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Find the Perfect Wedding Dress? How to Plan for Stress-Free Alterations

by Clifford Fowler

You said yes to the dress. Now, all that's left are the alterations. That can be the most stressful part of the process. Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce the stress. The first thing you need to do is find the right tailor. In most cases, your dress consultant will be able to provide you with a list of tailors who specialize in wedding dress alterations. Once you've selected your tailor, here are some tips that will help you avoid problems with the alterations.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

If your wedding dress needs to be altered, don't cut yourself short on the time. Alterations can take quite a while to complete, especially during the busy season. If you wait too long to schedule your first appointment, your dress might not be ready in time for the wedding. If your wedding is scheduled during any of the peak months, schedule your first alterations appointment several months in advance. That way, you have enough time for any unexpected delays or emergencies.

Don't Arrive Empty-Handed

If you're going to have your wedding dress altered, don't arrive at your appointment empty-handed. There are several things you need to bring with you to each fitting. First, bring your shoes. The heel size on your shoe determines where the hem needs to be. Second, bring the right undergarments. If you have a specific bra or body shaper that you plan to wear under your dress, you'll need to have them on for the fitting. Finally, if you plan to wear jewelry with your dress, bring those pieces with you. You can use your fittings to see how your jewelry looks with your dress.

Schedule an Extra Appointment

If you need to have your wedding dress altered before the big day, schedule an extra appointment. You never know when a situation will arise that will need extra help. If you've already scheduled the extra appointment time, you won't have to worry about scheduling conflicts. The extra appointment is particularly beneficial where weight issues are concerned. If you drop a few pounds — or pick up a few — your seamstress can take care of those last-minute alterations for you.

If your wedding dress needs to be altered before the wedding, take steps to avoid problems with the process. The tips provided here will ensure that your wedding dress fits perfectly on your big day.