The Dos and Don’ts when it comes to Wedding Dress Fitting

Not all of us are lucky enough to have model proportions, and for most of us, finding a wedding dress that fits perfectly can be a challenge. Let’s face it, unless you are Gisele Bündchen (and even if you DO look like Gisele Bündchen), you are probably going to have to have your chosen wedding dress altered, and you will have to face many fittings before it is perfect.

It is essential that your bridal gown fits you perfectly, in order to be comfortable and stunning at the same time – the last thing you want is to look beautiful and to feel uncomfortable, or to feel comfortable, but not look so good on your wedding day. The consultants at your local bridal boutique will probably be able to provide you with some valuable advice, but here is what the experts have to say when it comes to what you should do and what you should not do when you go for your dress fitting.

• Do consider timing: Brides are notorious for losing (and sometimes gaining) weight in the weeks before the wedding. This means that you simply cannot leave your fittings to the last minute, and you cannot do them too far ahead of time. The optimal time is to do your wedding dress fitting between three and four months prior to the wedding date. This means that the dress will still be in tune with your body, and there will be enough time to make changes where needed.

• Don’t binge during this time: Whether you are binge dieting or binge eating, you will not fit perfectly into that dress if your body’s shape changes too radically during the last 4 weeks. Keep in mind that it will be very difficult to have your dress adjusted accordingly, if you suddenly lose or gain weight close to the wedding date, so sort out your eating and exercise programme and try to remain the same shape and weight.

• Do bring your wedding shoes: It can be very difficult during wedding dress fittings to determine exactly how long or short the skirt should be if you don’t pair the adjustment with the shoes you will be wearing. The heel shape, the height and the shoe design all factor into the length of the dress, so ensure that you bring your shoes with you when you do your wedding dress fitting.

• Don’t feel guilty about taking your time: Yes, you may have to take a little while, but make sure that everything is perfect. Your wedding consultant is there to advise and help you, so don’t be scared to ask questions, if you are not sure whether the look works. The most important thing is that you get what you want to make you feel comfortable and in charge on your special day.

• Do schedule a pre-run: You have to be sure of the hairstyle, make-up and dress before you get hitched. This means that you will simply have to go through a trail run to ensure that everything works well together. Usually, hair stylists and make-up artists will factor in a trial run in their cost, and pairing this with the dress and accessories will give you greater peace of mind, to ensure that your entire look works well.

If you would like to know more about how to make the most of your wedding dress fitting, just give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!