Break them in ahead of time and get used to how they feel.
As you walk, practice stepping comfortably heel to toe and let your arms swing in opposition to your feet. When your right foot is forward, your left arm will be forward. Your arms won’t swing when you’re carrying a bouquet or holding someone’s arm, but the natural feeling of walking on your own will help to prepare you with a balanced, confident walk that will contribute to how you carry yourself. Practice variations in your walk, with smoother walking for when you’re walking down the aisle, and more distinct steps for at the reception later.
3. Focus on Strengthening Exercises
Did you know that Pilates and barre classes are a great way to improve your posture? Strengthening your core, back, and shoulder muscles can help you naturally correct and improve your posture and also give you better flexibility and range of motion. Because Pilates focuses on proper postural alignment and core strength, it’s a great option to add to your normal exercise routine. Barre classes and ballet-esque exercises will also have you mimicking the great posture of beautiful ballerinas.
Even if you aren’t hitting the ballet studio, consider your core, back, and shoulders as important parts of your pre-wedding exercise routine.
With these tips in mind, you can perfect your posture and walk before your big day. Oh and by the way, the work that you do to improve your posture and your walk before the wedding will also contribute to a more graceful version of yourself in day to day life too. So don’t forget to throw your shoulders back, hold your head up high, and walk down that aisle with the poise and confidence you know you have, you beautiful bride!