11 Things Your Dress Maker Wish You Knew Before Ordering Your Modest Prom or Wedding Dress

At Virtuous Prom, it’s our number one goal to ensure that each and every one of our customers has the dress of their dreams that makes them feel like a million bucks. Whether you need a formal for Senior Prom or a modest dress for your wedding day, it is our ultimate goal to make sure your dress is everything you’ve hoped for.

  1. Be sure of your design before ordering. Often times, it’s easy to fall in love with more than one dress style at a time, or fall in and out of love with a design. Give yourself time to “live” with the idea of a design to make sure it’s right for you. There’s nothing worse than changing your mind about your dress after it’s ordered!
  2. By the same token, if you’re ordering a modest wedding dress, be sure to think through how the design of your choice will fit with your venue, dancing and mingling at the reception. A five foot train and a beach wedding may make for stunning pictures, but it’s probably going to very inconvenient for the rest of the day!
  3. Be sure to let us know when you need your dress – not only in time for the big day, but also for fittings and for your peace of mind as well.
  4. If you have questions before ordering your dress, please, please ask us! And, if you don’t understand our response, please let us know. It’s easy to get weighed down in technical jargon, but at the end of the day, what’s most important is that meaningful communication takes place, especially if you’re ordering a custom dress.
  5. We wish all of our dresses came with lace-up backs! Lace-up (or corset backs) provide a lot of flexibility in terms of the fit they provide and they can be much more comfortable than zipper backs.
  6. When ordering a custom dress, it’s crucial that we receive accurate measurements. Without accurate measurements, we simply can’t make a dress that will fit well. We have a measuring guide to help you with the process, but if you have any questions, please let us know – we’re more than happy to help!
  7. If you’re planning on losing weight for your event, please let us know ahead of time so we can help give you guidance on when to order your dress and what alterations to expect (hot tip: with lace-up backs, very few alterations will be needed in the bodice even if you lose a considerable amount of weight).
  8. Beauty doesn’t have to be pain. It’s ok to have to have a beautiful but practical dress that will make celebrating your prom, graduation, or wedding day more enjoyable. A beautiful dress that’s uncomfortable is kind of like buying gorgeous four inch heels – they look beautiful, but odds are you’ll end up barefoot sometime early into the evening!
  9. If you try on a modest prom or wedding dress in a traditional brick and mortar store, please be aware that almost all wedding dress designers and many formal dress makers use size charts that are older and generally two sizes smaller than “street” clothes (ie clothes you wear for non-formal events). In other words, if you usually wear a size twelve, don’t be surprised if the dresses you try on are a sixteen; and please don’t feel bad about it! A lot of brides feel like their wedding dress size has to be their “usual” size and end up putting a tremendous amount of unhealthy pressure on themselves to accomplish this.
  10. We all love new fashion trends, but radical trends are best avoided for formals and most definitely avoided for wedding dresses!
  11. When ordering a modest wedding dress, keep in mind that there is usually very little difference between ivory and white, unless the fabric is under very strong lighting.