Post # 1
I’m planning on ordering my gown online, probably from Pearl’s Place, since it will save me almost 50%. My question is if any bride or you know of anyone who has ordered hollow to hem from an online store, have there been any problems? I won’t be wearing any shoes since my wedding will be on a beach, and I’m 5’1" so it will be a substantial hollow to hem measurement. Unfortunately due to the nature of the hem I cannot just have it done by a seamstress, it needs to be ordered pretty much to my exact height measurement give/take a couple inches. Thanks for any input!
Post # 3
I’m not sure how helpful this is – as I had my gown ordered through a bridal salon – but I also have a non-standard hollow to hem and it came in exactly the right length (I was pretty impressed, as I was a little skeptical). However, they did the measurements with the sample dress on, so that the tape follows the contours of the dress. If your dress hangs pretty flat, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but if your skirt is poufy at all I think the measurement needs to follow the contours of the crinolines, so you might have to think about how to do that at home.
I think that’s one advantage of ordering through a store. I could have saved about $150 online, as far as I can tell, but the store gives me the bustling for free and I seriously need No Other Alterations, their measuring was so good. There are lots of posts about how much people have paid for alterations on the gowns they saved so much money buying secondhand or online – often enough to result in no price savings at all.
Post # 4
I think that a local store would measure you for a fee — and then it would be no different than ordering throught that store. One of my bridesmaids did this for a different wedding she was in. If that doesn’t work you could consider flying to LA to have Pearl’s Place measure you.. I know saving money is the issue here, but their discounts are so good that you will probably still end up saving, depending where you are flying from.