What To Know About Wedding Dress Alterations

At our bridal shop in Orlando, we know that the right fit is everything. While wedding dresses are not always made-to-measure, fittings and alterations ensure that your dream dress looks as if it were made just for you. At The Collection Bridal, we have an expert team of stylists who help you look and feel gorgeous on your wedding day. Not only that, we help brides understand the process of alterations so the dress will perfectly match your unique size and shape. Here’s how to approach wedding dress alterations like a pro! 

Requesting Bridal Dress Alterations 

The Collection Bridal has an in-house team for alterations, so feel free to express all the changes you want to be made during the process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or bring up concerns. Our professionals have encountered many different types of situations and can help you out. 

To take the stress out of alterations, you should purchase your dress early so you have plenty of time for fittings. We suggest a period of 10 months or more, since it may take up to a few months for the dress to arrive in-store. When making major changes to the dress, leave ample room in your schedule in case you need another fitting. 

Budgeting And Bridal Accessories 

Many brides leave room in their wedding budget for the dress and accessories but will often forget about alterations. Small changes won’t result in expensive charges, but keep in mind that any dramatic changes such as adding lace or beading may cost more. 

When prepping for alterations, bring your wedding shoes to the appointment. If you haven’t picked them yet, bring in a pair with comparable height size so your tailor can make adjustments to the hem. You should also bring undergarments and any other accessories you plan to wear on your wedding day. The right strapless bra or shapewear can make a big difference! And while jewelry may not make a difference for fit, they help you visualize your final look and see where they fall on the dress and neckline. 

The Final Fitting 

At the final fitting, the hemline should gently touch the ground. This way, you can walk and dance comfortably without fear of tripping. When you try on the dress again, take a walk around the shop and make sure it is the right length. You can bring a close friend (such as your maid of honor) or a family member to the final fitting. An extra set of eyes will be able to catch certain details you may not be able to. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to speak up! Being vocal is an important part of the process so you can avoid an uncomfortable fit. 

When you come in for your appointment at The Collection Bridal, we take the time to get to know you and your personal style. After a sit-down consultation, we will help you shop our salon and select a variety of gowns to try on. To find out more about our salon and services, reach out and speak to us today!