Finding a gown to wear on such a special day can be quite a trial or relatively easy. There are no fixed rules to finding it either, it may be from a beautiful bridal boutique, a gorgeous sample gown, an online bargain or even your mothers bridal gown. You may well shed a tear, or maybe your mum or friends will, feelings of relief, excitement and anticipation are all rolled into one! Don’t be disappointed if your feelings towards the dress are not shared, the main thing is that YOU love your dress! However it happens though, don’t think too much about it, it’s more than likely to be exactly the right choice for you.
As the Big Day approaches however, doubts do creep in. Maybe the image on the designers website doesn’t do your dress justice, you can’t remember what it looks like or those few pounds you wanted to lose, haven’t disappeared! There are a million things that we can stress about. This is something they don’t tell you in the bridal media, that you may fall slightly out of love with your bridal gown, I would say this happens to majority of brides. The main issue is that you can’t see your gown, it’s on order or stored away somewhere. If you’ve tried it on at home and it doesn’t look anything like the one you tried on in the boutique. It’s hanging off your shoulders, the sleeves are too wide and it feels like a big muddle of fabric at the hem. This is the time when we start looking at ourselves in the dress, rather than just the dress, we need to have an idea of how it will look on the day, will it give me the confidence I need on my Wedding Day?
At this moment we realise that our only hope is that the alterations will magically make it work? Will they? With my arms, hips, no boobs etc, how will they possibly make this look good? As a bride you’ve possibly never had a gown altered before, how would you know?
I have been working in the bridal industry for over 30 years and have altered thousands of gowns. I believe that we can magically transform your gown, with the correct alterations, and an experienced (and kind) Seamstress. Will make you look almost airbrushed, make sure your waist looks defined and give you an ease of movement. Who you choose to alter your gown can make or break your dress love. There are costs involved as well, depending on your gown and the fit, it can cost between £150-£450 upwards to be altered at Miss Kay. Ask any new bride, but I don’t think you can put a price on that glorious feeling of confidence that you should feel when you walk down the aisle!
So when or even before you choose your gown, check about the alterations, did you know you don’t have to have them done in house, if ordered from a boutique. Think about the situation of your fittings, will my fittings be in a lovely area with lots of mirrors? Will I have the opportunity to try accessories etc? Can my Fitter offer tips and hints for styling my bridal look and my Wedding Day?
Your alterations are very much part of the run up to the wedding, don’t overlook their importance, budget for them with money and your time, check out reviews. Booking well in advance, good alteration specialists are always in huge demand at peak Wedding months.
Think ahead to the day you collect your gown, all steamed and pressed to perfection, the love you should be feeling towards your bridal gown.
On your Wedding Day, with the correct alterations, your dress will be your best friend, an extension of your personality, and exactly how you wanted to present yourself to the love of your life!