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Before you get to walk down the aisle in your dream wedding dress, you have to make sure it fits you like a glove. Typically, brides will need two or three fittings in order to achieve the proper fit. Wedding planner Calder Clark says it's never too soon to start working closely with your alterations team. "Picking the gown is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to appointing you perfectly," she says, "Leave yourself several weeks' time (if not months!) to get it right."

Amanda Gray from Ashley Baber Weddings recommends scheduling your final fitting for about four to six weeks before the wedding so that you have time for any alterations to be made. "Don't forget to take someone with you to see how the bustle is done or have the seamstress write it down for you," she suggests. That way, you'll have some extra help when you transition from the ceremony to the reception and want to remove or tuck your train so you can dance and party. "We also recommend having your dress pressed or steamed before picking it up from the bridal salon or alterations professional," Gray says.

Experts agree that you should schedule your final fitting at least two weeks before the wedding day because your body won't fluctuate much in that amount of time, but you'll still be able to make last-minute tweaks to the gown if they're necessary. Don't forget to bring the shoes you plan to wear to your fitting to make sure the length is just right.

Kasey Schaffer, a planner at Toast Events, reminds us that alterations teams are often quite busy, so it's best to make sure you schedule your fittings in advance. "Make sure you communicate with your seamstress just in case she is extra busy and needs a bit more time for final touches," she says. Remember that your final dress fitting is also a good opportunity to learn what to do in the event of a spill or heavy wrinkles on your big day. Every dress will need to be treated differently, so ask your seamstress how to best care for your gown in a worst-case scenario.


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