Fitting Service


Why a professional fitting service is so important to Grace & Lace

The team at Grace & Lace, in both of our wedding shops in Chelmsford and Colchester, are just a little obsessive about your dress fittings. We all firmly believe that your dress has to be fitted to perfection and that’s why we recommend that you have your alterations undertaken by ‘The Sewing Box’ within Grace & Lace.

The Grace & Lace team in our wedding shops in Colchester and Chelmsford are all trained to undertake your fittings and work with you to ensure that your appointments are booked in advance as we appreciate how incredibly busy you are in the run up to your wedding. We give you loads of support and, of course, hugs and tissues too, if it all gets a little too much.

We will explain what needs to be done to make your gown a perfect fit. We will give you an approximate cost for the work to be carried out at your fitting.


Your fitting appointment usually takes about 20-30 minutes and we respectfully ask that you arrive on time. It is tricky if you are late as you will run into another bride’s appointment.

Your first fitting is generally 10-12 weeks before your wedding with your second being 3-4 weeks before your wedding date. At your first fitting we will concentrate on the corset of the dress to ensure it’s a perfect fit, along with the hem to get your perfect length.

Remember that all dresses have to be fitted to ensure that they are perfect.

At your second fitting appointment, we will show one of the wedding party how to assist you into your dress so don’t forget to plan this with your friends, sisters or mother.

It’s also a good idea to keep guest numbers to a minimum to ensure that we can concentrate and that you have a valuable fitting appointment.

Preparing for your fitting appointment

You will need to bring your wedding shoes and your bra to the first and all subsequent fittings. If you are not sure if you need to wear a bra, we will talk this through with you.

Many of the dresses are corseted so you may not need to wear a bra at all, but the team will advise you personally as every bride’s figure and requirements are individual, and it’s how you feel comfortable.

We ask that you be sparing with make-up on fitting days and please, no fake tan. You don’t want to run the risk of getting your dress dirty before you even get to the aisle!

If you have a bias cut or close fitting gown it’s a good idea to bring your undies with you to check for VPL and remember that nude underwear without texture or embellishment is best and ideal for that smooth fit that you need.

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