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Wedding Dress Too Short: What Should I Do?

Your wedding dress is a very important piece of your special day, and finding that your dress is too short can be a big problem. Here are some ideas to help you if you are in this situation.

So, what should I do if my wedding dress is too short? You have two options. If you still have some time before your wedding, you could simply buy another dress you like. However, time and budget might not make this a good options. So the other option, depending on your dress, you could lengthen it using some lace.

Here are some more ideas to help you in this stressful situation.

Can I Lengthen my Wedding Dress?

Sometimes accidents happen that cause your wedding dress to be shorter than expected. Sadly this happens every once and a while, and rather than getting a new dress you may be able to lengthen the dress you already have. Here are a few ideas.

Lace. Adding on to your wedding dress really all depends on the style of dress you have and the look you are going for. Some dresses you may be able to add some lace on the bottom to look like a decorative hem. If your dress is super short you could add enough lace to the bottom to turn it into a fishtail style dress.

Tulle Overskirt. This is another great idea that you could do to just about any traditional full-skirt wedding dress. Using several layers of tulle or lace you could make an overskirt that completely covers the outside of the original dress. You could make it to the length you desire and nobody would ever guess your dress was too short. This is something you could make yourself or ask someone at a bridal store to do.

Who Should Alter My Wedding Dress?

Many brides once they have found their “perfect” dress, still need a few things altered such as the length. But because of the horror of having your dress made too short is often a reality, you may wonder who you should alter your dress. Here are a few ideas.

Have someone from the dress shop do it. The first obvious option is to have someone from the shop you purchased your dress do the alteration. This will be an extra cost but might be worth it as long as the dress isn’t shortened too much. But besides the accidents, these people are professionals that could get the job done.

Do it yourself. Whether you have a talent for sewing or not, there is always the option to try your hand at altering the dress yourself. There are several patterns and videos online that could help you do this task easily. Depending on what needs to be altered, you could do this by yourself without too much hassle.

Have a friend or family member help you. In special cases, you might have a friend or family member who has the ability to sew and alter. If so, you could ask them to help you out. This could also be a great bonding time between you and that person!

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Hi, I’m Kristin. While I haven’t found my Prince Charming yet, I’ve been dreaming of getting married for a long long time. I started this site as a place to record all the things I’ve found and researched in preparation for my own wedding someday. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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