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We’ve written so many posts about choosing your ideal wedding dress. But we’ve never properly discussed how to move in your wedding dress once you’ve purchased it.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that, on your wedding day, you won’t be moving about with the same ease that you do in your gym gear. You’ll be travelling at a slower pace and taking extra care. That being said, you don’t want to be so confined by the dress that you can’t fully enjoy the fabulous day you’ve got planned. That’s where our wedding dress alterations checklist comes in!
Think of this wedding alterations checklist as a simple set of instructions to help you test-drive your wedding dress during the alterations process. That way, you can avoid any discomfort or wardrobe malfunctions!
The golden rule of alterations is that you start with a garment that’s too big for you, and a sewer takes it in. This can either be done in-house at the boutique or by a bridalwear specialist. It’s during these fittings that you can really achieve a good fit. But what exactly is a good fit? Well, stick with us, because we’ve got that covered too.
To achieve the right fit when it comes to wedding dress alterations, you’ll first need to figure out how mobile you want to be in your wedding dress. This varies heavily on the type of day you’ve got planned. Most wedding days require very little strenuous activity beyond performing your own personal interpretation of YMCA during the DJ set.
If you’re having your ceremony in a forest or trekking up a mountain for wedding portraits, however, you’ll want a bit of extra room in your dress. Before your fitting, have a think about what you’ll be doing on the day. Especially think about what you’ll be doing in the lead-up to your wedding portraits, as this is when your dress needs to look its best. Now you’re ready for your fitting!
Here’s a handy list of items you need to bring with you:
There are a few moves you need to pull during your wedding dress fitting to guarantee a great fit. Note that we aren’t using the phrase “perfect fit” because honestly, it doesn’t exist. A skin-tight wedding dress looks amazing but isn’t practical. A loose wedding dress doesn’t look great but is a dream to wear. You’re looking for that sweet spot in between.
But don’t go flailing about in the dressing room just yet. Make sure the person who’s doing the alterations is happy for you to move about and take it nice and slow. There may be pins or temporary stitches in place, and you don’t want to damage the dress at this stage.
If it turns out you can’t do everything on the wedding dress alterations checklist comfortably, don’t panic. Usually, the designer, staff from your boutique, or the person doing the alterations will be able to offer a solution. If not, you may just have to remember not to lift your arms too high on the day. Or accept that there might be a little tear or two by the time you make it to the bridal suite. It’s crucial that you’re comfortable in the dress. But some things, like bringing a friend with you to the bathroom, or having to lift your skirt as you walk, you can learn to live with. And if all else fails, your new spouse can always carry you around. It’s the least they can do, don’t you agree?