Don’t forget the alterations

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  • Once the bride has found an amazing wedding dress to walk down the aisle, its a relief.

    However, its not the end of the journey, shell still need to have wedding dress alterations and

    all in the midst of planning. Though its stressful theres no need to freak out. By knowing about

    the common alterations and average costs the bride can be well prepared for this expense, and

    the dress will fit her like a glove.

    The first thing she should do is consider the average cost and keep in mind that there are a

    huge range of adjustments that may be necessary for various types of dresses. Wedding dress

    alterations can be complex so staying open-minded will help. Design, fabric and detailing of the

    chosen dress will all play into the overall cost.

  • The Hemline

  • Shortening the hemline is a common wedding dress alteration as most women arent the

    typical model height. Style and size plays a part in the price involved with hemline adjustments.

    For example, a mermaid dress will have around 1/3 the hem of a princess or ball gown style

    dress. Ruffles on the bottom or layers also play into how much work a seamstress will have to

    put into it as every layer will need to be adjusted. Expect to pay a maximum of $250.

    Bodice Work

    Again, prices will vary with bodice alterations, mostly on lace and beading. Most will spend up

    to $150 based on how detailed they are. Wedding dress alteration pricesdepend on the amount

    of work involved which could include removing, replacing and working around intricate

    detailing which is time consuming.

  • Cups

    Cups add support, especially for strapless and backless dresses. Average cost of wedding dress

    alterations that include cups is around $50 but the effect is stunning. Everything will be held in

    place through the ceremony and into the reception, especially when the bride is dancing.

  • Bustle

    Theres not much more stunning than a long, gorgeous train on the dress. As it drifts down the

    aisle its admired by all. However, when it comes to the reception dealing with a foot or more of

    train on the dress can be a bother. This is why a bustle is necessary. Some dresses come

    equipped with bustle points, some need more. Prices vary but if a full bustle is needed, this

    wedding dress alteration will be around $75.

  • Sleeves

  • As the lowest price wedding dress alteration, sleeves are a simple fix. The bride can choose

    whatever type she prefers, have them added or adjusted and it will be around $50. It also

    depends on embellishments much like other parts of the dress.

    Tips to Save on Alterations

    Thankfully there are many options to saving money on wedding dress alterations. Settling

    weight so there wont be constant changes over the period between the purchase of the dress

    and the wedding day is one way to save. Another option is to order the dress in enough time so

    that theres no inconvenience on the seamstress. Rushed wedding dress alterations always cost

    more. Get the dress at least three months before the big day.

    Finally, be sure to bring the bra that will be worn when getting alterations, as well as other

    undergarments for the perfect fitting. Otherwise, there may end up being other alterations

    necessary because the dress will fit differently in the end.

    Follow these tips to prepare for and get the most out of wedding dress alterations so that there

    is less money spent and less stress involved, and focus can be placed elsewhere such as on

    decorations or making arrangements for food and entertainment. Theres a lot that goes into

    the perfect wedding, dont forget the alterations!

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