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.

And they’re all made out of ticky tacky, And they all look just the same.

And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

 “Never change who you are so that other people will like you. Just be yourself and the right people will love you just for being you.” –Unknown

For years now, I have been criticized for being too blunt… although mostly by my mom. (She will want me to include that this is partially due to a few of my sailor-like habits.) But, recently I have noticed more and more people commending and thanking me for my honesty. While I am still surprised/concerned that this is praise worthy, I am going to take full advantage of this opportunity to express myself. Most people think the more struggles you admit to, the weaker you are. To be represented as strong, you must hide all of your inner struggle truths. I have a few problems with this. Mainly, I don’t hide anything well and the phrase, “Shut up and look pretty,” never really worked for me. But, in order to be honest about yourself and your struggles, you have to be 100% vulnerable, 100% of the time.
So here’s my truth.
Up until last night when I had an epiphany, (FINE. An ugly cry melt down that rivals the likes of Kim K), the idea of planning a wedding made me nauseous, agitated, sad, mad, angry and CRAZY. “But, wait,” you say, “Didn’t you like JUST get engaged?!.” YEAH, sister, I did. And immediately following the BEST proposal night EVER, I was overcome with this variety of emotions I did not want to deal with. I’ve struggled for the last month to even want to talk about my future wedding. Every negative thought I had just made me feel more and more guilty. I truly WANTED to be happy. I WANTED wedding planning to be fun. BUT, I have spent my whole life in the wedding industry and I know all too well some of the ups and DOWNS that come with wedding planning.
And you want to know the hardest truth to stomach?!
I DIDN’T/ DON’T WANT A WEDDING!
I don’t want to drain my closest family and friends of money and energy.
I don’t want to spend the next year and a half fighting with my mom.
I DON’T want to become “THAT” person.
…You know what I do want?
I want to wake up every day for the rest of my life staring at my best friend.
I want to build a future and family with him.
I want to spend every day honoring this man that I love. Because he is THE greatest person I have ever known.
I want to wake up in 50 years, griping with that same old man, arguing about why some of us STILL feel the need to shop in bulk. (.0001 savings per use does NOT constitute a year’s supply of toilet paper)
I want to fight, cry, grow, learn and LIVE with this man EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. For the rest of my life.
And now that I’ve decided this, and accepted the fact that my toilet seat will forever be upright, I want to
CELEBRATE!!!

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Got swept up by a Cowboy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So why is this such a problem?
I’ll tell you why: EXPECTATIONS. If I have to hear, “OMG, I cannot wait to see what your wedding is going to be like after growing up in the bridal world!!” or “I can just imagine, you are going to have the most picturesque wedding ever,” one more time, I might full blown HONESTLY lose it. I know people mean well, I really really do, but a BIG ornate “drain Rodney Calvert of every penny he has left after raising me” wedding, AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN! A bunch of you probably just sighed, feeling bad for me, because my daddy won’t buy me the biggest pink pony. Guess what?! That man would buy me an entire rainbow pony farm, (and then live in a box), if he knew I wanted it. So then why?
BECAUSE THAT ISN’T ME.
I spent the last month trying to wrap my mind around all of these expectations, and judgements. I was trying to find a way to conform to these preconceived “Wedding Must” Notions.
You know what I finally realized?
No matter how many flowers my daddy buys me, they will die the next day.
If someone brings me a filet mignon on my wedding day, I’m going to wish it was mac n’ cheese.
If I wake up the day after my wedding with perfect makeup, I’m going to wish I had sweated it all off on the dance floor to Rhianna.
I don’t even like cake, but I will gladly get it smacked into my face.
Even after I design, build and make my own wedding dress, I’ll bet you $100 right now you can find me at Jack ‘N the Box, barefoot, dancing in the parking lot, drowning in Cat Nip Tacos, after my wedding.
So go on and hate, and go on and act all “BOUGIE.” BUT, a big fancy wedding? That just isn’t me.

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But, prancing around in a ‘stache and this shameless shirt last year for my Birthday, yeah this is me 100%.
(P.S. I turn old enough to round up to 30 in one week. CRYING.)

I hope and pray that when this is all over I walk away with torn up feet, sore muscles, sweaty hair, a dirty dress (SORRY MOM!), an epic video of me singing Celine Dion, and a lifetime of MEMORIES, as strong as the bond I have with the man who helped make them.
From here on out, I am going to be blogging my unique way through wedding planning. All of the DIY projects I will attempt, and inevitably fail a few (I will post those fails too!). My new healthy lifestyle…… ***Month Long Crash Diet because, CHERRY PIE.*** I hope you will join and support me in this adventure, but I warn you it may involve me in a wedding dress, eating mac n’ cheese out of a solo cup.
Because in the real world, Jell-O always trumps Crème Brule.
Adios,
Nina Esclava
“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” –St. Catherine of Sienna

This Blog is dedicated to my parents, because they ALWAYS pushed me to think different, act different, and BE different. They taught me to view life as a giant puzzle that ALWAYS has a possible outcome. And (even when I would fight/cry this one) they taught me my first idea was just a rough draft to spark a bigger and brighter idea. If they would not have criticized (FINE. “Coached” as they always say) me to be a smarter, stronger, more creative person; I wouldn’t have the confidence to go out in the world as a uniquely thriving creative weirdo.
Thanks for inspiring me to be weird guys. I love you for it, really.
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BEST Examples of what Marriage is all about right here!!
Both my parents (on the right) ROD “Money Banks” Calvert and Momma and my future in-laws (on the left) Angie and Mark Halfmann. Both couples have been married for over 30 years. They have both had there fair share of trials, but this crew is tough, hardworking, compassionate, and determined. If we are half of what these peeps are, we will be WAY ahead of the curve.
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And of course, I couldn’t leave out our BOMB siblings. I FINALLY get two AMAZING sisters. (You both are better than the ones I pretended I had when I was younger) and J gets two baby brothers!  

Finding THE Dress in a Sea of Hopelessness

Amongst the sea of wedding dresses, sometimes it seems hard to believe you will find the right catch. Even though, there is a sea of endless wedding gowns out there; sometimes, the fact is, your dress isn’t out there.

WAIT, WHAT?!

Yes, you heard me correctly. Sometimes your PERFECT dress is not out there. But, no worries at all, that’s why you have us! Sometimes what stands between you and THE dress, are a few customizations to make it just right!

 

This was the case for our sweet bride Jill. Jill found what she felt was her dress, but it wasn’t quit yet, THE dress. In her mind she had always envisioned a beautiful lace sleeved gown for her Fall Wedding. Well, the designer, Maggie Sottero, agreed to sell some of the beautiful lace off of Jill’s gown and POOF! We were able to structure a custom lace sleeve to Jill’s gown and all of the sudden it went from a dress Jill had bought to, THE dress Jill was going to begin her Happily Ever After in!

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The original gown purchased.

(Picture from Maggie Sottero website. Gown: Maggie Sottero Style: Melanie)

Now presenting, Jill, and her custom sleeved version!

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Happily Ever After!

Photo Credit: Michaels Photography

Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero Style: Melanie

Gown Purchased at: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique

So, while you may not always find exactly what you are looking for when shopping, there may still be other options. The key is to keep a creative mind, leave all options open and ALWAYS ask lots of questions to your stylist.

 

So this Valentine’s Day when you are desperately searching to find the perfect dress in a sea of hopelessness, remember sometimes in order to fall in love with the perfect one, you may need to make a few creative adjustments!

 

***DISCLAIMER: This practice is specifically designed for Wedding Gowns, Please do NOT go home and attempt this on your boyfriend/ significant other.***

Adios,

Nina Esclava

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