WEDDING GOWN ALTERATIONS
You've found your dream dress, now here's what to keep in mind when preparing for and getting your wedding dress altered.
WILL MY DRESS NEED ALTERATIONS?
When we order your dress, we will order as close to your current size as possible, but most bridal gowns will require some type alterations to have the perfect fit for you to feel your most beautiful and comfortable on your wedding day. Bridal gown sizes run very differently from typical clothes sizes, so it is important to order the size that closest matches your CURRENT measurements.
DO YOU HANDLE ALTERATIONS IN-HOUSE?All alterations are handled outside of our boutique; since a seamstress' shop has all the necessary tools at their fingertips and are better able to complete any last-minute changes you may want to make to your gown. We have partnered with some local expert tailors that have many years of experience with wedding alterations. We suggest that before picking up your gown you contact a tailor to schedule your appointment to start the fitting process. When purchasing your dress, we will be glad to recommend a list of tailors to choose from.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY FIRST FITTING AND HOW MANY FITTINGS WILL I NEED?
When recommend that you schedule your first bridal fitting with the seamstress 8-12 weeks before your wedding. You will typically need between 2-4 fittings to achieve the perfect fit. Each fitting will last approximately one hour. You can schedule to meet with the seamstress at our store or at their main location. We recommend finalizing all alterations 1-3 weeks before your wedding day.
HOW MUCH DO ALTERATIONS USUALLY COST?
Standard alterations typically run around $100 - $400, depending on the changes made to the gown. When adding sleeves, or making other significant customizations, final pricing will run slightly higher.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FITTINGS?
It is very important that you bring ALL the undergarments you will be wearing on your wedding day (bras, cups, slips, shape-wear, etc.) to each one of your bridal fittings because undergarments can impact the fit of the dress. Changing your bra mid-fittings can greatly change the fit of the dress. You will also want to make sure to bring the EXACT shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day to each fitting to ensure that the hem length is perfect. If you plan to wear different shoes at your reception, make sure to bring those shoes as well. The seamstress will design the bustle for your dress based on the dress length when you are wearing your reception shoes.
WHO SHOULD I BRING TO MY FINAL FITTING?
We recommend bringing whoever will help you get dressed on the wedding day (such as your mom, aunt, sister, friend, etc.) so that the seamstress can show them how to lace the corset, zip the dress properly, bustle the train and any other specifics in order to ensure that you achieve your dream look on your wedding day.