Customizing Your Wedding Gown Through Alterations

Here at Sealed With A Kiss we specialize in customizing a bride’s wedding day look to suit her individual style. Sometimes that means working closely with our designers to combine or create pattern changes on a design, but most of the time our owner-designer Susan and our expert tailoring team do the customizations right here in our store. Here’s a closer look at some of the easy ways you can use alterations to customize your wedding gown.

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Our bride Rachel found a beautiful lace style she loved, but after she bought the dress she thought the illusion neckline was a bit too much–so we redesigned it! Rachel was much happier with the regular sweetheart neckline and beaded straps.

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Our bride Sarah loved an all over silk gown from Justin Alexander, but said she would love it more if it had a lace top–so we made her dreams come true! Our owner Susan worked with Sarah to design an off the shoulder lace jacket that she can take on and off on her wedding day as she pleases. The jacket gives the gown a totally different look, and it was exactly what Sarah was looking for.

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Bride Judy fell in love with the fitted gown on the left, but had originally wanted a shorter dress so that it would be easy to dance all night at her reception–so we converted the skirt into a high-low design!

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Bride Kelli absolutely adored this gown from Justin Alexander, but didn’t want a gown with a high neckline–so our tailoring team created this gorgeous v-neckline for her! Kelli loved how her gown turned out.

Alterations open up an array of possibilities for customizing your gown, so feel free to ask your stylist or seamstress about altering areas you want changed. We guarantee you’ll be ecstatic with the end result!

Wedding Gown Style: Necklines 101

Brides are often surprised by how many different necklines they encounter while wedding gown shopping, so we’ve put together this list of popular neckline styles to help you find the cut you like best!

  1. Sweetheart Neckline
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    Left Photo: Courtesy of Augusta Jones Bridal, Center and Right Photos: Courtesy of Justin Alexander

    Sweetheart necklines are one of the most popular necklines, and for good reason! Named for their resemblance to the curves at the top of a traditional heart shape, this neckline is universally flattering. While most brides associate sweetheart necklines with strapless gowns, you can certainly find sweetheart necklines on gowns with sleeves and straps.

2. V-Neckline

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Left Photo: Courtesy of Modern Trousseau, Center Photo: Courtesy of Justin Alexander, Right Photo: Courtesy of Augusta Jones

V-necklines are also popular on wedding gowns! Brides love the cut, and many choose to customize their gown by lowering or raising the neckline.

3. Queen Anne Neckline

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Photos Courtesy of Justin Alexander

There are many variations of the Queen Anne neckline, but they all have one thing in common: a raised back. The style has always been a classic, but has been recently popularized by the wedding gown worn by the Duchess Katherine of Cambridge. Brides who prefer having a little more coverage up top will love the look.

4. Boatneck/Sabrina Neckline

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Left Photo: Courtesy of Augusta Jones Bridal, Center Photo: Courtesy of Justin Alexander, Right Photo: Courtesy of Modern Trousseau

Boatneck (also known as bateau) and Sabrina necklines are very similar–they both follow the line of the collarbone. While boatnecks follow the collarbone very closely, Sabrina necklines will be cut a bit lower. The cut creates a very elegant look

5. Jewel Neckline 

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Photos Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Jewel necklines are round and closely follow the neck. Jewel necklines tend to give wedding gowns a modern and sleek look that brides love!

6. Portrait Neckline portrait

Portrait necklines are so named because they are styles that frame the collarbone, much like a portrait. These necklines have sleeves that rest on the tip of the shoulder blade, providing a variation of the off-the shoulder look.

7. Scoop Necklinescoop

The scoop necklines are another popular neckline on wedding gowns! Their wide rounded shape shows off the collarbone and is another universally flattering shape.