Making a Strapless Wedding Dress Work

Straps added to strapless Wedding dress
Straps added to strapless Wedding dress

Ask about the various ways they tweak strapless.Approximately 85 percent of  brides pick strapless. Women are crazy for this style! But the fact is, it doesn’t work for everyone. This is where a master at alterations will prove invaluable. Buy the strapless dress you love, then assign your tailor the task of making it work with your figure. An expert can fashion a cap sleeve or a shrug in a see-through fabric, or build up a more modest neckline, camouflaging what you want hidden without changing the look significantly. But be aware: Custom work and remodeling that requires additional material is pricier than basic fit changes.

Adding Personality to Your Dress. You have bought a strapless dress and or a simple dress and you want to add some sparkle to your dress. Adding straps that have rhinestones is a easy way to give your dress that one of a kind look. Also adding a sash(belt) to your dress with beads , rhinestones and or flowers works well.

Ordering your gown early (as in, very early) is always best. Eight months will suffice for most frocks, but couture demands a year of lead time. You’ll nab your favorite design, avoid incurring costly rush fees, and give your tailor more time for modifications.

Stay flexible when it comes to wearing an heirloom.Many brides want to walk down the aisle in their mother’s wedding gown, but with time, fabrics can become so discolored or full of holes as to be ruined. If you’re working with a top-notch tailor, you’ll trust them when they tell you, “The fabric is irrevocably damaged. There’s no saving this dress.” And with a pro on the case, you’ll also have faith as they cut up your treasure to create, say, a bodice to layer atop a new gown.

Go for a wedding dress one size up. Planning nuptials can result in weight fluctuations. Sometimes a bride-to-be wants to order her gown a size down, but what if she doesn’t hit her goal, or even gains weight? Remember: You can take a dress in, but not out.

Seek undergarment advice early on. If you buy your gown at a bridal salon, discuss proper underpinnings the day you purchase it. Inheriting a dress, or buying one online? Then just wait to get ideas from your tailor. Generally speaking, a lace-up corset with boning is great because it works with most dress styles, pulls in jiggly spots, and gives you curves in all the right places.

Check out several tailors in action. Solicit names of tailors from friends or a trusted boutique,  then  Watch how they handle a tape measure and pins. Ask questions to make sure they thoroughly understand fabrics and the way they drape.

Countdown to a Perfect Fit


This initial fitting runs an hour. Bring along the shoes you’ll wear day-of so the tailor can accurately adjust the hemline. Wear the undergarments you are going to wear with your Wedding dress, can make a big difference in alterations.Do not wear the bra you wear everyday, Wear the under garments you are going to wear with your  wedding dress. This can make a difference in how the bodice of your dress will fit.


Strive to be at your target size by this appointment so that any major alterations your tailor makes will work on the aisle.


This session is exclusively for final tweaks and therefore should happen as close to the wedding as possible.

Belt adding to wedding Dress
Belt adding to wedding Dress