It’s one of the most significant and important days of your life, so it’s no wonder every bride wants to look her best. Here we look at why it’s important to ensure your wedding dress is fitted correctly.
A wedding dress is an important purchase for any bride and, as it’s likely to be an expensive purchase, you’ll want it to fit well and look great. If you’re buying a dress from a bridal shop, they’ll have samples available for you to try on.
However, they’re usually only able to stock one dress of each design, so the chances are that it might not be your size. In most instances, this would seem weird and odd and we’d never worry about trying on an item of clothing that isn’t the correct size.
But in the case of wedding dresses, this is strangely the norm.
The good news is that staff in bridal shops are generally quite good at making up for this slight problem.
Dresses that are too big, for example, can be done up and pinned slightly so you can get the effect, whereas dresses that are two small may only do up part way or have to be left undone.
It’s not an ideal situation, as you’re making one of the biggest clothing decisions of your life.
Ordering a Dress
It’s a good idea to try on different styles and fits of dress, so you can see what works for you – although too many can be mind boggling!
In theory, it’s best not to rush the decision and get second opinions from friends or family.
Once you have finally made up your mind, it’s time to order the dress. It’s common practice for wedding dresses to be ordered in a size that’s one or two sizes bigger than your normal dress size.
Although this sounds odd, it actually makes sense, as it means that the dressmaker who eventually fits the dress has got a bit of a leeway to be able to work with the dress and make it the perfect fit for you and your individual body shape.
Having a Dress Fitted
The dress fitting is an important stage in the wedding dress process. If you’ve purchased the dress from a bridal shop, then they may well have their own dressmakers on hand to do any alterations, or they may have provided you with a list of recommendations.
Either way, it’s important not to skip this stage.
The crux of the idea of having a wedding dress fitted is that the exact style and fit can be altered to maximise your body shape. It’s common knowledge that not everyone fits into the standard body sizes, so it makes sense that a dress could be altered to suit someone’s needs.
You’ll normally have at least two, but perhaps three, fittings for your wedding dress. At the first fitting, the dress will be tried on to see how it fits you then any changes will be noted and pinned.
For example, you don’t want the dress to be too long, otherwise you may trip on it, and it may be too big in the bust or stomach areas. Or perhaps you may need the straps altered, or feel in need of having small straps added on for extra security.
When the changes have been noted, the dress will be left with the dressmaker for the alterations to be made.
Subsequent sessions will determine that the dress now fits you. If any remaining issues are found, additional changes will be made.
Ideally you should make sure you attend at least one session after the initial meeting, as it’s a good idea to try the dress on after any changes have been made.
Although everything will probably be fine, there’s a tiny chance that a mistake may have been made and you don’t want to leave finding that out until your wedding day!