Alterations: How They Work and What to Know

Alterations for the Perfect Fit

Whether your still shopping or already have your gown, here are some tips and things to know!

For most brides, once you find the gown you can’t live without, you get your measurements taken and your stylist will help you select a size. This size is usually very close to your current measurements or the measurement you may be working towards. Unfortunately, even though the measurements are close, they aren’t perfect. To get the perfect fit you need alterations!

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In House Alterations

Here at Bitsy Bridal, we offer our in house alterations. This means that we have seamstresses that work with us to complete your gown.  When you are ready to start the alterations process for you Bitsy Bridal gown you will come back to the shop where your gown, the seamstress, and one of our stylists will meet you.

Most bridal shops like to start alterations 3 months from the wedding. In our shop we understand that timelines can be tight so we typically like to have at least 4 alteration appointments at least 10 days apart to make sure the gown is beautiful. We also have the option of rush alterations which can range from 4 appointments 7 days apart to 3 day alterations. Your stylist will work with your wedding date to make the perfect alteration schedule for you.

The first fitting is the first time you try on your gown. In this appointment the seamstress will see what needs to be done and talks about any special requests for the gown, like a modest buildup or extra sparkles. This is also a good time to bring in the shoes and undergarments you are going to be wearing so the seamstress can take them into consideration.

The second fitting is usually the scariest for brides. This is because the gown usually looks taken apart and not like the dream dress you remembered purchasing. This is a very important fitting because it gives the seamstress to make critical adjustments.

The third and fourth fittings, depending on the work that was done, are more finishing touch work and most brides will have their gowns by then.

Alterations Terms

Unless you have had something altered before you probably haven’t come in contact with some common terms associated in bridal alts. Here are a few you might hear!

Bustle

Brides always wonder what will happen if they get a gown with a long train.  How does it stay up when your dancing and having a good time? To fix this, you get a bustle! These are little clips or strings that keep the gown from being stepped on and ruined. The seamstress will recommend what type of bustle will work best for your gown.

Taking in/Letting out

More often than not, the dress will come in a bit bigger than anticipated or maybe the bride lost weight. No need to fear! The seamstress will take in your gown to make it fit better. She finds the seams in the gowns and brings them in tighter to fit you better. Similarly, if the gown is fitting a bit smaller than expected then the seams can be let out a bit to be more comfortable.

Bust cups

Brides always wonder “What bra am I supposed to wear with this dress?” The answer is easy! You don’t! To make you more comfortable and avoid the appearance of straps and such the seamstress will put bra cups in your gown. These cups help to support your chest while still keeping the shape of the gown.

Boning

Most brides love to accentuate their figures. Boning is one way of doing this. Boning is a structure through the front portion of the gown that helps it maintain its shape, and give support and structure to both the bride and the dress. If a gown doesn’t have boning the seamstress can put some in for a better fit. Or, if the boning is unwanted, it can be removed.

Hem

Wedding gowns are sent to fit 5′ 8″ models. Most people aren’t that tall. So, to solve this, the bride can wear higher heels, or the seamstress can do a hem on the gown to make it shorter. Most people think a hem is simply chopping the bottom of the dress off. There are many ways to do a hem, and very few of those ways involve completely deleting the bottom part of the dress. The seamstress will help you with what type of hem will be beneficial for your dress.

Hopefully this gives you a good introduction to alterations and how they work! Check out some of our other helpful tips about wedding gowns like Waistlines, Colored Gowns, and Inclusive Sizes. Don’t forget to check back for our Dress of the Month.  While you wait, check out this month’s Dress of the Month. If you’re dazzled with our alterations, give us a call or book online! Hope to see you soon darlings!

 

-Stacie

Bridal Trends!

What is Popular in the Bridal World?

Will You Go Trendy or Traditional?

Recently, Fashion Week took place in the beautiful NYC and most of the Fall and Spring collections have been released! This means that all of the trendiest bridal looks are out there! Because we love all of these amazing trends we thought of showcasing some of our favorite designers who are masters of these trends!

Sareh Nouri

Sareh Nouri is always on trend in her own way! She has perfected the beauty of the blue dress as well as other colored gowns.

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Along with color, she has mastered the minimalism trend as well as bows!

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And her newest collection is springing with beautiful blossoms!

Wedding dress by [Sareh Nouri](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/sareh-nouri?)

Wedding dress by [Sareh Nouri](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/sareh-nouri?)

Hayley Paige

The ever chic Hayley Paige has taken up fabulous florals in her fabrics as well!

"Jardin" ivory sugar rose caviar ball gown featuring a spaghetti strap bodice with sweetheart neckline, and full caviar skirt with cashmere lining, [Blush by Hayley Paige](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/blush-by-hayley-paige?)

She has also taken on the high and mighty neckline.

"Saige" ivory floral embroidered gown with sparkle underlay and cashmere lining, illusion jewel neckline and low open back, and full embroidered A-line skirt with pockets, [Blush by Hayley Paige](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/blush-by-hayley-paige?)

Kelly Faetanini

Kelly is the new mistress of off the shoulder sleeves!

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And she has embraced a bold color in bridal: Black!

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This noir nightingale also alludes to the very high fashion statement of fringe for days!

Lazaro

Even the man of glitz and glam is following the trend of minimalism in his own way.

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

He has also been playing with florals too!

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

All of our designers, even those not here, have been updating their lines and styles and we are excited to share some of their beautiful creations with you! If you enraptured with some of these amazing trends in the bridal world give us a call or book an appointment online to see if you will love being on trend or if you prefer a traditional look! Check back with us for some more info on what’s new in the bridal world and, while you wait, take a look at our recent post about Waistlines and our other post on Silhouettes to stir up some ideas about tres chic look on your special day!

 

Au Revoir Darlings!

 

-Stacie

 

Winter Weddings: What to Know!

Wishing for a Winter Wonderland Wedding?

What works and what you should think about for your festively frosty winter wedding day!

It’s that time of year again! Now is the time to start thinking about your winter wedding! Thinking of a spring wedding instead? Well, never underestimate the beauty of a blanket of snow to highlight your beautiful dress!

What better place for your ideal icy nuptials than in the beautiful snow covered mountains of Utah! This bride was clearly a fan! Her wedding was even featured in Rocky Mountain Bride . It was so stunning!

Have we convinced you yet?? Well, if we have, here are a few thoughts for your chilly celebration. First things first, warmth! Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you have to freeze! For that reason, many brides, choose to wear a long sleeve gown. Not only does it look elegant, but it can help keep you from turning into a popsicle before you turn into a wife. This bride chose a fabulous Tara Keely by Lazaro gown with a beautiful silk skirt, pockets, and a stunning lace top! Not into sleeves? Then this is the perfect opportunity to rock an adorable jacket or wrap!

Another important factor for your winter wedding is a nice toasty spot for your guests! This bride chose a wide open cabin where you can look at the beautiful snow outside while sitting by a gorgeous fireplace! Jessica White really made it look so cozy with her beautiful photography!

Thinking of saying “I do!” in the snow now? Come on in and check out our amazing designers! Call or book online to find the gown to dazzle your December wedding! Don’t forget to check back for some more wedding ideas and tips! Until then check out our post on Tropical Weddings for some more summery ideas!

Until Next Time Darlings!

 

-Stacie

Tropical Paradise!

A Tropical Wedding in Utah?

The Possibility for a Paradisaical Wedding!

Destination weddings are a dream come true! But what about when you need to be landlocked for the sake of your loved ones? No need to fear! There are plenty of ways you can have a tropical wedding without the plane tickets and sand stuck in your shoes.

This bride decided to bring the islands to Utah with her exotic taste in flowers and her beautiful gown. This gorgeous dress is by the wonderful and talented  Sareh Nouri. Her unique detailing and construction really make this gown stand apart from the crowd! She is one of our favorite exclusive designers! Check out some of her latest looks here! Not a fan? No problem! Take a look at some of our other wonderful exclusive designers to find the one that fits your style!

It may not seem like it but, the key to an amazing themed wedding of any kind is the accessories. For tropical themes, the tropical flowers are a MUST! Even if the sun isn’t shining the beauty of some tropical flowers will take you straight to a cloudless island! If you are curious what kind of accessories and accents you would need for a themed wedding check out our post about Industrial Elegance or Keeping it Classical for some more ideas!

This fabulous wedding took place at Sage and Thistle. They are so fantastic for helping you achieve your dream wedding! They even have full and partial planning services so you can get you whatever you need for your perfect and special day!

Most importantly, photographer Lindsay Kaye did an absolutely beautiful job with these photos and really captured the beauty of the flowers and the intricate detail of the gown! So, give us a call or book an appointment online to come find the gown of your tropical dreams! Don’t forget to check back for more style and theme highlights!

Until Next Time Darlings!

-Stacie

May: Dress of the Month

May your Wedding be Bright and Beautiful!

This romantic gown may just melt your heart!

This May we are showcasing an absolutely dazzling gown by Christos! This light and effervescent gown is the perfect dress to celebrate spring. The delicate tulle and lace perfectly capture the gentle beauty of spring.

Christos is a master of fabrics and design. Each of their gowns feel light as a feather and look amazing without being see through or baggy.  This is very surprising for a ball gown of this size that usually requires a lot of thick and heavy linings to get to just the right level of poof.

This gown is the epitome of romance with its delicate lace detailing through the front and the back. The photographer, Lauren Bledsoe, did such a beautiful job capturing this in these fabulous pictures!  Don’t be fooled by this gown! It may seem paper thin and easily damaged, but this gown can definitely hold its own and take a hit or two without looking completely ruined.

If you love this amazing delicacy of a gown give us a call or book an appointment online. We love showing off our fabulous designers like Christos! If this gown didn’t quite capture your fancy, check out our previous gown of the month. It may just peak your interest!  From sparkle and shine to lovely and lacy we have the gown of your dreams just waiting for you!

May your wedding plans bring you here!

-Stacie

Bridal Look: Two Piece Gowns

Some of the Best Things Come in Twos!

A two piece gown can really make a statement and add to your comfort!

Two piece gowns are in! They are chic and comfortable and will definitely make you stand apart from the crowd! Today I want to highlight a couple of gowns from a couple of our favorite designers, Hayley Paige and Mikaella and talk about the look of two piece gowns!

This gown is by the lovely Hayley Paige and her, exclusive to Bitsy, Blush collection! This two piece gown gives you the best of both worlds.  A little bit of poof and some boho lace in the bodice.  With a gown like this you can still feel comfortable while making a bold entrance and a stylish fashion statement.

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This two piece gown by Mikaella takes the look in a different direction. With this style you get comfort and class! The gorgeous lace gives you a sense of youth while the bottom skirt hugs your figure and tells the world that you are elegance! The crepe bottom is so breathable and figure flattering that it really take the two piece look to the next level. This gown is also technically a three piece gown! It comes with the lace bodice with a crepe camisole underneath so you can wear lace for the ceremony and then have an adorable all crepe look for the reception!

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To finish us up, I wanted to showcase another beautiful Mikaella gown! this one is the perfect balance between the Hayley Paige gown and the previous Mikaella. With an a-line fit, this gown combines comfort and elegance. With a slight mocha color to it, this dress has dimension and class. It is one of our favorite two piece gowns and it continues to dazzle with is amazing comfort and style.

Two piece gowns sometimes get a bad rap, but there are so many ways to make the look beautiful and bridal! You never really know until you try! If you want to try on the wonderful Mikaella gowns or even the Hayley Paige, give us a call or book an appointment online to see if a two piece gown could be the one for you! Check out out other Bridal Look posts for some more ideas on what you want in a gown!

Hope to see you ladies soon!!

-Stacie

Keeping it Classical

Some Things Never Go Out of Style

A Classical Look is Timeless

Trends come and go, and styles fade and change, but there are a few staples of fashion that will continue be a symbol of refinement and class. This beautiful wedding at the Capitol Building here in Salt Lake City with the talented Rachel Lauket really showcases this style.

This gorgeous Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown whispers classical in every way! The beautiful ivory satin with delicate and carefully placed jewels is not only absolutely stunning on this bride, but it is also a timeless statement as well. The elegant fit and flare cut flatters the brides figure and adds to the ageless approach.

Even with the jeweled details this gown is gown still has an air of simplicity about it. If you dream of a classic and simple look be sure to check out our last post about Industrial Elegance for a modern take on a simple style.

Elegance and class will stand the test of time. With pearl accents and dashes of red, this look, and this bride will still look amazing and gorgeous 50 years from now! If you love this classical, elegant and timeless look give us a call or book online! Be sure to check back for some more ideas for your wedding and gown! If you need a little help navigating the crazy world of bridal check out our posts about bridal colors and inclusive sizing.

 

Hope to see you soon lovelies!

 

-Stacie

Designer Highlight: Mikaella

Highlighting a Store Favorite!

Showcasing the classic and stunning Mikaella!

Mikaella is one of our favorite designers and is definitely worth a highlight! We love Mikaella for a number of reasons, one of those being their amazing fabrics! Their silk crepe continues to impress and outshine other crepes. The shoot, done by the wonderful Maddie Jeppson, highlights this amazing designer is made from that beautiful silk crepe!

Mikaella is based in Toroto, Canada. They make sure to keep every detail of the process in Canada, so your dress can be 100% North American made! Check out their amazing story here to learn more about this fantastic designer!

Every time I put a bride in a Mikaella gown their first thoughts are always that it’s so comfortable! Their second impressions usually follow the theme of being so classic but dramatic. Mikaella is an expert in comfort! They are also definitely unique in combining this expertise with incredible fits and silhouettes.

This designer continues to amaze and dazzle in such a simple way. We have loved highlighting them their gorgeous gowns!  Check out our highlight of another favorite, Kenneth Winston!  If you are looking for amazing fits, fabrics, and designs give us a call or schedule an appointment here. We can help you find the gown that makes your special day amazing! Check out some of our other fabulous collection from amazing designers and stay tuned for more designer showcases!

See Ya Later!

-Stacie

April: Dress of the Month

Dress of the Month

This month we are highlighting a gorgeous Amsale gown!

Welcome back for another showcase this month of a beautiful bride and her fantastic gown! This gown was featured in Bridal Musings and we think it deserves a bonus highlight! Check them out as well to get some more bridal inspiration for your big day!

Modern garden styled shoot with Mandy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Plain and simple never goes out of style! Glitter and glam will fade and change, but a simple sillouette is truely timeless! The style of this gown is a testement to that with its flattering cut accentuated by simple and modern lace.

The beautiful illusion back along with the delicate buttons trailing the train finish this simple look with a dash of elegance! Our featured gown is designed by Amsale who is a master of simple elegance that flatters in beautiful and unique ways. Amsale has been a favorite at our shop for a while because of this modern elegance that some bride crave!

Illusion backs are wonderfully trendy right now! Everyone loves the dimention and flattering look it give while maintaining a sense of comfort and coverage. This dress it absolutely stunning and this bride really exemplifies the style of simple elegance. We have loved showcasing our dress of the month! Check out our favorites from January,  February, and March !  If you can’t get enough of that simple elegance chic design give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! Don’t forget to check back here for our next dress of the month! Come check out our fabulous collection from amazing designers!

Until Next Time!!

-Stacie

Multiple Wedding Gowns?

Thinking of Wearing Multiple Gowns for Your Big Day?

Here are a few tips from us!

 

Every wedding is different and every bride has their own dreams of what they want it to be like so it makes sense that many women would enjoy having multiple gowns for their big day.  Some choose to have a second gown for their reception that is much easier to celebrate in or fall in love with multiple gowns so they find a way to wear them both. Whatever the reason, make sure it is the right decision for you and you won’t regret it.

If you are wearing multiple gowns because of tradition or culture, most of this post won’t apply.

Why are you wearing a second (or third or fourth) gown?

Do you want something more comfortable for your reception?  Are your settings for ceremony and reception dramatically different? Are you having a second celebration (reception, open house) on a different day? Do you just want two different looks (sexy mermaid and fun loving ballgown)?

A second gown could definitely work for you then! Those are all valid reasons for purchasing two gowns! Check out some of these dramatic differences in these Sareh Nouri gowns!

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Are you torn between two gowns and think it will just be easier to get both?

If this is true then I would advise against it. Making a choice is hard and it can be quite the process for some brides, but the choice is worth it. Never settle until you have found the gown you adore!

If you spend money on a second gown will you have the resources to make them both fantastic?

Make sure you don’t stretch yourself too thin as far as funds. You want both gowns to be equally beautiful so be sure that it is in your budget to not only purchase, but also alter both gowns.  Our in house alteration does amazing work! Check out these before and after photos and more about our modest gowns here.

Do you want a “gown” for your second dress?

If you are going super casual for your reception after a formal ceremony or having a low-key open house a week after your wedding then you might consider a sun dress or a simple wedding gown that will cost less and fit the occasion a bit better.  An option like a pantsuit might also fit a more casual occation. This one by Rebecca Schoneveld is one of my favorites!

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Do you want separate gowns or a transforming gown?

Consider a two piece gown! Two piece gowns are not only trendy, but comfortable and versatile as well. Having a two piece with different looks might fit your idea for your wedding! My personal favorites are by Mikaella! These gowns have a beautiful fit and incredible comfort! Come in to try them on!

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We hope that some of these tips have helped with your decision about having multiple gowns for your special day! Its a hard choice for sure! If you loved some of the gowns you have seen in this post give us a call or book an appointment online so we can help you find the designer dress of your dreams! Check out some of our other helpful posts, like dress colors and inclusive fits, to get some more insights for your shopping experiance! Check back for more tips and tricks and fabulous designers!

See You Next Time Darlings!

Becca & Stacie