Wedding Dress Alteration Tips

Wedding Dress Alteration Tips

Your wedding day should be nothing short of perfect, and it all begins with the perfect dress. You want to feel comfortable and beautiful in the dress that will be shown off in photos for the rest of your life, so it is important to make sure it fits as it should. This is why alterations are so important. Here’s what you should know about wedding dress alterations:


Always keep alterations in mind when picking your wedding dress. You may find the perfect dress, but no matter what size you try on, it just doesn’t fit quite right. A simple cinched waist may do the trick, but you must first ask the salesperson what alterations are possible. If you need to change more than just taking in the dress and shortening the hem, you may want to keep searching. 


Never purchase a too-small dress as motivation. It is much easier to take in a larger dress than it is to let a smaller one out. Some dresses even have built-in corsets that can be tightened or loosened easily. 


All alterations should be scheduled with adequate time before your wedding date. Three appointments are usually sufficient. Consider having your first fitting three months ahead of the wedding date and the final fitting about two weeks out.

Speak Up

Make sure that your preferences are clear when it comes to your wedding dress alterations. Describe how you would like the dress to look on you. If something doesn’t feel right after the first alteration, let the seamstress know.


You should bring all undergarments that you plan to wear on your wedding day to your first alteration. This can include a bra, a bustier, Spanx, etc. You should also have your wedding shoes on hand as they are essential in marking the hem properly. 

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