Wedding fittings are one of the final planning tasks before your big day. You, your groom, and the wedding party all have to plan times to try on everything and make necessary adjustments. As long as you keep things organized and on schedule, you’ll be dressed up and ready to go.
The bride is the main attraction, of course, and the first dress fitting usually takes place about six weeks before the wedding. Make sure you bring along accessories you plan to wear—purse, jewelry—so you can see how everything looks together. For the fitting, it’s imperative that you wear your wedding shoes and the same lingerie you’ll be wearing on the wedding day. Undergarments change the way clothes fit, so you can’t switch at the last minute. When you have your second fitting a couple of weeks later, make sure all problems have been addressed, so the final fitting (about a week before your wedding) will be as smooth as possible.
The groom should have his tux fitting about a month prior to the wedding, whether or not he’s buying or renting. Any problems or alterations can still be made before the tuxes are picked up before the wedding. If the groom is purchasing a new tuxedo, he needs to bring in the shoes he’s wearing, to make sure it’s a match. On the off chance that he’s wearing an old suit, it should never be taken out of the closet a week before the wedding. Any weight changes in his body will mean adjustments have to be made.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen can usually schedule their fittings at their own convenience, but should take care of it as soon as possible. The groomsmen should bring an extra shirt to the wedding, in case there’s a fitting problem (the one article of clothing that’s hard to re-tailor). If the bridesmaids are in your wedding town, they have the advantage of doing the fittings in the store where the outfits are purchased. If they are out-of-town, have them try and visit a shop that sells the same dress or line of dress—fittings differ with each salon.
Every member of the wedding party should discuss accessories with the bride and groom beforehand. Since it’s possible that everyone but the bride won’t try on their outfit until a few days before the wedding—or on the day of—it’s imperative to make sure there are no unwanted fashion surprises.