What Should I Know Before Altering Your Wedding Dress

Brides often come to us with a lot of questions about wedding dress alterations. So we thought we'd come up with some top tips for altering your wedding dress!

Almost every single bride will need some form of alteration to their wedding dress, whether it be the bust or hem, so sit back and have a read to ensure you’re prepared.

Wedding Dress Alterations Tips

Book all your fittings in advance

Book your fittings with your seamstress in advance, don’t leave it until a week or two before your wedding. Weddings are seasonal, so seamstresses get very busy. You should book your first fitting at least 8-10 weeks before your wedding, it is a gradual process and will take a few fittings to create the perfect finished look. Be prepared to possibly have fittings during daylight hours Monday-Friday.  Seamstresses need to have fittings, sew, sleep, eat and try to have a social life! Especially true during the busy wedding season, which runs from March to September.

Bring your wedding underwear to every fitting

You’ve probably already been told to bring your wedding shoes to your dress fitting. But you may not know it’s also a good idea to wear your bridal lingerie/underwear, or at least the underwear you plan on wearing on the big day. Big or small, it is wise if you are going to wear a bra to buy a nude strapless bra that you do not mind your seamstress cutting up and stitching to your dress. Shape-wear, is also a good option. It’s a rarity to see a bride without some these days. Even if they are not sucking you in an inch, they can add a very smooth line to the finish of the dress. So if you plan on wearing it on the day, make sure you bring this to any fittings.

Ignore the length of your dress (at first)

As you can imagine, the bridal designers have to make their gowns for brides of all heights and include heel height. The best advice we can give is if you have your shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day with you when you choose and order your dress, some styles may have the option to order in with different lengths, this will save you a lot in alteration costs.

Be realistic with your goal weight (and leave enough time for alterations)

If you are trying to lose weight for your wedding, it’s important you’re at your goal weight several weeks before the big day. Ideally, you need to leave at least 6 weeks before your wedding so your alterations can start. We see so many women of all different shapes, sizes, heights etc that we really don’t give a second thought so please be very open with your alterations person. Their only interest is in the way the garment is fitting. They don’t care if you are a size 0 or a size 30 they are there to make your dress fit like a glove and make you feel a million dollars in the best dress you will ever wear! But they can only do this if you are open and honest with them about your body.

Bring a friend to your alteration appointments (but not a crowd)

Just as with your initial fitting with us, having someone else with you can help guide your alterations and ensure your wedding dress fits you correctly. However, while a friend’s opinion can be really helpful, having too many voices sharing their thoughts can be counterproductive. Bring someone you trust and who knows your personal style and desired look.