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The Importance of Bridal Gown Alterations

November 6, 2019 by Labella Bridal Shop & Boutique  

The majority of the time a bride finds the perfect dress in a ship but she also finds that it doesn’t fit the way she wants it too. Off the rack is never tailored to fit the bride trying it on correctly, and the pins and claps placed on by the shop owner are in no way permanent. A dress from a shop usually needs to be altered and made to fit the bride. Some brides may find that they are more interested in finding a dress that fits perfectly the first time – but unless you go to a specialty shop and have the dress made from you there on the spot, having your dress altered is usually a must.


No matter where you go to get your dress altered there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Do you think you will lose or gain weight before the wedding? What is your budget for alterations? Do you have a timeline for your wedding dress to be completed? All of these are excellent questions. A bride may have found the perfect wedding dress, but if it hangs off of her, or sucks her in so tight she can’t breathe, that beautiful gown won’t be so perfect on the wedding day. Below is a guide to help you work out some of your alteration worries and set you on the path to your perfect fit.


Weight Loss and Gain: As we all know, getting married is a stressful time. In fact, on the Holes and Rahe Stress Scale it is listed as the seventh most stressful event in a person life. Many brides deal with a fluctuation in their weight during the planning stages of their wedding. Stress can lead to overeating and sometimes under-eating due to the sheer amount of planning and work that needs to get done. Keeping that in mind as you find someone to do your dress alterations is a big plus. Working with the tailor or seamstress to judge how much to take in, or out, the dress will save you money in the long run.


 What’s Your Budget: Some brides may not realize that alterations can end up costing the bride quite a bit of money depending on where they go. This is where you need to step into the role of the frugal bride. Check around at different shops for discounts. Some shops may offer you discounts if you bring in your entire wedding party to get their dresses altered. Now and then you’ll find a wonderful seamstress who has done a ton of brides that doesn’t charge a lot of money to have your dress altered. Ask family members and friends if they have heard of any good shops around to take your dress to. More than likely someone has heard of a good place to go and you’ll be able to go that won’t be too expensive. Try and set a budget for your alterations and stick to it if at all possible.


Remember Your Timeline: More than likely you have heard the horror stories of dresses not being done in time. There are even stories about overwhelmed brides forgetting to pick up their dress before the shop closes. These are all things that can be prevented if you have a solid timeline in place for your alteration expert to review. Working with them to plan exactly when the dress needs to be done by, saving room for any issues that might happen, will save everyone the stress of not having the dress finished on time. It is recommended that a bride have their alterations finished one month ahead of the wedding so there is wiggle room in case something needs to be fixed.


Find Someone You Trust: Just as with finding your wedding dress, finding someone to do the alterations is just as personal. All brides should keep in mind that you will be seeing this person several times and they will be an integral part of your wedding day. You should first and foremost find a seamstress or tailor that will fit your budget and also that you can easily explain things to. You’ll need them to understand the exact look you want from your dress. Having a seamstress or tailor you trust to help you get the exact fit you want will mean all the difference on your big day.


Following these steps will ensure that your wedding dress alterations are on track and on budget. Finding the right alteration expert might take a few tries but at the end of the day when you find the perfect person it takes a major stress off the bride.


Contact us a Labella Too for your alteration needs at 703-494-2929. We are experienced fitting specialists, dedicated to giving you the best alterations and tailoring you will find. We have over 40 years of experience in fine custom sewing and alteration of bridal gowns, prom dresses, men’s suits, as well as a host of other clothier services.

Easy Organization Tips for Unorganized Brides

September 18, 2019 by Labella Bridal Shop & Boutique  

Organization is a simple concept. It’s the idea of putting everything in the right place. As a child it was the idea of putting up your toys and keeping your room cleaned. The adult version of organization is a bit more complicated. Certain events in life require a healthy amount of organization to get through them and come out on the other side in a positive light. Having a baby, for one, requires an extreme amount of planning. Making sure you have all the little odds and ends, clothing, food, and baby proofing are all piled up on your lap. The other major event in life where organization is key to survival is your wedding. Taking a step back to look at all the parts of planning your wedding can send even the most organized bride running for the hills. Brides unable to call organization one of their strongest traits are in need of major help in making sure their day goes moderately well. Here are some easy organization tips for brides with little to no organization knowhow.


There’s an App for That

That phrase is popular for a reason. There is literally an app for everything you could want. Looking for the nearest brunch location? There’s an app to lead you there. Want your cat to entertain themselves? There’s an app to keep your cat busy with a mouse-catching game. The categories of apps range from banal to baffling, but the great thing about this is that you’ll more than likely be able to find the app you need for whatever you need it for. Getting organized for your wedding could be as easy as downloading the right app to your phone. There are hundreds of apps for organization on both iPhone and Android services. Even better than this is the fact that both carry apps specifically for brides trying to get organized when it comes to planning your wedding. While notebooks can get tossed aside and scraps of paper aren’t exactly the most trustworthy things to keep track of, keeping track of your phone is natural these days and having all your details in one place is easy.


Step by Step

If you’re unorganized to begin with then there’s only so much you can focus on without making a major mistake. For those who consider themselves excellent at multi-tasking then handling a few extra items on their list probably won’t knock them for a loop in the grand scheme of things. If you’re prone to not being organized and jumping around from task to task then it is best to focus on one issue until you get it done. Take your flowers for instance. If you’re trying to plan the flowers you’ll need for the day or deciding how many you need then focus on that task alone. If you start switching between flowers and other items on your wedding list then you may end up with a mess on your hands. While it might be hard to focus on one thing at a time when you’re planning a wedding, unorganized brides and grooms  should try and do one thing at a time to prevent accidentally ordering 300 rose bouquets instead of 300 napkins.


Talk it Out

Being organized is a learned trait. You can learn to be organized over time…or at least semi-organized. Even brides with color coded planners and continuous phone reminders can find themselves failing to keep certain things organized. That’s where help comes in. Telling friends, family members, even your wedding planner certain things can help you remember them and help them remind you. If you have a group of family assisting you in all things wedding then telling them your plans and what you think should happen will give you a better memory. When you sit down at your computer to order items for the wedding you mind can go blank in an instance. But if you’ve told someone the amount and what you need, thinking back to that conversation can save you from ordering the wrong thing. Plus relaying the information to them will give you a backup in case you truly can’t remember.


If you have questions about wedding gowns or special occasion dresses, Labella Bridal is here to help. Call us at 703-494-2929 for more information.