After you say “Yes” to your perfect dress, it is important to know that there are a few steps in between now and the moment you walk down that aisle in order to perfect your bridal look. Almost all bridal gowns need some form of alterations and the extent of that work can vary greatly. With the help of a professional seamstress, you’ll be ready for your special day with a gown that fits your figure like a glove.
During the ordering process you’ll find that gowns are typically not stocked and are made-to-order. A special order is placed for your gown and this is the reason they typically take 4-6 months to arrive. Although measurements were taken in order to select your size, it is important to note that wedding gowns are not custom fitted. Meaning, they are cut according to a size chart and not according to your exact measurements. This is also the case for length.
European size charts are much different than our regular everyday clothing. With that being said, odds are your measurements in all three areas, bust, waist, and hip, do not fall perfectly at your selected size. Often times we opt to play it safe and size up according to your largest measurement. We of course take into consideration the silhouette of the dress as well. In order to get your gown to fit your figure flawlessly, that’s where a professional steps in.
Some designers/dresses provide allowances (extra fabric) in the seams in case we need to perform a let out. Whether taking in or letting out, the designers build the dresses in such a way that it doing so won’t hurt the integrity of the dress and details. Most bridal seamstresses are used to reworking fabrics and opening up seams and can make custom and unique changes. It can be a scary moment when the seamstress first begins to work her magic, but you have to remember to trust the professionals and that they know exactly what they need to do in order to have your gown hug your body just right. PS – you might see scissors, don’t freak out! We would never do anything to harm your gown! Think of scissors as your friend when it comes to your bridal gown, they play a huge role in making your wedding dress perfect!
When prepping for your first bridal alteration appointment, make sure to pack your undergarments, shoes, and accessories. Your undergarments and shoes will ensure the proper fit and length for the hem of your gown. If you don’t have the exact shoes you’ll be wearing, make sure to bring something with the same heel height.
The ideal timeline to begin the alteration process is approximately three months before the wedding. The first fitting is typically the longest due to the pinning process. By the second fitting you’ll see some or most of the work complete. Also, keep in mind that the number of fittings depends on how many adjustments are needed. On average, most brides need three fittings to achieve that perfect fit. Things like fluctuations in measurements or custom change requests will play a major role in determining the number of fittings needed.
Ve’Lace Bridal offers in store alterations services for the convenience of our brides. We love to see the transformations and we will always be here for you every step of the way! As we say at Ve’Lace, you are a representation of us when you walk down that aisle. It is the best form of marketing for our business. We want and need your gown to look absolutely perfect!