You’ve found your dream wedding dress, but it’s not quite perfect… Yet. Maybe it’s missing just that one little thing… Perhaps it has a straight neckline, and your heart was set on a sweetheart neckline. Or maybe it has tank straps, and you would really prefer delicate cap-sleeves. Did you know that with the help of an experienced seamstress or alterations specialist, it’s possible to achieve your dream wedding dress? From simply taking a dress in, to a drastic alteration, read our tips for successful wedding dress alterations!
1. The Possibilities Are Endless…
When it comes to altering your wedding dress, remember that the possibilities truly are endless. Countless Maggie Brides have altered their wedding dresses, adding sleeves, changing the neckline, adding a bolero or jacket, or adding a nude lining. Keep in mind the more labor-intensive your alteration, it will take longer and potentially cost more money.
2…. That Being Said, Timing is Everything
The length of alterations completely depends on what you’re having done. Taking a bit in on the sides won’t take nearly as long as reconstructing a bodice. When talking with your alterations specialist, be realistic about your time frame. If your wedding is in two weeks, you likely won’t have time for a complete overhaul. Make an appointment once you’ve found your dress to discuss the timeline of alterations.
3. Experience, Experience, Experience
Most bridal shops have experiences seamstresses or tailors, available to assist with all your alterations questions. If they don’t, ask if they have any recommendations. Wedding gowns have so many intricate details, from boning to hems to bustles and everything in between, it’s best to find a professional that has worked on bridal gowns before, and is familiar with bridal fabrics.
4. Come Prepared
When you’re ready for your wedding dress alterations, bring the same items you brought when trying on wedding dresses… Undergarments, shoes, accessories. Don’t have the exact shoe yet? Bring something similar in height to ensure the hemline is the appropriate length.