Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Dress Alterations

Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Dress Alterations

You have done it. You found your wedding dress of course! But in the midst of anxiously waiting for your gown to arrive, what can you do to plan your next steps? Let’s start with cutting it up and putting it back together. (We might be being a little dramatic here). But really, one of the most important parts of your wedding gown journey is arranging your dress’ alterations to get the custom fit that makes everyone swoon as you walk down the aisle.

Here is the reality of your dream dress: even after being ordered in your size, the dress is not going to fit perfectly. And even if a miracle happened and it did, you will likely need to get your dress bustled for reception dancing after the ceremony! This is where your alteration journey comes in to play.

Here are a few tips to get you prepared:

Schedule a few fittings. One for after your wedding dress arrives and the second a month or two away from your wedding. You may even need to schedule a third right before the wedding. Body weight often fluctuates before a major life event such as a wedding and is very common for brides to experience these shifts. In order to get the perfect fit right before the big day, we highly recommend scheduling your last fitting about a month before you tie the knot.

You’ll need to bring more than just your wedding gown. In order to accurately alter your dress, you will also need to bring the shoes and any undergarments you plan to wear under the dress. This way you can be as close to accurate on the first round. Tip “2.a.” Bring people you trust with you! It’s best to keep this to just a couple people (your mom or grandmother, maid of honor, etc.) so that you don’t get overwhelmed!

Make sure that your wedding shoes are tagging along. Rocking five inch stilettos versus cute little pointed flats is going to make a major difference in how your dress is altered. This is a key piece to altering the length of your dress and ensuring that it fits your frame perfectly.

Budget, budget, budget. Before you even purchase your dress, it is encouraged that consider what you may need to spend in alterations as this almost always an additional expense after purchasing your dress.

For all of our Indy Brides trying to find the perfect place for alterations, we HIGHLY reccomend Something Wonderful in Broad Ripple which is owned and operated by master seamstress Sarah Knochel.

And for any of your more detailed questions about your Blue House Bridal dress’ alterations, you can always give us a ring!


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