A few weeks ago I had my first dress fitting since buying my wedding dress. I have to admit I was pretty nervous.
Why? Because wedding dresses are expensive and if you don’t fit the one you’ve already paid for (10 months ago), you’ll have a bit of a problem on your hands!
Ok, so the seamstress at the bridal shop could work her magic, sure, but it’s difficult taking a dress out if you’ve put weight on. And that’s exactly what I was worried about.
Luckily for me, I’ve managed to maintain my weight since I bought the dress all those months ago. Phew.
I knew there would be alterations to be done. The top part was way too big and the bottom part was too small, (I have a bit of a Kardashian bum) but the main thing is, it still fits!
I’m off for a second fitting on Friday. This will be to check the alterations to the bust are correct, and to pin and fit the bottom part, and take the length up as I’m a shorty!
Here are my top tips when going for your first dress fitting:
- Take your wedding shoes! Make sure you have chosen your shoes in advance. They have a huge affect on the fitting of the dress. How you stand, how tall you are. You must take them to every fitting.
- Take accessories. Shrugs, jewelry, veil, even hair pieces. Anything that you need to try against the dress to make sure it goes well. I had 2 shrugs and a pair of earrings. The shrugs worked and the earrings didn’t. But at least I had the opportunity to make the decision before the big day.
- Turn up with you hair and make up looking nice, possibly how you might want it on the day. If you want an up do, then go with your hair up etc. Again, this gives you the opportunity to work out if the look is right for your dress. Remember, everything should work around the dress, you don’t work the dress around the extras.
- Decide on your underwear. Depending on the material, some underwear will not be suitable fro the dress. For me, I will have to wear seamless underwear and nothing textured. Have a look at yourself in the dress and think carefully about what underwear will be suitable.
- Take a bridesmaid! Make sure you have someone with you that totally gets the look you want, and will be able to give you their honest opinion.
- Take photos. Vicky took loads of photos, which has proven really useful when having my hair and make up trial. You can look back and figure out what will work.
- Finally, take your time. Do not let them rush you. If you want to stand and look at yourself for 15 minutes, then do it! You have spent a lot of money on that dress, so if you want to soak up every moment wearing it, then you should! Have a walk around the shop, get to grips with how it will feel on the day – you’re going to be wearing it for a long time!
Well, that’s it for now. I hope you have found this post useful. I’m really looking forward to my second fitting on Friday. I’ll let you know how it goes! If you want to read any more posts from my wedding series you can find them here.