Your wedding dress fitting: Expert Q&A

YourweddingdressfittingCongratulations! There is nothing more satisfying than the moment when you finally find the perfect wedding gown.

The next best thing is working with your bridal boutique and their seamstress until it fits just right.

You might be surprised to find there is more to wedding dress fittings than just showing up and trying your gown on.

We chatted with Sally from Storr’s Formal Hire and Bridal Boutique in Liverpool Street, Hobart to give you some tips to ensure your wedding gown fits like the proverbial glove.

Getting started

Generally, brides-to-be will begin looking for their ideal wedding gown around 12- 18 months in advance of their wedding day.

“Keep in mind that some gowns take up to six months to make, and you may also need to allow time for small alterations,” says Sally.

Of course, many brides are working on a shorter time frame than 12-18 months, and the Bridal Boutique stocks a range of off-the-rack gowns for brides who don’t have time for their gown to be made from scratch.


According to Sally, brides will often call in for a final fitting four to six weeks before their wedding, to allow time for alterations. Their precious gown is then pressed and picked up on the week prior to the big day.

Don’t forget your shoes

If you’ve already purchased the shoes you are going to wear to your wedding, bring them along to your dress fitting. This ensures that the alterations will be exactly the length you want, depending on your heel height. If you plan on changing shoes for your wedding reception, be sure to bring those shoes along too.

Wear the lingerie you plan to wear on your wedding day

Sally recommends that you wear or bring along the lingerie you plan to wear under your wedding gown to your dress fittings. This is so that you can check your lingerie won’t show under your gown, and it ensures that any alterations will be exact.

Sally also suggests being wary of buying corsets or torsolettes that contain boning to firm your figure, as many gowns already contain boning to enhance your shape.

Go fresh-faced and beautiful

Sally recommends wearing as little make-up as you’re comfortable with. Some make-up products such as foundation, concealer or spray tan can stain your wedding dress.

Bring a friend

It’s always great to have a second opinion on how your gown looks. Whether it’s your Mum, a friend, or a bridesmaid, make sure you trust their judgement.

Check with your seamstress to see which fittings your friend needs to attend.

“Unless they are professional dressmakers, don’t allow friends or family members to alter your dress, warns Sally. Wedding gowns are made of delicate fabrics that require specialised skills and high quality sewing machines to alter, and it’s not worth risking DIY wedding gown alterations.

Forget the diet

Finally, Sally suggests that the time after your dream gown has arrived is not the time to take up a radical diet. Plan to lose weight (if you feel you need to) before you choose your gown, otherwise you will require further alterations once the gown has arrived.

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