The bride-to-be’s guide to wedding dress fittings!

by | 30 July, 2018

If there’s one thing a bride-to-be needs to know, it’s that finding the perfect wedding dress takes patience. But luckily for you, good things come to those who wait. From the first fitting to the final ‘tah-dah!’, here’s a rundown of what to expect …

The first fitting

This happens 10 weeks before the wedding, which gives us plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments. Every bride-to-be has her own unique figure, expectations and levels of self-confidence. The first fitting allows us to not only discover where your gown needs to be adjusted to fit your shape perfectly, but also listen to your wants and needs and ensure every aspect of your dress makes you feel comfortable and confident. So, if you’d prefer to incorporate sleeves, or simply add a bolero to the look, then we can make the necessary changes.

Top tips:

  • Try on your gown around four weeks before your first fitting, to check how it feels and which parts you’re keen to alter – it’s always good to be super organised for the seamstress!
  • Bring the person who’ll be helping you with the dress on the day – she will then know exactly how to help you put it on. It’s also helpful to film the more tricky parts of the dress, i.e. complicated laces, buttons and straps.
  • Buy a couple of different bridal bras and bring them along – we can find the right one for the gown so that you can return the others!
  • It’s also a good idea to bring your wedding shoes, or – if you haven’t yet found the perfect pair – shoes that have a similar heel to what you’ll wear on the big day.
  • Don’t hold back on the accessories – bring along the pieces you’re considering and we can see how they look with the dress.
  • And last but by no means least… enjoy yourself! This is true YOU time, so let yourself be the centre of attention!
The second fitting

Your second fitting will be about four weeks before your wedding, and is your chance to try the dress on now that the alterations have been made. Again, you should bring along your bridal lingerie, shoes and accessories so that you can see the finished look. And if you’re still undecided about what jewellery to wear, bring the lot!

Top tips:

  • Remember that this isn’t necessarily the finished gown – there is still time to make new adjustments.
  • Have a good old walk around in the gown, do a little boogie, practice sitting down and standing up again, and basically move around as much as possible – Is it comfortable? Does it pinch? Is it too loose? If something doesn’t feel or look right, now’s the time to say so.
The final fitting

Your final fitting will be around two weeks before your wedding. This is your (last!) opportunity to ensure every inch of your dress fits your figure perfectly. So, if you have a quibble, then speak up. It’s our job to get it right, so we want you to voice any concerns or nitpicks you may have.

Top tips:

  • Bring your right-hand-man (woman!) along for the ride to practice helping you into the dress. We don’t want any hiccups on the day!
  • Ask how you should treat any spills (God forbid!)
  • In case of any unwanted creases, ask whether or not you should use an iron or a steamer.
The big collection

Woohoo! If no more adjustments are required after the second fitting, then you’ll collect your finished, perfectly fitted dress in good time for your wedding day – usually a week before. This is such a special moment for the bride-to-be and we feel privileged to be part of it!

Top tip:

  • This may sound strange, but bring a duvet cover with you! This is because the gown will be beautifully steamed and we want to prevent as much creasing as possible. (Dress bags can cause creasing as they’re not roomy enough!) You can take the dress bag away with you to use after the wedding.

If you have any questions we haven’t covered, please do drop us a line. Our most important job is to make our brides feel relaxed and content, so we’re always keen to have a chinwag. And remember, finding ‘THE’ dress and making it fit your figure is one of the most exciting parts of wedding preparations, so enjoy every single second!