We have listed some tips on how to save money with your wedding dress alterations:
- Buy a dress that is not larger than one size in the chest and the waist. Do not buy a dress that is too small, as there may not have enough seam allowances to be let out.
- Buy a dress that is easy to hem: where lace applique on the bottom can be removed and reapplied. Hemming a dress at the waist is more complex and more expensive.
- Shorter trains need less points to be bustled, therefore the cost of bustle will be cheaper.
- The alterations on lace dresses is more time-consuming.
- A beaded dress will also cost more to be altered.
- Dresses with long sleeves often need more alterations.
- Before buying any bridal undergarments ask your seamstress for suggestions. Many corset strapless gowns have a built-in corset and have enough support to be worn with just a bra cups sewn in.
- Do not buy a dress with the thought that you want to restyle. Restyling is more time-consuming than alterations.
- Silk dresses are more difficult to work with and alterations will cost more. Silk fabric might also shrink after pressing or steaming.