Regardless of whether you are buying, hiring or having your dress made, dress fittings are key if you want to look your best in your gown on your Big Day.
Dress fittings will allow the supplier/seamstress to make the necessary tweaks to the dress to allow for any weightloss (or gain!) prior to the day, and also to modify any hemlines, necklines etc should you require.
If you are either buying or hiring the dress, you can expect to be asked in for a fitting some 3-4 weeks (assuming you ordered it early enough!) before the Wedding, and for most cases this will be the one and only fitting. The initial measurements will have been taken at the time of ordering, and assuming that you arenít now heavily pregnant or have lost so much weight that you disappear against the road marking when you turn side on, then this fitting will allow for the minor modifications that need to be made to achieve the perfect fit. Once the final fitting has taken place, you will then normally be invited to collect the dress during the week leading up to the Wedding.
For those of you buying (as opposed to hiring) the dress, some dress suppliers will also offer an additional fitting once the dress arrives in store from the manufacturers. However, this isnít offered everywhere so make sure that you check with your supplier up front as to how many fittings you can expect.