When are you starting alterations for your May weddings?
I'm wondering because I talked to the seamstress at my bridal shop today, and she told me that she is going away for the winter, and will be back in April. She told me to call the first week in April, and she would make sure that my dress was altered before the wedding (my wedding date is actually May 18th, not the 4th).
Is starting alterations in April enough time, or should I take the dress to someone else?
2 months before :)
Anyone else out there?
My bridal shop told me to come in January/February but that seems early to me! I'm thinking I'll leave it until late February.
@FutureMrsCamperlino: February seems more reasonable than April. I have a number of alterations for the dress - length, straps, chest area, and I want to possibly add a belt.
feb when my dress comes in, i guess.
Not sure, my dress just got in and they told me it could take a few months!!! Might start in jan/feb just because I like getting things done early and I will stress about it. My weight is pretty regular so i don't think there should be a problem doing it in the new year.
I was told to start getting alterations about 3 months out from the date. But I'm not sure yet if I want to change my zip-up dress to a corset-style, which would mean more alterations.
Thanks everyone. From all your responses, I think that I will have to take my dress elsewhere for alterations as April seems like it is cutting it too close.
They told me to call them in March.
Unless I really really trusted the seamstress, I'd go with March
My dress is coming in March, so not till then!
My dress is in, and the salon told me to schedule my first fitting for the first week in March.
March is when I was told!
My bridal salon told me to come in for my first fitting in February and the second one in April (I have to have it shipped from VA to FL for the wedding and will have to find a place to get it steamed before the wedding). My wedding date is May 17th.
Well now I'm definitely convinced!! Ah, this means I must make arrangements to take my dress to my FI's hometown where the wedding is and find someone to do alterations there.
Will a different bridal salon from where I bought the dress allow me to make alterations appointments? Or would it be a customer first policy?
To save money, my mom is doing the alterations. The dress fits me like a glove, except for two things - the bust needs to be let out 1/2 inch on either side, and we need to sew extra lace around the bottom because it's a little too short. I didn't want to put extra stress on her, but she REALLY wants to do it. I'm her first bride and she wants to savor all this wedding planning, haha!
She's going to look at it early next month so she has plenty of time to get it done.
@LilacViolet: I don't see why they wouldn't do an alteration on your dress. You are going to be paying them. But I would find a place that is reputable and give them a call. Everything will work out! :)
March. I only need a bustle and for them to sew my sash in!
My bridal shop told me to come in January or Febuary as that is a very slow time of year for her and she would be able to focus solely on my dress.
All that I need done is to have the bustle done.
I don't want to start until March for my May 4th wedding because I want to try to lose a few more pounds. :)
It's interesting that everybody is going in so early! I have always hear that you should go for the first fitting 6 weeks before the wedding (minimum). It seems like a lot of you are going sooner than that... maybe I should reconsider.
I think timing really depends on how quickly she works and how busy your seamstresses/shop is. My dress came in this week for my May 26th wedding. I called two different seamstresses, both came highly recommended. One said she would start in April and the other said early March. I really got along well with the one who wanted to start earlier so I am going to head over at the end of Feb to have her give me a quote and if it goes well she is the one!
My dress is a sample so I had a timeframe of when I could get alterations. I had one appointment in December and I have two fittings in February (bring my dress home after the second one). Then I have the option of going back for one final fitting in April. Good luck!
OP here. I made an appointment for my first alterations appointment on April 6th. I was reassured that it was enough time to do the alterations. As it stands, the dress needs to be hemmed up, the straps hoisted up, and cups put in. Should I be worried that 6 weeks isn't enough time?
I had wanted to add a sash but no one agrees with me, so I think I might leave it alone.
@LilacViolet: I'm ridiculous. I finished mine before the holidays. I still have so much to do, I just wanted to check that off my list already. It fits snug so, I can go down in weight about 5 lbs. and it will still be fine.
I havent had one yet, I figured I would do Feb/March.
My dress came in Wednesday.. I went in today for the first fitting! Yay!
@LilacViolet: I went in January and will pick up my dress on March 1st... they just added cups and a bustle!
I have my first appointment next Saturday (the 9th) and my wedding is actually the 4th lol
Mine is the 9th as well (next Saturday). And my wedding is May 24th
I was told to go in for alterations about six weeks before the wedding. I'm also getting married on May 18th and my appt for alterations is April 9. My dress is tea length and I only need to fix the top a bit.
I was told to start in February, so did my first fitting the 16th, where we added a bustle, a hem, cups, moved some of the staves around my hips because they pinched, and I go for my second fitting in April.
I just had my first fitting Thursday and will be having the second on March 19th. She told me I may end up having 4 fittings due to losing weight and needing to take a lot in.
@caits615: How much weight did you lose? I've lost about 10 pounds since I got my dress, but I can't do alterations till April 6th. I'm definitely mildly worried.
@LilacViolet: I lost about 15 lbs and it was all in my butt, hips, and thighs. The top had to be taken in a tiny bit, but majority of alterations are in the bottom half as well as some major hemming (I'm 5'1" so that was inevitable). If I was in an a-line or a ball gown this wouldn't have been a big issue, but my dress is a fit and flare and the bottom was gigantic.
@caits615: Oh okay...I've got an a-line, and I lose weight all over. So I might be okay!
@LilacViolet: I bet you'll be fine!! And I'm sure if there's more work than anticipated, they'll make it happen and it'll be perfect.
@LilacViolet: My dress won't be in until April 16th! I think you'll be fine!
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