Rochester Brides & Grooms Issue 52 November 2017 - May 2018 - Page 21

A ttire Continued from Page 19 Before you make an appointment • Have photos of the gowns you are considering. If you are trying on gowns, have your photo taken from multiple angles. If you have discovered some gowns online that you are considering, go to the designers’/manufacturer’s website for photos. • Know the details of the gowns: layers of hems; beading and other “bling”; petticoat, if any, and how many layers to that; any special design detail that is what makes that gown appeal to you and that you would want retained; a special design feature that the gown doesn’t have and you would like added (i.e., sweetheart neckline, sleeves or straps, corseted back closure). • Will you need it hemmed? Is there a train and will you want it bustled? 
When you contact seamstresses, be able to send them your pictures and a best-guess idea of the alterations you might be needing. Know that over-the-phone estimates are just that - estimates. A true price Fo xP quote can not be done without actually ho o t o by: l o ph to g seeing the gown and knowing what needs r ia n ra p hy de .c o m to be done. An afternoon of pinning and rin . marking that doesn’t result in a sale can cost you a consultation charge; you can avoid this if you provide your seamstress with as much information as possible. Types of Alterations Typical alterations are hems and bustles. There are, occasionally, bodice redesigns, take-ins or let-outs. Some brides want their gown converted to a lace-up bodice rather than utilizing the zipper. Some brides want a sweetheart neckline created where one doesn’t exist. Be aware that the more layers there are to a gown, the more expensive the cost will be. Each layer needs to be carefully measured, marked and basted for a fitting appointment before any final work is done. Then there are layers to petticoats that may have to be considered. Tulle and net layers on a petticoat are usually 3-4 times the circumference of the actual gown. It can take a couple of hours to hem a petticoat with multiple layers of netting. Ask Questions Weddings are large-scale events. Laying the best groundwork for success requires choosing the professionals that will work best for you and with you. Interview them, learn their philosophy and business practices and, of course, their expectations for payment before making extravagant purchases that cannot be canceled and laying down deposits that will not be returned. You will have a much happier, more memorable experience in the creation of your once-in-a-lifetime event! November - May 2018 • 21