Wedding Dress Fitting Preparation and Expectation


Finding your perfect dress for your wedding day is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding for the bride. While you may have the style and size in mind, you need to schedule at least one fitting to ensure every detail is just perfect. And usually, most brides may need three fittings to get best dress ever, so they have their dress picked out 8 or 6 months before the wedding, which leaves plenty of time to schedule a number of fittings before the big day.

What Should You Bring for Wedding Dress Fitting?


The lingerie you wear on your wedding day can enhance the look of your dress. This includes panties and shapewear you are considering. Most bridal consultants will have already advised you on the best lingerie to wear with your type of dress and many bridal gown stores will have items available for sale that you can try on before you buy.


The height of the heel on the shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day will have an effect on whether you need the dress hemmed or not. While it is ideal to bring the actual shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day, bring at least the same height shoe you plan on buying if you haven’t bought them yet.

Jewelry and Headpiece

Bring your jewelry and headpiece will help you eliminate the guesswork of what all the elements will look like together. While these items will not have a direct effect on the dress alteration, you may need them to give you a better idea if the jewelry and headpieces will fall in the right place with your dress.


Even if it is just your smartphone, taking some pictures and even videos will give you a better idea of how you look in the dress. Take pictures of you sitting, standing and walking in the gown. This will also let you know how it feels to move around in the dress and how comfortable you will be in it all day.

Payment Method

What all you need to have taken in during the wedding dress fitting will decide how much it will all cost: This can add up to hundreds of dollars! Have a budget on what you are willing to spend on your gown and allow for some flexibility. Also, ask the designer or bridal shop if you are able to order a dress that is a little longer or shorter than the one you try on, this can end up saving you some money on alterations.

Your Entourage

Having your mom or bridal party there with you is a great idea so you can get some honest opinions about how the dress looks. While you want their opinions, the decision is ultimately yours, so choose the dress you feel the most comfortable in even if it doesn’t please everyone else.


Fittings can span over a few months and will typically require more than one trip to the salon, so have some patience through the process. The first fitting will be when the first set of alteration will be measured, a second fitting will be necessary to see if the first alteration is perfect and this may require additional smaller tweaks that will require another fitting. Keep reading to know more detailed information about each fitting.

What Can You Expect for Every Wedding Dress Fittings?

Most brides will have three or more dress fitting depending on the extent of the alterations being made. Three fitting are typically the average number that brides will go for. We will look at what these three fittings in detail, so you can know what to expect.

The First Fitting (6 weeks before wedding day)

The first wedding dress fitting has two main purpose which entails finding the right dress and take notes of what alterations should be made. You want to make sure the dress is the right size, color and designs, which include the neckline, sleeves, and train length. The seamstress will begin to find where the dress needs to be taken in or out and if it needs to be shortened or lengthened. You should ask about any bunching or bulges you see in the dress and pay attention to how the dress feels in the waist, chest, arms and other areas that may feel uncomfortable. Before you leave, make sure you have your second fitting scheduled.

The Second Fitting (4 weeks before wedding day)

The second fitting should ensure you that all your concerns from the first fitting have been fixed. This is also when you can make sure you can move comfortable in the gown and that it stays in place as you move. If you notice any bunching or pulling of the material, you will want to make sure the seamstress knows. Also, look at where the hem of the dress falls just at the tips of your toes. If something doesn't look or feel right, no matter how small it may seem to, speak up and let the seamstress know. You want the dress to be just right. If you need to schedule a fitting to ensure you are satisfied, then do so.

The Final Fitting (Schedule as close to your wedding day as possible)

Your final wedding dress fitting is with those who will be helping you get into your dress on your wedding. From bustles to straps to a plethora of buttons, you want to make sure everyone knows how to properly fasten everything for you. This is also the ideal time to learn about how you can get rid of wrinkles or spills. Some dress will need to be steam to get wrinkles out while others you can use an iron on, get to know what settings you should use. Know what products you can use to get any spills out of the dress and what products you should stay away from. Then just be ready to be the most beautiful bride in this world happily!