A Guide to Your Wedding Dress Fittings

Along with any contemporary wedding, comes an absolutely stunning bride in a contemporary wedding gown. As you walk down the aisle, your dress will drape off your shoulders so elegantly and flow to the floor like air. Friends and family are always in awe of how the bride’s gown just fits. We all know there’s a whole process that gets you to that point on the day, but there’s no use binging ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and dreading the entire experience. Every bride should know that it really doesn’t have to be like that, especially if you have the right people on your team.


With Kenny and Harlow, we want your bridal experience to be seamless, and that includes getting every seam perfect without being the source of added stress. To give you a heads up about our process of designing and making your beautiful gown from scratch, we’ve compiled a guide to let you know what to expect. 

Give yourself enough time

When you first step foot into our studio in Auckland, all your bridal anxieties—of appointments, planning and schedules—has got to leave you at the door. If you come for your fitting thinking about what’s on your plate next, you’ll make it that much harder for yourself to achieve the dress that you want. Shed yourself of negative energies and come to your appointment with a calm and open mind, so that you can be present and ready to consult with our team of professionals.


Your appointment shouldn’t take longer than an hour, but sometimes it can even be helpful to clear your schedule for a large chunk of the afternoon. That way, you’re not in any rush to take off to the next thing and your headspace can be solely focused on getting your dress exactly how you want it.


In terms of an overall timeline, we advise you to give yourself five or six months between your first appointment and your wedding day. This is the same with most bridal stores as it’s enough time for them to have fabrics shipped, jobs outsourced, and to add it to the queue of all the hundreds of other dresses they’ve got to make.


With Kenny and Harlow, however, our talented team make all our gowns at our Auckland studio. We understand that things happen so if you have less time than you expected, you should still never feel like you have to settle for less! Let us know about your timelines and you may be surprised at what we can achieve for you.

Fit to your accurate measurements

When you meet with a senior consultant at Kenny and Harlow, just like at any dress fitting they will be sure to take all the important measurements, whether you want a custom-made dress or simply some wedding dress alterations. We get plenty of brides who are aiming to lose a few pounds before their wedding day, so if that’s you, don’t worry too much about these initial measurements. More often than not, they’re still a good indication of your size, and final alterations can always be made later on.


Some brides can be tempted to take a few inches off their initial measurements to serve as a goal, but we recommend you stick to what’s true at the time of your fitting. Just let your consultant know that you’re aiming to shed a few, and we can accommodate to that right up until the big day.

Take what you need

Your dress consultation should be treated just like any other of your daily appointments, there’s no need to go overboard with the preparations. Simply bring yourself, and don’t worry about anything else. Of course, you’re welcome to bring a family member or friend if you’d like their opinion. However, our talented team of consultants can help you with style and design on your own.

Voice your fit preference

Our talented team are well equipped to advise on the perfect fit for your contemporary or classic wedding dress. However, don’t be shy! Maybe you want to accentuate certain features and downplay others. Let us know if you have any thoughts, questions or suggestions throughout the process and we’ll be sure to give you guidance around anything that comes up.

Choose your bridal dress team carefully

Your bridal dress team doesn’t just create the bespoke wedding gown of your dreams; they shape your entire wedding dress experience! Here at Kenny and Harlow, our team of designers, stylists and seamstress are dedicated to providing the best fitting experience for the perfect wedding day look, giving you a bespoke gown that’s created with love and passion.


Book an appointment with us today!