5 Must-Have Rules for Wedding Dress Alterations

Ever bought a wedding dress and then realized it doesn’t fit as you thought? Most brides go to alterations so their dresses can be tailored to their specific needs.

However, some rules should always be followed when getting your dress altered – both for the sake of your sanity and for the longevity of the fabric. In this article, we’ll discuss five must-have rules for wedding dress alterations!

Getting Your Wedding Dress Altered

Brides want to look spectacular on their special day, and it’s important to note that wedding dress alterations are always necessary. Wedding dresses come in generic sizes and need to be tailored to the specific body of each person.

To get your wedding dress fitted perfectly, make an appointment with a seamstress in advance. The bridal salon will compare the designer’s size chart to your measurements and place an order for the closest sized gown.

A Seamstress to Alter Your Gown

A seamstress will alter your gown in person and also be able to make the perfect alterations if they are needed. A tailor is not always the same as a seamstress!

The most important factor when considering altering a wedding dress, or any clothing for that matter, is fabric quality. You must have an expert work with fabrics like taffeta and chiffon because these materials can quickly rip or fray.

Ensuring the Bust Area Fits Properly When Altering Wedding Gowns To Fit Your Skin

When it comes to alterations, most brides have a specific part of the dress they are concerned about – whether that’s their waistline, hips, or length. But one thing often forgotten about when getting alterations done on a wedding gown is ensuring the chest area fits properly so you can wear a bra with it!

This rule may not seem like much at first glance but trust us- no bride wants to be worried and adjusting her top during pictures because she felt uncomfortable in her skin (even if others might not notice).

Schedule Several Dress Fittings

Most of the work will be done by your tailor before your wedding day. It’s important to go through at least one fitting with them before walking down the aisle. This ensures that all the work they have put into altering and customizing your dress is still perfect for you (just in case any adjustments need to be made) and also provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions or make last-minute tweaks.

Plus, if something does come up during this final fitting, there will more than likely be enough time for another appointment without having everything rush towards the end!

Don’t Bring A Lot of People To Your Alteration Appointments

This tip is a little more personal, but it’s worth mentioning. If you’re like me and going to start feeling claustrophobic as soon as someone else steps in the door of your fitting room (especially if they happen to be holding an iPhone!), then leave them out!

It can also help keep the mood light without distractions or interruptions when everyone knows what their role is.

When selecting your wedding gown and getting it altered, it helps to plan ahead to reduce your level of stress and the amount of time you’ll need to spend at the alteration appointments.

If you’re still trying to decide on a dress, that in itself can be stressful and take up more time from your schedule than necessary, so start shopping early!