Post # 1
I’m told I’m a little late in my wedding gown search. My first appointment is this weekend for my September 2013 wedding. I’m hoping to find a wedding dress with straps but they are definitely few and far between out there. It seems like 90% of dresses are strapless!
Because of that and my time line, i’m thinking I might end up with a strapless sample gown and then have straps added by the alterations people at the salon or a seamstress.
Has anyone had straps added after the fact? Have you had trouble matching the fabric of the dress exactly or otherwise getting it right?
p.s. I don’t have huge boobs or modesty issues so they don’t have to be special straps or anytihng. I just think they’re pretty and a little different in a sea of strapless.
Post # 3
Bump! I ordered my dress with the intent to add straps of some kind (though now it’s been a few months and I have a hundred other ideas too). Would love to see how this came out for other brides!
Post # 4
@Andyisgreat: I am pretty certain almost all dresses come with straps. At least my strapless gown did. Maybe someone else can confirm this?
Post # 5
My one Maid/Matron of Honor had straps added to her dress and my Mom did as well. Maid/Matron of Honor is tall but her mom altered another girl’s dress that is on the short side and used that fabric. My Mom is also short so they used the fabric they cut off of the bottom. Do you think you would have excess fabric from the dress being hemmed? Then you know it would match. Also some strapless dresses come with thin speghetti straps that can be added easily.
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Post # 7
I think you can buy extra fabric for a lot of designers so you can make sure everything matches. When I was thinking about adding straps to a Mori Lee that you could order extra fabric and lace appliques though it was a 1 yard minimum. If you see something you like just ask the shop if they can order extra fabric or ask them to call the designer to see if it’s a option.
Post # 8
Maid/Matron of Honor SIL on the left (the short one) that looks like she wants to kill my brother (her husband). Maid/Matron of Honor BFF on right. Her straps were made from the bottom of Maid/Matron of Honor SILs dress. Maid/Matron of Honor BFF had to have a lot of work done on her dress as she is 6.5 months pregnant and the top had to be taken in a bit. But I actually forgot her dress didn’t come with straps. My Mom wore a jacket most of the night so I can’t find a picture of her without it at the moment.
Post # 9
Most strapless gowns can be ordered w/ optional cap sleeves, just ask at the salon when you’re trying on dresses, they just add that onto your order w/ your measurements. I had Casablanca add cap sleeves to mine, I think it was an extra $40 but I needed them for church. They come unattached and you can have alterations make them removable or sew them in…I ended up prefering my dress with the sleeves so I had them sewn in (also better support). Strapless is more popular right now and easier to try on, that’s why alot of stores don’t have the dresses shown with sleeves, but it was an option on a few different brands I tried. Good luck!
Post # 10
Thanks ladies. I’ll take a look this weekend and see what my options are. Thanks for your help.