Brides employing the services of a designer and/or seamstress are likely to have much more contact with the dress as it is being made. The number of fittings can vary considerably and invariably this is linked to the cost! Regardless of how much you are paying, make sure you know, and agree, up front how many fittings you will have and when they will be in relation to your Wedding. As with the buy/hire side, a final fitting will normally take place a few weeks before the Big Day, though this could well have been preceeded by several hundred (joke!) fittings already!
Any Bride hoping to shift a few pounds prior to the Wedding, should order a dress (or reserving one to hire) that fits you as you currently are - it can always be altered to make it smaller, it’s much harder to go the other way! Also you will need to set your goal date for the weightloss as the date of your final fitting - not the date of the Wedding, otherwise you could still end up with a dress which doesn’t fit. If your weight changes dramatically (upwards or downwards) for whatever reason (including pregnancy), make sure that you inform the dress supplier asap.
And that’s pretty much it for fittings – as long as you have at least one before the Big Day, you shouldn’t have any problems.
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