Try-On Wedding Dresses at Home: A Guide

A box (or three) just arrived from FeelTimes…now it's time for you to turn your house into a bridal boutique! We asked our stylists for tips about making your house shopping experience very simple; continue reading for their step-by-step guide to fitting, tailoring, and becoming your gown ready for that big day.

1. Set the Scene

Choose an area with good lighting along with a large mirror. Natural light is better; avoid harsh overhead or fluorescent lights.

Cover the ground with a clean bedsheet to safeguard the gown.

Move any spillable items from the gown and keep furry friends in another room.

2. Envision Your wedding dresses Look

Give hair a simple style to assist imagine your wedding reception look. Avoid heavy makeup that may transfer to the gown.

Wear nude, seamless undergarments along with a pair of shoes similar tall to what you intend to wear on a special day.

If you've must-wear accessories (such as an heirloom veil or special something blue), have them handy to test with the gown.

3. Try On Your Gown

If the gown includes a back zipper, take on it; when the gown includes a side zipper, pull it on overhead.

Close the hook-and-eye (when there is one) before zipping the gown.

Zip the gown and appear in the mirror!

Note: Don't be discouraged in case your gown doesn't fit perfectly. Almost every wedding gown requires alterations from a skilled bridal tailor. You can also book a virtual appointment with this stylist for suggestions about fit, sizing, and alterations!

4. Tailoring Your Gown

Plan for tailoring; alterations generally involve 3 fittings over eight to twelve weeks.

Common alterations include hemming, strap shortening, adding bust support, developing a bustle, and nipping in the waist.

Ask friends and family for suggestions or search on the internet for highly-rated bridal alterations experts in your town.

5. Store Your Gown Safely

Cover your gown inside a natural, breathable fabric for added protection; we recommend a clean cotton bedsheet!

Store flat inside a dark, dry space (beneath your bed is perfect).

If you have to hang your gown, store it within the back of the closet with room on each side. Use the garment loops to alleviate any pressure around the straps.

6. Prep for that Big Day

Hang the gown a couple of days in advance release wrinkles. Choose a location high enough it won't trail on the ground or place a clean bedsheet below to safeguard the hem.

Steam—never iron!—to remove stubborn wrinkles. If you need help, speak to a local dry cleaner that is an expert in bridal.

Have your bridesmaids, mom, or a buddy help you zip and button.

7. Share the Love

Tag your photos on Instagram with #FeelTimes -- we can't wait to determine you inside your gown! 


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