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8 Easy Steps To Lace Up a Wedding Dress

tying a brides corseted wedding dress

Follow these step by step instructions to lace up a wedding dress

On the morning of the wedding, after a few glasses of fizz and when you’ve completely forgotten the instructions the bridal shop gave you, follow these step by step instructions on how to correctly lace a corset back wedding dress. You can thank us, and Joanne Withers Photography, later!

  1. Thread the lacing ribbon through the top loops and align the ends so even
Thread the lacing ribbon through the top loops and align the ends so even

2. Always thread the lacing ribbon under and then over the loop

Always thread the lacing ribbon under and then over the loop

3. Follow the pattern of lacing the ribbon over the top in the same direction

Follow the pattern of lacing the ribbon over the top in the same direction

4. When the first lace up is complete you will need to tighten to avoid gaps like at the top right of this image

When the first lace up is complete you will need to tighten to avoid gaps like at the top right of this image

5. To tighten simply go through each set of crossovers, pulling the slack and working your way down to the bottom

To tighten simply go through each set of crossovers, pulling the slack and working your way down to the bottom

6. To tighten the dress for a more secure fitting around the bust, pull in from the third set down to avoid ‘back fat’

To tighten the dress for a more secure fitting around the bust, pull in from the third set down to avoid ‘back fat’

7. The end can be tied in a single bow. No double knots required and keep the bow loops small for a pretty finish

The end can be tied in a single bow. No double knots required and keep the bow loops small for a pretty finish

8. You can also tie the lacing ribbon ends like a tie knot and tuck into the dress

You can also tie the lacing ribbon ends like a tie knot and tuck into the dress

Great job! You’re done!

Black & White Photos (c) Joanne Withers Photography – Lead image Jeanie de Klerk

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