You’ve found THE perfect wedding dress and have finally had the ‘big reveal!’ You find that there are few tweaks here, and nips and tucks there that need to be made in order to achieve the ideal fit for your big day. 

This can be a pretty fearful moment when you realize that the dress you ordered through a boutique or designed online doesn’t fit like a glove the first time you try it on, but DO NOT STRESS!  Alterations are the next step in the wedding dress experience and something nearly every bride must endure. Why?  Because your body is unique, and you want that dress to fit like it was made just for you—which will actually be the case if you design your dress online with Anomalie.

The alterations process can feel somewhat intimidating. After all, most of you brides-to-be have never stepped foot in a tailor shop before and don’t know what to expect, so we’re answering your most pressing questions around the topic with this alterations guide!

Before we dive into Q’s, remember that it’s always better to have your dress be too big than too small. Case in point, this Buzzfeed video featuring one of Anomalie’s favorite tailor partners—Susan from the Wedding Dresser in New York!

 

Why do I need alterations if my dress is made to my measurements?

Anomalie uses every bride’s measurements to create a pattern that is unique to them (which is why we’re 100% size-inclusive!). While this means your dress is specially made to your proportions, the perfect fit can only be achieved once you try on your dress. This is true for any gown, whether purchased from a boutique or custom-designed!

Why aren’t alterations included in the price of my Anomalie gown?

We have tailor partners based throughout the entire US and Canada, and you’ll work with a local tailor to have your gown altered for an ideal fit. That being said, the price of these alterations varies from city to city and from gown to gown, which is why this isn’t quoted into the price of your dress. While your dress is in production, identify the tailor you want to work with and talk to them about pricing and scheduling your first fitting. 

What should I anticipate for the cost of alterations?

Bridal alterations start at around $300 and typically range between $500 and $800, depending on fit preference, weight fluctuation and design changes.

How should I go about selecting an appropriate tailor for my wedding gown?

Of course, you’ll want to put your cherished dress in the hands of someone who is both experienced and trustworthy. Whoever you choose, be sure they specialize in bridal alterations—and confirm they can accommodate your wedding date! Consider the following approaches:

  • Do you live in a metropolitan area? You can lean on our tailor network—contact your Anomalie design team for a recommendation at stylist@dressanomalie.com.
  • Use Yelp to find well-reviewed tailors in your area.
  • Check in with your recently married friends, family or coworkers for word-of-mouth recommendations.

At what point should I schedule alterations with my tailor?

Get in touch with your tailor well in advance to understand their specific time requirements and availability based on your wedding date (note that if you wait too close to the wedding for your first fitting, you may have to pay a rush fee). Ideally, you’ll want to schedule your fitting no less than 2 months before leaving for your venue—taking into account any additional travel time.

How many fittings will I need before my wedding dress alterations are complete?

It’ll depend on the type of adjustments you’re making. Fittings happen in pairs: after your tailor pins and marks adjustments on your first fitting, you’ll come back to evaluate the changes. This is why the process could take anywhere from two fitting sessions to three sessions or more. Be sure you identify any changes you would like made to the dress during the first fitting in order to avoid any delays.

What should I wear and bring with me for my wedding dress fitting?

Despite what Cinderella might’ve taught you, don’t leave your wedding shoes behind! You have more flex room with your undergarments; if you’re still torn, bring the different pieces you’re choosing from and take turns trying them with the gown—your tailor can help you narrow down your choices. Whether you decide on shapewear or an adhesive bra, continue to bring those pieces to future fittings.

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Be sure to bring the shoes you plan to wear with your wedding dress to all your dress fittings, along with any undergarments. Photo: Stephanie Brauer Photography

What happens if I’m still trying to lose weight while getting alterations done?

Once your alterations begin, try your best to maintain your size. If you lose weight as your dress is being tailored, your dress may need additional rounds of alterations—which means your wallet will get slimmer, too.

The bustle—what is it and why doesn’t Anomalie add it to the wedding dress?

The bustle is an attachment that elevates the train so you can dance freely without tripping! Anomalie doesn’t include it in the dress because it is specific to your unique posture, preference, and even your shoe choice—all factors that can only be determined when you have the dress on. Discuss your preferences with your tailor so they can help you choose a bustle that matches your dress, train length, and personal style.

Pro-tip: Bring a family member or someone from your bridal party to your final fitting, so that you both know how to bustle your gown on your big day!

How much will adding the bustle cost with my tailor?

Bustle costs vary by tailor, train length and dress style. In general, shorter trains will have simpler, more affordable bustles, while longer trains may result in a higher cost. Discuss adding a bustle with your tailor to get an estimate for your gown.

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Communication is key to any partnership—you know it, your spouse-to-be knows it, your Anomalie Stylist knows it, and so does your tailor! Express any concerns you may have, be clear about your priorities, and establish your budget. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Technical sewing terms might sound like gibberish to you, and your tailor will be happy to explain. Have more alteration-specific questions? You can always reach out to your Anomalie squad!

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