Post # 1
Stupid question, I know, but this is one of those details I let get away from me b/c I’ve been losing weight and will probably wait until the 11th hour. Also, I’m doing some research to find someone reliable b/c I want to have the neckline slightly altered.
Should my first step be to acquire my undergarments and shoes so the seamstress knows what I’m working with? I just don’t want to fall behind (if I haven’t already!! )
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 2
BurlapnLace: My first alterations appt was 6 weeks before my wedding, and then continued on util about 2 weeks before (3 fittings total!). The final weeks, they sent for pressing, etc, and I picked it up from the bridal shop (where alterations were done) 2 days before my wedding.
Upon going in for my first fitting, I was told to bring all undergarments, and shoes. I also took my jewelry, headband and veil to see it ‘all together’.
You have A LOT Of time. I was concerned about starting 6 weeks beforehand, because I was certain I could lose more weight. She had hoped I would have remained the same, but I did not. The one time alterations cost included all the fittings. The 2 weeks beforehand, I just worked to maintained, etc.
Post # 3
OUgal0004: Phew! OK, I literally have no idea about this one. For some reason, I thought you were supposed to start around 6 months out! I’m sure someone along the way told me 6 weeks and I heard it wrong lol.
Post # 4
I was told by the shop to call them 2 months before the wedding for the first fitting, a second fitting will be one month out and the last one (if needed) some 2 weeks before the wedding and I will pick up the dress 3 days before the wedding.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom
BurlapnLace: If it helps, my wedding is October 5th and my first fitting/alteration appointment is August 23rd which is 6ish weeks.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
They are starting mine 4 months out because my weight is relatively stable and I need major alterations. The final alterations will be done 3 weeks out.
Post # 7
I’m starting mine next month. For the same time 🙂
Post # 8
I was in the same boat as you and had no clue! I tried to call and get in for alterations in March (my wedding is October 3rd) and they thought I was a crazy person haha! They told me to call back after May before they would even book me an appointment.
Post # 9
When I first contacted my alterations lady, she told me on average, 6 weeks ahead. And then she asked to see my dress, so I made an appointment and went in to see her. At the appointment she found that my dress didn’t need a whole lot of alterations [just around the armpits, the halter and a very small hem], so I will need to contact her 6 weeks in advance, and set an appointment for 4 weeks in advance.
Post # 10
I started 3 months before my wedding (currently in mid-alterations) because I’m out of state, but the shop says 6 weeks is more typical
Post # 11
Also, yes – you’d need to get your slip, undergarments, bra and shoes for her to get a good look at what would need to be altered.
Post # 12
Buy everything (including shoes) first.
I didn’t go in until 3 weeks before, because I was still losing weight….I had called ahead of time though, and got their ok to wait that long. You might want to call the shop.
Post # 13
You will definitely want to have your bra (unless they will build one into the gown for you as many seamstresses will) and your shoes before your appointment. The alterations that are necessary, which is what drives the amount of time that you will need to have them completed, really depend on your gown. For example, if it’s a beaded or highly structured gown, it will take significantly longer than a gown that just needs to be taken in and bustled. I would bring it to a seamstress or ask the bridal store who sold you the gown to advise on the time frame that you should allot for so you don’t get stressed out or have to pay express charges.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I probably should have added part of the reason for early alterations is my undergarments will have to be made for me :/