What To Wear Underneath Your Wedding Gown

It’s easy to get caught up in wedding planning- booking a caterer, meeting with the florist, and selecting your dream dress are all such exciting milestones! In selecting your dream dress and the perfect accessories to match, what often gets overlooked as your next step is choosing what undergarments to wear. Luckily, as the premier choice of Dallas wedding alterations, guiding you in the right direction is kind of our thing and we have a wide selection of undergarments to choose from!

 

We always suggest coming to your first dress fitting and discussing your best option before making any purchases. Many vendors we work with create styles specifically for bridal wear, from panties to shapewear, and we can help guide you toward the style that will help you look and feel your best on your big day! Let’s jump right in!

 

Generally speaking, we recommend nude colored, “no-show” panties and typically steer our clients away from full-coverage underwear, which could reveal panty lines under your gown. In many cases, we recommend Shapewear to streamline the fit of your gown and to make you feel as comfortable as possible on your big day.

 

At AFTA, we’re obsessed with our friends at Commando who make undergarments designed to, “make women love getting dressed,” (and we can guarantee that sentiment extends to your wedding gown)! Fashion forward and innovative, Commando undergarments include modern slips which are perfect for your gown’s specific needs. Some great examples of Commado styles are:

 

 

Classic Control Skort

This skort is designed to fill the space that is typically left behind by traditional shapewear. It’s particularly great for gowns with a fitted hip so you can avoid the dreaded “hollow spot”, like the stunning mermaid style. An AFTA favorite, this is the only skort on the market we’ve been able to find that’s seamed all the way down so it stays fitted with the shorts underneath and doesn’t ride up or bunch.

High-Waisted Thong

This is a nude colored, high-waisted thong that is the perfect marriage of “no-show” panties and medium control, for the bride who wants the best of both worlds! The medium compression will keep you smooth and comfortable from the ceremony to the dance floor, while the thong back keeps those pesky panty lines at bay.

The Classic Short

These shorts are what you typically think of when you think Shapewear. These shorts offer medium control, a super soft fabric, and are laser cut so they have no seams for a sleek and shapely finish. Versatile and flexible, these shorts will keep you comfortable, smooth and confident on your big day!

 

Finally, at AFTA, we know how important it is to lean on our tried-and-true classic undergarments! We carry a wide assortment of classic shapewear options that were designed with brides in mind. Shorts like these offer the most compression available, can include boning to offer additional structure to gowns that may need it, and are often cut low in the back for low back/backless dresses or silky dresses with lace. These shorts are also the go-to for Hollywood stylists and are well-known to have been used during the filming of Mad Men, for those brides channeling Hollywood Glam on their big day!

 

We can’t wait to meet you and to get started on transforming your wedding gown for your big day! Make your appointment with us today and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any additional questions you may have!

 

ALL ABOUT THE BOOBS

 

Every dress is as unique as the bride who wears it, from the gown itself, to the custom alterations done, to the accessories worn. One of the most important questions you’ll encounter during your first alterations appointment will be, “What undergarments do you plan on wearing?” And, chances your trusty standby strapless bra won’t fit the bill for the most important gown of your life. If you have no clue where to start, you’re in luck! As the premier choice of Dallas wedding alterations, we carry just about every undergarment under the sun and are happy to help guide you to the appropriate choice from our wide selection of undergarments! Some great examples of our available options are below:

Petals

First things first, let’s talk petals (and no, we don’t mean your florist). Petals are small, sticky adhesive circles designed to give you modest coverage. Petals come in one-size-fits-all, and trust us when we say our friends across the entire bust spectrum will find them a perfect fit. They’re ideal under backless or illusion dresses because they’re sheer, oversized, and taper well to ensure they blend under your dress. 

Oversized GEL PETALS, what I personally wore under my gown!

Plunge Adhesive Bra

Ready to take the plunge? Our plunge adhesive bra is a busty gals best friend! This adhesive bra features matte side wings that blend perfectly under illusion dresses and a plunging neckline to fit a wide variety of gown styles. The wire shaping will keep you in place all night long and there are a large range of sizes available, from B-H. This is the Serena Williams of the sticky bra world (the #GOAT).

Plunge Adhesive Cups

Bridal style continues to evolve and as it does, so does the world of bridal undergarments.. With the rise of stunning illusion gowns, this bra has quickly become our #1 seller. It offers metal underwire for support in a c-shape for cupping the chest with support, and it’s the most amount of coverage that you can get with the least amount of bra showing. It’s backless and comes in sheer and opaque versions that are both unable to be seen under illusion dress panels. Generally, this is a great option for v-neck, backless, low cut, sheer, or illusion gowns. 

Voluptuous Lift Bra

With a name like voluptuous lift bra, you can only guess how incredible this bra makes you look and feel! This bra is designed with metal underwire to give you the support of a traditional bra, but features sheer straps and separated cups to sit perfectly under open back and strapless gowns or plunging necklines. The cups will adhere to your chest, while the matte straps pull over your shoulder for maximum support.

 

Sticky Boobs

When you think of the original ‘sticky boobs,’ you’re definitely thinking of this adhesive bra. It’s a classic staple for a reason. This adhesive bra sticks perfectly in place and snaps in the middle, giving you lift and an adjustable amount of cleavage. This is a great option for backless and strapless gowns.

 

 

Boob Glue

Boob Glue by Bosom Couture is something really special (so special, in fact, that we’re the exclusive Downtown Dallas retailer). The best way we can describe it is a roll-on adhesive that lifts you and keeps your gown in place, but that honestly doesn’t do it justice. Interested in seeing how it works on a wedding dress? Watch THIS video. 

 

 

Classic Corset

If there’s ever a time to live out your princess dreams, it’s your wedding! Enter: the corset. This garment has been around forever (since the 1500s to be exact) but don’t be fooled. The reason corsets have been around this long is because they WORK. Corsets can be used under a large range of gowns, but we typically use them under ball gowns or mermaids to provide support. The size range available is incredible, going up to a 56H. If we don’t have your size readily available, it can be shipped to our store within a week!

Short-Waisted Corset

Much like the original corset, this short waisted version offers coverage, support, and structure for your gown. This version features a short waist and lower back, which is best suited for ball gowns and strapless gowns.

 

 

 

 

And, of course, we can create an entirely customized option for you by sewing in cups or adding additional gown enhancements to offer a more comfortable, custom experience. Our job is to make sure that you look (and feel) your best and most supported on your big day. We can’t wait to meet you and get started!

Book your appointment with us today and don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions.

Let’s do this!

 

What’s Really Under the Dress?

Dallas wedding alterations

Dallas Wedding Alterations

At Altered for the Altar, we are so excited to be able to altar your dream wedding dress! As the premier choice of Dallas wedding alterations, we have lots of tips for brides-to-be. One of the most important, and often not thought about is how important your undergarments are for your big day. Depending on the type of dress, certain choices might be necessary and others might be more comfortable. We are here to help you navigate through choosing the perfect undergarments.

  • First, make sure that you are choosing the right bra for your gown. If you have a strapless dress, you may consider wearing a strapless bra, a corset, or one of the many other options we can customize for you instead of a bra.
  • For panties, wear a pair that is “no-show.” You should especially wear nude, no-show underwear if your dress is more form fitting and would reveal panty lines. In addition to the color, in many cases, panties serve as Shapewear, helping your dress fit right and your body look the way you want it to. In many cases, our brides will come in feeling frustrated after purchasing uncomfortable (expensive) items online that aren’t the right fit for their body or dress. We always suggest coming to your first fitting, and discussing the best option before making any purchases. We carry a large selection of undergarments, made specifically for bridal wear, and can help you find the best fit for your dress and body.
  • Lastly, make sure that you are comfortable! You will be standing, walking, and dancing all day, so be sure that no matter what undergarments you choose,  you are comfortable in them and everything fits how it should. You don’t want to wear anything too loose or too tight, causing tugging or unflattering fits in your photos.

We carry a large selection of ready-to-wear intimates, as well as custom stitched luxurious undergarments that will help you feel and look your best for the big day.

 

What to Know About Your First Fitting

DFW Wedding Alterations

DFW Wedding Alterations

You’ve chosen the perfect dress for your wedding day, and now its time to go to your choice in DFW wedding alterations, Altered for the Altar! We have a few tips on what to know about your first fitting that you may not have thought of.

  • When you get to your first fitting, one of the first things that you’ll do is put on your dream dress. The thing is, it probably won’t fit exactly how you saw it in the store with all of the clamps on it. Don’t freak out if your dress doesn’t fit right away! That is what we are here for. Talk us through how you envision it looking, how you saw it in the store, and how you want it to look. We will be making your dream dress a reality.
  • Bring the right accessories to your fitting! Bring the veil that you plan on wearing, any jewelry, and especially your shoes so that we know your height. Be ready to look through our full inventory of the current trends in bridal undergarments. We have the largest selection on site for any bridal, seamstress, or retailer because we are the only ones who stock specifically only bridal lingerie! The undergarments that you wear on your wedding day are so important because it will affect how your dress falls and sits on you. When you come to us, we will size you for your undergarments with your dress present! This makes all the difference; you will want to have everything sized perfectly for this investment. We have nearly unlimited options for you to look at at our store for you to choose from.
  • Before or at your first fitting, we will walk through and customize a plan to fit your specific needs for all of your alterations. In total, you should have an average of 3 fittings for your DFW wedding. The first should be around 2-3 months out from your wear date. The second, about one month out, and then have your final one around 2 weeks out in order to perfect everything! This timeline is just a sample of an average timeline, but we work with any timeline! Your fitting timeline should be with your first wear date in mind, whether that is your big day or your bridal portraits.

At Altered for the Altar, we are so excited to be a part your big day! For more information on alterations or scheduling an appointment, feel free to reach out to us.

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