Post # 1
I’m new to all this. I haven’t even gone into a bridal salon yet… But, a friend of mine told me today that she was selling her wedding dress and her veil for a really great price. Since we are about the same size, I told her to hold it and I would come try it on.
I do know that I may have to have it altered but I have no idea how to go about altering it.
Would it need to go back to the bridal shop where she got it or could I just take it anywhere and have them alter it for me?
Ahh, I was so excited about the prospect of getting a wedding dress I didn’t bother to ask her where she got it, probably David’s Bridal…
I used to know a seamstress personally, but she’s gotten arthritis and isn’t working anymore. Other than her, I don’t know of anyone I could just take it to.
Does anyone know?
Post # 3
Take it anywhere. I bought mine from a popular bridal store. The tailor that was recommended to me had horrible customer service skills, so I took my business elsewhere. I got online and found a lady who owns her one tailor shop, has been fitting ONLY wedding gowns for 26 yrs, and is 5 mins away – the recommended tailor was 45 mins from my house and not nearly as experienced. Search online, see what you can find in your area, meet with them and see if they are a good fit for you. (You can always ask friends, coworkers, etc.)
Post # 4
I bought mine at a salon with no alterations department. I just took it to an independent seamstress. It worked out fine!
Post # 5
In our area, even people who buy gowns from a bridal salon often take them to independent seamstresses for alterations. There are some excellent ones in our area, and the quality tends to be higher and the price lower than alterations at the bridal salon itself.
Post # 6
@SouthernGirl: If you don’t know any seamstresses in your area, you can make a post here on your Local board and ask other Bees. You can also search ProjectWedding and WeddingWire in the vendors section. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone, especially since you have plenty of time before your wedding. Good luck with the dress!
Post # 7
You can always take it to a wedding shop, even if it’s not the one she originally bought her dress at. I found my dream dress, but the store I purchased it at didn’t really click with me, so I’ve found another store with just the sweetest saleswoman and seamstress, and I am so happy. If you’re looking for independent seamstresses, ask some of your nicely dress friends who does their tailoring, they’ll generally be more than happy to share 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! I was mostly worried that I would break some unwritten law about dress alterations if I took it to some random bridal salon and asked them to alter it for me.