(Closed) How important is it to have someone with you at your last fitting?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1499 posts
Bumble bee

I personally would be more comfortable if they were shown at the appt. They can show where as you can only direct (since you’ll be wearing the dress!)

Are you taking the dress home? Maybe the salon would hold it for you a couple more days so you can come in with someone after. My salon held the dress until the day before my wedding.

Post # 3
24 posts

I think it’s pretty important. I didn’t have a corset but I’ve heard so many brides regret not having their Maid/Matron of Honor or mother learn how to tie the corset properly bc the dress ended up fitting strangely. I’ve also been a Bridesmaid or Best Man who was responsible for learning how to tie the corset and it’s not something you want to mess with learning on the day of. 

As far as your bustle, it depends on how complicated. Mine was a 5 point bustle of the inner layer and a 7 point ballroom bustle on the outer layer… wasn’t too hard to learn, but time intensive.

At the very least, I would have your seamstress teach you, then teach your MOH/BM/mom at home with the dress… practice a few times so there’s no mistakes

Post # 4
8690 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

beachbridebc:  I had a corset back and a bustle so they insisted I bring someone. I brought my mom. The day of the wedding she was annoying the crap out of me so she didn’t even do up my corset. The bridal attendant did. My bustle was also done by my bridal attendant. Even if it wasn’t it was color coded so it wasn’t hard to figure out. 

Post # 5
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida


beachbridebc:  One of my BM’s is going with me, she already knows how to do a corset but wanted to be there to do it with the Pro’s help if needed just incase….we had a Day of dress mishap with her dress so we aren’t messing aroubd with mine!, And she needed to find out to to bustle my dress

Post # 6
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If you have a corset or bustle, it’s best to take at least 1 person with you to learn how to do them up correctly.

Post # 7
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

beachbridebc:  Definitely have someone come in with you because those things can be complicated!

Post # 8
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My final fitting is in the middle of the day on a Wednesday, and all but one of my bridesmaids/family members are at least 6 hours away.  I’m not planning on asking my one bm who lives here to take off work, so I’ll be going alone. 

My seamstress and her assistant said it was no big deal, and that they’ll take video on my phone to show the girls how to do it step-by-step the day of.  That may be an option you hadn’t thought of!

Post # 9
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I agree with waterbaby!  I live in CA and all my family and my wedding was in FL!  So I had to do my fitting by myself too.  My bridal consultant was AMAZING and she brought another girl in to hold my camera and we shot 2 videos: one of her lacing up the corset back, and the other of her tying up the bustle.  The best part is that she was explaining the whole thing verbally in the video, which is somewhat even better than having them be there for the appointment and have to remember.  

Getting the laceup corset just right is TOTALLY DO-ABLE…. but a little confusing if you’re not watching it.  You have to keep going in the right direction and turn them all so they are flat, and pull at the right time.  We just played and paused the video on the wedding day and it was super helpful!  

So cross this off your worry list this is an easy fix! 🙂

Post # 10
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would suggest having someone there.  I went with my mom and she paid close attention to my bustle (which was a simple one at that – one point hook and button).  While I didn’t have a corset back, I did have a long line bra sewn into my dress (3 settings for closure like a normal bra).  Now, my seamstress insisted on ordering a smaller bra than I normally wear and at my fitting it looked fine, but needed to be on the loosest setting.  IRL I always wear my bra on the tightest setting.  So the day of my wedding my Maid/Matron of Honor was zipping me up and asked which hook, I said tightest out of habit….had Maid/Matron of Honor been at the fitting she woudl have known which hook to put it on and I would not have had boobs falling out all day!  I didn’t look in a mirror after getting into my dress until I was at the reception.  I love my mom to death, but had two people come with (aka Maid/Matron of Honor and my mom) one of them probably would have remembered that silly fact.

In the end all was fine – but hindsight, totally should have brought my Maid/Matron of Honor too!


For fancier bustles, I have done the color coded ones without any instruction for a friend who was in a pinch and it was completely fine!


Corset though…….I’d think someone should practice with you before the day of.


Eradicatereality:  +1 for taking a video of it — great idea!

Post # 11
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

beachbridebc:  Personally, I would say it’s VERY important. Not all bustles are the same and as I learned, most people don’t actually know how to tie a corset.

I learned how to properly tie a corset at my friend’s fitting, and learned how to bustle her dress. I’ve been a bridesmaid quite a few times and I’ve learned a lot of different bustles. Plus, the same bustle can hook, tie, button differently depending on the material and the layers.


Post # 12
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t have anyone with me and I had a corset and 2 layer bustle! My seamstress just showed me the color coded bustle and how to lace up the corset and I just showed my Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man on the day of! They had no issues!

Post # 13
323 posts
Helper bee

The corset really isn’t that complicated, I pick up my dress next week alone and the assistants have said I can youtube how to lace up the back to show my MOH!

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