Choosing your wedding dress is arguably one of the biggest elements of planning your wedding. But finding a style you like it just beginning – there’s still a long way to go before you’re ready to walk down the aisle in your dream gown. From first fitting to final, here’s what to expect – and what’s expected of you- during the next few months.
BEFORE YOUR FIRST FITTING
Once you have chosen your perfect dress and ordered it in, you have a few things to do before your first fitting date. This includes deciding on what accessories you want to wear on the day and buying them. With your dress style in mind, try out a few different options for jewellery, headpieces, wraps and bags, and make sure you have all of them with you for your first fitting. You should also buy your underwear and bridal shoes before you go to your first fitting, as these will both affect the way your dress hangs on you. You should bring these last 2 to all of your fittings – a simple bra switch of change in heel height can mean your dress doesn’t fit properly.
YOUR FIRST FITTING
Your first dress fitting will usually happen around 6 weeks before your wedding day. While it might seem a bit late, there is plenty of time for any adjustments to be made. Just like when you were shopping, bring one eagle-eyed friend or family member along for advice and support. Make sure you have your shoes, underwear and any other accessories you will be wearing. This way you can see how everything looks together and decide if you want to change some accessories around. This first fitting is designed to make sure that your gown is the right size, colour and design, and that your seamstress knows what needs to be done. They will examine you in your gown from all angles and look for placed where the dress needs to be altered to fit your unique figure – including areas that need to be shortened, taken in or let out. While your seamstress is doing all of that, you should be closely examining your dress too. Pay attention to how the waist and bust feel, if there is any puckering of fabric or any areas that feel uncomfortable. For example, if you have sensitive skin and a beaded bodice, your seamstress may be able to remove a small line of beads under the arms of your dress to prevent scratching and discomfort. Before you leave, remember to schedule your next fitting.
YOUR SECOND FITTING
Your second fitting should be about a month before your wedding. Again, you need to remember to bring along your bridal lingerie, bridal shoes, jewellery and accessories. If you’re still trying to decide between a few different things, bring them all along with you to try on. At this fitting, you’ll get a chance to try on your new, form fitting dress and make sure it feels right. You can make sure all of your concerns from the first fitting have been addressed, and you’ll be able to move around in your gown to check for comfort. If you have a full-length dress, you should make sure that the hem of your skirt skims the tops of your shoes and doesn’t get caught up when you walk. Again, make sure you speak up if something doesn’t look right – there’s still plenty of time to have things altered.
YOUR FINAL FITTING
On the day of your final fitting, make sure you invite whoever will be helping you get ready on the day along so that they can learn about the dress. If it needs bustling, has complicated straps or buttons or requires lacing, make sure they know how to do it. Now is also the time to find out how to get rid of any last minutes wrinkled. Can you use an iron on your dress, or should you steam it? How should you handle any spills, what should you carry on the day? By now the dress should fit perfectly and you should be all ready to go.
The Big Pick Up
After your final fitting, schedule a time to collect your gown that’s at least 2 weeks before the wedding. During this appointment, you should try your dress on one last time, especially if it’s been a while since your last fitting. We all know that stress can affect our appetites, and if you’re suddenly too skinny for your gown you’ll have time to adjust it (or your diet) before the big day.
Buying your gown might seem like a long, complicated process, but as a bride you will love every step of it. Your wedding dress designers and boutique staff are right beside you to make sure you look your best on your wedding day. To find out more about the process, or to book in your appointment, get in touch with us today.