Sunday, April 13, 2008


When it comes to the wedding gown, most of you have a list of questions concerning the fit and alterations. Below is a list of FYI's about the fit of your gown:

1) Most bridal and bridesmaids dresses run about 2 sizes smaller than the size you wear. So, if you typically were a size 4 you might fall into a size 6 or 8. Remember its just a number!

2) Yes, designer gowns are ordered at the time of purchase. That does not mean that the dress is ordered exactly for your body. Unless you have requested custom measurements, we measure your bust, waist, and hip and suggest the largest size. For example, if you are a 2 in your bust, a 4 in your waist, and a 6 in your hip we will suggest a size 6 to make sure it fits in your hip. The bust and waist will need alterations.

3) We always recommend the largest size to be on the safe side. Using the example above if we had recommended a size 2 in the bust it probably wouldn't fit in the hip. Personally, I would rather have a dress too big than have a snug dress. Being in front of 200 people in a dress that shows off my body far more than I would ever want to would not be fun.

4) Bottom Line: Its your dress and you can pick the size! We are just here to give you a professional recommendation.

4) Simple rule of thumb: You can aways take in, but you can't always let out.

5) If you are an out of town attendant make sure you go to a professional seamstress. We can always tell when you don't! Trust me, it will be worth it in the end.

6) Best Fit: The good news about alterations is that it will tailor the gown to your body. If you have never altered anything before, you will be impressed!

7) Cost: It ranges depending on what needs to be done. They have to see it before they can make an estimation.

8) If you are over 5'7" you might need extra length. For brides we can do a 'hollow to hem' which allows us to get your exact length measurement. For bridesmaids we can do regular length or add 5". If you don't need all 5" you just get the rest hemmed off. All this is better than have a high-water dress. Agreed?

9) If you're loosing weight, congratulations! I recommend ordering the dress the size you are now and getting it taken in. Once again, it is your body and you are way more familiar with it than we are so that is why you pick the size.

10) Unfortunately, part of being a bride or a bridesmaid is getting alterations. I know its not as much fun as the bachelorette party, but it is necessary. I would love for all my clients to be able to get into their dress for the first time and it zip up and be ready to wear do the aisle. Unfortunately, its just not that simple. Since, alterations are pretty much necessary we have two incredible seamstress that we recommend.

Gainesville/Ocala: Debbie * Alterations Unlimited * 352-620-2551 * Ocala, FL

Orlando/Ocala: Judi * The Seamstress, Inc * 407-740-7544 * Winter Park, FL

If you have any other questions regarding alterations feel free to comment or call your consultant.


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Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.