all you need to know about alterations
-“When do I schedule my alteration appointment?”
First appointments are made approximately 6-8 weeks before your event date. This timeline ensures your weight will stay stable and the fit won’t have to be readjusted as your date approaches. Any additional appointments needed due to weight loss/gain will incur additional charges.
-“How many appointments are necessary?”
On average, a bride will have 3 appointments, but for more complicated projects (sample sale gowns/ several sizes too small or too big/ significant design changes or major repair work) we will bring you back as many times as needed to make your dress perfect.
-“What do I bring to my alterations appointment?”
BRING YOUR SHOES!!! Bring your shoes to every appointment you have. Also if you have any specific undergarments/shapewear you will be wearing on your wedding day bring those.
- Bridal tailoring is a niche and requires a specialized skill set. Your average neighborhood dry clean/tailoring operation is unfamiliar with working on delicate laces, beaded fabrics, multi layered and corseted gowns. Disasters can happen & this is an area where you DEFINITELY get what you pay for. Our expert fitter/designer, Jessica, and our longtime seamstress, Maria, are both professionals who have over 20 years experience in this couture realm.
- Even when a gown is ‘your size’- YOU WILL STILL NEED ALTERATIONS. Almost every bride needs a hem adjustment , waistline/side seam adjustment, bra cups and bustles. It's very rare to have a perfect fit right off the rack.
- Typical bridal alteration cost (to fit) is between $350-$900, averaging around $600
- In addition to basic fit work, design changes may be requested such as a custom made sleeve, a raised or lowered neckline, appliqués added to veil, etc. These aesthetic changes can add between $125-$700 onto basic alterations costs.