I recently worked with a bride who wanted to wear gloves on her wedding day. She was apprehensive about it because she didn’t know which gloves to wear, or how to work with gloves during the ceremony and reception. Personally, I LOVE the idea of wearing gloves for the wedding. It brings a classic, feminine, elegant style to your wedding day ensemble. Here some guidelines for wearing gloves on your wedding day:
Be sure to select gloves of an appropriate length. The glove length should complement the dress’ sleeve length. For example (images below are from Bridal Fashion Mall and Monodo Favors):
- Sleeveless: wear long, over the elbow gloves (also known as the 16-button glove or the opera-length glove)
- Short-sleeve: wear below the elbow gloves. Choose either the 6-button glove (which ends just below the elbow), or the 8-button glove (which reaches the elbow)
- Long-sleeve: wear wrist-length gloves
Select wedding gloves that compliment your wedding dress, as opposed to overwhelm. For example, if your dress has a lot of detail, wear simple gloves. If your dress is simple, wear gloves with a lot of detail.
The glove color should match the dress (i.e. wear ivory gloves with an ivory dress). Additionally, the glove fabric should match the wedding dress (i.e. satin gloves with a satin dress). Velvet, leather, sheer, and matte gloves can be used, depending on the wedding gown texture, and time of day of the wedding.
Wedding glove etiquette
During the ceremony
Gloves are to be worn as you enter the ceremony and walk down the aisle. When it is time to exchange rings you can either:
• Remove your left glove (give the glove and bouquet to the maid of honor at the appropriate time),
• Wear a mousquetaire glove, which allows you to slip your hand out, or
• Remove the left ring finger from the glove by lifting it over the slit underneath the fabric
Once the glove or portion of the glove has been removed, leave it off until the end of the ceremony. Place the hand or finger back in the glove for the receiving line and taking pictures.
PLEASE NOTE: It is highly recommended you practice removing your glove or gloved finger many times before your wedding day. You want the process of removing the glove to be as smooth as possible.
During the reception
During the reception, wear gloves for special dances, such as with the groom and your father. Gloves are never worn while eating, drinking, or cutting the cake. Once the formal portions of the reception are over, feel free to remove the gloves, and have a great time!
What do you think of wearing gloves on your wedding day?