What to Expect From Your First Wedding Dress Fitting

While you’ll likely go to several dress fittings over the course of your wedding dress alterations, none will be so important as the very first. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re prepared for your initial appointment with your seamstress, and how to navigate it with ease.

When and Where

The first fitting usually takes place at your seamstress’ shop, of course, and six to eight weeks before your wedding date. The average bride will have three fittings over the course of the dress alterations, while a bride that just needs a simple size adjustment may need fewer, and a bride looking to create her own look from the dress she already has will likely need several more. Use this timeline as a guideline, but also be aware of what it is you want your seamstress to accomplish, and give her enough time to make your dream dress happen.

What and Who to Bring

Even though it’s your first—especially because it’s your first—you should bring every accessory you plan on wearing on your big day with you to your initial fitting. Both your undergarments and your shoes will affect the way the dress fits and falls, so you want to be sure those factors are added in from the get-go, while your other accessories—jewelry, veils, or headpieces, belts or sashes —will all inform the overall look of your wedding dress and, therefore, should be present at the fitting to help you and the seamstress envision the final look. Also, don’t be afraid to bring along a second set of trusted eyes.This can be an overwhelming process, so having someone you trust, like your mom or maid of honor, along to help you navigate the first fitting is a great idea.

How and Why

Many boutiques, like Nitsa’s, offer alterations in-house to brides that purchase their dresses from their store—making finding a seamstress a no-brainer. However, if you order a dress online or buy from a discount or small boutique, you’re often on your own when it comes to finding a local seamstress. How can you find a reputable alterations place? Check online wedding websites and look up the reviews. See what other brides experience and make an informed decision from them, or ask friends who have married in your area who they trusted their dream dress to. Reviews and recommendations are crucial when it comes to picking just the right lady (or gent) for this job.


Social Graces: Solving the Dress Code Guessing Game

Who, what, when—wear? Deciphering an event’s dress code from the invitation can be quite the puzzler. Luckily, most leave clues as to the event’s appropriate attire. Here are a few tips for debunking your invite:
First, look to the bottom right corner of the invitation. Sometimes the host is very helpful and will leave a note announcing the dress code directly. The only hitch with this clue is knowing the lingo. Here’s a cheat sheet:

Black Tie – Ladies: Evening gown (preferred) or fancy cocktail dress. Men: Tuxedo (preferred) or dark-colored suit and tie.
Black Tie Optional – Ladies: Evening gown, cocktail dress or fancy suit. Men: Tuxedo or dark suit and tie.
Formal – Ladies: Fancy cocktail dress or suit. Men: Dark suit and tie.
Semi-Formal – Ladies: Cocktail dress or skirt and blouse. Men: Suit and tie or khakis and blazer with tie, light or dark.
Beach Formal – Ladies: A more formal sundress and flat sandals. Men: Light summer suit and sandals. Tie optional.
Casual – Ladies: Sundress, skirt or pants and blouse. Men: Dress pants and button-down shirt or polo.

No dress code listed? No worries! Invitation style, font, and details will help you avoid a fashion faux pas. First, take a look at the invitation as a whole. Is it on heavy cardstock? Is there filigree around the edges? Are the colors and design formal? If the invitation seems fancy, it’s almost guaranteed the event will be fancy, so lean to the Semi-Formal or Formal options. If the invitation is more relaxed, has a lot of color and a picture or art in the background, it will usually be less formal so lean towards Semi-Formal or Casual.
decoding wedding dress codes
Next, look to the font and verbiage of the invitation. Elegant cursive fonts have a fancier flair compared to a basic print.  Another indicator is the language used. If it says, “request the honor of your presence,” that is much more formal than “invite you to.” If you’re not sure about the sophistication of language, judge  by
whether you would say the phrase in normal conversation. If not, it’s likely a Semi-Formal or above event.

Finally, the details included offer informative clues. What time of day is the event? Daytime events (before 5p.m.) are less formal and, depending on the season, warmer, so lighter, more casual attire is appropriate. If the event takes place after 5 p.m., it likely falls in the Semi-Formal or above category. Another great clue is the location. A country club offers much fancier surroundings than a barn, and thus, guests’ attire will follow suit.

Still unsure? Ask someone closely involved with the event, so long as it’s not the bride, and, as a final rule of thumb: It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

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Bliss by Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show

4.17-4.20 Winston-Salem

Nitsa’s Apparel of Winston-Salem will be hosting a Monique Lhuillier trunk show this week Monique Lhouillier trunk show in Winston-Salemstarting Wednesday, April 17 and running through Saturday, April 20.  Monique Lhuillier is known for her wedding gowns and dresses worn on the red carpet by celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Zooey Deschanel, and many more.

Monique Lhuillier grew up in the Philippines surrounded by fashion and design and started sketching clothing at the age of 11.  The Monique Lhuillier brand now encompasses a wide range of gowns, dresses, shoes, jewelry, and more.  We’re excited to present you with a trunk show featuring the Bliss wedding gown collection this week.  These delicate gowns are feminine and stylish.   As the designers’ website itself says, “Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking femininity, allure, and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design.”

Call to schedule your appointment today! 336.725.1999


Stratford Village 
107 South Stratford Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Mon – Fri 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sat 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Say “Yes” to The Dress

There are so many nuances—other than dress style and body shape—that factor in to a bride finally saying “yes” to the dress. Here are a few ideas to help make yours a little easier to find:

1. Know your budget. There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than falling in love with a dress you can’t afford. When you arrive at the salon, make sure you’re upfront with your consultant about how much you want—and can afford—to spend.

2. Bring a friend. But don’t bring too many friends. While a second opinion from several well-meaning friends can definitely help the process, the opinion of too many can be frustrating.

3. Know your style. You may love a drop-waist dress, but that doesn’t mean it will flatter your figure. Part of finding the perfect dress is knowing what looks nice on your body type. For more on finding your bridal gown style, go here.

4. Trust your consultant. We know you have ideas about what you like and what you don’t, but remember: Consultants help brides find their dream dresses every day. Some salons, like ours, even have a customer service guarantee, meaning, we do the utmost to make sure you find your perfect fit.