Bridal Consultant Tips: Alterations

A wedding gown should be one of the best fitting garments a woman will ever wear in their lifetime. Although bridal salons measure you and help you pick the size closest to your body, alterations play a huge role in how the gown will fit on the big day. We, women, are all shaped so differently that we rarely see a bride not need alterations even if it's a small hem, a bustle, or sewing in bust cups. So factoring in alterations is a crucial step in achieving the perfect look on your way to say "I Do." After you get that highly-anticipated call that the gown has arrived, here are a few things to keep in mind before you take the gown to alterations:

1. Bring the garments you will be wearing to all of your fittings.
I'm sure you want your wedding ensemble to be as close to perfect as possible. An impeccable fit is the ultimate goal, and sometimes, it may not be the gown itself that is affecting that goal but what is underneath it. Bring any undergarments you plan to wear on the big day to your fittings. Try them on with the gown to make sure they will work on the day of the wedding.

2. Bring your wedding shoes to your fittings.
The same goes for your shoes. Believe it or not, even 1/2 inch can matter when it comes to length. On the way down the aisle, the last thing you want to worry about is tripping on your gown or if your toes are showing.

3. Ask the person you trust to do your bustle to come to your last fitting. 
Bustling a wedding gown is an important task and can be a little intimidating. To avoid any confusion on the big day, ask the person who will be crowned to do the job to the appointment. Have the seamstress demonstrate the process to them or even have them record it.

4. After the seamstress gives you "the okay" to move around, move around in the gown. 
It is important that you "test out" the gown. As you walk around, make sure you are comfortable, make sure you can sit and move around, make sure your gown isn't slipping, and make sure you are not tripping on your gown. If you are not fully comfortable, it will show on your wedding, and it is much more beneficial to fix the problem than to wing it when the time comes.

5. Give yourself enough time for alterations. 
We always get a wide-eyed look when we tell brides we recommend they purchase a gown 10-12 months before the wedding. After waiting 4-6 months for a gown to arrive, a bride should allow for 3-4 fittings over a period of 4-8 weeks. The last few months before the wedding can be hectic, and the last thing a bride should be doing is picking up her gown from alterations right before her nuptials. This time frame will allow the gown to be there and ready just in case any surprises come up. Whether it is a last minute shoe change or last minute weight lost, you want to leave enough time to make the necessary changes.

6. Buy the size you are now and not the size you plan to be.
We've heard the saying a million times: "I plan to lose weight before my wedding." Although we have no doubt this is the truth, no one can truly predict how much a body will shrink. Seam allowances vary between designers, but 9 times out of 10, it is easier to take in a gown then let it out.

7. Take your gown to a reputable seamstress you trust. 
It is important that anyone performing any surgery on your gown is specialized in bridal gown alterations. A bridal garment's construction is complex and requires special techniques. These techniques take time to master so although I'm sure your local tailor is wonderful at altering your dresses they may not be equipped to alter a bridal gown. Also, the unfortunate cliche applies to alterations, "You get what you pay for." Comparing prices are never hurts, but make sure their reviews are up to par. Going cheap may end up being costly in the end.

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