5 Things To Consider When Having Your Wedding Dress Tailored


The perfect wedding dress should not only make you look stunning, but it must also fit you perfectly.

Most brides already have a clear picture of what their dream gown would look like. But there are a couple of things they probably don’t know about tailoring a wedding dress. With that said, here’s a list of considerations you have to think about when it comes to making alterations to your dream wedding dress.

1. Seamstress

All wedding dresses are unique as every bride needs different things. Usually, when you shop for wedding dresses online, each gown comes with a list of needed alterations. Most of the time, though, a professional seamstress can help you figure out these things. 

Consultations are usually free and the best thing about seamstresses is that they can help you make your dream wedding gown a reality. A seamstress can also take into account your changing body weight upon making the changes to your dress. They assist you in achieving the perfect bridal look and also help you in making well-informed decisions when it comes to styling your gown.

However, you need to make sure that the seamstress you work with is experienced, especially with bridal wear.

2. Schedule 

You should consult your seamstress to schedule your fittings in advance. Don’t make the mistake of checking with your tailor to make changes to your dress a week or two before your wedding. Seamstresses are also very busy, especially with the number of weddings that happen every season. It’s best to book your first fitting way at least two months before the big day. 

Tailoring a wedding dress can take several weeks to finish. In fact, you should book your fitting sessions even before you get your gown. This is to give enough time for your seamstress to complete your dress ahead of time, especially if you want to make many alterations to it.  

Getting the alterations done way too early is also bad. This can be a big problem, especially if you lose or gain weight as you get closer to the wedding. To prevent this from happening, plan your fittings in a way that your final schedule is within a week of your big day. 

3. Alterations

Alterations are essential if you want your wedding dress to be truly one-of-a-kind. A skilled tailor can make your dream gown unique. Wedding dress alterations are where you can add or replace some features and details of the gown. You can add sleeves or straps, change the neckline, add buttons, replace a zipper, rework the fabric, or any details that can make your dress stand out. 

You don’t even have to buy a luxurious wedding dress and then make alterations to it. Even a simple gown can be improved a lot as long as you and your tailor work together. If there’s something you want to add, be sure to tell it to your seamstress so it can be added during the alteration process. 

4. Accessories, Shoes, & Undergarments

The fit of your wedding gown depends on the shapewear and undergarments you’re going to wear underneath. For instance, if you’re going to wear a pair of sky-high stilettos, the hemline must be adjusted according to the height of your shoes. 

So, don’t forget to bring your shoes, undergarments, and accessories that you plan to wear on your wedding day to your scheduled fitting sessions to ensure that they are of the perfect length and fit with your gown. 

5. Wedding Veil

You might also want to bring your wedding veil with you during the fittings to try with the gown. This can help you see what your final look will look like. 

Although most brides prefer to shop for their veil, some high-end shops can create a custom veil for you. A custom veil is better as you get to incorporate your personal preferences and details. If you didn’t manage to find a veil that you like at the bridal shops or salons you visited, ask your tailor whether they can create a custom veil for you.  

Final Thoughts

A wedding dress is one of the most beautiful gowns a woman can ever wear in her lifetime. It is also often one of the few that must be tailored to fit a woman’s exact form. Each change or alteration made to the dress brings you closer to the wedding gown you’ve always dreamed of wearing as you walk down the aisle. Just don’t forget to relax and enjoy the process, especially with everything that you have to do in preparation for your wedding!

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.