5 tips on wedding dress alteration



Fit is everything, that’s why when it comes to THE wedding dress, alterations are extremely important. One can choose a pricey gown, but if it's not altered properly, it will not look any better than a gown that's a tenth of the cost. As you break out the measuring tape, we at Vanila Wedding Boutique in Dubai provide five key things to remember when it comes to bridal gown alterations.

1. Every wedding dress needs to be fitted

Wedding dresses aren’t typically made-to-measure, so very rarely does a bride’s size match a designer’s size perfectly. After you select your dream wedding dress, the bridal boutique compares your measurements to the designer’s size chart and orders the closest size of gown. Once it arrives, the dress must then be tailored precisely to fit your shape and form and height.

2. Plan not just one, but two or maybe three dress fittings

Bridal showrooms usually recommend that brides have two to three wedding dress fittings. Schedule your first fitting to take place at least 1.5 months before your wedding day, the second fitting about a month before your wedding, and your final fitting at the two-week mark. Typically, your gown goes home with you at the final fitting. It is normal to have 2-3 fittings of the wedding dress, since the alteration process goes step by step, not all at the same time.

3. Bring the right bridal accessories

For your first fitting, bring the shoes and undergarments you plan to wear on your exact wedding day, as these can greatly impact the fit of your gown. A pair of sky-high stilettos will require your wedding dress to be a different length than if you opted for a pair of sparkly bridal sneakers. The length of your veil will dictate if there are any adjustments that need to be done on the length of the train as well to match the overall look and design. 

4. Don’t freak out if your dress doesn’t fit right away

During your first fitting at the bridal boutique you get to try on your actual wedding dress for the first time. But be prepared—it probably won’t fit (which is alright!). It is extremely rare when the wedding dress from the standard size fits a bride like a glove. Be direct with your seamstress about how you envision your dress looking and feeling. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your seamstress questions and listen to the recommendations of the professionals as well. One of our major tips for wedding dress alterations from our bridal showroom Dubai is to be open and honest about what you want in your bridal look. As mentioned earlier, the step-by-step approach in wedding dress alteration means that sometimes it is correct to alter only the top, as once you adjust the straps or bodice, the dress might lift, which means that you will be doing the length measurements in your second fitting. And it is OK.

5. Be selective when choosing your entourage

It is proper wedding dress fitting etiquette to bring only one or two close friends or family members to get a second opinion. But just like dress shopping, we at the bridal showroom Dubai do not recommend to bring too many people—all those opinions will stress you out and make the tailor’s job much more difficult and it is a private fitting. At the last fitting, bring your mom or maid of honor to get a tutorial in bustling your back corset—they’ll need to handle this important task on your wedding day and it takes time and precision.

So here are the 5 main tips on your wedding dress alterations. We at Vanila wedding boutique Dubai provide the wedding dress alteration services for the dresses purchased in our wedding shop. For more details, please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact detail information.