Top Tips to Prepare for Your Bridal Fitting Appointments

Allure Bridals, style C417: Our featured gown will have you floating down the aisle on layers of luxurious organza. This romantic, strapless stunner will be remembered by every attendee for years to come. Available sizes: 2-32. Available colors: Ivory/Nude/Silver, White/Nude/Silver.

New York Bride & Groom has an exceptional alterations department to help the bride feel radiant and perfectly put-together on her wedding day. There are a multitude of fabric choices among our exquisite wedding dresses. Thankfully, our expert seamstresses are able to work with them all to create form-fitting beauty. One of the keys for a successful fitting is arriving for your appointment prepared with everything you need. These tips from the folks at The Knot will help with that:

Before Your First Fitting

Decide which accessories — jewellery, headpiece, wrap, bag — you want to wear with your dress and buy or order them.

Buy your undergarments and bridal shoes. You must have your wedding day lingerie and shoes for all your fittings — a simple bra switch or change in heel height can cause your dress to fit improperly.

Your First Fitting

The first fitting usually takes place about six weeks before your wedding day. Just like when you were shopping, it helps to bring one eagle-eyed friend or family member along for advice. And don’t forget your shoes, bra, and slip — along with any other accessories you have purchased — so you can see how everything looks together.

For your purposes, this fitting is to ensure two main things:

That your gown is the right size, the right color, and the right design (neckline, train, sleeves, etc.)

That your seamstress knows what she’s doing. A seamstress will most likely have an assistant (who could be the salon salesperson or another member of the salon staff) who helps you get into your gown. The seamstress should then begin looking for places where your dress needs to be taken in, let out, shortened, lengthened or altered — hence the term “fitting.”


Maggie Sottero, style 10465: The plunging sweetheart neckline carries the eye to stunning lace appliqués to behold. With illusion sleeves falling off-the-shoulder and a trailing hemline, this “Daisy” wedding gown defines enchantment. Available sizes: 0-28. Available colors: Ivory over Soft Blush (pictured), Ivory and White.

Basic or Complex Alterations?

It is vital to communicate your desired finish with the alterations team to ensure everyone is on the same page. For instance, do you want your cap sleeves to become three-quarter length illusion sleeves with lace appliques? Would you prefer your hemline to lightly sweep the floor or show off your shoes? Are you hoping to change the neckline or add a bustle? These decisions affect more than the look you are seeking. They determine how much time is needed to complete your alterations. We want to quote you an accurate timeline that won’t create stress as the wedding nears so clear communication is critical.

Madison James, style MJ251: Flatter every curve with crystal patterns that add a glamourous sparkle to this exquisite lace and tulle design. Clear sequins add an extra glow. Available sizes 2-32. Available colors: White/Silver, Gold/Ivory/Silver, Ivory/Silver.

The Weight Loss Conundrum

Trying to match your alterations to your wedding weight loss goals is a common situation. It is important to give yourself a realistic target and adequate time to achieve it. You’ll find some insightful discussion about the topic here:

When shopping for your dress and on a path to loose a good amount of weight before the wedding, what do you do? Size down? Hope that alterations can be made in time and properly with the dress you fall in love with?

Just curious what you gals think or have experienced.

NYB&G Charlotte: Inspired Designs, Popular Pricing

Everything you need to outfit the wedding party can be found in one convenient location when you visit New York Bride & Groom. Your dream wedding dress is waiting for you among our vast selection. The perfect outfits for your bridesmaids and the groom and groomsmen are too. Inspired designs, popular pricing and phenomenal customer service have made us the premier wedding salon in the Queen City. Stop by at your convenience and see for yourself. No appointment is needed to shop with us, and cameras are always welcome.