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What to expect at your wedding dress fitting appointments

You’ve found your perfect wedding dress, but it’s not quite the perfect fit..yet. The thought of your first wedding dress fitting is enough to cause a little stress for the majority of brides but fittings are an essential part of making your dream wedding dress look like it was custom made just for you. Just when you thought you decided on the perfect dress, the decision making isn’t over quite yet. Many gowns need at least some sort of alteration, but keep in mind that your alteration issues can vary greatly, depending on where you got your gown and how many changes need to be made. But if your expectations are in order and you go to the right seamstress or tailor, you should be ready for your wedding day with a gown that fits flawlessly. No need to worry. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you go to your wedding dress fittings.

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Who do I go to?
Most reputable wedding gown shops usually offer alterations on new gowns. But if you decide to go somewhere else, go to a tailor who specializes in bridal gowns — in other words, your local dry cleaner might not know the intricacies of formal eveningwear. Wedding gowns have so many complex details — from boning to hems and bustles — it’s best to find a professional who will have seen and worked on such gown components in the past. We highly recommend checking out the reviews of bridal salons and tailors. You will be able to quickly see if there are any prior reoccurring issues with alterations. In our experience as wedding planners, we have seen many brides purchase their wedding dress before we are hired on to plan their wedding. And sometimes it’s unfortunate that some brides are taken advantage of in not only finding the right gown but also overpaying for alterations. It’s always a good idea to work with a professional planner so they can guide you to the reputable bridal salons and get you to the experienced tailors so you can get the perfect fit without the hassle.

When should I buy my wedding dress?
It’s important to time your alterations right. Bring your gown in too early, and you might not end up with a proper fit. You may lose or gain weight after your gown is altered, which could affect the dress’ overall look and fit. Bring your gown in too late, and you run the risk of not allowing enough time to have all the changes made. Allow two to three months from the time of your first fitting to your last, as an ideal timeline to make all the alterations. Also keep in mind that the amount of times you need to go for fittings depends on how much you’re getting done to the gown — on average, most brides go for three to four fittings.
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How long should it take?
After you buy your dress, expect your dress to take 6 or 7 months to come in. Most gowns are made outside the U.S. and it takes a while for most dresses to come in. Once your dress comes in you will have your first official dress fitting. This is the time you will find out how well your dress fits. Keep in mind how long you have until your wedding day. If your wedding is a month away, most likely you will not fluctuate in size or weight. So don’t ask for the dress to be taken in an entire size. This is also the time to add any extra beading, sashes, straps, crystals, pearls, etc. Your next fitting should be in about a week or so depending on what month of the year it is. At your second fitting, the dress should fit perfectly with maybe with minor adjustments. At this fitting the seamstress should talk to you about the bustle on your dress. And what is best for the style for your dress. (If you want to know more about bustles see our previous blog on wedding dress bustles.) At the final fitting, the bustle should be finished, the alterations should be done, and the dress should fit perfectly like a glove. After the final fitting it should be a few days to a week for you to receive your dress. The last thing that should be done to your dress is that the dress should be pressed or steamed so that it looks flawless on your wedding day.

Let us know if you have any other advice or stories of your dress fittings. We would love to hear from you!

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