Finding the perfect wedding gown is critical, but making sure the alterations are done well is almost as essential. When buying a dress, you want to make sure that you buy too big rather than too small. It is always easier (and less expensive) to take a dress in than to let it out. It’s rare for a bride to need no alterations at all, so when it’s time, you want to know what to do. Here are five important things you should know before getting your gown alterations.
As anxious as you are to get it done, you want to make sure that your dress isn’t altered too early. Your body will be changing in the time between getting engaged and getting married. Especially if you are planning some weight loss, ensure that you book your alterations closer to a leveling-out period so that you won’t have to have alterations re-done.
On the other hand, you do not want to cut it too close either. You will need at least a first fitting and a final fitting, but frequently brides will need some additional fittings in between. It’s best to book your first fitting 3-6 months before wedding the date.
Always book early. Alterations shops fill up their appointments quickly, especially on weekends. Make sure you call and reserve your appointment asap, even if it’s a few months away.
2. Look at reviews
While you may want to go cheaper for alterations, make sure you look at the reviews! You want to make sure that the shop you are going to does a great job and accommodates your needs. Sometimes cheaper isn’t always better.
3. Bring your shoes and undergarments
Bring the shoes and the undergarments you will be wearing to ensure a proper fit for the wedding day. This way, everything will fit comfortably and the hem will be the correct length. If you are changing your shoes for dancing, bring both pairs to find a perfect middle-ground.
4. Consider a bustle
Consider the pros and cons of a bustle and think about if it is right for you. If you’re taking your shoes off to dance later in the evening, a bustle may make sense so your dress isn’t dragging and it doesn’t get too dirty. There are many different styles as well, so you can find one that is perfect for you.
5. Go through the movements
Once at the final fitting, go through the movements of your wedding day to make sure everything fits just right before taking the dress home for good. Practice walking around the shop, dance to be sure everything stays in place, and move your arms around. You will likely be hugging many wedding guests, so you want your arms have room to move around and be flexible. Once you’re sure, you can take the dress home and prepare to wear it for the big day!
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