Director of fittings at Kleinfeld
star Nicole Sacco answers all of your questions about alterations—from what you should expect at your first appointment to easing your fears about changing your perfect dress.
How long does the fitting process take and what should a bride expect?
The first fitting is generally one hour. Brides typically need 3 fittings to sculpt the gown to the body and ensure the proper fit. At the first fitting the bride will meet the artisan fitter who will be with her during every fitting until her wedding day. The gown will start to take shape when the fitter starts pinning and tucking the fabric and sculpting it to her body. At the second fitting, the bride should have a better idea of how the gown will fit.
When should brides go for their dress fitting?
Kleinfeld brides are contacted 8-10 weeks prior to the wedding date to schedule their first fitting appointment. Second and third fittings are done closer to the wedding date.
What should brides wear to their fitting?
Brides need to bring the shoes and undergarments they will wear on the day of the wedding in order to obtain the proper fit.
What can be done if a bride either loses or gains weight once the dress arrives?
If a bride loses weight, the gown will be taken in at each fitting appointment until it fits perfectly. If a bride gains weight, we will try to open the seams and release some extra fabric but if there is not enough, fabric can be ordered from the designer and a panel can be added to the dress.
Is it worth it to purchase a dress in the wrong size if it is a great deal or will too many alternations ruin a dress?
It is always better to purchase a gown in a larger size rather than a smaller size. We can always make a gown smaller but it is harder to make a gown larger. Depending on the style and embellishments on the gown, alterations should not "ruin" the style.
What is your number one piece of advice that you give to brides about their dress?
Make sure your wedding gown represents your individual style and matches the venue you are getting married in and the overall vision of your wedding day.
See more of Nicole and the rest of the staff at Kleinfeld on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress that airs Friday nights at 10 PM ET/PT.