Wedding dress alterations – what should you know?

One of the things that brides may not think about when they’re searching for their special dress is the wedding dress alterations. When you’re budgeting for your wedding dress, you should always build in the alteration cost into your price, unless you’re planning on purchasing a custom dress. A custom dress will be made to fit your figure perfectly, which is one of its main benefits. Custom dresses should not have any alteration costs associated with them. This is the main reason some brides will opt to order a TALINE custom bridal gown.

However, if you purchase a made-to-order dress, then you’ll have to consider the wedding dress alterations. Most retail stores will order a dress that is one size larger than your usual size.

So, when it comes to alterations, what should you know?

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  • Every retail store has a different price for wedding dress alterations but, in general, expect the alterations to start at $600 minimum.

  • The style of the dress and the placement of the embellishments will impact the alteration costs as well. Your wedding dress alteration costs may be higher if your dress is covered in beads or lace because it requires more work to adjust. And, these types of dresses might even be very difficult to alter.

  • Sometimes, when a seamstress alters a wedding dress, it may not look the way it was designed. Make sure your seamstress is a professional who has experience in bridal wear alterations. This is especially important if you’re not getting the dress altered at the bridal store you’re purchasing the dress from.

  • Always order the dress in your original size, not the size you expect to be in a year’s time. Many brides-to-be will order one size smaller than they would normally wear in the anticipation of weight loss. Remember, it’s easier to take in a dress, vs. letting it out during the wedding dress alteration process. You can always take away fabric, you can’t add fabric to a dress if it’s too small.

  • If possible, when you’re trying on your wedding dress, make sure the dress fits your largest area perfectly. For example, if your bust is your largest area, then make sure it fits your bust perfectly. If it’s your butt area, make sure it fits your butt area perfectly. This will help with the wedding dress alteration process.

What have your experiences been in wedding dress alterations? Share your thoughts! We’d love to hear them.

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