Six important steps to your successful #bridalalterations.

Posted by Roderick Ng on

You have bought your gown and its a few weeks before your wedding. Upon receiving your #bridalgown , your supplier failed you. The #gown turns out two sizes too big. What do you do now? Who can you trust? How much more is it going to cost?

Six important steps to your successful bridal alterations.

1) Secure your appointment with a reputable company for #bridal gown #alterations immediately. Bridal gown specialists are often booked up to one year in advance. Therefore, it is wise to get in early and book to avoid disappointment. Before you hand over your gown, ensure you diligently research their background and qualifications. It is important that your gown specialist understand the construction of gowns and higher quality products. Many alteration specialists are used to doing ready to wear, but are they qualified to fix your dream gown?

The workmanship and calibre of skill required to alter fast fashion garments are not the same as a bridal and formal gown specialists. #Couture and demi-couture gown specialist understand the art of drape, the technique behind french tailoring and corsetry. They also need to be skilled at beading, cutting, grading and pattern reconstruction. Being able to do jeans hem and slim-lining a business shirt is far from being able to open up a gown, alter the cup size and put it back together so that it appears untouched. To find the right specialist to alter your bridal gown, you must find a gown specialist you can trust.

2) For the first appointment, bring all undergarment, crinoline, petty coat, shoes to the appointment.

To determine the magnitude of alteration required, the specialist need to view the bridal gown on you. Bring the correct bra to help assess proper fit of the bodice and cup. This is particularly important if you looking to alter cup size and shape of your bodice. Crinoline and petty coat is required when you wish to reshape the silhouette of the skirt and hem of your bridal gown. Wearing your wedding shoes (or your ideal shoe height) help your specialist assess and shape hem and train length.

3)You are trying your gown on, you know your gown is not fitting right. Give yourself permission to ask your specialist critical questions. The following questions should help you get started;

a) Can you tell me what you think is wrong with my #weddinggown? Allow your specialist time to make a proper investigation of the structure of the gown. Understanding the construction of your bridal gown enables the specialist to find the fastest and least invasive alterations required. This can also help keep the cost down.

After careful inspection, the specialist can explain the extent of alterations required and where it's required. 

b) For the gown to work, can you please guide me through my options? Its one thing for your specialist to be able to do the job but it is also important for them to communicate the required changes to you. When a specialist is able to articulate the required alterations in clear concise steps, this should help you assess whether you are comfortable having this person work on your gown.

Different brides have different expectations when it comes to communication and service. If you find the specialist you have chosen to alter your gown lack the finesse to communicate, it may be more of a source of pain rather than comfort. To ease your mind, choose someone that possess both technical efficiency and communicate well. This should give you confidence your garment is in safe hands and also alleviate any unnecessary anxiety or stress you may be experiencing about the alteration.This also give the specialist an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise, and offer you a birds eye view on a variety of options to solve the problem.

c) Have you done this kind of gown before? Learning more about their experience is particularly helpful to dissipate fear and panic. It helps you regain some sense of control over what is being done to your bridal gown. 

d) How will my gown be finished? Understanding the way in which your gown will be finished helps you mitigate your own expectations. 

e) How long will this whole process take? Gown alterations are complicated. Secure the timeline, follow up on your subsequent fittings and attend to them tentatively to keep the alterations on track.

f) When can I pick up my bridal gown? It is important to set goals and deadline for your specialist so they are clear on your delivery date and expectations.

g) How much is it going to cost? Different specialist charge different rates for alterations. This may differ because of expertise and level of experience. If you are not confident with the specialist you are speaking with, get another quote.

4) The length of time needed to alter your gown depends on a few factors.

a) The specialist’s schedule and work load.

b) Seasonal factor, e.g is it bridal season?

c) The complexity of your gown adjustment

d) Does your gown require additional materials, are the trims and materials available?

e) Does your gown require additional hand work (beading) and hand finishes?

f) Weight changes.

5) Upon completion of your bridal gown alterations, request for a light pressing and if you can afford it ask for your gown to be dry-clean. Allow at least two to four weeks for dry clean and subsequent collection. This would ensure your bridal gown is bright and fresh for your big day.

6) If time permits, do a dress rehearsal before the final pick up. This would enable you to iron out any little adjustments you may need before you big day.

Article by Roderick Ng. 

Director at Australian premier bridal fashion brand Weddings by Master/slave. Master/slave designs have been featured in over 63 Magazines, television shows and multi-media platforms in Australia.