Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed for Your Alterations Appointments

We've rounded up all the essential items you'll need for your wedding dress alterations appointments so you won't get stressed!

After altering on average about 5,000 dresses per year here at Kleinfeld, our expert alterations team knows a thing or two about the ins and outs of a perfect alterations experience—down to the essentials. Keep these things in mind for a seamless fitting experience and say goodbye to dress stress!

Your wedding shoes.

For alterations to begin, you’ll need to bring the shoes you plan on wearing on your wedding day (or the same heel height) to all of your fittings. That way, you don’t end up having to reschedule your fitting and no time will be wasted re-hemming your dress to a new length because you decided to wear flats instead of 4-inch heels (it happens way more often than you think!).


If you’d like to wear any shape wear on your wedding day, make sure to bring this to all of your fittings. Don’t worry if you don’t know what style shape wear will work best for you—our alterations staff can suggest a few types for you to purchase for your second fitting. Also, if you’ll be wearing a bra, make sure to bring that along as well.

A hair tie.

Sometimes standing still in your dress as our fitters expertly pin and adjust your gown can get a little steamy! Bring along a hair tie to sweep your hair off of your neck to keep you cool. Plus, having a hair tie can help our accessories consultants style your hair into a low bun or chic updo to match a possible veil or headpiece that would go along well with your gown.

A light meal. 

Each of your fittings will be about an hour long, and the last thing you’ll want to feel in the midst of your fitting is hungry. Make sure to eat a light yet filling meal so you’ll be prepared for your appointment. Plus, eating regularly during your fittings will help our fitters account for a little extra wiggle room, so your dress isn’t totally skin tight the minute you take your first bite at your reception.

Your maid of honor.

Besides having your nearest and dearest there to cheer you on (and tell you just how amazing you look), you’ll need your maid of honor, or whoever you’ll appoint, to learn how to bustle your wedding dress for your reception. Depending on the style of bustle you choose, it can get a bit complicated, and it’s best to have an extra set of eyes with you to learn how your bustle works and what the finished product should look like.

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