The Most Common Wedding Dress Alterations

October 15, 2021

You’re ready to get married. Maybe you’ve even found a dress that you’d consider to be almost “perfect.” However, when you look at it, there’s something more you’d like to add, or the size might be a bit off. 

These feelings may leave you rethinking your choice of dresses. You might even think that you’re all alone when it comes to needing your wedding dress to be altered. This thought is far from the truth.

Most brides do find that they need some type of alteration to their wedding dress. Let’s take a moment to look at what some of the most common types of wedding dress alterations include.

Common Types of Wedding Dress Alterations

It’s time to look at some of the things brides need to have done. No matter the dress you choose, making it all your own for your big day is an option.

Making Adjustments

There are just as many reasons why adjustments need to be made as there are ways of making adjustments. It’s a good idea to know that these types of adjustments are available. 

Adjusting the Hem

Most designers create their dresses to fit a bride who is about 5’10”. Unless you’re this height or have chosen a gown by a designer who offers various hem lengths, you’ll likely need to have the hem on your wedding dress adjusted.

Adjusting the Straps

Straps are designed to be too long because this makes them easier to fix. You can always trim fabric, but adding fabric is more of a challenge. This alteration is usually a simple one.

Adjusting the Chest, Hips, and Waist

Different wedding dress styles impact the measurements of your hips and waist. Once your hips and waist are measured, you’ll be offered a dress that fits the largest part of your body. Your consultant will then know precisely how much of the dress should be removed. This alteration can also occur at the time of your second fitting.

Adding on to Your Dress

While you may feel that you’ve almost found the “perfect” dress, you may still feel like something is missing. The good news is that you can add things to your dress.

Adding Bra Cups

One item that makes a significant difference in how your dress fits and feels is bra cups. These can also be used to at a bit of a lift or smooth out the dress’ shape.

Adding Layers 

Your alterations team can help you create a giant ball gown with enough fluff to stand entirely on its own. They can also help you add sparkle to your tulle or a colored liner to a dress you like.

Adding a Train Loop and Button

You’ll need someplace to hold your long, spectacular train. Wedding dresses by top-notch designers like Aire Barcelona, Estee Yao, and WONA understand your desire for a jaw-dropping train. Therefore they’ll incorporate a loop and button so you can shorten it after your ceremony. However, if this needs to be a bit higher, your seamstress can adjust it for you.

Making Alterations

You can even transform a dress that you like into the dress of your dreams. All it will take is some alterations.

Altering the Neckline 

You may find a dress that you like that doesn’t have as deep of a plunge, or maybe it has too deep of a plunge. Altering the neckline is a relatively small change that will significantly impact your dress’ overall look.

Altering the Sides

Don’t worry if you order a dress that doesn’t seem to fit you properly. A talented seamstress will provide you with a perfectly fitted dress. They can take in or let out sections, so your dress sits on your frame perfectly. 

Altering the Back

Today, low-backed wedding dresses are trending. You may want to add something for a bit more drama. Fortunately, you can alter the back of your dress to make it more comfortable for you.

Adding Customization

Many brides want their veil or headpiece to match their dress exactly. Your seamstress can usually find lace or tulle that’ll match or compliment your dress. Nobody will even know that it didn’t come from the same designer.

Adding Sleeves

When you like a dress with thin to no straps, it’s possible to add a sleeve. Doing so will add more detail to the dress. This alteration is considered “custom” because the seamstress will be substantially altering the dress’ design.

Getting the Alterations You Need

At Sposa Mia Bridal Shop, we understand the importance of creating the wedding of your dreams. With this understanding, we go to great lengths to ensure that your wedding gown is designed precisely the way you’ve always imagined it’d be. We do this because we believe your day should be filled with the love you feel for one another and not the worry of your dress not being perfect.

Now that you have an engagement ring and a date, we invite you to stop by and check out our designer collection. We’re sure you’ll find a dress you’ll love in our designer collection. If a dress is almost perfect, we’ll take steps to ensure it’s the one. Contact us today to schedule your fitting and let our experienced bridal consultants help you find the perfect wedding gown for you.

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