(Closed) Adding straps – advice or experience?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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. 

Post # 6
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think you still have enough time to order a gown if you choose.

Allure has a ton of non-strapless dresses (many in lace).  You haven’t said what you are looking for so it’s hard to provide examples, but here are a few.








It’s not hard to put spaghetti straps onto a strapless gown.  If the strapless gown is made correctly then it’s the bodice that holds everything up and not the straps supporting the weight of the gown, if that makes sense.

Post # 7
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013


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
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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!

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