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The Right Wedding Gown Fitting

You’re preparing for that big day . . . you know, the one that you’ve dreamt of since you were a child! You will be walking down the aisle to connect with the one with which you plan to grow old; all eyes will be on you.

Wait! Rewind for a quick moment. Did you make the right decisions regarding your dress – the one all of your friends and family will be talking about for months, and the same one you will see every day as you pass the photos on your mantle? The proper fit means everything on your big day, and for the memories to be shared years down the road.

There is a lot of advice out there, but beyond finding the right tailor to ensure your dress fits you the way you need it to, we would like to share the advice offered by Sandy Malone, Owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and the, Star of TLC's "Wedding Island," in her Huffington Post Blog: “5 Things to Watch for at Your Final Wedding Gown Fitting.”

There are a few things you should watch out for specifically:

1. Avoid [backfat] at all costs... when your dress is too tight in the back and it pulls your skin together... Even smaller women with zero fat can end up with [backfat] in an ill-fitting gown. Fortunately, it’s usually possible to actually move the skin back in a manner that reduces the squeeze factor. But more importantly, get a good look at your back when you go for your dress fitting and have it done properly so it doesn’t happen to you.

2. Proper foundation garments under your wedding gown make all the difference in the world. Some wedding boutiques will build in a bra, but sometimes a foundation corset of sorts (I called the one under my wedding gown the “iron maiden”) will hold everything securely in place. Cleavage can be lovely, but too much jiggle isn’t the look any bride is going for, especially if you plan to dance the night away.

3. Strapless gowns MUST be fit to you properly. While [backfat] is a concern if the dress is too tight, too loose and you’ll spend your entire wedding yanking up your dress. It’s so unflattering and will likely be caught in video and pics. And it’s just not a fun way to spend your wedding night. There’s a reason they tell you not to lose any weight (or gain) after that final fitting. If you can’t keep your dress up when you zip up to go down the aisle, it’s too late to do anything about it.

4. Be real about dress length. Too many brides are wearing the trendy, ridiculously high heels for the trip down the aisle, but switching out to something more comfortable for dancing all night long. In some cases, the dress is suddenly gaining three to six inches of length. I see this all the time with brides who get married barefoot on the beach but plan to dance in stilettos at the reception. When they go to walk down the aisle, they often look like those gypsy brides kicking their dresses out in front of them. It’s painful to watch. Have your dress hemmed wearing the shoes you plan to wear for most of the night. If you’re going to dance in flip flops, hem it to that length. You’ve got so much gown going on, nobody is going to notice if it’s a little shorter when you do have the fancy shoes on. Worst case scenario you get some compliments on those fabulous shoes it was so important to wear. But you won’t be able to walk (or dance) the rest of the night if you don’t err on the shorter side of caution.

5. Bustle-tastrophies happen. The bigger and poofier the skirt, the more elaborate the bustle, the more likely that somebody is going to step on you and tear out half the little ribbons that are holding up your layers of gown. Very few bustles actually survive a successful wedding reception when the bride is dancing hard and having fun. All it takes is one person stepping on the dress at the wrong moment to tear a loop over a hook or button. And once it’s gone, it’s gone. I carry large safety pins (and even some diaper pins) in my bridal emergency bag for bustle emergencies, but more than once we’ve had to simply tie the train in a knot and loop it up underneath.

To learn more about the proper fitting wedding gown, please contact the Tailored Fit in Bloomington, Indiana at 812-323-6225.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional and destination wedding planning company, and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms based in the Washington, DC area. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show "Wedding Island," about her destination wedding planning company Weddings in Vieques. She is an internationally syndicated wedding blogger for The Huffington Post and BRIDES, as well as a reality-TV blogger for Monsters and Critics. Her blogs also appear frequently on the HuffPost's Business and Entertainment pages. Sandy is the author of "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional," published by Skyhorse Publishing in March of 2016.

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