If there’s one thing many brides tend to have nightmares over, it’s the fear of being unable to navigate gracefully in your wedding dress. While many people may chalk it up to nerves, the fact is that it’s a very realistic fear. You’ll be wearing an article of clothing you’ve never worn, along with shoes you’ve probably never worn before. So, you may also be walking on surfaces you’ve never walked on before (a linen walkway covered in rose petals, for example). Never fear, though. All you need is a little preparation to walk gracefully in your wedding dress. So to calm your fears, here are a few tips to help you walk gracefully in your wedding dress. Also, confidently on your wedding day.

Top 3 ways to walk gracefully in your wedding dress

1.) Choose the right dress in the first place. Knowing what you will be doing in the dress is very important. If you plan on spending most of the night on the dance floor, you’ll need a dress that can move with you in a fabric that can breathe. Anyone would have trouble dancing in a 50 lb ballgown. You’ll want to choose a dress that will be appropriate for the tasks it needs to fulfill and ensure it’s hemmed properly.

2.) Break in your shoes. Shoes are shoes, regardless if they’re a gorgeous pair of wedding shoes or your favorite pair of hiking boots. They must be broken in a bit before they’re comfortable. Wear your shoes around the house on a day when you’re doing chores, like vacuuming or doing dishes. When breaking into a new pair of heels, I like to wear them while watching television. It helps more than you think.

3.) Get accustomed to your undergarments. Undergarments are not everyday wear. So it’s reasonable for them to feel awkward when you put them on. However, this is a day when everyone will always watch you. So this may not be the day to wear something you’ll be “adjusting” every 10 minutes. Make sure to wear particularly awkward undergarments around the house a few times before your wedding night. This will not only help you get a feel for them but also allow you to discover anything that needs to be fixed or adjusted.