Brides: How Soon Should You Get Your Dress Altered?

Dress Altered

Every woman’s dream is to have the best wedding dress on the big day. After choosing your dream wedding gown, you have to ensure that it fits perfectly and accentuates your figure; after all, it’s the only day that you get to show it off. Most bridal dresses are tailored in generic sizes, and only in rare cases can your body perfectly fit in the designer’s dress perfectly. So, no matter what, your gown needs to be altered, maybe on the hips or busts. After choosing a wedding dress, most bridal salons will make a comparison between your size and the designer’s size chart and then order the gown that is closest to your size. A wedding dress alteration depends on the type of fabric and beading. Experienced tailors can redesign your gown to fit perfectly. Below is an in-depth guide to your wedding dress’s perfect alterations.

Purpose of scheduling at least three dress fittings

Most seamstresses and bridal salons recommend that you schedule your first fitting at least three months before your wedding to get the perfect fit. The second fitting can be a month before and the last one approximately two weeks before the big day. If you are adding more details and customization, you can have additional fitting dates. You get to go home with the perfect dress on the last day of fitting.

Ensure your bridal salon has tailoring services in-house

In-house tailors reduce the hustle of moving from place to place seeking their services. Also, they are likely to have worked on a dress similar to yours in the past. Likewise, most bridal salons offer a small discount for working with their tailors. If the bridal shop does not have the services, they will always recommend you an expert in wedding dress alterations.

Have the bridal accessories during the fitting

During the first fitting, ensure you bring the undergarments and shoes you plan to wear on a material day as they impact how well your dress fits you. High-heels and bridal sneakers alter the length of the dress hemline differently. Besides getting the exact fit, bring the jewelry, undergarments, and shapewear you intend to don as you walk down the aisle.

Dream dress doesn’t fit during the first fitting?

Do not panic, as this is quite normal. Consult with your seamstress about how you want the dress to look and feel. If there are significant changes, such as altering the neckline and adding straps, have the tailor know in advance. Lastly, open up to the seamstress; many have great advice to make your gown superb.

Second time fitting –still not right?

Your wedding dress should be comfortable. If you feel that maybe something is not feeling right, like a poking zipper, a falling strap, or a loose bust, share it with your seamstress. Your seamstress will have ample time to make the necessary changes and prevent adding more fitting dates by addressing these discomforts.

Choose the right entourage

Most bridal salons recommend that you bring at least two people during the fitting so they can offer a second opinion. Having so many opinions from many people might stress you out as well as overwhelm the tailor. During the last fitting, make sure to bring the person who will assist you dress during the wedding day. The seamstress might want to show them how to lace your corset, zip-up, or bustle your train.

Budget for the wedding alterations

As you plan for the approximate cost of your wedding dress, ensure you include alteration expenses that vary depending on the dress’s type and the customization you intend to make.

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