Wedding Gown Alteration Tips

As a bride, you need to be as exact about your gown alterations as you were in picking its design. Most likely, you will need to have your gown altered a few times to make it perfectly fit your body. Here are five ways on how to go about your wedding gown alterations.

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Photo by Chris Ling Photography

1. Going to the right place

If your have a tailor-made or a made-to-order couture gown, you will probably need only a few adjustments. Have your gown altered by the dressmaker herself or by someone who specializes in wedding clothing. Most reputable wedding shops can provide expertly-done alterations on new gowns. Trust your gown only to a professional in Singapore who has a good knowledge of the complex details and arrangement of bridal wear.

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.

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Photo by My Dream Wedding

3. Bringing 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 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, therefore, she should be very familiar with how your gown works.

4. Explore your options

Unless you are 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, which is 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.

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Photo by La Belle Couture

5. Get a complete view

When bringing 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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Photo by Signature Bridal

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