A GUIDE TO YOUR FIRST BRIDAL GOWN FITTING

I previously shared this post on my blogger account and have since then changed my blog platform.  I'm sharing this article again.  Enjoy!

Since most bridal shops only carry gowns in sample sizes, if you're a petite or plus size bride, it is always a good idea to call ahead and ask if they have smaller or larger sizes.  Knowing ahead of time what sizes are available will prepare you for a much more pleasant experience.  You may need to try on gowns that don't necessarily fit and you will mostly likely end up purchasing a gown that will require alterations.  That is why for your first fitting, it is essential to know the following:  

Alterations:
Alterations are usually a separate fee from the price of the gown.  In some instances, you will be billed based on each individual modification to the gown.  That means that if the sleeves need to be shortened, waist needs to be taken in or the gown needs to be
shortened, all of these adjustments will be assessed separately.  A fee may be associated with having to replace any beading around the hem if the gown will be shortened.  And lastly, how many fittings will actually be required.  Other shops charge a flat rate and you can come back as often as you need to until the final product is complete.   (More on fees for alterations in our upcoming blog... stay tuned)

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Inspired Bride

Photo: Inspired Bride

Things to Know:
Your first fitting will take place about six weeks prior to your wedding day.  A second fitting will usually take place about 4 weeks prior to your wedding day.  During your final fitting, bring a friend or your mom.  Make sure that your dress flows nicely and that you're comfortable moving in it.  If the gown needs bustling or has complicated straps or buttons, ask the salesperson or seamstress to teach your friend or mom how to handle them so that they are prepared to help you on the day of your wedding.  

What to Bring:
Although it is not important to bring your bridal shoes or undergarments to your initial try on, it is essential that you bring these items to your first fitting once your appointment is confirmed.  Your bridal gown assistant will or I dare to say, "should" advise you of this.  If you plan on wearing a slip or any other hosiery, you should bring these to your fitting along with your bra as well.  

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Same goes with shoes. Bring the shoes that you will be wearing on your wedding day.  This will ensure that the measurements for the hem are accurate. A small switch or change in the heel height may cause your dress to not fit properly.  The length of your gown should skim the front of the shoes' toe area.  A gown that is left too long will wrinkle at the hem and you can end up possibly walking over it.

Decide on your accessories: veils, necklace sets or headpieces. Purchase these items prior to your fitting so that you can see how everything will look together.

Expect to return for at least 3-4 visits if you're ordering a pre-made gown that requires alterations.  For custom made gowns, 1 or 2 fittings will do since the dress will initially be made to the bride's specifications and exact measurements.  Alterations are usually only necessary when weight fluctuations occur or if other custom adjustments will be made. 

Photo: OneWed

Photo: OneWed

Hope you have a great time at your fittings!

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