Post # 1
I haven’t made a final decision about my shoes, but I have my first dress fitting tomorrow. Does it make sense to bring the highest possible heel and then they can take more length off the dress if I wear a shorter heel? Or, will it change other aspects of the alterations?
Post # 3
I think that makes sense – or bring both pairs you’re considering, and let the seamstress measure you with both. She should be able to make the necessary adjustements if she knows what’s what ahead of time.
Post # 4
I have a dress fitting tomorrow too, and 4 pair of shoes to choose from! I am going to bring the tallest of the heels. Let the person doing alterations know you may change to a shorter heel. It is much easier to shorten a hem than to make it longer.
Post # 5
Tallest seems the concensus…Thanks to @gammongirl for posting! I’m definitely bringing my tallest to my first fitting tomorrow, too!
Post # 6
I have 6 to choose from! (zappos is a blessing and a curse!) Thanks! I’ll bring the tallest!
Post # 7
Never heard that. You really need to wear whatever you will be wearing at the reception to all of your alteration fittings. If you wear high heels to the ceremony and have your dress altered for that length, then change into flip flops or go barefoot at the reception, you will suddenly have several inches of dress length that you and your guests will trip over. In that case, wearing the highest heel possible when trying on dresses and getting them fitted makes no sense whatsoever.
Post # 8
@Ember78: Conversely, wearing flip flops to your dress fitting and then wearing 4 inch heels to the ceremony, your ankles will be showing and it will look silly. Honestly I don’t recall anyone tripping over my dress at my wedding, but mostly because no one stands THAT close to you, and when they do, they are all super conscious of whether or not they are standing on your dress.
A hint for any girls that want to wear super high heels to the ceremony and flippy floppies to your reception: you can adjust for the height difference by using different crinolines. Use a smaller volume crinoline for the ceremony, then wear a much larger, poofier crinoline for the reception. It will bring your hem up, no one will notice, and you can comfortably dance all night long. 🙂
My suggestiong is to tell your seamstress not to alter the bottom hem until you’ve picked your final pair of shoes. Ask her when SHE will need you to have decided on a heel height. She will probably say your second to last fitting so that she can alter the bottom hem and properly set the bustle. So make sure to have your shoes picked out by then!
Post # 9
I think that waiting until you are sure of the length will then prevent you from having extra work done on the dress which might cost you money. I love Mighty’s suggestion of wearing different crinolines to make up for the difference in height of the shoes!
Post # 10
I agree that I wouldn’t touch the hem at all until you’re sure what shoes you’re going to wear.
Post # 11
I dont think you need to worry about your shoes at the first fitting actually. My tailor said that most tailors work from the body down and the hem is the very last thing they do. I would say as soon as you have your shoes go back so she can measure for the bottom, but do not worry about it at the first fitting!