Once you’ve found the one (dress, that is!) there’s still much to do before you walk down the aisle. Your wedding gown needs to fit perfectly. That’s why fittings and alterations are a very important part of the process. At The Collection Bridal in Orlando, Florida, our stylists are here to guide you every step of the way, from the very first appointment to your final fitting. Now you can learn these tips from the bridal experts. Learn about your first wedding dress fitting here.
Buy undergarments and shoes before the first fitting
Supportive undergarments include a comfortable, non-slip strapless bra, padded bra, shapewear, spandex, and underwear that you plan to wear under your dress. This gives you a better idea of how the dress will look and feel on your wedding day. Make sure you can move around comfortably!
Bring bridal shoes to the appointment
You can buy bridal shoes prior to the fitting to help determine the right length for your dress. If you don’t have the right shoes yet, you can bring in a pair of heels that are similar to the height you desire. It’s important to inform your seamstress if they are not the right height so they can make adjustments as necessary.
Try on headpieces and veils
Accessories, headpieces, and veils can change the appearance of your wedding dress based on what you decide to wear. For example, a long cathedral veil will fall differently on the dress than a shorter one. Try on a few different types of veils and trains to learn which works best for you.
Learn about the bustle
During your first fitting, watch how the dress moves to make sure there is no bunching or pulling of material. For a full-length dress with a bustle, it’s essential to learn about any buttons, hooks, and loops so you can become familiar with them. If possible, try to bring the person who will help you in and out of the dress for a quick tutorial.
Know how you will wear your hair
You may choose to let your hair down or pin it up in an updo. Whichever way you choose, try to wear your hair in a similar manner to how you plan to wear it on your wedding day. This way, you will be able to see where your hair falls on the dress and whether or not you want to alter your style.
During the initial fitting, you can speak with a seamstress about what other details need to be taken care of in the alterations process. This includes placing custom straps, altering the neckline, or adding lace or beads to certain areas. Give yourself plenty of time to make these alterations to determine how many other fittings you may need.
At The Collection Bridal, all of our alterations are done in the salon. We are excited to work with brides to make sure they are getting the dress of your dreams. To learn more about our bridal shop, contact our staff and schedule an appointment.