Want to Redesign Your Wedding Dress?

Want to Redesign Your Wedding Dress?

Is the wedding dress of your dreams already hanging in your closet? With a little imagination and the right alterations, the answer might be yes. If you inherited a gown from a family member or bought a gorgeous dress that’s almost perfect for the ceremony, redesigning a wedding dress could be faster and more cost-effective than starting from scratch with a custom design or shopping for a brand new gown. It’s also a sweet way to honor the past and continue a tradition without sacrificing the style, fit, or cut that’s right for you.

Here are some fun and simple ways to rethink an existing dress and create a completely different look with your redesign:

Consider a Different Neckline

The higher the neckline of your dress, the more freedom (and extra material) you have to experiment with a different cut.​Vintage dresses tend to be more modest than today’s sleeveless silhouettes, so modernizing your dress could be as simple as removing a lacy overlay or cutting a high neck into a scoop or sweetheart style.

Try a Tea-Length Alteration

Does your cascading train feel too formal and cumbersome? Do you want to dance up a storm and show off your shoes without tripping over a floor-length gown? Turn it into a tea length wedding dress instead. Falling just a few inches below the knee, this bridal silhouette is long and classic enough for formal or traditional ceremonies, but it’s also the perfect way to adapt an overly fancy dress for a more casual setting.

Add Volume or Color with a Petticoat

Sometimes, you don’t have to change the dress at all to transform its entire shape and style. Petticoats add full, flattering volume to wedding dress skirts, accentuating the waist and creating a dramatically different silhouette. A colored petticoat also adds an unexpected pop of color beneath an all-white dress, making it easy to modernize a more traditional gown and match your wedding day color scheme.

Sometimes, you don’t have to change the dress at all to transform its entire shape and style. Petticoats add full, flattering volume to wedding dress skirts, accentuating the waist and creating a dramatically different silhouette.

Cut Off the Sleeves

If your dress is outdated or inappropriate for the venue or the season, your sleeves might actually be most of the problem. It’s hard to look timeless in puffy or frilly sleeves, and no bride wants to sweat through a long-sleeved dress during her outdoor ceremony. If your dress has sleeves that are too bulky or too long, shorten them or cut them off to bring your dress up-to-date.

Dye Your Dress a Different Color

Modern brides get to make their own rules, so don’t be afraid to get creative with color. Dyeing is a great way to disguise the discoloration of vintage dresses, whether you add more yellow or pink tones to the color or pick a bold shade like blue or red. Dyeing also allows you to breathe new life into a family heirloom without making the dress unrecognizable.

Are you ready to get started on your wedding dress redesign? Make an appointment with us at TK Bridal & Alterations today to begin your design consultation.

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Wedding Dress Shopping Tips You Need to Know

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips You Need to Know

Congratulations! It’s time to start your search for the perfect wedding dress. But how will you know when to say yes? Start with some basic rules of thumb. Finding the right dress can be fun and empowering, especially if you don’t worry about following every trend or impressing every friend. Before you get started, keep these ten shopping tips in mind:

1. Start as Soon as Possible

Procrastination is not an option. Short of leaving your fiancé on bended knee to rush to the nearest dress shop, you should be starting your search as soon as you start planning the wedding. Some dresses take months to arrive from the designer, after all, and some customizations and alterations can take weeks or months to complete.

2. Set a Price Before You Shop

Spare yourself the heartache of falling in love with a dress you can’t afford. Figure out how much you can spend on the dress, and limit your browsing to the gowns in that price range. Remember: alterations and accessories cost more, so the sticker price isn’t necessarily the final amount.

3. Shop in the Middle of a Workday

If you’re hitting the bridal boutiques, crowded weekend mornings might get overwhelming. It’s easier to pick the right gown when you have room to browse and time to try on plenty of options, so consider taking a half-day and shopping on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead.

4. Wear the Right Undergarments

The wrong bra will ruin any outfit, and that’s especially true for light-colored, form-fitting gowns. When you shop for dresses in person, wear a nude, well-fitting, supportive bra and underwear. If you have multiple necklines in mind, consider bringing a second bra (or choose a style with detachable straps).

5. Find a Wedding Dress that Fits Right Now

Even if you plan to hit the gym before your wedding, your safest bet is to get a dress that comfortably fits your current body. Remember: you can always take it in to accommodate slimming or toning in certain areas, but it’s more difficult (and often more expensive) to adjust a dress that’s too small.

Spare yourself the heartache of falling in love with a dress you can’t afford. Figure out how much you can spend on the dress, and limit your browsing to the gowns in that price range. Remember: alterations and accessories cost more, so the sticker price isn’t necessarily the final amount.

6. Don’t Give Other Opinions Too Much Power

Want to feel yourself on your wedding day? Shop for a wedding dress that’s right for you, and only you. Magazines are full of bridal fashion trends that look great in glossy pages, but may or may not flatter your body type or stand the test of time. Meanwhile, dressing rooms are full of unsolicited opinions from friends and family members. Your tastes and priorities should come first.

7. Consider a Custom Dress

Sick of trying on gowns that have some, but never all of the details you want? Overwhelmed by the sheer number of options? Consider customizing your wedding dress. Our designers start with one-on-one sessions to learn exactly what you want, and they can tweak their sketches to accommodate your vision as you explore different styles, fabrics, beading techniques, lace patterns, necklines and more.

8. Make Your Own Dress Modifications

Is your grandmother’s wedding dress gorgeous and meaningful, but the style is outdated or not quite you? Did you find the perfect dress in a shop, but it just feels like something is missing? Don’t be afraid to make it your own with wedding dress alterations and other modifications. For example, you can transform the entire silhouette just by shortening the skirt or adding volume with a petticoat.

9. Design Your Own Custom Dress

Of course, the surest way to get the dress of your dreams is to create a custom wedding dress and decide every detail yourself. Some brides know exactly what they want and go straight to the drawing board; others try on countless dresses first, eventually learning which style, structure, sleeve, neckline, color, and length they prefer.

10. Trust Your Instincts the First Time

It should be easy to picture yourself walking down the aisle in your choice. Of course, finding or designing the perfect dress is a different process for every bride, and you may need time to think about your decision. But don’t overthink it, and don’t waste time trying to convince yourself or seek reassurance about a dress or design element that doesn’t feel right.

Ready to find the dress of your dreams? Our design team will help you explore your options, including alterations and customizations that add one-of-a-kind touches to our designer gowns. Request an appointment with us at TK Bridal & Alterations today to start your search.

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Silhouette Series: Stunning in Sheath

Dressing for your body type is essential on your wedding day. A poorly fitting dress stands out and stays with you through photos and memories. Whatever style you prefer, it’s important to know what looks good on your body type and how to work that to your advantage. For modern women who prefer dresses that look sleek and stylish, a sheath dress may be the answer. 

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Silhouette Series: Belle of the Ball Gown

Beautiful brides come in every shape and size! However, it’s an unfortunate reality that not every dress style fits every bride. You want to be perfectly confident on your wedding day, secure in the knowledge that you look stunning in a wedding gown that fits and floats like a dream. Everyone says that you’ll know your perfect dress as soon as you try it on, but how can you find a gown that will accentuate your unique beauty? See how different dress silhouettes flatter your figure. In this series of blogs, we’ll cover the different types of gowns such as this week’s choice: the ball gown! 

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Silhouette Series: All About the A-Line

You have found the perfect mate, now for the next decision — finding the perfect wedding dress! Let’s face it; there are a lot of beautiful dresses out there to choose from. So many in fact that it can sometimes be difficult to narrow your choice to a single dress. That’s okay because at TK Bridal & Alterations, you never have to settle. If you don’t find the perfect ready-made dress in our stock, we will create a stunning one-of-a-kind dress just for you! To help you find the perfect dress, we’ll be discussing different silhouettes in our blog series. This week, we’ll cover the A-line.

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Destination Dresses: What to Wear When You Elope

When you elope, you get to focus on doing everything the way you want to do it. No worrying about friends and family members — your dress, flowers, and décor are exactly what you want it to be. And that means that you aren’t restricted to traditional dresses when you get married. Think about your destination before you decide on your wardrobe.

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