The fact is, unless you hire a designer to custom make your wedding gown from scratch, you have a 99% chance of needing alterations. We know, it’s another “cost” to add to the ever-growing list of wedding expenditures, but if you want your dress to fit you like a glove (and you do, of course!), then this is a must have item on that list.
When you order your gown, your bridal stylist takes your measurements and discusses the designer’s size chart with you. If you are like the vast majority of women, you’ll find that your measurements will not match the chart as a perfect size. There are many variations of these scenarios, but a few are: 1) your bust size may be one size larger than your waist and hip fit, or 2) your hips are one size, waist a different size, and bust still another. No worries though…this happens ALL THE TIME! So, your consultant will walk you through the chart and bring you to the size closest to your desired fit. Whichever parts don’t quite fit into the chart parameters will be altered by a knowledgeable alterations professional to be exactly right.
The style of the dress will be taken into consideration, but normally the body measurement that is largest will determine the size. An experienced seamstress can easily take wedding gowns in and make them smaller. They will tell you though, that difficulty arises when they attempt to make gowns larger because of small seam allowances, gown embellishments, etc. Keep this in mind when ordering your gown. Many brides plan to lose weight and are tempted to order a smaller size than one that fits currently. Ultimately, the gown size you order is your decision, but just remember that there’s a chance your weight loss plan may not go as you intended. Gowns can always be taken in, but letting them out is tricky at best. After you’ve ordered your gown and it comes into the bridal shop, your gown pros will put it on you and help determine the areas that need adjusted or hemmed and bustled.
Your wedding day will be filled with a flourish of activity, and you’ll be wearing your dress for many hours. With the proper alterations, your gown will not only be comfortable to be in, but will hug you in all the right places and look as fresh as the moment you put it on! You’ll be so thankful for your smart investment in that incredible seamstress!
Your New Beginnings Bridal Studio Team