Alterations 1.5 Hours Away?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is 1.5 hours too far?
    Pick someone local. The ambiance isn't that important, and I'm sure it will be fine. : (3 votes)
    11 %
    See if you can get the major work done at the shop far away, and then go local for finishing touches : (6 votes)
    21 %
    Drive the hour and a half! It's worth it! : (19 votes)
    68 %
  • Member
    2431 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    An hour and a half is nothing! I drove 3 hours each way to my fittings because there aren’t any decenet seamstresses in my area, so I had to drive to my hometown (where I bought my dresses and the wedding was located). I had 4 fittings (last was the week of the wedding) so I made the 6 hr round trip drive 3 separate times before I came home for the wedding. It was worth it to me to make sure I had quality work done on my dress.

    528 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I drove almost an hour and a half for alterations – you only have to do it a couple times.  And if its that much bigger of a city in that direction you can plan to do a couple other things or visit some other stores while you’re there.


    3179 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    You’re not crazy at all.  My dress shop is an hour from my house if there’s no traffic.  Since I live near D.C., traffic can make the trip up to 3 hours one way!

    Bridal gowns are verrrrry different from regular dresses.  Go to the place where you know they’re not going to butcher it.  I’d definitely drive the 1.5 hours.  Hands down.

    2431 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Def not crazy. I also probably way overpaid for alterations since I got them done at the salon I bought my dress at, but I was really afraid of them screwing it up (my dress had to be taken in like 6 inches) so I wanted someone who had worked on that exact dress before so they were familiar with it. I needed that dress to fit perfectly! lol

    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Mine is an hour and ten minutes away and she is supposed to be amazing. Take someone along for the ride to keep you company. You will wish you had driven the extra distance if you dont like your local alterations when its finishe.

    7301 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Not crazy. I had no choice but to go 1.5 hours away for my dress and alterations (although I didn’t need a bunch of alterations).

    There was a bunch of places to shop ther for MOB dresses, but I was willing to go with my mom 3.5 hours away to look for dresses (which she didn’t get anything there. It was just a fun shopping day lol), so I say no it is def not crazy :-)

    1024 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    an hour and a half is nothing!!!

    11094 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    well my alterations are 8 hours away, so 1.5 hours is nothing to me. 

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