Gown Alterations: How to Get the Best Dress on Your Wedding

Gowns require at least some alteration to be in the best condition and fit for the bride’s body. For this reason, you need to be as exact about your wedding gown alterations almost as much as you do picking the gown itself – lest some unforeseen detail in your gown throw its whole effect off. Here are five ways on how to go about your wedding gown alterations.

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1. Going to the right place

If your gown wasn’t tailor-made, it will probably suit you much better after a few adjustments. You should have your alterations done by someone who specializes in wedding clothing. Most reputable wedding shops can provide expertly-done alterations on new gowns. It’s not advisable to have your gown altered by just anyone. Even some seamstresses are not familiar with the intricacies of wedding wear, much less just any tailor. Trust your gown only to a professional who has a good knowledge of the complex details and arrangement of bridal gowns.

2. Alter your gown in good time

You should have your gown altered at just the right time. Having your gown altered too early, and you might end up with a bad fit, as you may lose or gain weight after your last fitting. On the other hand, having your alterations too close to the wedding date may not give your seamstress enough time to make all the necessary changes. Most dressmakers recommend that you have two to three months between your first and last fitting, during which all alterations are to be made.

3. Bring someone along

During your fitting, it’s always advisable to have someone else tag along just to give you another perspective and to help you bounce ideas with. It’s typical to bring your mom, a sister, or your best friend, but you may also bring your fiancé’s best man (hey, a man can help you spot details your girl friends might miss) or a relative of his. It’s ideal to bring your maid of honor on your last fitting as she will be the one to assist you on your dress come the wedding day and should be very familiar with how your gown works.

4. Explore your options

Unless you are already perfectly happy with the design and fit of your wedding gown, then you need explore your options about alterations. Seamstresses and tailors who have a long experience with wedding gown alterations can help you decide on what changes you have to make to get the effect that you want. Some can even redesign the cut and style of the gown – a common request by brides who want to wear their mother’s wedding gown. Don’t forget though that the more alterations you want, and depending on its difficulty, the longer its time requirement will be. When buying a gown, it’s better to get a looser fit than a tighter one, as this allows for easier alteration.

5. Get a complete view

When you bring your gown in for alterations or during a fitting, you should also take with you the other items that you will be wearing on your wedding day. These include your shoes, jewelry and even undergarments. This can be very important because how you look on your gown alone can be quite different from how you’ll look in full dress and accessories. Knowing what other items you will be wearing will also help your seamstress make the right cuts and give your dress a perfect fit. Finally, you can practice walking on your dress and accessories to make sure that you are comfortable wearing all these items during the whole ceremony.

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