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We know that you will love the amazing wedding dresses we stock here at Brides Boutique Buckingham, but we are also aware that sometimes you want to tweak them here and there. You often ask whether you can add a detail or remove one (the answer is often yes!), but also, we see brides love a dress but feel that somehow it is not quite right. The good news is that we often have the answer of how to change a dress that is near perfect to totally perfect and here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about wedding dress alterations.

 

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Adding Straps

You try on a dress that makes you feel like a million dollars, but the bandeau top feels wrong for you. Maybe you feel like you need some extra support, so how about adding straps the dress. These could be fine spaghetti straps, or something wider made from silk chiffon – both are simple to do, and our seamstresses can easily help.

 

Adding Sleeves

 

I know many women want to cover their arms (you don’t need to, we promise!) but if you do, how about adding sleeves? Sleeved wedding dresses are also on trend right now and have been since Meghan married Harry, with brides choosing anything from wide ballooned shapes with a 1970s feel to something more intricate such as fitted lace. Talk to a recommended wedding dress alterations seamstress who will advise the best route to go down as some styles will work better than others when adding sleeves. Alternatively, adding capped or short sleeves will make you feel more confident.

 

Adding A Belt

 

Adding a belt or sash is the easiest way to transform a wedding dress without having to employ a seamstress. An added waist adornment will draw your eye to your narrowest point also meaning it is a really flattering option. There is so much choice now too, with ribbons, different colours, antique looking belt buckles and ones covered in crystals.

 

Changing The Colour

 

Changing the colour of a dress is a bit of an “out there” choice but it is possible. Firstly, some designers make their dresses in different colours whether it is a subtle difference such as antique cream for example or something bolder such as blush pink. Ask us and we can let you know. There are also professional dyers out there too who can create a dip dyed effect or a whole re-colour.

 

Shortening The Length

 

Most dresses can come in shorter lengths such as petite or longer lengths for the tall women out there, but you may want to alter your dress a little more than this. A wedding dress alterations seamstress can of course shorten dresses to become tea length but realistically this only works on dresses with full skirts. If in doubt, speak to a seamstress before you buy the dress!

 

Adding A Cape Or Bolero

 

An easy way to change the feel of your wedding dress is to add a cape or bolero to cover your shoulders and/or arms. Not only is a cape a key trend right now, but you can take it off later if you want to. You also don’t need to physically alter the dress.

 

Adding A Modesty Panel

Most designers will add or remove modesty panels – these are flesh coloured panels that cover you up more and make some brides feel a little more secure in their dresses. Ask us when you try on the dresses and we can always advise on this service.

 

Adding More Sparkle

 

Everyone loves a bit of sparkle, right? But for some, a little is not enough! Any seamstress can add more sequins and beading to an existing design or add some for the first time. You could also add sparkle in a new colour to change the feel of a dress rather than dying it.  

 

 

There are many ways you can alter or customise a wedding dress to make it perfectly you and truly unique. If at any time you are trying on dresses and have a thought about altering it, just mention it to us. We have tonnes of ideas plus know some great seamstresses that can make your vision a reality.

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Wedding dress shopping should be really exciting but we all know that some brides can feel a little over whelmed, not knowing what to expect. Here at Brides Boutique Buckingham we want you to have a great time and more importantly, we want you to find the wedding dress of your dreams, so we have written our top tips to help the visit run smoothly so that you leave having ticked another thing off your planning list!

 

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Give Yourself Time

It is advised that you start dress shopping approximately a year before the big day, especially if you’re a picky shopper. Most dresses can take up to 9 months to order in and then you need time for alterations and last-minute tweaks so the earlier you start the better and this will avoid any last-minute stressful situations. If time is of the essence fear not, most boutiques have samples dresses which you can purchase and have altered but giving yourself the time to shop is always the best option if you have it.

 

Have A Budget In Mind

Most of us will have some kind of budget that we need to stick to. No matter how much or how little it is be realistic when shopping and do not waste time trying on gowns that are way out of your price range. If you have a little movement on price be open and honest with the bridal assistants, they would much prefer it this way. Also bear in mind that you will have alterations and accessories costs on top of the dress price, so make sure you take these into account. Avoid disappointment by having a price range in mind.

 

Do Your Research

Research, research, research, from styles you like, styles you don’t like and of course do your research for the right bridal boutiques do they stock the designers you like? Or the style/type of dress you like? Ask lots of questions and book your appointment in advance.

 

Justin Alexander Lace Wedding Dress

 Justin Alexander Lace Wedding Dress

Wear the Right Underwear

Make sure you wear underwear that is a close match to what you will wear on the day, neutral or white is always the best option. If a strapless dress is an option for you, wear a strapless bra. If shapewear makes you feel more confident and you’d be happy wearing this on your wedding day then wear it to try on, you will get a feel of how the dresses are sitting and of course the most important bit, how they feel and how they make you feel.

 

Think About Your Theme and Venue

Do you have a theme? Or certain requirements which are non-negotiable ie. Sleeves, high neckline? Make sure you are clear on these when shopping. Keep in mind what your venue style you have and what you want your bridesmaids to be wearing – have a vision. If your getting married outdoors it’s probable best to stay away from a big ballgown, or if dancing is a priority, make sure you go for a looser style that you can move in! Have your priorities set for the day.

 

Be Picky of Your Entourage Choice

Choosing your entourage can be tricky, and it’s tempting if you have a large bridal party to want to invite them all, however, we would suggest a maximum of three people to take dress shopping with you, everyone will tend to have different opinions and you don’t want to end up being more confused, trying to please everyone! You need people there to support you and give constructive opinions if required, but also people who know you, and what your bridal vision is. If you can’t possibly pick between them then take different people to different appointments until you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of dresses.

 
Pastel blue wedding dress

 

Take Advice but Listen to Yourself

Take advice from both your entourage and the bridal assistants, they may have suggestions you’ve not thought of. Having said that, most importantly listen to yourself, only you will know if you feel comfortable in something and it’s not only about how you look, but how the dress makes you feel!

 

Keep an Open Mind

Do keep an open mind for your first visit and try on, you may think you want a certain style but, in most cases, you will end up going for something completely different. Stick to your absolute no no’s but do try on styles that you’ve not seen or not thought of as it may just be the perfect dress.

 

Enjoy the Experience

This is by far the most important! Remember to enjoy yourself! There will be dresses that will suit you, and ones that won’t, treat it as the ultimate dress up and have some fun! A day out trying on dresses with your nearest and dearest, what more could you ask for!

 

Here at Brides Boutique Buckingham we offer an intimate, relaxed and friendly atmosphere within a light and airy studio. We offer a by appointment, private consultation, where you will have exclusive use of the boutique throughout your consultation. We stock beautiful gowns from designers such as Randy Fenoli, Justin Alexander, RFB, Lillian West and Pappilon by Modica. Plus we also stock bridesmaid designer, Motee Maids, meaning you can sort your bridal party out too!

 

To book an appointment please get in touch here  and start your wonderful wedding dress shopping experience!

 

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