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What are the most common Wedding Dress Alterations?

What are the most common Wedding Dress Alterations?

Wedding dress alterations are often necessary to ensure the perfect fit for the bride on her special day. Based on our 30 years of experience working with brides, the most common types of alterations include:


This is one of the most common alterations, as wedding dresses often come in standard lengths. Depending on the bride’s height and the height of her shoes, the dress may need to be shortened.

Taking in or Letting out:

Depending on the bride’s body shape and size, the dress may need to be taken in (made smaller) or let out (made larger). This usually applies to the bust, waist, and hip areas of the dress.


A bustle is a type of alteration that secures the train of the dress to the back of the dress to allow for easier movement after the ceremony. There are many types of bustles, and the best one for a particular dress depends on the style of the dress and the bride’s preference.

Adding or Removing Straps:

Some brides may wish to add straps to a strapless dress for extra support or for style preference, while others may wish to remove straps from a dress to create a strapless look.

Adjusting the Bust Line:

This can involve several different alterations, such as lifting the bust, adding cups, or reducing the bust area.

What are the most common Wedding Dress Alterations
What are the most common Wedding Dress Alterations

Reshaping the Neckline:

Some brides may wish to change the shape of the neckline, for instance, changing a straight neckline to a sweetheart neckline.

Adding or Removing Detailing:

Adding lace, beads, or sequins, or removing existing detailing to match the bride’s personal style.

Adding a Corset Back:

Some brides may choose to replace a zipper back with a corset back to allow for more flexibility in fit and a different aesthetic.

Sleeve Adjustments:

Shortening, lengthening, or adding sleeves.

Taking in the sides:

This adjustment is made to reduce the width of the dress at certain points to make it more form-fitting.

Each dress and bride is unique, so the types and extent of alterations required can vary greatly. It’s essential to have a professional bridal seamstress, such as NLefashion- Premium Tailor Shop who can handle these tasks to ensure the dress fits perfectly on the wedding day.

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