Wedding gown alterations

All About Wedding Gown Alterations

You must have tried your best to choose a wedding gown that perfectly brings out the bride in you. Kudos for that! But to be frank, the word “perfect” is an exaggeration. No wedding gown comes perfect. Only a few brides will take a wedding gown from the shop straight to the altar. Not because your size is not common, or your fit is difficult to achieve, but because manufacturers usually love to make dresses a little long. This is to accommodate people of all heights. Besides, nothing fits like what is tailor-made. That is why you need a seamstress to add the details needed to perfect your big day’s dress. 

Another reason you will need a wedding gown alteration is the change in your body size. When shopping for a wedding dress, you will likely be advised to give allowance for a change in your body size. This is more important if you are buying the dress early in your preparation. You’ve never been in this space before, so you have no idea how it’s going to affect you. But as the big day approaches , you will know where you stand.  That will be the time to alter your dress to fit your body perfectly. So, here is everything you need to know about wedding gown alterations.

Wedding dress alterationsLet’s Start with Wedding Dress Fitting

The aim of wedding dress fitting is to adjust your wedding dress to fit your body. Guests will admire you and your beautiful gown. Hence, the dress must be altered so that it correctly fits your size and shape. The length will be adjusted such that it won’t be too long but long enough to cover your shoes. The bust, waist, and hips must be adjusted to accentuate your body properly. You may also need to shorten the straps as most wedding gowns come with a little longer straps to accommodate all body sizes. Other adjustments may include the addition of waist stay and train loops.

Wedding dress fittings are usually done on more than one appointment. The first appointment should be done within an hour and usually consists of basic fittings that are obvious. This could be done immediately after buying the dress. If you desire only one more fitting, you should schedule it close to your wedding day. By then, you would have been sure what your body size will be on the big day. 

What to Do on Your Fitting Appointment Day

If you have scheduled an appointment with your tailor, consider it as a vital part of your wedding plan. Here are some tips to make sure you come prepared.  

Decide What You Want Beforehand

Decide ahead of the day the kind of adjustment you want. If you can get a picture to explain to the seamstress how you want the dress to look on your body, bring it!

Bring Your Wedding Shoes

It is best if  all measurements are taken with full consideration of the shoes you will wear on the big occasion. Therefore, go in your wedding shoes. Put them on to confirm the dress genuinely fits. 

Wedding shoes     

Also, Bring your Undergarments

If you are planning on wearing any type of shape wear, be sure to have it with you on the day of your fitting. The person doing your fitting will want to make sure that everything fits as it will on your wedding day, so it is best to have it at your fitting.

 Seek Opinion of Others

It is good to know what you want and go for it, but also seek other people’s opinions. Seamstresses are professionals, and they can guide you to make good decisions. It would also be best to go with a friend or family member who will observe you in the dress and advise accordingly.

We Are Here to Help You

At SAYES Miami we do in-house wedding gown alterations ranging from $450 - $900, depending on the necessary services. Hence, if you buy your wedding gown and accessory from us, you don’t have to worry about where to get it fitted. Our professional seamstresses and stylists will help you. It is our desire that you look and feel as beautiful as you can be on your wedding day. It is a big day for you, and we will be happy to be part of your journey.


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