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  1. Julie
    Julie March 1, 2011 at 6:44 am | | Reply

    We would be happy to send you a thigh Pump Band in white that you can wear under your gown, it will hide your pump and be comfortable through out the day, just let me know your information and we will get it right out to you. Congratulations on such a wonderful new beginning .


  2. Nici
    Nici March 1, 2011 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    I wore my pump in one of those thigh things, but I wrapped it around my calf for easier access. My dress was long and not tight-fitting, so the pump was completely disguised.

    Have fun!


  3. mollyjade
    mollyjade March 1, 2011 at 7:14 am | | Reply

    I made myself a small white purse to carry my testing supplies in.

  4. Denise
    Denise March 1, 2011 at 7:20 am | | Reply

    Bridesmaids!! Your maid of honor will also have the honor of being your D pack mule and general D go to gal. She should have a back up meter, strips, poker and gluc tabs in her bag. I like Kerri’s dress pocket too. Congratulations.

  5. Bob Cavagnaro
    Bob Cavagnaro March 1, 2011 at 7:43 am | | Reply

    Thank you for your posting as diabetes does not take a day off and your points were well stated. I have diabetes and being able to find good planning practices in diabetes care is knowledge that I can pass on..Thank you as I also have a site that discusses diabetes and other health issues and knowledge is the key.

  6. Lindsey
    Lindsey March 1, 2011 at 8:02 am | | Reply


    I had a pocket sewn into the skirt of my gown under my dress (it hit right around my calf), so if I needed to access my pump, I just sat down, lifted the skirt a bit and bolused. I didn’t feel my pump at all (which I do with the leg bands), it didn’t move around while dancing, and it was super easy for a seamstress to sew in. You’ll probably be surprised how many seamstresses have done these type of pump pockets! I also had a room for me to hold my things, so I just kept extra diabetes supplies there and brought that in a bag to the church and reception. You won’t get any pics with it, so I didn’t really care what it looked like! :) Last piece of advice- you don’t want to worry about going low on your wedding day, so for the day of, I ran myself a bit high so I didn’t have to worry about it (around 180). It made me have piece of mind. Hope this helps, and congrats on the upcoming wedding!

  7. Amanda
    Amanda March 1, 2011 at 8:10 am | | Reply

    I got married a little over a year ago, and I wore my pump in one of the thigh thingys and it worked like a charm! I didn’t even notice it, and no one else did either because my dress wasn’t tight fitting!

    I asked my mom to hold on to my meter for me that night because I knew she would be there for the entire evening!

    I didn’t eat nearly as much as I thought I would at dinner, but I had already been warned about that so I made sure I ate a good lunch and kept a snack around just in case.

    Just remember not to worry, and have the time of your life! Good luck!

    Congratulations and Best wishes!


  8. EaglesGirl
    EaglesGirl March 1, 2011 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    Congrats and good luck!

    Funny, I didn’t pre-plan anything for my wedding day. I’m on MDI so maybe that’s why, but my wedding day was just another day with D (but I got to wear a fancy dress, marry my friend and have an excellent party).

    I did carry a clutch with everything packed inside. A medium sized one would have been better, mine was a little small.

    One thing I did find was that while I assumed I would be picking all day I didn’t. And I’m a food lover! The day flies by and I was lucky to have dinner (which I didn’t eat the carb portion). My numbers were great all day, albeit was because of consantly being on the go and not eating much.

  9. Rachael
    Rachael March 1, 2011 at 8:42 am | | Reply

    NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU PLAN your BG is going to be all over the place! Between the prestress to the excitement and joy, and the exercise a little later ;) I allowed myself to run a little high during the day, because the excitement and adrenaline dropped me hard. Just relax and have a great day. Remember that “bad numbers” really don’t matter on your wedding as long as you are safe! Congrats! :)

  10. Caro
    Caro March 1, 2011 at 10:12 am | | Reply

    Allison – can’t believe it’s only four months away!

    I would totally NOT recommend switching to Lantus. Yes, the pump has the potential to be a pain, but there is the greater potential that your wedding day will not be like any other day with diabetes, and the pump is the best option to deal with that. I ate two small breakfasts (one before and one after the hairdresser). Despite all my good intentions to eat again, I was swept up in the madness and excitement of getting ready so didn’t eat again until the wedding breakfast in the late afternoon. I was worried about going low during the ceremony, so I ended up setting a temp zero basal for the duration of the ceremony itself, which I could not have done with Lantus or Levemir. I tested only a few times, but remained remarkably well in range.

    My dress was pretty big, so hiding the pump was not difficult, but the skirt was all tulle, so a pocket in the seam was out of the question. I considered the elastic bandage around the calf option that I usually use with long skirts and dresses, but felt I would be too aware of it. So instead I had a pocket made in my underskirt. I only had to hitch up the bottom of my skirt (although that was trickier than it might have been with such a big skirt!) to access my pump. (I did take virtually no insulin all day though – I ate very little, and was so excited and busy, and dancing so much, that I didn’t really need any more than my basal.)

    As for my supplies – my dad had my testing kit and glucose tabs in his pocket for the journey to the church. They were then stashed under the top table at the reception venue in a little bag. The bag also had things like a spare infusion set in it – and stuff like my mobile phone. This was just as much of a headache as diabetes. We were going straight to our overnight hotel. I didn’t want to be without things like my phone, money etc the day before, nor the day after the wedding. Yet getting them to the hotel, from where we were going straight on honeymoon, was a bit of a problem. So we put all this stuff in a small bag that travelled in the car that took my mum and bridesmaid to the church, and was transferred to the reception venue by the car driver.

    I got very worried about, even angry at, diabetes in the run up to my wedding, as I so didn’t want it to be part of the day. But honestly, it wasn’t. No more than its part of me – a very small part.

    (Wow – epic comment. Sorry about that!)

  11. michelle s
    michelle s March 1, 2011 at 10:31 am | | Reply

    Congrats! I wore a white thigh carrier for my pump, but it might have been better to have sewn a pocket in. I remember worrying before walking down the aisle that it might slip but all went well. I ran a little high too…. before the ceremony i worried i would go low because my sugar was normal, but for me adrenaline raises my BG so i needn’t have worried.

    I think I had a normal white purse or clutch i borrowed from a friend for my supplies. i like the idea of putting someone in charge too!

    I agree that your numbers don’t have to be perfect on the big day, just try to keep them in check enough that you feel well and are safe!

  12. riva
    riva March 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm | | Reply

    I don’t wear a pump so I can’t chime in on that but I can tell you expect your numbers to be all over the place. All I ate the day of my wedding was a granola bar for lunch, which I bolused for, and a salad for dinner. I danced, I worked the room, I drank, and I was HIGH! The excitement, the stress, it’ll likely raise you. Was a shame too after picking out a terrific menu that I never got to eat it. Then again, somehow in the moment I didn’t notice. Just enjoy the day!

  13. Jennifer S
    Jennifer S March 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm | | Reply


    When I got married 1.5 years ago, I had the seamstress add a pocket into my wedding dress with an interior hole large enough to fish my pump line including connector. This meant that I was able to have my infusion site on my upper leg, with the pump in a nearby pocket. When I needed to bolus I was able to pull my pump out without any difficulty. Most people didn’t even realize the pump was there. Just remember to test out the pocket before your wedding day. My seamstress had followed my directions but forgot to cut holes through all the interior layers of my dress. Easy enough to fix, but wouldn’t have been a fun last minute discovery.

    As for how to carry supplies. If memory serves me I had a small purse that I made sure was always nearby (either with a family member, bridesmaid, or under my chair during the wedding reception.

  14. Lyrehca
    Lyrehca March 2, 2011 at 7:58 am | | Reply

    I wore something to keep me looking smooth under my clothes that was like bike shorts with a lot of support and clipped my pump to the leg, plus I caried my meter, a syringe and insulin, and finger pricker, “decanted,” as you say, in a small clutch. All worked great, nearly seven years ago, though my pump did come undone as I walked down the aisle and hung down my leg during he ceremony.

    I will say, though, that walking down the aisle with people taking photos and focusing on me was fabulous–I loved it enough that the pump falling down didn’t faze me one bit.


  15. Laura
    Laura March 2, 2011 at 10:57 am | | Reply

    Be sure to have some carbs in your wedding suite for after the reception. I ended up having to run around the hotel looking for a vending maching after my D groom got hypo at 2am on our wedding night. Not a romantic start to married life, but it turns out that it was a sign of things to come, so better to get used to it sooner vs later!

  16. Kristin
    Kristin March 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm | | Reply

    I had a pocket sewn into my dress as well, but in all the excitement, I completely forgot to bolus for appetizers (and I was HUNGRY by the time that came around) and I spent most of the evening above 400 mg/dl. So I would recommend not forgetting to bolus regardless of the plan that you use ;)

    I just put the pocket under the dress. So I could not easily access it through a pocket or anything, but my flower girl was very helpful and would go under my dress to get my pump when needed. She loved that that was her job.

    My dad had glucose tabs in his pocket. I think that my mom had my glucagon in her purse. I had my meter in a small purse that one of my bridesmaids kept track of.

    Wishing you all the best for the planning and the big day!

  17. marion
    marion March 3, 2011 at 6:11 am | | Reply

    Have spares in a safe place. on my wedding day I was still on a pen so I had a nice little bag with my pen, and testing supplies, cell phone and debit card. I left it in the limo during the ceremony since the church was built in 1650 and did not have a room I could stash stuff in. the limo driver stole my purse. My family who I have not lived with since I was diagnosed did not understand that I was more concerned about my insulin and testing supplies and did not care about the cell phone and credit card. Those could be canceled and worked around. But insulin is necessary to have constantly. I could not work around that. thankfully I had spares of everything at the hotel and one quick trip fixed a lot of stress.

    You will be high and you will be low it will be a roller coaster day just remember to eat, check and have fun. congrads!!

  18. susan f.
    susan f. March 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm | | Reply

    I requested and received a second pump from Minimed for our wedding day. One (my original) was in my bra and I used the remote to bolus. The other was talking to my sensor so that I could pull it out and look at the CGMS data as needed. The latter was in my purse/clutch. My maid of honor had the glucose tabs heh! I did have a slender dress, and I didn’t want to be rooting in my bra all night.

    I recently tried a one day pump vacation on lantus and it was a disaster. I wouldn’t do that unless your basals don’t change a lot over the course of the day. Nerves/stress may make you go high or low and having the ability to run a temp basal is NOT something I’d turn down.

  19. Caroline
    Caroline March 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm | | Reply

    Hey there! I was perusing diabetes blogs and you had so many wonderful posts–but this one I could not get away without commenting on–definitely use the advice of these other commenters and just conceal the pump in the best way you can. I still don’t use an insulin pump and have been on lantus for many years–but initially I had switched to lantus about 2 months before I got married back in the day and my wedding day almost killed me! I was a nervous wreck in the week leading up to my wedding, I was out of my own town and surrounded by family and parties and all kinds of distractions that had my blood sugar on a total rollercoaster–I had my first ever blackout low a few days before my wedding, and then on my wedding night I ended up not eating dinner and by 2 am that morning I was in full on insulin shock and paramedics had to come bolt me awake (still in my wedding dress!) with dextrose. It was a total drama! So definitely stick to the pump cause you will be all over the place in your emotions, your ability to manage when you are eating and keeping everything perfect–so don’t mess around with changing your routine. Concentrate on the kickass day to come and heck, just full on attach the pump to your veil or something–make it more noticable just cause you can =) You are gorgeous!

  20. Jim
    Jim March 10, 2011 at 5:04 am | | Reply

    Congrats, Sissy! -j.b.

  21. strawberry
    strawberry March 11, 2011 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    I had the seamstress at the bridal shop sew a little pocket on the inner lining of my dress… down low by my calf. She hardly spoke English, but she was unfazed by the pump issue – I think she’d seen other pumpers!! It worked fabulously well, I didn’t feel it at all. I had a couple people with sugar at the ready right near the altar, just in case. I lucked out with amazing blood sugars all day (maybe it was all the dancing). I say KEEP YOUR PUMP ON – so much easier. And maybe, if you’re lucky, the big D will sort of disappear for the day, as it did for me. ENJOY!

  22. tmana
    tmana March 15, 2011 at 5:32 am | | Reply

    While I’ve never been a bride or worn a pump, I do sew — including historical costumes from which a number of wedding dress styles are derived. It is relatively easy for a seamstress to add an invisible pocket into the side seam of most dresses (agreed that it’s not done with a dress that is mostly sheer, nor is it easily done with a dress which looks like a series of ruched, interwoven bands of fabric). That said, you may need to plan where your site is located and what the best place is to place the pump itself so it neither falls out nor becomes inaccessible.

    In addition to teeny-tiny bridal purses, there are also large drawstring bridal purses intended for holding cards you may get from guests. While the traditions have largely changed, you could still find — or make — such a bag to hold your diabetes supplies.

  23. megan
    megan March 19, 2011 at 7:30 am | | Reply

    I just want to thank Allison and everyone else who posted here. I am also getting married this year (August) and was wondering what my best options would be for concealing my pump. Thank you all for the great suggestions! Us brides have so much to think about already without throwing pumps in the mix!

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