Bridal Gown Makeover Adding Some Gems To My Wedding Dress

by Tiffany Shambley
(Newport News VA)

Beach Wedding Dress

Beach Wedding Dress

My story is very long. We wanted to do a beach wedding but we decided to get married in Dec. How can I glam my beach wedding dress up a little?

Hi Tiffany,

That's a loaded question. The reason I say that is because a lot depends on the formality and location of your wedding.

For instance, if your wedding is informal and you just want to add a little sparkle to your dress... you can add sequence and clear or iridescent seed pearls or beads to the gown. On your gown I would suggest you highlight the floral print areas with the gems. You can either hand sew them on or glue them using a beading glue that dries soft and crystal clear.

But if you are now having a formal wedding in a formal setting... then adding beading and gems will not makeover the dress enough to be appropriate for that type of wedding. It will still look beachy, but with bling, if you get what I'm saying. If this situation sounds like you I would strongly suggest that you get another wedding gown.

Plus there is another thing you need to think about. When an informal wedding gown is used for a formal wedding, you run the risk of your wedding party and guest out dressing you! Essentially they can upstage you at your own wedding and I imagine that this is not something you want to happen.

So to recap... if the formality of your wedding is informal you can glam up your dress. But if the reason you want to glam up your gown is because you are now switching to a more formal setting... I suggest that you choose another dress since the floral print keeps the gown informal.

Thanks for asking the question.

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by: Tiffany Shambley

Now I need to find a plus size dress for December wedding.

Wedding Dress Makeover Or Do Over
by: Tiffany

Well the groom decided to do a tux so my mom is like he will not out shine my baby. So now we was thinking of adding gems or pearls to it but... I just dont know now. The event went from informal to an semi-formal(I guess).

Hi Tiffany,

I have to say that your mom has a valid point. Wearing a tux is for formal events. In order to keep your groom from outshining you he will need to wear a nice suit at most.

But if he has his heart set on a tux, you will need to get a more formal gown, so that you won't be out of place at your own wedding.

Nowadays, there are no hard fast rules about what's proper or not when it comes to weddings. So basically, a couple can do what they want to do.

But... have you ever been to a wedding where nothing really went together? It seemed that there was no planning, but just a hodgepodge of stuff put together? If, you have, what did you think about that wedding?

Those weddings are memorable, but for the wrong reasons. People notice when things are in sync as well as out of sync, whether you plan it to be that way, because you want to be different, or not.

So here's the deal... if you don't want people to come away from your wedding thinking mostly about how sharp the groom looked, then you need to help him see that he should wear a suit so he won't take away all the attention from you.

It's still a fact that at a wedding... it's the brides day to shine! So if he is agreeable to wearing a suit, you can wear the gown you have and add beading to glam it up, if that's something you still want to do.

But note this... adding beading to the gown is not going to make that dress on the level with a tuxedo. The print on the dress fabric makes it a more informal or semi-formal wedding dress. A tuxedo, on the other hand, is usually not worn to informal or semi- formal events. They are usually worn for what is termed "formal" events.

So when it comes to some things like the formality of an event or wedding, the rules for the attire still apply. Staying within in these rules for a wedding makes it a "polished" harmonious event.

But hey, if it's going to be a problem getting the groom to change from the tux and you don't want to change your dress, and if it's not a concern for you that he may outshine you in some guests eyes... then by all means do what makes you both happy!

I hope I've been helpful. I wish you well in your decision and in the rest of your wedding planning.

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Bridal Alterations And Redesign-Add length, change bodice, add swarovski

by Katie
(London, UK)

The original designer dress

The original designer dress

I found a dress on, I knew it wouldn't be 100% same as the picture as they just copy the original photo. I had custom measurements but with petticoat it shortens it, I want the big and poofy look so need the petticoat, how can length be added?

Also, the bodice in original photo has satin bodice, but my dress has a netting layer over the top of satin for some unknown reason, can this be removed easily?

Also I want to add some swarovskis to the dress, maybe even replace the smalls pearls with the swarovski, is this possible?

Hi, Katie,

Thanks for sending in all the pictures. They help me see what you need. You really have a bridal alteration and restyle question.

To lengthen the gown, if you have on the correct shoes, the outer tulle net is at the right length but the satin liner is a little short. You can add to the inner lining but not extend the netting. So the only thing that could be done here is add a strip of fabric around the bottom on the satin layer. But I want to make you aware that because the tulle is thinly layered, the seam would be noticeable.

The bodice net cannot easily be taken off if it is sewn in the seams with the satin. You could risk damage to the under fabric. So most seamstresses wouldn't attempt it.

It's easy to add embellishments to the dress. You can take the pearls off if they are sewn on and not glued on to the gown. But I would just leave the pearls and add the crystals because they are usually paired together on beaded garments.

I would check with a local wedding Dressmaker or Alterations Specialist experienced in bridal to see what they suggest. Also, the cost could be more than what you paid for the wedding dress.

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Bridal Alteration And Redesign of A Wedding Dress
by: Desiree

As a wedding dress alterations specialist and former bridal dressmaker I had many situations where a bride brings in a dress and wants to change the look of it.

Some wedding dress alterations and redesign changes are easy to do, others are not. Some would require a complete recutting of the gown. There, of course, are limits to what can be done and a cost factor to be considered.

To help brides determine if it is worth the effort and cost I ask a couple of questions. One is, what is the value of the dress in its present condition, whether it is new or used? I don't suggest putting more into a bridal dress than the value, unless the style changes really is going to make it look incredible.

The other quetion is will the change help the design or take away from it? I don't suggest doing alterations or changes that look like something was done to the dress.

No alterations or redesigning should not be detectable. What is done to the gown should look like it was designed to be that way, not something added to the design. If the change is going to be noticable...I recommend that it not be done. Some cases it's better to just get another dress than to correct it.

Another consideration is what you are going to do with the bridal gown afterward? Are you wanting to sell it or are you just patching it up to get through the day? Are you keeping it as an heirloom dress? What you plan to do with it after the wedding has an impact on how much money you should put into restyling a dress.

So if you are thinking about altering or restyling a wedding gown, these are points are important to consider when you need extensive alterations or restyling.

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