My first dress fitting was this past week and all I have to say is that I was feeling a lot of emotions. Overwhelmed, excited, nervous and to sum it all up…eeek! That counts as an emotion, right? It’s all starting to come together and finally feel real. Last year I went for my first dress fitting with my mom and two bridesmaids. Then that same week I had to pick up my dress due to postponing the wedding, so it never went through any alterations. This time I went by myself and had a few additional changes in mind.
The alterations boutique I chose to go to was about a 45-minute drive from home, but from my research they caught my attention with 5 stars on Yelp! and Google, making them the #1 alterations boutique in the Bay Area. I love reading reviews, therefore, I was sold. From what I remembered, last year they mentioned I should come in no later than 8 weeks prior to the wedding, but since I wasn’t sure how busy they would be I called 4 months in advance to ensure I’d be able to secure an appointment. Thankfully I was able to get in. The appointment went really well and now I must wait 5 long weeks before getting to see the progress on my dress.
Here are some of my tips for a successful first fitting:
- Do your research and make an appointment early.
- Have an outline of what you want to alter, add, and change. Pictures are always a great visual to show exactly what you are asking for.
- Bring the shoes you’ll be wearing or at least shoes that are the same heel height if you don’t have them ordered yet.
- Bring any undergarments you plan to wear on your wedding day.
- Bring your veil if you will be wearing one. Not a must for the first fitting, but definitely bring it to the second as most boutiques will steam it for you.
- If doing a bustle, have your friends join you so they can be shown how to button or assemble the train. This also may only be needed in the second fitting, but it’s nice to have support there.
- Lastly, alterations can be expensive. Make sure to have part of your budget set aside for this.