Alteration timeline?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How long before the wedding did you finish your dress fittings?
    1 week or less. : (4 votes)
    40 %
    2 weeks : (3 votes)
    30 %
    3-4 weeks : (2 votes)
    20 %
    2 months : (1 votes)
    10 %
    Longer? How long? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We’re going to try to finish mine in April – the wedding is in August. This is mostly because I’m coming in from out of state and I need it DONE by the time I have my bridal portraits taken in May.


    I have been the same weight and size for the past 8 years though, so I’m not overly concerned about it. My first fitting is over Christmas! I realize my timeline is not usual.


    Post # 4
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Dw bride here. I’m having fittings at 8 wks out, 4 weeks out and 1 week out from the day we board the plane.

    Post # 7
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    I had my first fitting at about 8 wks out, then 6 wks, and then we picked up the dress 3 wks before the wedding. There was no real reason for when we started the process beside me thinking that I needed to get moving on it. I wish I had met with alterations earlier because we ended up having to pay a $50 rush fee since it was closer than 3 months to the wedding.

    Post # 8
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My fittings were scheduled at 3 months before, 1 month before and 3 days before.  I never took the dress home, my seamstress brought it to my venue since she was going to be there to get me dressed.


    Post # 9
    8513 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m picking mine up on the 5th.  So just over 2 weeks before.

    I only had one appointment though, to drop it off.  Mine didn’t need any alterations other than the bustle put in and I had my sash sewn into my dress.

    Post # 10
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @msirongirl:  actually, ya it does need quite a bit. First we r adding a layer of netting below the knee for flare, and taking in the hips, tacking down a spot or two of chiffon ruching. Trimming the under layer a tad. Evening up the sides so the curves of the dress r symmetrical. Adding buttons all the way to the tip of the train. adding a one point bustle. She is doing all this between first and second fittings. The last fitting is really just for my sanity to be sure everything is perfect and is probably going to be uneccessary.

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