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What to Do if Your Wedding Dress Doesn’t Fit

You made it. The big day is finally here! After months of slaving and organizing with your wedding planner in Los Cabos, it’s the day to say “I do”. The next step is to make sure that you’re makeup is perfect and your dress fits just right.

If you’re like most brides, you probably rehearsed this day over and over again. You’ve had countless fittings to ensure that the dress fits the way you want it to. But suddenly, you’re having a hard time getting into the dress or pulling up the zipper. Your dress does not fit. The day is ruined – or is it?

Don’t Panic

That’s exactly what you should do the moment you discover that your dress does not fit. Crying or throwing a fit will not help matters or provide a solution to your problem. Panicking can also cause you to become more emotional and cause you to damage your dress.

Breathe in and breathe out normally. There are many reasons why your dress is not fitting correctly at the moment. Water retention and bloating are some of the most common culprits. Some dress designs are also harder to put on than others. For instance, mermaid gowns and trumpet-style dresses are cut close to the body to enhance the silhouette, but they are notoriously harder to put on if you’re bloated.

Ask For Assistance

Now that you are calm, ask assistance from your bridesmaids and maid-of-honor and put it on again. Many wedding dresses need at least 2 people to put on correctly and having help will make it easier for you to slip on the dress.

First, ensure all the zippers, ties, hooks, eyelets, buttons, and other similar mechanisms are open. Next, slip on the dress slowly. Ask your bridesmaids to pull the dress for you while you suck in your stomach. Once everything is in place, ask one of the girls to slowly pull up the zipper or do the buttons. Slowly exhale once they are done. 

It is also important to remember to not stress the zipper or buttons. The last thing you want is for the zipper to break. If they are having a hard time closing the zipper, ask another person to pull the sides of the dress so that it is closer together before zipping up. 

Stay still for a few minutes. Give your dress a chance to get used to your body shape. Staying still will help the dress conform to your body, make it looser, and give you more room to breathe.

Put on Shapewear 

Put on shapewear – if you’re not wearing one already. The right shapewear will make the fabric slide on easily. If you’re wearing tight-fitting gowns, you need to choose shapewear that can draw your body in. For example, you might want to consider buying corset-type shapewear so that your dress will flow through your body when you put it on. Good shapewear can help you lose inches instantly.

Aside from a trimmer figure, shapewear can also help you improve your posture and boost your confidence. Imagine how beautiful you will look in your photos as you toast the night away in exotic venues like Sunset Mona Lisa in Los Cabos. 

Other Tips

If the dress is tight in other areas like the chest, consider changing your bra or removing extra bra pads. This will instantly create space and make the dress fit properly. Your nerves can also make your muscles tighter, which is why you should relax and remain calm during the fitting. 

If the gown feels tight as it is being zipped up, don’t be alarmed. Continue to breathe naturally and give your body and the dress time to adjust.


Keep these tips in mind before you call in tailors to alter your dress at the venue. Staying calm and sticking to these basic “troubleshooting” advice is more doable in a short period compared to calling the cavalry. 

Most wedding gown sizing changes are avoidable. The best advice is to try the dress 2 days before the day itself with shoes, shapewear, and accessories you’re planning to wear on the big day. This will give you time to make adjustments before the day arrives.

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