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Here Comes the Fitting: What to Expect at Your Wedding Dress Fitting

(Photo courtesy Tang's Bridal and Alterations)

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings

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A wedding dress is one of the most important purchases a bride will make, and a dress fitting is an essential part of the process. A dress fitting allows the bride to try on her wedding dress and make sure it fits perfectly, ensuring that she looks and feels her best on her special day. Here is what to expect at your dress fitting, including what undergarments to wear, how long the alteration process takes, and tips for interviewing a seamstress.

Undergarments to Wear

When attending a dress fitting, it’s important to wear the undergarments that you plan on wearing on your wedding day. This includes a strapless or supportive bra, shapewear if desired, and underwear that is seamless and nude-colored. Wearing the right undergarments will help you get an accurate idea of how the dress will look on your wedding day and ensure that the alterations are made to fit your body perfectly.

How Long Does It Take for Your Dress to be Altered?

The amount of time it takes to alter a wedding dress can vary depending on the dress and the complexity of the alterations. On average, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for a dress to be altered. It’s important to schedule your dress fitting well in advance of your wedding day to allow enough time for alterations to be made.

During the fitting, the seamstress will take measurements and make alterations to the dress, such as adjusting the hemline, taking in or letting out the bodice, or adding bustle points for the train. Be sure to communicate any concerns or desired alterations with the seamstress to ensure that the dress fits you perfectly.

Interviewing a Seamstress

Choosing the right seamstress for your wedding dress is an important part of the dress-fitting process. Here are some tips for interviewing a seamstress:

  1. Ask for references or read reviews online to get an idea of the seamstress’s experience and quality of work.
  2. Discuss the alterations you need and ask for a timeline and price estimate.
  3. Make sure the seamstress understands your vision for the dress and can work with any special requests you may have.
  4. Ask if the seamstress has experience working with your specific dress style and fabric.
  5. Communicate any concerns or questions you may have during the consultation to ensure a smooth and stress-free alteration process.

Attending a dress fitting is an essential part of the wedding dress process. By wearing the right undergarments, allowing enough time for alterations to be made, and interviewing a qualified seamstress, you can ensure that your dress fits perfectly and that you look and feel your best on your special day. Remember to communicate any concerns or special requests with your seamstress to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable dress-fitting experience.

Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today. 



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