Post # 1
I was fuming for an hour straight – now I am just simmering.
I picked out my dress the first week of February at a local bridal/dance boutique. We live in a small town and I like to buy local. The boutique has an alteration specialist that they work closely with and recommended her. We met a few days later, decide to hem the bottom and take in the bust a little. At first she says she will need until the first week of June (June?! This is in February. She is a one person operation. I tell her the middle of May at the latest and she says, “okay.”). I called her in the beginning of April because I need the security of knowing my dress will be done on-time and asked if she can have it in one month (beginning of May).
I just got off the phone with her and she hasn’t even looked at it yet. She is making all these excuses of prom and military ROTC ceremony uniforms she had been busy on (but, she has had my dress since FEBRUARY!!).Basically, she has put all these other orders in before mine and now it is 5 weeks to my wedding and she still hasn’t done ANYTHING on my dress. She says she will try to get it done in one week. ONE week? And she has waited three months to even consider starting it? I would find another person, but since we live in a small town AND my wedding is 5 weeks away, I don’t know if I can find anyone to do it. So, I am sticking with her (unwillingly).
Am I being out of line here? Is it okay to hold on to a dress for three months and wait till the last minute to work on it? When do brides normally receive their dresses? Has anyone had a similar experience?
Post # 3
I’m having two dresses worked on. They will both be ready DAYS before the wedding. Although I’m definitely not the norm.
Post # 4
I ordered my dress last May, wedding this September. My first fitting is in July, second fitting sometime in August. So I’ll be getting my dress a little under a month out. I think that’s pretty normal actually. You want to have it finalized closer to the day, in case you lose/gain weight.
Post # 5
I bought my dress last April. My first fitting is in June. I will have another in July and one more in August. I will pick up my dress all altered and pressed the week before my wedding.
Post # 6
I agree that I think it’s crap that she held it for that long and the job is going to only take her a week to do.
It’d be different at a larger shop where they have a queue and could have different people work on it on different days and therefore need to hold it for longer.
Post # 7
june 19th isn’t 5 weeks away, girl! my heart started beating fast and i counted the days. we have 6 weeks and a couple days lol. it’s all still fine. but I can see why you’d be nervous. My dress has been altered and done for a month or two now. I don’t know what I’d do if it was being put off by the alterations lady, but i’m sure it will be fine.
Post # 8
I don’t think that’s super odd – the seamstress probably has a lot of orders she has to fill so she has to prioritize than by when they are due. If she told you she’d get it done by mid-May, I’m sure she’ll stick to that. I dropped off my bridesmaid dress to be altered in March and won’t be getting it back until 2 weeks before the wedding. And if it still needs changing, I’m sure the seamstress will just make it more of a priority since the day I need it is sooner.
My wedding dress wasn’t ready to be picked up until the week of my wedding. Don’t stress unless she’s LATE. I think most people don’t do their final fitting until a week or two before the wedding.
Post # 9
I feel you! My dress wasn’t ready until the DAY BEFORE we left for our destination wedding. I was SO mad at my seamstress, who was reputable in our city.
My dress needed minimal alterations. It was tea-length, so the hem was fine. It just needed to be taken in a bit at the waist. It was originally supposed to be done a month before we left, and then it got pushed back twice because, as she said, “I had other brides come in whose wedding dates were sooner than yours.” Well, that’s fine and all, but it was a huge inconvenience. In the end, she gave me a discount for the trouble because I started crying (it was a stressful time!), and I dropped off my dress about 45 days prior … PLENTY of time for such small alterations!
Post # 10
I am amazed at how many less than one month brides are out there! Now I feel a little silly getting so upset. Yes, it is true! I am really stressed about not having it done on time. We will be leaving for our destination wedding one week before the actual date and I would like very thing done well before then.
@Miss Chpattsick – A day before? I would of been pulling my hair out!
@camrie- I think it is crap, too! And that is why I feel somewhat justified at being a little pissed off at the situation.
Thanks ladies for giving me your insight! It helps so much in this time of stress!