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Nothing Says “Perfect Dress” More Than Personalization

You’ve poured through countless catalogues and searched through dozens of dresses at bridal boutiques in your area. At last! – You’ve found the perfect wedding dress to wear on your big day. Yet something just doesn’t feel quite right, either the sizing feels a bit off or it’s missing a little something “extra” that would make the dress feel like it’s truly “you”.

No matter what it is, when there’s a will, there’s a way and nothing should prevent you from wearing your wedding dress of choice. Instead, elevate your gown with some customized features to transform it into the dress of your dreams.

Here’s a guide to help you customize your wedding gown to emanate the essence of you.

Can Wedding Dresses Be Let Out?

It’s no surprise that wedding dresses can be expensive. When you’re investing in your wedding, you want your gown to be absolutely perfect. If it doesn’t fit just right or something is missing from your stylistic point of view, arrangements for wedding dress alterations can be done. For instance, you can:

  • Add or subtract a bustle.
  • Lengthen or shorten a dress.
  • Add sleeves or caps.
  • Adjust the bust, waist or neckline for a flawless fit.

By enlisting the services of a professional, you can make customized adjustments. Here are some common—and not so common—wedding dress alterations that can be made.

Customize Your Wedding Gown

Add Straps, Long Sleeves, Capelets

If your dress is strapless or has short (or no) sleeves and it makes you feel uncomfortable, you shouldn’t toss aside the idea of wearing an otherwise beautiful dress. A professional seamstress or designer can add straps or convert your gown into a long sleeve wedding dress. Or, as another option, add a capelet to drape across your shoulders. Bonus: This can make your gown look whimsically romantic.

Bride spins in a long sleeved lace wedding gown as groom stands behind her

Create a Custom Hem Length

If your dress of choice is too long for your height or if you’d simply prefer a shorter dress, you can always alter the hemline to adjust the length. Everything–including lace and other delicate materials–can be hemmed. Don’t be shy to ask whether the hem of your wedding gown can be altered to your desired length. You never know what magic can be performed in adjusting these beautiful details.

Add Detailing and Embellishments

Spotting the perfect dress is a key moment in your wedding plans. If there are small nagging things holding you back from buying the dress, you should keep in mind, adding details and small embellishments can also enhance the gown to match your vision.

Consider how additional beads, lace, chiffon, tulle, jewellery, or any other adornments could transform your gown and add a personal touch. For example, maybe you have a family heirloom you want to incorporate into your dress for that “something old.”

Add or Removing “Poof”

If you feel your dress is too simplistic or too frilly, it’s easy for a seamstress to add or remove that poof. For instance, you can include a petticoat or enhance the gown with lace details. Or, ultimately, remove some fabric.

Replace Zippers With A Corset Back

Does your dress fit perfectly but the zipper is a bit too tight? Or maybe you simply don’t like the look of a zipper? In either scenario, replacing the zipper with a corset back can personalize the dress to your liking. An expert can replace the zipper with a beautiful lace corset back, resulting in a classic, sexy look.

Add Details Around the Waist

Many brides want to emphasize their waist or add details to make their dress pop, draw the eye up, or restructure their gown. Consider adding a bridal belt or sash to customize your wedding dress with a perfectly cinched waist.

Add A Pop of Colour

Want to differentiate your dress by adding a bit of colour? If you’re drawn to a neutral-coloured dress but want to add a bit of flare, you can incorporate hints of colour in the underskirt or weave it through embroidery or lace. Maybe even add a little “something blue?”

Tips for Accessorizing

Bride wears large jeweled statement necklace with a sweetheart neckline wedding gown

Once you’ve decided which dress you want to wear for the big day, you can start looking for different wedding dress accessories to adorn yourself with. Items you can accessorize include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and broaches. Additionally, there are many options to choose from when it comes to veils, headpieces, tiaras, crowns, and hats.

Your bridal shoes should also be complementary, especially if your dress is shorter, however, you want them to be comfortable too. As a final touch, you can even match your dress with gorgeous gloves to the forearm, elbow, or higher.

Try not to get too carried away with accessories – you want to reduce clutter and highlight the areas that matter most to you.

Whether your desired look is traditional or contemporary, you can design the wedding ensemble you’ve always envisioned.

When Should You Start Alterations?

Once you choose your wedding dress, you’ll want to talk to your bridal shop immediately about scheduling your first fitting since alterations can take a few months to complete. Tailors usually have a full schedule so you want to be sure you leave enough time between your first and subsequent fittings.

Visit A Professional Seamstress for More Recommendations

Whether you choose to wear a long sleeve lace wedding dress or one with a short hemline, you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. The gown you wear should be as special as the moment you say “I do”. Your dress should be exactly as you envision it—this doesn’t mean you have to wear the dress exactly as it appears in the catalogue. Custom bridal gowns are routinely made, so why settle for something that doesn’t feel perfect? Schedule to have your wedding dress alterations made today.