In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, we know that you’re doing all that you can in order to make sure that you are truly the most beautiful bride ever. One thing that plays a significant part in you reaching that goal is your wedding dress of course. Yet here’s the thing: Looking amazing in it does not just mean that you should have a dress that’s the right style but one that is also the right fit and compliments your shape perfectly too.

So, if you already have your gown and you’d like a few tips on what you should know about the process of having your dress altered, we’ve provided you with five things that will result in you looking breathtaking and flawless below on your special day below:

Get a seamstress with wedding dress experience. Your wedding dress is not something that you want to run the risk of being messed up due to a seamstress who doesn’t work with wedding dresses often. That’s why you definitely need to look for a seamstress who comes with a lot of experience. Start with looking for an individual who comes highly referred. If you’re not successful with that, interview 2-3 different ones in your area, ask to see some of their work ahead of time and make sure that they have altered no less than 10-15 wedding dresses before hiring them to work on yours.

Be aware of the difference between “take ins” and “let outs”. It’s pretty common for a bride-to-be to want to lose some weight for her wedding. Depending on when she bought her dress, sometimes her gown either needs to be taken in or let out. If you know that your body has gone through some changes since you first purchased your dress, keep in mind that it’s typically easier to take a wedding gown “in” than to let it “out”. Either way, don’t wait until the last minute to make this kind of adjustment. A seamstress should be given a couple of weeks to work on it; especially if it needs to be let out.

Make sure you get the hem right. Say that you change your mind about the kind of shoes that you want to wear, which changes the length of the gown. If you’re wondering about just what length is truly appropriate, it’s about a half-inch from the floor. It’s going to be hard for you to figure out the hem on your own, so about 10 days before the ceremony, have a seamstress look it over (with your shoes on, please).

Don’t forget to have a final fitting. If you bought your dress at a place and you asked them for a few tips on wedding dress alterations , without question one thing that they are going to tell you is that you should have a final fitting about a week before your wedding. Therefore, once you find the seamstress that you like, book an appointment for a week before you date. That way, you won’t have to worry about them not being able to fit you in due to overbooking during that time.

Thoroughly inspect the gown before paying for alterations. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who had alterations made, picked up their dress and didn’t look it over from top to bottom before taking it home. Then, once they did, they saw a stain or tear. If there’s one thing that you have all of the time in the world to do, it’s thoroughly inspect your wedding gown. So, before you leave the seamstress’s store, please make sure that you do. Enjoy your wedding day!