First of all, congratulations! You've found a dress you look and feel beautiful in, but what's next?
For many brides, what to do after purchasing the dress can be daunting. There are many factors that impact the "post-purchase" process, for example did you buy your dress off-the-rack or did you special order it for delivery at a later date? Does your bridal store offer in-store alterations or will you have to find an independent seamstress?
- First, you will likely find yourself waiting for your gown to arrive. Wedding dresses can take anywhere from 16-24 weeks to arrive depending on designer, size, length measurement, and customizations. Once your dress arrives you will need to schedule an appointment at your bridal store to try-on your dress and make sure you still love it as much as the day you ordered it. If you bought your dress off-the-rack you likely have a wedding coming up sooner than the 16-24 week time-frame. Depending on the time of year (and how soon your wedding is) you will want to skip to our second step immediately. If you have the luxury of time, find a safe place to store your dress until closer to the wedding.
- As your wedding date nears, you will want to begin thinking about alterations for your dress. Some bridal stores offer in house alterations and will set you up directly with a seamstress. Other stores (like ours), will recommend reputable local tailors for your alterations. Common alterations include strap adjustments, hems, and bustles. Your seamstress will be able to give an expert opinion and guide you through the alterations process.
- Finally, it's the week of your wedding! You have likely had a final fitting with your alterations person and are ready to finally walk down the aisle. Before you do, we suggest having your dress steamed one last time. At our store, we offer a complimentary steaming before the wedding to brides that have purchased from us and at an affordable price for brides that have bought elsewhere. You can also ask your seamstress if steaming is something offered as a complimentary service after working with them.
The hunt for your dream dress can be a daunting process, but we hope to simplify the process for you with this blog. At Sara Loree's we are happy to answer any questions you may have before, during, and after the dress purchasing process.