Common Bridesmaid and Wedding Dress Alterations

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You found your dream dress, but it probably doesn’t fit like a glove. That means it’s time to schedule your wedding dress alterations. Not sure what to expect? In this Wedding Shoppe video, Jen goes over the common bridal alterations for wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns.

Most wedding and bridesmaid gowns will require the sides to be taken in around the bust, waist, and hips. If your wedding dress or bridesmaid gowns have straps, those will probably be adjusted as well. The last thing you need is to be fidgeting with straps while dancing the night away! Another common request in bridal alterations is adding a bustle to your gown. Depending on where you get your wedding dress alterations, there are multiple bustling techniques. Your seamstress may add a series of ribbons that tie together or buttons and hooks on the underside of the dress, but almost all bustling is invisible.

Jen also gives some key advice to consider when scheduling your bridal alterations. First, it’s important to remember that wedding dress alterations take time! Most brides schedule 2-4 appointments before they get the perfect fit. You should also bring the shoes you will be wearing on your big day so that the hem is the correct length. Also, remember that all bridal gowns should be professionally pressed and hemmed before the big day.

Now that you know a bit more about common bridal alterations, you can schedule appointments for your dream dress and bridesmaid gowns. Looking for professional wedding dress alterations? Check out the Wedding Shoppe’s vendor locator:

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