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Wedding Planning Tips for getting your bridal dress fitting right

Some brides go for two or three fittings before they are sure that their bridal gown is good to go. When going for your fittings, here are some things you should have in mind

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A lot of work and fittings are carried out before a bride's wedding dress gets ready for the big day.

Some brides go for two or three fittings before they are sure that their bridal gown is good to go.

When going for your fittings, here are some things you should have in mind:

  • Plan ahead: Be sure to find out the bridal house' alteration policy and how many fittings you will need. Make sure you space your fittings out on the recommendation of your tailor. (Most tailors suggest three or four fittings, depending on how much needs to be done). Your final fitting should be about two weeks before your wedding. Don't panic if your dress doesn't fit like a glove at the first fitting. Your measurements may have changed since you ordered it and you still have plenty of time before your wedding.

  • Find your shoes: Take shoes along for your first fitting. This is when you’ll see your dress, check the colour, and try it on for family and friends. If you don’t have shoes, it’s nearly impossible for the tailor to begin the alterations and find the right length. If you feel like you won’t be able to last all day in high heels, don’t wear them. If your gown is hemmed for stilettos, it will drag on the floor and get dirty if you change into flats or decide to go barefoot halfway through the reception.

  • Choose your accessories: If possible, decide which jewels and headpiece/veils you’ll wear before the first fitting. That way, you can see your complete bridal look and have time to make adjustments if it doesn’t come together quite the way you imagined.

  • Buy underwear: What you'll wear beneath your bridal gown is extremely important and affects the look and fit of the gown. Some bridal shops sell bras, while others will require you to purchase and bring your own to the fitting. Some gowns require a full corset, where others may only need a strapless bra. If you're confused, ask your tailor. If you’re wearing a fitted gown, opt for undies that won’t give you visible lines.

  • Take note of the details: Ask questions and skim your gown for imperfections throughout the alternations process. Point out missing beading, puckering, or pulling. Make sure the dress falls smoothly and fits comfortably. Considering a sample? Understand the flaws and what the tailor can realistically do to improve them. If you can’t love them, leave them and chose another dress.

  • Take a friend along: Whether it’s a stylist, your maid of honour, or mom, make sure someone who is attending your wedding knows how to bustle your gown. Ask the tailor which fitting they should come to, then recommend that the lucky guest bring a camera or phone to take a video. She should record the tailor reciting the steps as she bustles the dress and then practice a few times.

  • Plan for the pick-up: At your final fitting schedule a date and a time to pick up your gown. Request that the dress be pressed, stuffed with a bust form, and hung in a garment bag. Ask that the train not be put inside the bag until you get there or it will wrinkle.

  • Have a plan B: Plan for unexpected accidents. For instance, what if you spill something on your dress? Some bridal shops will provide you with printed solutions to these and other problems, which is important when bridal brain kicks in. Ask for a reliable phone number for your tailor in case of an emergency, but know that once you leave the store, the dress is yours.

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