Your wedding dress will last forever in your memories and photographs, and it will be one of the top items that your guests will look at when at your wedding. Therefore, it needs to be perfect, and one of the easiest ways to make it perfect is to make sure it is properly altered to fit your body. When altering your wedding dress, it is important to keep a few things in mind like using a professional tailor and saving room in the budget to allow for alterations. By taking the right steps, your wedding dress will be properly altered and gorgeous for your big day.


Use a reputable tailor.


Alterations for wedding gowns and formal wear typically require intricate alterations, and you should only use a tailor who has experience with wedding dress alterations. It will be well worth the money to invest your alterations in someone who knows what they are doing versus wasting your money on someone who can’t do the proper alterations and could damage your gown in the process. Many wedding dress shops will have an in-house alteration service or recommend a trusted one to use.


Allow time for multiple fittings.


Alterations don’t happen overnight, especially for wedding dresses. You should speak with your tailor and work out a schedule that will allow for multiple fittings, and when deciding between alteration services, you should ask for an estimated timeline. By having multiple fittings, it will allow time for any last-minute alterations and any alterations that need to be redone.


Bring the correct undergarments and accessories.


At all your fittings, you should bring the correct undergarments and accessories that you are planning on wearing on your big day. To allow for the proper fit, you need to try on your wedding gown with the exact items you will be wearing on your wedding day. For example, the length of your wedding gown is important so you need to try it on with the actual shoes you will be walking down the aisle in.


Maintain a consistent weight.


Once you have begun the alterations process, you need to maintain a consistent weight. If you lose or gain too much weight, it will require several last-minute alterations on your wedding gown. If you are trying to get in shape for your wedding day, it’s best to lose any large amounts of weight before the alterations begin.


Save room in the budget for alterations.


When budgeting for your wedding attire, you need to plan for more than just your wedding dress; you should include any accessories (veil, shoes, jewelry, hairpieces, etc.) and alterations. Since almost every wedding dress needs to have alterations to fit properly, it’s safe to plan room in the budget for wedding alterations. Before purchasing a wedding dress, you should consider how much alterations will cost and how expensive they will be.


Invite a trusted family member or friend.


During your fittings, you should bring a family member or friend along to give valued opinions. Having a trusted person who can give you opinions on how the dress looks is important because you will not be able to see the whole dress, and someone else can help you make any decisions that arise. However, it’s best to not bring very many people as you don’t want the tailor to be distracted and don’t need too many people giving opinions.


Having your wedding dress properly altered is one of the most important ways to prepare for your big day. If your wedding dress doesn’t fit properly, you will be uncomfortable, and it won’t look properly in your pictures. When you look back on your wedding photographs 20 years from now, you will be thankful that you took the time and spent the money to have your wedding  dress properly altered. The alteration process doesn’t have to be complicated, but you need to be smart about establishing a budget and choosing a tailor.