Finding your dream wedding dress can be one of the most special moments of your life—but even more special is wearing that dress on the day of your event. And you can’t wear it unless it fits you! Alterations are one of the most important aspects to making the bride look and feel beautiful and confident on the big day, but it’s also one of the most neglected aspects of wedding planning. Alterations can also add pieces like sleeves or backings to make your dress that much more personal and you!

Fear not, here are our 4 top tips to ensure your dress is altered perfectly!

1. Find a seamstress you love and trust.

Once you find your perfect dress, you don’t want to let it out of your sight—let alone into the hands of someone who is going to cut it and sew it! You want to make sure that you have a reputable, experienced seamstress to handle your gown. Many brides choose to have their dress altered at the store where they purchased the dress, because they know that the seamstresses work with those dresses daily!

Diamond Bridal Gallery offers trustworthy alterations that will put your mind at ease as we craft your perfect gown.

2. Always include alterations in the budget.

This is a huge mistake women make when purchasing a dress. They have a “dress” budget, but they forget to take the alterations into account. When this happens, brides are forced to go to less reliable companies who may botch the alterations or rip you off. You don’t want to spend all your money on the perfect dress only to have it altered incorrectly!

3. Bring your shoes and undergarments to every fitting.

Alterations are very precise, and even a millimeter can make things seem off. Always bring the undergarments you will wear on the day of the wedding like your bra, slip, or Spanx. The same goes for shoes: one pair of 4-inch heels isn’t always the same as another pair of 4-inch heels. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises the day of, so do your best to bring your actual wedding accessories to all of your fittings!

4. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Your seamstress usually understands if there needs to be last minute alterations. But the longer you wait, the more rushed your dress will be, which can lead to higher prices or sewing mistakes. A good rule of thumb is to visit six to eight weeks before your big day. This is close enough to the date that your body shape won’t change too much, but it can still give ample time for the seamstress to get it done.

Diamond Bridal Gallery offers alteration services to make sure you feel comfortable, beautiful, and confident as you strut down the aisle in your dress! Contact us for more information about our alterations!