To Glove, or Not to Glove? That is the question….

Many brides love the look of bridal gloves with their wedding gown. But – how do you choose the right glove for your gown? And beyond posed photos, many brides are left to wonder – what to do with the gloves when it’s time to place the ring on my finger, or in the receiving line? Bridal stylist Dareth Colburn, founder of, shares her tips for bridal glove protocol.

Committing to the Glove

Let’s face it, we don’t typically get dressed in the morning and put on a pair of long, white satin gloves. So for some, wearing gloves may feel a bit uncomfortable. However, bridal gloves really add mega-style and elegance to your bridal ensemble. Satin, silk, lace, beaded, fingerless, opera – there’s a wide variety of bridal gloves and options available. But how to choose the best pair for your big day? First, choose a glove style to match your gown color, fabric and design as closely as possible.

How High or Low Do you Go?

When choosing a glove length — the more formal the wedding, the longer the glove! For a daytime or garden wedding, choose a wrist length glove. But, if it is a large formal evening wedding, go for a dramatic look and choose opera length! When it doubt, choose a glove that hits just above or below the elbow, as those lengths are the most versatile and compliment most gown styles.

With This Ring

During the reception, your husband-to-be will of course need access to your ring finger! One option is to “slit the seams” on the ring finger of your glove. Then just push the material back during the ceremony. Post-ceremony, swap those gloves out for an “un-slit” pair. Alternatively, you can choose to remove your gloves during the ceremony and hand them to your honor attendant. Ask your Officiant to give you a moment to remove your gloves with the back to the crowd to avoid the appearance of a strip-tease!

On or Off?

It’s hard to know the right times to keep the gloves on or off! Here are some tips – while greeting guests in the receiving line, it is appropriate to keep your gloves on. While you are eating – your meal, and during the cake cutting – you should remove your gloves. At all other points during the reception – from your entrance, first dances, during the bouquet toss and beyond – feel free to wear your gloves!

It’s a Glove Party!

Don’t leave your bridesmaid out – if the bride is wearing gloves, they can wear them too! Just make sure they have a unified look – their gloves should all be the same length and match the color of their dresses. One rule for bridesmaids — be sure their glove length is shorter than the brides. For example, if you choose opera-length gloves, your attendants should wear gloves that fall just above or below the elbow.Another great idea is to only have the Maid of Honor wear gloves—really let her stand out!

Go Fingerless

More and more brides are choosing fingerless gloves. They are available in many different styles, so that your groom can easily slip on your wedding ring during the ceremony, and you can keep your gloves on throughout the entire affair – from dinner and cake to dancing and beyond!