Wedding Alterations
Kristin Weaver
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Date: 
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wedding Alterations

Unless you’re that one woman out of a hundred who doesn’t need any alterations to her wedding gown, you will almost definitely need alterations to your wedding gowns before your big day. Accordingly, we’ve outlined a few points to get you started on your alterations journey.


Photo by Pine and Blossom Photography


Photo by Pine and Blossom Photography

1. Make an appointment for your fitting. Sure, you may notice that your dress is a little looser than you’d like or the straps are too long, but the only way to determine exactly what alterations you need is to schedule a consultation. The extent of your alterations will determine how long the seamstress will need to work on the dress, so we recommend making your appointment early enough to account for any unexpected fixes—at least two months before the wedding, and even earlier if you’re doing anything custom to your gown. For weddings scheduled between April and June, however, keep in mind that your seamstress may also have a barrage of prom gowns to work on, so you’ll want to go early to ensure that she has plenty of time for yours. Fall weddings are some of the most popular months to get married, so your seamstress might have numerous wedding dresses to alter besides your dress.

 

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Photo by: Oh. What A Day Photography


Photo by: Oh. What A Day Photography

 

2. Don't forget your accessories! For your first fitting, bring any undergarments, shapewear, and the shoes you plan to wear to your wedding. When having a dress altered, the only way to perfect your seamstress’s measurements is to let her know exactly how your dress will need to fit. Most importantly, you have to commit to these items, and especially your shoes; this is the only way to make sure that your gown is hemmed correctly, and you certainly don’t want to be tripping all over your wedding day. At the end of this fitting, your seamstress will give you a general timeline for her work. Keep in mind that seamstresses are human too, so the timelines might vary due to sudden emergencies. 


Photo by: Janita Mestre Photography


Photo by: Janita Mestre Photography

 

3. No last minute weight loss/gain. Wedding planning is one of the most stressful times in your life, so it is perfectly natural for you to gain or lose weight. However, it is important that you are realisitc about your weight loss goals. When you lose or gain weight; the bust, waist, and length will be affected. If you continue to lose weight between fittings, for example, your gown likely won’t fit the way it was intended to at your second fitting. Additional fittings usually aren’t a problem, but you want to keep this in mind in case your seamstress is working on a tight schedule. Ideally, your final fitting should happen the week before your wedding, after which she will finally close all of the seams. You will typically pick up your freshly steamed dress and veil between one and three days later.   


Photo by: Aislinn Kate Photography

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Photo by: Aislinn Kate Photography

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