Post # 1
#1: I keep seeing brides who have photos of themselves in their dress at home and they say, “I just picked it up and it need such-and-such altered”. Is there a reason many brides don’t use the alterations at the bridal shop? Too pricey? or just have an alterations person they prefer? I assumed I’d be using the alterations people I got my gown from.
#2: My dress hasn’t arrived yet, I ordered it mid-March and am expecting it in the next month or so. I’m assuming for my first fitting I need to be wearing exactly what I’ll be wearing beneath my gown on my wedding day. I’m hoping I can just get cups sewn in so I don’t have to worry about the back dipping down below a strapless bra (I’m a 34B and I don’t need a ton of coverage, but I do want something), but looking at my dress in the sampel photo does it look like I need any sort of spanx or anything on beneath? In the sample gown photo all I had on was a strapless bra and panties. I’ve lost about 12 lbs. since these photos.
#3: I saw someone mention a trumpet crinoline or something? I guess something to poof the trumpet part out more? Does it look like I need that? Again, I don’t have that on in the photo.
Post # 3
1) Bridal shop alterations are pretty hit-and-miss in terms of quality. Some of the seamstresses are excellent, others are unqualified, and they run the gamut in between. The alterations themselves are often overpriced – and it’s not because the seamstresses are getting paid well, because they aren’t. Going to an independent seamstress generally gets you better service at a better price, especially if you have someone you know and have worked with before. And the seamstress herself gets a better deal. I always like knowing that the person doing the work is getting paid fairly.
2) I initially didn’t think I would bother with Spanx. I found a shaper on sale at a clearance event and tried it out just to see, and I really liked how it smoothed everything out, eliminated panty lines, etc., under one of my other dresses, so I have it on hand just in case. It may not make a difference with my wedding gown under all the lace and beading, but it’s kind of nice to have a “security blanket.”
3) Sorry, can’t be of any help to you on this one.
Post # 4
1. A lot of bridal shops in our area dont even offer alterations anymore.
2. i think you and the dress look great!
3. you could do a crinoline if you want. itll make you hotter on the day off, but it looks fine to me as is in these pics! especially when its the correct length, itll pop a little better on its own 🙂
Post # 5
People have pictures of themselves with the dress at their own home because you do not immediately get alterations done. Those are done closer to the wedding (generally 1-2 months ahead of time). My dress was at my grandmother’s house for 4 months after it came in before my alterations and I am using the in-store alterations.
Post # 6
I personally would rather get my alterations done by someone i know who is expeirenced. One of my best friends is a seamstress. so i’ll be getting her to do mine.
Personally i don’t think you’d need a crinoline, your dress seems to sit really nice anyway.
Post # 7
Ok, thank you all!!
That alterations thing makes me nervous. I know two women who bought their dresses at the same place I did, so maybe I’ll just ask them and see what their experiences were. I regularly get pants altered (I’m actually 5’1″), but nothing more than that. A wedding gown is clearly much more in depth than a simple hem.
I’ll have to take a look at trumpet gowns with crinolines to get an idea of whether or not I like the look. My wedding is in May outside in Georgia. I definitely don’t want to be hotter than need be.
I owned a pair of Spanx and wore them under a dress and when I look at the photos I don’t care for how it made me look. Like a potato. :/
Post # 8
PS LOVE your dress you look soooo gorgeous!!!!
Post # 9
@lilarose: Thank you!!!
I also may go online and look at reviews of the place I normally go to and see what the reviews are of girls who’ve had their gowns altered there.
Post # 10
I didn’t get alterations done where my dress was from because I had previous bad experiences with their alterations department, plus their prices were insane. Depends on the place.
And if that is how you look in your dress without Spanx, I am freaking jealous! You look totally awesome, I’d definitely say you have ZERO need for Spanx, your body looks great as is.
Post # 11
I have a tailor that specializes in gowns and formal wear, so I didn’t think to use the bridal shop’s services. I would recommend checking reviews for your bridal shop in terms of their alterations quality and expertise (an excellent tailor will make all the difference in making your dress look perfect!)
I would buy a shaper and try it on at your first fitting (I was reluctant to wear one but it ended up smoothing everything underneath and was worth it.) if you don’t like it, you can always return it, but nice to have the option!
I would ask the tailor for their expert opinion on the crinoline – but from the picture I don’t think you need one.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Post # 12
Do any of y’all recommend a shaper that covers the abdomen and rear and doesn’t create lines or folds? The one I have is too long for the length of my abdomin, it ends up trying to cover my boobs and then just folding over beneath my bra, creating a line. Something for us short girls.
Post # 13
I’m no help with the alterations question, but the dress is amazing on you!
Post # 14
I can’t answer your questions but I just wanted to chime in and say I really like your dress.
Post # 16
Oh we have the same dress!!! It looks great on you!
I didn’t get alterations at the salon because it was whipped from a different province. I will use someone local.
The dress is very think material and I found it shaped my body enough so I won’t wear spanx. It looks like you shouldn’t need it either as the dress feels good when fit properly.
As for the crinoline, I am debating that myself.