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Every wedding dress needs a tweak or two or more, so find an alterations specialist right away | Weddings

Size up — but not too much

When choosing a dress, make sure it fits your biggest area. For some, that may be the hips and for others the bust or the waist. The rest can be taken in. Otherwise, if a dress needs to be expanded, there may not be enough fabric to let out. That could mean ordering more material, and some designers don’t sell their fabric. Many brides also arrive with a dress that is three or four sizes too large, which creates extra work, which ups the bill.


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Consider the labor involved

Every dress alteration involves five or more hours of labor. Hemming a puffy dress or ballroom gown takes more time than a sheath. Beading and lace must be carefully taken apart to make alterations and then put back together again. “It’s very time-consuming,” Pollens says.

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