Wedding dress alterations can be scary if you're not sure what to expect. At The Perfect Bride, we try to make the process as easy as possible. Read on to find three tips that will help you survive your alteration journey.
Why Does the Type of Design Matter?
No matter if you are planning on wearing your mom's wedding dress, bought a custom, sample or off the rack gown, there will be alterations. If you are getting a custom dress, remember to order more materials such as fabric, lace and beading, instead of trying to match it later in alterations.
There will be unforeseen possibilities like weight gain or loss, so be prepared, and be aware of what it may mean to your perfect dress.
Selecting a particular type of dress can be easier to alter, and others can be very expensive. The first rule is that it is simpler to take in a garment than it is to disassemble it, add to it and rebuild the work of art. Depending on the gown, it can also be more difficult to reconfigure, for example, a dress with a built-in corset can be easier to snug up or expand, whereas a slinkier gown is more challenging with weight changes.
Trim or design at the bottom of the skirt cannot just be hemmed, but instead, must be taken up at the waist. Then there is lace, beading and embroidery; to alter the gown, these materials may have to be removed and reapplied.
So, you have picked you perfect wedding dress — congratulations! Before the purchase, just to be clear, we are all aware of the practice to buy clothes too small to inspire weight loss, but this isn't the time to do that.
What About Timing?
When possible, you'll want to give yourself enough time before the wedding to ensure the dress isn't an issue on your perfect day. If you are ordering your gown, you'll need as much as 20 weeks for your dream dress to arrive. Once the dress is delivered, depending on the complexities, alterations can take up to three fittings or more, and over a period of six to eight weeks, with the last appointment a week to a week and a half from the wedding.
Should there be significant changes to the design, then you'll need to figure in a few more weeks to address it. To prevent the possibility of something happening to your gown at home, pick up your dress from the shop a couple of days before the wedding.
Will You Need an Experienced Tailor?
Be smart and chose your tailor wisely. The Perfect Bride has an experienced tailor in-house so you know you'll be in talented hands. Any good tailor can provide you with references, pictures of past works and an initial estimate of fees. The tailor should also be able to provide you with variables that will increase the cost.
You should, at the minimum, budget for $500 for alterations. That's not a lot to budget for when you consider that it can cost $225 to shorten your gown, $150 to resew seams and $50 to cut a neckline. Design changes can cost up to a few hundred to add lace, beading, sleeves or change fabric. The materials themselves also are an additional cost. Matching the materials can also be a challenge as if you are ordering more fabric, it won't be identical to the fabric of the dress because it's not the from the same lot.
Finally, be prepared when you are at your alteration appointments. Don't wear makeup that may get on the dress, but do wear good undergarments as you may be only partially dressed during the fitting. Also, have your shoes purchased early enough so that you aren't waiting till the last moment to get the dress hemmed.
The Perfect Bride reminds you that how it fits is what matters. Call us with your questions and concerns at 440-331-5113. We look forward to helping you perfect your dress!