“Just go in and try things on…things you may even think I would never wear that. Give yourself that freedom.”-Vera Wang
The wedding dress is the most iconic piece of sartorial garment a woman will ever wear in her life. With this in consideration, a bride should not only be meticulous in choosing one that suits her but should regard every process from the selection to the final fitting carefully. Choosing and purchasing your wedding gown is just the initial phase of the process. When you have finally selected the perfect dress, it just does not stop there. You need to give it back to the seamstress to design in such a way that it would be tailored to fit your comfortably and perfectly. While most of you will think that the process stops there, it actually goes beyond that.
Here are some of the things you can expect (and what you should ideally do) at every step of the process:
1.) The Dress Selection
Above all the phases you go through in your wedding gown fitting, this one is the most exciting. After all, you would be finding the gown of your dreams or designing one of your own. Ideally, you should be able to decide on a design nine months to a year prior to your wedding as this will give your seamstress or designer enough time to create the gown. To narrow down your choices, set a realistic budget and do research about the kind of dresses and designers you will love. Furthermore, bring a companion with you—someone’s opinion who you value. Their feedback will help you choose the gown that looks best. Remember not to bring too many friends as conflicting opinions can be a bad thing.
To prepare, wear a nude and strapless bra and underwear as well. If you are planning to visit multiple stores, it would be a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and simply bring heels if you wish to see the overall effect.
2.) First fitting
The first fitting is when you will evaluate whether the dress fits just right or if you would need any alterations. Two to three months before your wedding is when you should ideally have your first fitting. However, the boutique or your seamstress may contact you earlier the moment your dress is available. Before this day comes, you should now have shopped for everything else you intend to wear the moment you walk down the aisle—from your jewelry, headpieces down to your shoes. Key pieces would be the shoes and undergarments (shapewear and lingerie included). To prepare for the day, ensure that you are wearing something that would be easy to wear and take off and bring along the rest of the accessories you have purchased so that you can try them on with your dress.
After your initial excitement of seeing yourself in the dress, be sure to take note of the things that you do not like. Is the skirt just the right length? Is the elaborate beadwork done to your liking? These are the things you have to take into consideration before giving the gown back to your seamstress.
3.) The Second/Final Fitting
After the initial fitting, you will now have a second fitting where you try on the dress with all the adjustments you have made which should occur five to six weeks before your wedding day. To be sure that everything you wish has been incorporated, make a list of the alterations you had planned and keep an eye out for them when you get the dress. Bring in a sharp-eyed companion who accompanied you on your first fitting as they would know which parts of the dress you wish to have altered as well.
To prepare, bring the same items as you did during your first fitting.