Get Fitted Wedding Dress: FAQs About Wedding Fitting


While there are a few lucky brides who will find "The Dress" that will fit perfectly as soon as they try it on, most will need alterations. Custom made dresses will require at least two fittings or more. When it comes to fitted wedding dresses, you will want to refer to these helpful tips here to guide you through the process.

Get Fitted Wedding Dress: FAQs About Wedding Fitting

How many times will I need to go for a fitting?

On average you will most likely need to go in for three fitting, and more if you have a dress being created from scratch. The first fitting will involve the seamstress taking note of what needs to be adjusted. The second fitting will involve making sure the first initial adjustments were done correctly and if any more need to be done. The third fitting is done to ensure the dress will look perfect for your wedding day. You will want to bring your bridesmaid or friends to learn how to properly help you into the dress on the big day as well as how to bustle the train correctly.

Are the fittings an additional cost?

The first three fitted wedding dresses appointments are most often included in the price, any more fittings will cost extra. For couture gowns, the price usually includes unlimited fittings to achieve the perfect fit and look. Retailers that do not include fittings into the price do have an in-house seamstress to perform any adjustments for you and they will recommend them to you.

When should the fittings be booked?

Alterations tend to start six weeks prior to the wedding date. If the bridal store you are purchasing your dress from or the seamstress is highly sought after, you may want to book your fittings well in advance to ensure you can have your dress done by your big day.

What should I wear to the dress fittings?

The essentials you will want to bring are the shoes, undergarments as well as any accessories you will be wearing on the big day.

  • You need the shoes at your fitted wedding dresses alteration for the seamstress to make the proper adjustments to the length.

  • Your undergarments will have an impact on the overall look of how the gown will fit. Some gowns require full corsets; some only require a strapless bra. Ask your seamstress what the proper garments are for your dress in advance. Some bridal shops will sell these items while others you will need to bring your own.

  • The veil, headpiece and jewelry you will be wearing should be with you at every fitting. This will help you better see what the completed look of the dress will be and if you might want to reconsider some of them.

The dress will need a number of alterations, is this worth the price or will the alterations ruin the dress?

It is often recommended that you buy a dress that is slightly larger as opposed to smaller since it is easy to cut off instead of adding something to the dress. Most alterations will not ruin a dress but this will depend on the style and the embellishments on the gown.

What if you end up losing or gaining weight after the final fitting?

Most seamstresses are experienced at handling last minute adjustments to the fitted wedding dresses as long as the loss or gain is not too drastic. If you are planning on losing a substantial amount of weight, you want to let your seamstress know this ahead of time so they can take the necessary precautions such as leaving extra fabric in around the seams. You will, however, want to know what these last minute adjustments will cost.