By: Katie Ellis
Photography By: Gideon Photography
So you’ve finally found your ideal wedding dress, but there is one major problem standing in your way—it needs sleeves, it needs to be bustled, it needs to be shortened—simply put, it needs alterations! Don’t let the “A” word have you running out of the bridal salon empty handed. Sure, there’s the amount of time, cost, and finding the right seamstress that needs to be taken into consideration, but there’s no reason that those factors need to dash your wedding day dreams. You deserve a gown that fits flawlessly and meets all your necessary criteria.
Put a Sleeve on It
Many bridal stores in Utah offer a variety of sleeved dresses, but then again, you know a lot of brides who have worn the exact same style of stark white, square neck, ball gown.
To make your gown stand out from the crowd, it could be as simple as adding a cap sleeve to some standard straps by using some of the excess fabric from the sash or train.
A strapless gown might need a bit more work and a little more fabric especially if you are going for a short sleeve or ¾ length sleeves. Just ask your sales clerk or consultant if more fabric can be ordered and how much their seamstress would charge—they will have a vested interest in making sure you are happy with the dress. At the same time, bridal salons typically charge more for alterations. You might try asking friends who have recently been married for their recommendations on a seamstress.
Flower girls can’t necessarily accompany you to the bathroom or even the dance floor. So if you’re looking to cut the rug on your big wedding night and don’t want to be tripping over your train, just bustle it up. Depending on the size of the train and complexity of the bustle, the cost typically runs from about $20 to $90.
Hem and Bodice Perfection
You have your wedding dress so you’re all set for your alteration appointment, right? Wrong! You need to take your undergarments, shoes, and even your accessories to make sure all the pieces are in place to obtain the proper fit and length of your gown.
Keep in mind that when it comes to bodice adjustments, don’t bring in your gown too early in case you lose or gain weight after your gown is altered. At the same time, make sure you allow enough time for the changes to be made.
With all the nips, tucks, and seams taken care of, it’s time to throw on your perfectly fitting wedding dress and dazzle all of your guests. Most importantly, it’s that guy who is standing across from you during the ceremony whose mouth will drop open in awe of his beautiful bride.