Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Wedding Dress Fitting

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Welcome to another Wedding Wednesdays Q&A!  This is where we tackle your most pressing wedding planning questions and help guide you along the merry road of wedding planning.  This week’s question is about the wedding dress fitting.

Q: It’s about 6 months until my wedding and people keep telling me that I need to do my wedding dress alterations now.  Are they right?  When do I need to do my wedding dress fitting?

Thanks for your question!  When it comes to wedding planning, in most cases taking care of something sooner as opposed to later is a good thing.  It helps move you along and you don’t end up behind.  However, with your wedding dress fitting and alterations, it’s a little bit of a different story.

Now I have to say that every tailor or seamstress is a little different so you should call to understand how they specifically work, but most won’t even touch your wedding dress until about 1-2 months before your wedding.  They purposefully wait to do the alterations closer to the wedding.  The reason is because many women change shape over the course of their engagement.  You are nodding your head now, right?

There are many women who purposefully try to lose weight for the wedding, others just lose or gain weight from the stress or in some other cases become pregnant.  No matter what the reason, as a bride and as a woman there is a chance you’ll change shape which affects the wedding dress fitting.  The tailor/seamstress doesn’t want to have to alter the dress multiple times and you don’t either because it will cost you more.  So, usually, you’ll wait until much closer to the wedding to start the fittings.  However, what you should do now is find the tailor/seamstress you like, call them and ask when you should set up your first wedding dress fitting.  You can get it on the schedule now, but most likely you will not have to go in until much later.  But, this way you are all set up and ready to go when the time comes and you can tell all those people that you’ve got it covered.

Bride getting into her wedding dress at her San Francisco wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

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