What You Need to Know About Wedding Dress Alterations

What You Need to Know About Wedding Dress Alterations

Once you’ve found the princess ball gown (or sleek and chic dress) of your dreams, chances are, you will have the dress altered. Here are four tips to navigating what can be a lengthy and costly process.  

Anticipate Alterations

You’re probably going to need them, unless you’re extremely lucky or you have a custom gown. Budget between $400 and $700, and keep in mind that some fabrics, like charmeuse and chiffon, may be more expensive to tailor, while lace and linen are less so.

Do It Early

You don’t want the stress of alterations running up right until the week before you wedding! Plan to make a few trips to the tailor, so pop in as soon as you have your dress, which you should have ordered at least eight months before your wedding date.

Come Prepared

When you arrive to each fitting (as well as when you shop for the gown), know what undergarments you’ll be wearing with it. Whether that’s Spanx, a strapless bra, or other shape wear, make sure you’re wearing it, because it can make a big difference. And, it’s best to tote along those heels (if you’ll be wearing some on the big day), so that you have an accurate idea of the hemline. If you’re planning to accessorize, bring that, too. It’s a good idea to see what everything will look like, so you can adjust as needed, as opposed to scrambling closer to the wedding date.

Leave The Gang At Home

Save this occasion for a date with mom, and perhaps one more close friend or relative. It’s hard to make a decision with many opinions, so make a date with your girls to fill them in on all the lacey details after you’ve picked the dress. If you have a maid (or matron) of honor, have her come along to the last fitting so she can learn how to do the bustle.

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