Wedding Dress Fittings – Dos and Don’ts

Getting married and looking for your perfect Wedding Gown? Here are a few tips to help you on your quest for “The One”.

Do try on every style
Really try every style on whether you think it will be horrible or not. You will be surprised by how different things look on you. You also want to move around and see how it flows.

Don’t invite Negative people with you
Bring only positive friends and family who will give you good and honest feedback.

Do beware the magic bridal shop platform
Lots of bridal boutiques will provide a little platform for you to stand on in your dress. Problem with this is that it makes you look taller than you really are. Make sure you walk around the store and view yourself on the floor in your gown. Move around and see how the dress moves and how comfy it will be on your special day.

Do prepare for sales person positive words with every dress
Bridal shop sales people are there to sell. Most are on commission so bring your discerning friends and a critical eye.

Don’t forget to think about the actual day
Chose an appropriate dress for your wedding.

Don’t buy a dress planning to lose a lot of weight. Planning a wedding is a stressful time, don’t add to it by starving yourself.

Do wear the right underwear
Right color bra, petticoat, spanx, etc. Start with the right foundation and this will make the gown search so much easier.

Do book fittings at bridal boutiques where they stock your size
There’s nothing worse than being crammed into a tiny size that you can’t zip up and can’t see how it will hug your curves. Today there are so many shops to chose from you should be able to try on a dress that you can get a good idea how it will look on your body.

Don’t take pictures without asking
Some boutiques have strict policies on photos so ask first.

Don’t stress too much about timings
A lot of boutiques will say they need 6 – 8 months to turn around the gown in time for your wedding, but if you’re needing it sooner there are sample dresses available which can be altered more quickly. Whatever your wedding dress fitting timeline there’s something out there for everyone, it’s just a case of finding it.

Avoid going through this wedding gown nightmare

Brides left without their wedding dresses

September 2014 – ALEXANDRIA, Va.

Seamstress left the country with several D.C area brides without their wedding dress.  What did they do?  Well the majority of them had to buy a new gown at the last minute with rush alterations.  This caused many thousands of dollars in additional unexpected expenses.  Although a rare occurrence it is more likely to happen when you use a home seamstress instead of a reputable retail store seamstress/tailor.

Read more about this story here – http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/26619734/some-dresses-locked-in-missing-seamstresss-apartment-returned-to-brides

Dress for comfort on your Wedding Day

Wedding clothes are known more for style than comfort. Formal wear, high heels and the other items in your wardrobes do not always make for a day of comfort. Although your wedding day is not like any other day, there are ways for brides, grooms and guests to be comfortable on the big day.

Make sure your shoes are comfortable. Many brides and grooms spend much time on their feet and the last thing you want is to be miserable in your shoes.

* Be prepared for temperature (weather). It’s tempting focus only on appearances before comfort. However, if you don’t prepare yourself for the weather it is a recipe for disaster and setting you and your wedding party to be uncomfortable all day long. Choose lightweight fabrics for warm weather occasions, and heavier fabrics for a winter wedding. Wraps, short jackets, scarves will provide much comfort from a chilly day or even air conditioning that is set too low.

* Tailoring and Alterations. Off the rack doesn’t fit most people.  Formal wear is especially difficult so investing in a good tailor to ensure that your gown and formal wear fits like a glove is invaluable. You can also add cups, shape wear and boning to your wedding gown which will avoid you needing extra layers of shape wear.  Those multiple layers are heavy and hot so avoid if possible

* Proper fitting clothing. Formal wear sizing is usually smaller than standard clothing. Expect to have to go up in size and don’t get hung up on size. Focus on fit.

Squeezing into something that is too small can make you uncomfortable all evening. Leave a little room for dancing comfortably and sitting down.

* Shoes. Ah we all love shoes, but don’t chose shoes that will cause you pain during your wedding.  Most of the guests won’t be looking at your shoes.  If you must wear those fabulous shoes for the ceremony, why not pick a more comfortable pair for the reception or just kick them off all together for that fabulous evening.

* Brides can go minimalist. Wedding dresses range from ethereal sheaths to layered princess gowns. The more fabric, tulle, boning and crinoline in the gown, the heavier it will be. Heavy gowns can make it difficult to move around, particularly when dancing or visiting the restroom. Unless you have your heart set on a full Cinderella look, scale back on your gown.

*Healthy foods on the day of your wedding. Don’t skip meals. Eat low-sodium, low-sugar foods and drink plenty of water. Dehydration and hunger pangs can ruin a wedding by causing fatigue, headaches and even fainting.

Comfort may not be a top priority when planning a wedding, however make sure you put some thought into your comfort and your guests comfort so that you day is incredible.

Tips for Altering Clothing

Everyone needs a good tailor. Even if you buy most of your clothes off the rack, an experience Tailor or Seamstress can make the necessary adjustments—changing the hem, cinching the waist, etc—to make your outfit look like it was designed just for you. Here are some tips on how to “collaborate” with your tailor/Seamstress to get that “Perfect Fit”.  The results are totally worth it and once you have had the experience of taking a good outfit to that next level you will never go back.

1. Make sure you get the right measurements.

Schedule your visit after lunch (yes, even if you feel a little bloated) and don’t try to hide the pounds by sucking in your belly! Remember: a flattering fit is an accurate fit. Stand straight, but relax your stomach muscles to give an accurate waistline.

2. Prepare garments you want to alter.

Wash clothes and make sure all stains have been removed. Tailors usually press fabrics during and after alterations, and the heat could permanently set any dirt or marks.
If you know you’re going to have an item altered, go up a size. That gives plenty of fabric for your tailor to work with.

3. Alter pants to gently hug your leg shape.

The best pants skim over your leg, and are long enough to skim the top of your shoe. This makes your silhouette look longer and leaner. If the pants tend to bench around the waistband, have your tailor resize to fit your waist.

Petite women may also want to have long pants cut for their height. Aside from the hem, the “rise” may often be too long. You need to pick a fabric or cut that are easy to “reinvent” without losing the item’s proportion—like wool, or pants with a smooth cut and zippers found in the side or back. Avoid any pocket details that are near the waistband, since these may be snipped off when your tailor cuts off fabric.

Some trousers fit perfectly except for “air bags” around the hip. Your tailor can easily fix this by cutting off the extra fabric, starting from the waistband to the lower hip.

4. Skirt materials make a big difference

Some skirts are harder to alter. Bias-cuts, if done badly, will have rippled seams. Other skirts made of clingier fabric like jersey or thin cotton might bulge to reveal panty lines. One option for thinner fabrics is to add lining.

5. Jackets and coats should flatter, not hide, your silhouette.

A badly cut jacket will make you look fatter and even shorter. The trick is to cut it so it follows the shape of your body. Ask your tailor to “nip” the waist, cutting off any excess fabric along the torso. If the jacket is baggy around the neck, shoulders and sleeves, your tailor can also adjust along the seams.

Shortening a jacket is harder, since the tailor can’t cut off too much without affecting the proportion of item. To avoid this problem, buy a jacket that is right for your height. It’s easier to fix a “loose” jacket than a “long” jacket.

Coats are more difficult (and more expensive) to alter, so it’s best to buy one that already fits your shoulders perfectly, and needs nothing more than shortening of the sleeves and length.

6. Think in terms of “outfits.”

If your tailor is adjusting the hem of pants and long skirts or dresses, bring the shoes you’re most likely to wear with these outfits. You can’t have it all, though: a pair that’s cut for your favorite stilettos will obviously drag along the floor when you wear them with flats.

Same thing goes for jackets: what type of shirt will you usually wear underneath it? Your tailor needs to make allowances for thicker materials, especially when altering the shoulders and sleeves.

7. You get what you pay for.

Tailors can’t work miracles on items that have bad fabric and shoddy labor. So if an item’s really cheap, check the seams and the “stretch” of the material. Can it hold up to wear and tear? Is it stable? Does it bulge? If it won’t lie flat and smooth out even after being professionally dry-cleaned, there’s a chance that its material that tends to shrink and the entire cut of the item is wrong, wrong, wrong. Your tailor may not be able to salvage it (or the cost of having it fixed will be greater than what you would’ve paid for a high-quality item).

As a rule, buy quality items and then have your tailor adjust the way they fit against your body. Don’t buy cheap items and then expect your tailor to miraculously turn them into designer duds.

7 Things Savvy Brides Need to Know When Wedding Dress Shopping

Nearly every little girl spends her life dreaming about her wedding day — the dress she’ll wear, the man she’ll marry, the venue where she’ll recite her vows. Shopping for a wedding dress should be one of the most fun, exciting, memorable moments of wedding preparation, but we all know it can also be one of the most stressful. Brides seeking out their perfect wedding gown need to come prepared with the right kinds of questions. What style and cut best suits your body type? Do you want a full train, partial train, no train? What kind of gowns are trending this season? Do you want a veil or headpiece? Jewelry? What is my budget? We know, it’s complicated and overwhelming! And that’s why Wedding Party put together this list of helpful tips to make your wedding dress shopping adventures as painless as possible!

 

Check out these ideas below for a list of the questions you should be asking your bridal consultant during your fitting:

 

1. Talk to the consultant about the fit and your body

What style is best for my body type? This is one of the most important questions you can ask at your fitting. An experienced consultant can give you unbiased and objective advice about what kind of dress will make you look your best on your wedding day. Don’t be afraid to try on a variety of different styles, even if they’re not what you had in mind when you walked in the door. You might be surprised about what you end up loving, even if it wasn’t your original idea of the perfect dress. Follow the golden rule for wedding dress shopping: Never judge a dress based off of what it looks like on the hanger, or in the magazines. And, as always, choose the dress that makes you feel the most beautiful and confident. Choose the dress that best flatters you. Love it, and own it, and don’t let the dress wear you.

2. Ask about the bustle

Contrary to popular belief, bustles are not one size fits all. Bustles fill out the train, making it easier for the bride to walk and dance, and come in a variety of shapes and styles. A consultant should be able to tell you which bustles are appropriate for each style of gown, so don’t be afraid to ask! The bustle might seem like an afterthought, but you will be wearing it for the majority of the reception, so be sure to find that one that is comfortable and accentuates rather than detracts from your dress. Jot down notes or take a photo of the particular bustle you like so you can show your fitter at a later date and make sure it looks good with your dress.

3. Discuss accessories

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and finding the perfect dress, but don’t leave the appointment without discussing and/or trying on veils and accessories. Find something that will complement and enhance your overall look. As an additional tip, ask about special accessory trunk shows offered by the shop. You’re likely to find good deals and an assortment of different options there.

4. Talk about current trends

It’s important to discuss what trends are in style for the season, since fads tend to come and go. The consultant can then steer you in a certain direction depending on whether you want a dress that trendy or classic.

5. Ask about your wedding venue and date

When you talk to your consultant, make sure you let them know how many guests there will be, where you’ll be having your wedding, what time you’ll be having your wedding and your general theme. All should play a role in the style of dress you end up choosing. Typically, a dress for a Saturday night black-tie wedding and a Sunday morning backyard wedding are very different. Your

consultant can help you differentiate between options and help you choose what is most appropriate for your specific vision.

6. Ask about delivery

The amount of time it takes between ordering and receiving your dress depends on each designer. Give your consultant a timeline so they can help plan accordingly. Ask about delivery times-that way you will have an estimated arrival date.

7. Discuss fees and pricing

In this world nothing comes free, and the wedding industry is no exception. You will likely end up paying more than the price tag on the wedding dress for fittings and alterations, so ask about the salon’s various fees. Some set a flat rate, others charge different prices depending on the severity of alterations. Many often charge for bustling, storage and pressing. Check in advance so you know what you’re walking into.

What do you think brides? Were these tips helpful? Let us know what you think, and happy shopping!

This article was originally posted by Kaitlin Perata on http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/.Image

7 Things Savvy Brides Need to Know When Wedding Dress Shopping

Nearly every little girl spends her life dreaming about her wedding day — the dress she’ll wear, the man she’ll marry, the venue where she’ll recite her vows. Shopping for a wedding dress should be one of the most fun, exciting, memorable moments of wedding preparation, but we all know it can also be one of the most stressful. Brides seeking out their perfect wedding gown need to come prepared with the right kinds of questions. What style and cut best suits your body type? Do you want a full train, partial train, no train? What kind of gowns are trending this season? Do you want a veil or headpiece? Jewelry? We know, it’s complicated and overwhelming! And that’s why Wedding Party put together this list of helpful tips to make your wedding dress shopping adventures as painless as possible!

 

Check out these ideas below for a list of the questions you should be asking your bridal consultant during your fitting:

 

1. Talk to the consultant about the fit and your body

What style is best for my body type? This is one of the most important questions you can ask at your fitting. An experienced consultant can give you unbiased and objective advice about what kind of dress will make you look your best on your wedding day. Don’t be afraid to try on a variety of different styles, even if they’re not what you had in mind when you walked in the door. You might be surprised about what you end up loving, even if it wasn’t your original idea of the perfect dress. Follow the golden rule for wedding dress shopping: Never judge a dress based off of what it looks like on the hanger, or in the magazines. And, as always, choose the dress that makes you feel the most beautiful and confident. Choose the dress that best flatters you. Love it, and own it, and don’t let the dress wear you.

2. Ask about the bustle

Contrary to popular belief, bustles are not one size fits all. Bustles fill out the train, making it easier for the bride to walk and dance, and come in a variety of shapes and styles. A consultant should be able to tell you which bustles are appropriate for each style of gown, so don’t be afraid to ask! The bustle might seem like an afterthought, but you will be wearing it for the majority of the reception, so be sure to find that one that is comfortable and accentuates rather than detracts from your dress. Jot down notes or take a photo of the particular bustle you like so you can show your fitter at a later date and make sure it looks good with your dress.

3. Discuss accessories

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and finding the perfect dress, but don’t leave the appointment without discussing and/or trying on veils and accessories. Find something that will complement and enhance your overall look. As an additional tip, ask about special accessory trunk shows offered by the shop. You’re likely to find good deals and an assortment of different options there.

4. Talk about current trends

It’s important to discuss what trends are in style for the season, since fads tend to come and go. The consultant can then steer you in a certain direction depending on whether you want a dress that trendy or classic.

5. Ask about your wedding venue and date

When you talk to your consultant, make sure you let them know how many guests there will be, where you’ll be having your wedding, what time you’ll be having your wedding and your general theme. All should play a role in the style of dress you end up choosing. Typically, a dress for a Saturday night black-tie wedding and a Sunday morning backyard wedding are very different. Your

consultant can help you differentiate between options and help you choose what is most appropriate for your specific vision.

6. Ask about delivery

The amount of time it takes between ordering and receiving your dress depends on each designer. Give your consultant a timeline so they can help plan accordingly. Ask about delivery times-that way you will have an estimated arrival date.

7. Discuss fees and pricing

In this world nothing comes free, and the wedding industry is no exception. You will likely end up paying more than the price tag on the wedding dress for fittings and alterations, so ask about the salon’s various fees. Some set a flat rate, others charge different prices depending on the severity of alterations. Many often charge for bustling, storage and pressing. Check in advance so you know what you’re walking into.

What do you think brides? Were these tips helpful? Let us know what you think, and happy shopping!

This article was originally posted by Kaitlin Perata on http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/.

GOT THREAD?

Got Thread?

A thread is a small twist of considerable length made from wool, silk, cotton or yarn or any fibrous substance, with a cut in the cross section and is used to stitch and sew fabric and other objects.

Thread has always been an important component of stitching ever since man discovered the need of clothing for protection. Early sewing threads were made out of animal hides by cutting them into thin strips. These were then used to stitch fur and hide together. Many tribes even knew which local plant and tree gave the best thread.

Civilization advancements brought refinements in the threads. Egyptians were skilled in making thread from plant fibers and using wool and hair from domestic animals in spinning. They along with the Phoenicians pioneered the dyeing industry by devising techniques of making dye from berries and other plant materials.

At that time threads were handspun using spindles. These spindles were highly strenuous to use. The spindle had to be rotated more than 500 times.

In spite of being hard to use the spindle is still being used in many parts of the world. Of course, it does have its own improvements from the original ones used centuries back.

It was during the same time that cotton was also started to be used. It is claimed that Cleopatra wore the finest cotton grown in the Egyptian Nile valley. Scientists in Mexico have found cotton pieces that were at least 7000 years old.

Cotton was first spun by machine in 1730 and from then on it spread like a wild fire across the world.

Embroidery was invented around 1600 BC to 1100 BC by the Babylonians and the Assyrians. Later on this spread across Egypt and Persia where the Pharaohs robes became an exemplary example of embroidery.

In 350 BC the Chinese devised the technique of making silk threads from silk worm cocoons.  The queen of Emperor Hoang Ti was successful in spinning noble shiny silk threads out of the silk cocoon. She kept the secret with her for a very long time but in the 5th Century AD two monks were able to take the secret outside China to Rome. From there it spread across the world.

Artificial silk came into this world in 1884 when Earl Hilaire de Chardonnet succeeded in producing it from solute cellulose for the first time. The first industrial artificial silk was produced in 1891. The term “Artificial Silk” was renamed as “Rayon” in 1924.

Yarns and fabric from viscose art silk came in 1894. In 1913 German Chemists manufactured textile fibres from Vinyl Chloride. In 1931 Heinrich Papst, Hermann Hecht and Emil Hubert spun the first synthetic textile fiber from of polyvinylchloride.

Polyester fibers were invented by British chemists J. R. Whinfield and J.T. Dickson in 1941. But the actual production of Polyester threads started in 1955. These synthetic threads had superior technical properties than silk threads and in the 1970s synthetic threads became more popular in comparison to silk threads. Further,  Silk was also costlier than synthetic fibers.

Silk, in today’s world has become more of a luxury and is used widely in high quality clothing.Image

Now that summer is coming make sure your winter clothing withstands the heat and is good as gold for next winter season

So we live in Arizona and I live in Phoenix so sometimes I think “Winter clothes who needs them here”.  Well I sometimes forget that Arizona is an amazing state with climates that are all over the map.  Of course northern Arizona does have winter.  And a beautiful winter is is.  If you love to get out of the big city or live in the North “YOU” probably have your winter wardrobe and it’s close to the time to summer proof those treasured winter wonderland items.  This year our winter garb hasn’t had much use but who knows what next winter will bring.

After we survive the Arizona summer we will gladly welcome the cooler evenings come September and hope for the fall and winter to bring with it a winter wonderland for those that love the brisk air and fun in the snow.  And when we do we will need to rescue our gear from hibernation and if you get it ready now and store it correctly it will be good as new and ready for you winter adventures.

1. Clean Everything:  Dry clean what needs to be dry-cleaned. Hand wash what needs hand washing. Dirt left on items can stain and set in.

2. Get those repairs and mending done while they are waiting for the cold spell.  Get those sweaters, jackets, gloves and blankets repaired before storing them.  This is the time to make them good as new and not wait until you need them to remember that your favorite garment still needs that hole repaired or that zipper replaced. 

3. Re-lining and replacing your favorite jackets.  One of those essential winter items, your jackets.  Your favs that have been with you since as far back as you can remember.  They are irreplaceable but they still don’t quite keep you as warm as they once did.  Well there is hope to bring them back to life.  Fix those rips and tears, replace the pockets and zippers.  Have them re-lined.  Relining a jacket is essential to keeping it doing the job of warming those bones.  Yes you can take that old jacket and make it new again with a little tender loving care.

4. Cashmere and Knits: Store cashmere in plastic containers with pleasant-smelling sachets. Be sure to de-pill before you pack away-who wants to be welcomed by those annoying balls of knit? Don’t hang your sweaters or other knits. They will lose their shape and all your hard work will be for not.

5. Keep the bugs away: Starting to see small holes in sweaters? I could be a pest issue. Try putting your knits in a plastic bag for at about 48 hours.  Then take them out for 24 hours and repeat the 48 hours in the freezer.  That should kill off any pests and larvae and save them munching through the summer

6. Leather, Suede’s & Fur: Hang in sealed CLOTH garment bags. Cloth is extremely important.  Air is essential to keeping these items soft and free from cracks.  Store them in the coolest part of your closet. You want to keep the them out of the heat, as they can crack or become brittle in warm temperatures. Lastly, polish and condition your leather.

7. Shoes: Clean off all dirt from your shoes before you stow them away. This is especially important for leather. You don’t want the moisture or chemicals eating away at the fabric. Use a cotton cloth or shoe brush, polish and leather conditioner to get your boots looking good as new. Consider resoling or heeling the pairs that took a real beating this winter. Finally, stuff in some tissue paper to ensure they maintain their shape.

8. Get rid of those Dry-Cleaning Bags From Your Closet: Plastic dry-cleaning bags trap moisture, which can lead to mold growth and mildew stains. Repackage your delicate items fabric garment bags or make your own using old sheets.  Tie them tightly so make sure nothing can crawl in and make a home away from home in your favorite winter wear.

9. Cool, Clean, Dark, Dry: Choose a storage space that’s all of these things. Windows, heaters and the like should all be far away from your winter wear hibernation. Damp and heat attracts mildew and the insects that are out there just looking for a good home for the winter.

10. Visit often: I don’t want surprises.  I have spent years collecting my winter items that will last me for many years.  Quality and function has been my focus for my winter clothing so I want it to last for years and years.  I don’t want any surprises. Check for cracks, pests and give it a fresh breath of air for a few minutes. 

Taking these few steps to keep your cherished winter clothes will keep them around for years to come and out of the thrift shop.

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Brides for a CAUSE comes to Phoenix – Charity Wedding Dress Sale this Thursday-Saturday in Phoenix April 17-19 2014

If you are getting Married or know someone who is come out to this wonderful event.

Chose from over 1,000 beautiful designer and brand name Wedding Gowns up to 75% off.  Plus, the added bonus 50% of the proceeds support the Wish Upon A Wedding foundation that provides weddings and wedding vow renewal ceremonies for couples who have faced terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances.

You will be greeted by volunteers who want to make your Gown hunting experience everything you want it to be.

Alterations Inc. Seamstresses will also be on site to provide expert advice and ideas on alterations and potential alterations costs.

We look forward to seeing you there to support this wonderful cause, have a great time and find your dream gown.

 

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Wedding Gown Alteration Tips

You found your perfect wedding gown. You ordered your dress and it has finally arrived.  Then your dreams a starting crumble as you realize your gown doesn’t look exactly as you though it would and it doesn’t fit properly. You may not even be sure what’s wrong with it.

Now is the time to consult your tailor or seamstress. An experienced professional will be able to look at your gown and know immediately what needs to be done to get it back to your perfect wedding gown.  After a bit of pinning, you should be able to see your dream dress again.

Here are some questions you may consider about altering your wedding gown.

1.  How much time should I allow for the alterations?

Depending on your area and how many professionals are available in your area, it shouldn’t take more than 3 month to get the dress finished in time. You might want to call your tailor/seamstress before you order the dress and ask what the turnaround time is. You don’t want to add stress by not having enough time to do the adjustments properly.

2. How can I trust a tailor/seamstress with my gown?

Many bridal salons have seamstresses on staff. However, this could be a double edged sword. At some of the larger stores their seamstresses are treated like sweatshop employees and may not have the right skillset to do the work right.  And they charge a premium to boot.  Don’t get caught up in this trap.  Independent tailors and seamstresses are usually the best way to go.  They will treat you with respect and give you that personal touch that large stores can’t provide.

Do use a professional and ask them if they work on bridal gowns and if so how many years have they been in business. Reviews on some of the websites like google can be helpful but not always since businesses can easily “stack the deck” with their friends or family members writing the reviews.  Also, most reviewers that are happy don’t spend the time to write reviews. 

3. What kind of alterations are possible?

That depends on the level of expertise of your dressmaker or tailor.  Some bridal tailors will only do hems and bustles and only on easy fabrics. They won’t touch beadwork or lace.

A seasoned dressmaker or tailor will have the skills to do just about anything you want with the dress, whether it’s changing the neckline, letting out the bodice or doing a complicated bustle. Keep in mind, though, that the more complex the alteration and the construction of the dress, the more expensive it is.

Which brings us to our last question:

4.  How much should I allow in my bridal budget for the alterations?

Because each dress is so unique, they have to be priced individually. Just as there is a wide range of costs for buying the gowns, there is a wide range of alteration costs as well.

Some rules of thumb:

  • The more costly the gown, the more costly the alterations. This is because the more expensive gowns have more complex construction and (usually) more layers of fabric, all of which must be altered individually. A professional will be able to tell you exactly how much the work will cost at the first fitting
  • If you are a “regular misses size”, say size 6 to 12, you probably won’t need much more than a hem and a bustle. This can cost in the neighborhood of a couple of hundred dollar
  • If you have an unusual shape, say more (or less) than a B cup size, or petite or plus size, the alterations costs could double
  • If you want the dress “restyled”, in other words, have the shape of the dress changed or the neckline change or sleeves designed for it, the costs can really add up
  • Dresses with beading, sequins, lace requires time consuming hand sewing which significantly adds to alteration costs

My best advice to avoid high alterations costs is to get the closest fit possible, keep the styling simple, and get your alterations done in time so there will be no rush fees.

Keeping these tips in mind will insure that you will look your best on your wedding day!Image