Fit is everything, which is why, when it comes to your wedding dress, alterations are everything. You can splurge on a pricey dress, but if it’s not altered properly it won’t look any better than a gown that’s a tenth of the cost.
Here are 5 TIPS when it comes to bridal alterations.
Keep on Schedule: It is best to buy your dress early enough to leave plenty of time for fittings and tailoring. Schedule a fitting 2 months before the wedding and a final fitting no later than two weeks before your wedding.
Budget for Alterations: Bridal Alterations can add up. Some shops charge per service ($200 to shorten your gown, $150 to resew seams, etc.) while others charge a flat fee that covers anything you’ll need to make the dress fit you perfectly. Design changes can cost anywhere from $50, to cut a sweetheart neckline, to hundreds of dollars.
Don’t Buy a Gown to Small: Never buy a too-small dress, thinking you will lose the weight. It’s easier to take in a larger dress, than to let a smaller one out.
Wear your Wedding Shoes: A seamstress will adjust the hem based on the shoes you’ll be wearing at the wedding. If you haven’t picked out your wedding shoes yet, bring a pair with a comparable height. Your hemline should gently graze the ground, so that you don’t trip.
Bring Along Undergarments: Whatever undergarments you plan on wearing bring them along for your fitting. Spanx or the right strapless bra can make a difference.