The dress of your dreams can turn into the stuff of nightmares with the wrong Seamstress. Read on for tips to ensure your spot-on, perfectly-fitted dress!
In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, you will be meeting with your seamstress for any necessary alterations to make your gown fit like a glove. These can be anything from a hem, bustle, take in, let out, and strap adjustments, to additional work to personalize your dress such as sewing in a handkerchief or other sentimental piece, adding buttons, changing the neckline shape, and more.
Some bridal stores charge a flat fee. This is okay if you need lots of work done and multiple fittings, but definitely not great if you only need a few changes.
Whatever alterations your wedding dress requires, there are some very important things to do prior to starting them.
- First fitting. Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo recommends scheduling this 4-5 weeks before your wedding because you are closest to your wedding shape and weight. You will put your dress on and consult with the seamstress on adjustments. The communication must be clear and you must feel confident that she cares about you. She will pin areas where the work will be done. Also, bring your shoes for hemming and bustling purposes.
- Find out an estimate of costs prior to having the work done. Hemming dresses with numerous layers, doing beadwork, removing/replacing appliques, these can add up so find out approximate cost first. (If your bridal store charges a flat fee, reconfirm there are no additional fees involved.)
- If you feel like that particular seamstress is not a good fit for you, find another one. Recommendations from other brides, community groups, and online searches/reviews can lead you to another who may provide you the peace of mind and confidence required.
- At your last fitting, make sure to take someone along for bustle instructions. The bustle is the lifting of the train of your gown (using buttons or hooks) that is done prior to the reception, allowing you to dance and move about without stepping on your train. You may even want to take a video of it, just in case a few glasses of champagne get in the way of remembering…
An idea to consider is to schedule your hair/make up trial just before your fitting, so you can see your look come together!
Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo has trusted and experienced seamstresses doing fittings both in-store and in-studio. We also have relationships with numerous others who may be more of a fit for difficult schedules, locations, etc.
In addition, we work with bridal vendors who will do custom sizing, changes, petite cuts, custom lengths, and various other changes directly to your dress as it is being made and this can lead to real savings in your alterations costs.
The outstanding women we work with – our bridal consultants and our seamstress partners – are committed to making your dress perfect so you feel beautiful and confident on one of the most special days of your life. From the dressing room to the aisle, make your bridal appointment with us, find your dream dress, and let us take 5-star care of you.