One of the final items on your wedding checklist is clothing alterations and outfit pick-ups. Read on for tips to keep you and your party on time and in style.
The wedding dress is the Disneyland of all the outfits, and according to Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events in New York City, should be picked up a week before the wedding, and no sooner. “Schedule your last fitting close to the wedding,” she says. “You’re going to lose stress weight as your wedding approaches, and there’s not a whole lot of adjustments you can make at the last-minute.”
The timing of the bridesmaids’ outfits depend on if the girls are coming from out of town, or live nearby. Generally, the women who are in your town can pick their own fitting times, but problems can arise for the long-distance bridesmaids. “If you won’t see the dress until the wedding, try and visit a dress shop in your area that carries the outfit,” she says. “Everyone’s fittings are going to differ, so you want to be seen by someone familiar with the dress.”
Tuxes are not as complicated, and it’s common for the men not to see them until the day of or the day before the wedding; your fitting can be handled by any local tailor. Bobish says you should always try the tux on ahead of time, and to bring a spare white shirt. “It doesn’t have to be a wedding shirt, but it can come in handy for emergencies,” she says. “That’s one area in which you can’t do last-minute alterations.”
The couple is not required to pay for any alterations, but like everything else, they should let the wedding party know who’s responsible for what. “Some couples pay for the outfits, or part of the outfits,” says Bobish. “You should also let your friends know if you’re paying for alterations. There’s nothing wrong with having them pay, as long as you let them know. For every aspect of your wedding that involves the party, be as clear as possible.