Don’t Leave Town For That Perfect Fit
Having dressed hundreds of couples for their weddings, local designer and seamstress Judy Stokes has offered to share some of her surprising and practical tips that have spared her clients numerous hours of stress and thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenditures. Men and women walk through her doors with confusion on their face and leave with great sighs of relief. Because she knows that even the shiniest new credit cards have a limit, Judy makes a point of educating even her daily callers who want to know, “how much does it cost to…?
Brides: when purchasing a gown, resist add-on sales. Most gowns have sufficient petticoats attached, they just need pressing. Also, dresses transport nicer when wrapped in a large bed sheet (no crumpling or sweating in zip-up plastic bags.)
A local professional seamstress may save you hours of driving, have better rates and offer to press your entire bridal party. Determine veil width and length during fittings. Bring sample jewelry to your fitting to determine earrings and necklace length. Make sure to bring the undergarments you plan on wearing the of the wedding to you fitting.
Buy COMFORTABLE shoes. Weddings on lawns require gowns to have much shorter hemline so those gowns don’t pull under. The alteration is wasted if the bride has to lift her gown as she walks or remove her tight shoes. ALWAYS practice walking during the fitting. Spot wash most fabrics with a damp white cloth. Polyesters wash nicely, avoid washing silks.
GROOMS: Choose the best tuxedo for yourself: consider choosing lower cost tuxedos for attendants and ring-bearers. The same vests and ties will give unity. Driving over 30 miles the days before and after the wedding to save a few dollars is not necessarily cost effective. Ask how last-minute alterations are handled. Try on tuxes as soon as they arrive. Local service with experienced professionals is the best bet for your dollar.”
Judy Stokes is a Fashion Design Graduate, who has served Nevada County for 15 years as a wedding specialist. She owns All Star Tuxedo and Alterations and can be reached at (530) 477-7755.
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