save on dress alterations

How to save on dress alterations

As long as brides think simply, stick to a plan and know their budget, the dress alterations should go smoothly.
Feb. 5, 2014 | By: The idoo.ca staff

The dress is singlehandedly the most important thing for a bride. Most women think about their dress from an early age, and know it off by heart before they have even seen it for the first time in real life. This means that it has to be exactly right on the big day, and this can also mean a big bill from the seamstress. Here’s some ways to save without sacrificing aesthetic perfection.

Think big

While there is a lot to be said for getting a good fitting at the time of buying the dress, women’s bodies change as much as their hairstyles, so it is important that it will be easy to adjust if this is the case. Assuming that no dress is ‘just right’ at the fitting, this leaves two options; needing to make it bigger or smaller. The easier of the two is reducing the size, so aim for this when buying the dress.

Follow a plan

The timeline from first fitting to last is often as long as 4 months, so those who are planning to have plenty done to the dress need to work this into their timeframe. Alterations can almost never be done ‘on the fly’, so it is important to have time booked with the seamstress leading up to the big day to make sure everything sits perfectly.

Get your kit on

Unless it’s a beach wedding, the dress is unlikely to be worn with bare feet. For this reason, it makes sense to put the shoes on for each fitting to see an accurate picture of how it will look on the day. This also goes for bras, panties and stockings.

Do not dry clean

Letting the hem down on a pair of trousers is easy, but the same cannot be said for altering expensive lace wedding gowns. For this reason alterations should be done by recommended and experienced seamstresses, not the dry cleaning shop on the corner.

The bottom line is as long as brides think simply, stick to a plan and know their budget, the dress alterations should go smoothly. After all, planning is a bride’s best friend.

The idoo.ca staff.

Comments