What do I need to know about Wedding Dress Alterations?
How to achieve the perfect fit!
Hi, I’m Ness! I’m an independent bridal alterations specialist based in North Somerset (just outside Bristol). You can find me by visiting my Instagram profile @nessbridal If you’re reading this you must be engaged.. Congratulations!
So you’ve made one of the biggest wedding decisions yet – choosing your dress – and you found ‘THE one’. Yay! But did you know that the dress fitting process can be just as (if not more) important?
When it comes to wedding dresses, my only rule – regardless of what style you’re going for or how much you’re spending, is that your dress should fit you perfectly.
It’s so important that you not only feel beautiful and confident on the big day, but that you’re comfortable from that first walk up the aisle, all the way through to the last dance – and that’s where wedding dress alterations come in! Almost every bride will need to have some small tweaks made to their dress, yet this area is still a source confusion for many people.
A good golden rule to begin with when you’re dress shopping, is that you’ll always be in a better position if your dress is slightly too big for you rather than too small. It is a simpler, quicker and therefore less expensive job to tailor a dress smaller.
Find a seamstress who is recommended, nearby, and has lots of experience – specialising in bridal.
When trying on your dress, it’s important to think about the activities at your wedding: are you able to walk? Sit in it comfortably? Can you lift your arms and dance freely? Relay this information to your seamstress so she can make the changes accordingly.
Every body is beautiful and unique so it is really hard to manufacture dresses that would fit everyone. You know your body best and if there is something that looks off to you, don’t be afraid to ask questions and make changes. Some brides have an exact vision, and some find being decisive and speaking up are more of a challenge – and that’s ok! Either way, it will help if you choose a seamstress who really listens and makes you feel comfortable.
When you visit me you can expect a warm welcome, professionalism, and the knowledge that my extensive experience means you’re in safe hands. I believe that your dress fittings should be a fun and stress-free part of your wedding planning, so I’ve designed my studio to feel like a little oasis of calm! I understand how important it is that your dress feels like ‘you’ by epitomising your style and emphasising your figure. Sometimes I hear from brides who are a little panicked when their dress arrives at a store and the fit isn’t quite as they expected – please don’t worry, I’ll get it looking perfect for you!
It might be tempting to believe that alterations aren’t really necessary, but things like your dress being the correct length are often essential. Imagine tripping over your dress whilst walking down the aisle! Why spend good money on an incredible outfit and then settle for the fit not being 100%? An experienced seamstress will be able to advise you on ways to reduce your Wedding and bridesmaid dress costs, whilst getting a picture perfect result.
If you know that you are going to train or lose weight for your wedding, I can take your changing body into account when doing your alterations. We can also wait to shorten the length of your hem if you haven’t yet found your dream shoes.
I’ve worked on so many bridal gowns, I’m used to reworking fabrics and opening up seams so I can practically redesign a dress. This is particularly common when a bride would love to customise her mother’s gown. I can use the same fabric but create an updated style for you.
There is absolutely no need to settle with a dress that isn’t exactly what you want and usually after a well executed alteration you get the ‘dream dress moment’ again as it now fits you like a glove. I’ve had many brides in tears (of joy!) during their final fitting, seeing the transformation and realising how incredible they’re going to look on their wedding day.
Fit is everything!
It feels like such an honour for me to share these special moments. If you’re interested to learn more about wedding dress alterations, or have any questions – Please visit @nessbridal on Instagram or my listing on DMW.