Post # 1
OK, Bees… here’s the thing. There are lots of strip-mall type alterations places around me, but none that specialize in Bridal wear. And none that don’t have at least one terrible review online.
But, an hour and a half away is an alterations place that looks amazing. A really nice website that shows that they care about what they do, and the brides the do it for. A very nice shop where I wouldn’t be trying on my dress under florescent lights. A responsive seamstress who replied kindly and quickly to my email and is calling me to discuss things further. And, she’s fluent in English (which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but I feel like clear communication is *super* important in this case).
The catch? It’s an hour and a half away. Am I crazy to do this? It just seems leaps and bounds better than more local options. And I love imagining myself trying on my gown there, and not in a mini-mall behind a shower curtain.
What would you do? Thanks!
Post # 3
An hour and a half is nothing! I drove 3 hours each way to my fittings because there aren’t any decenet seamstresses in my area, so I had to drive to my hometown (where I bought my dresses and the wedding was located). I had 4 fittings (last was the week of the wedding) so I made the 6 hr round trip drive 3 separate times before I came home for the wedding. It was worth it to me to make sure I had quality work done on my dress.
Post # 4
I drove almost an hour and a half for alterations – you only have to do it a couple times. And if its that much bigger of a city in that direction you can plan to do a couple other things or visit some other stores while you’re there.
Post # 5
@ChemistryBride: @lisaelanna: Thanks. That’s really helpful. Weirdly, my city is bigger… but not huge. I’m actually surprised that there isn’t a great place locally. I think most people here buy their gown at the local bridal shop, and get their alterations there. They don’t do outside alterations, though.
Also, I fixed my poll. 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
You’re not crazy at all. My dress shop is an hour from my house if there’s no traffic. Since I live near D.C., traffic can make the trip up to 3 hours one way!
Bridal gowns are verrrrry different from regular dresses. Go to the place where you know they’re not going to butcher it. I’d definitely drive the 1.5 hours. Hands down.
Post # 7
Def not crazy. I also probably way overpaid for alterations since I got them done at the salon I bought my dress at, but I was really afraid of them screwing it up (my dress had to be taken in like 6 inches) so I wanted someone who had worked on that exact dress before so they were familiar with it. I needed that dress to fit perfectly! lol
Post # 8
Mine is an hour and ten minutes away and she is supposed to be amazing. Take someone along for the ride to keep you company. You will wish you had driven the extra distance if you dont like your local alterations when its finishe.
Post # 9
Not crazy. I had no choice but to go 1.5 hours away for my dress and alterations (although I didn’t need a bunch of alterations).
There was a bunch of places to shop ther for MOB dresses, but I was willing to go with my mom 3.5 hours away to look for dresses (which she didn’t get anything there. It was just a fun shopping day lol), so I say no it is def not crazy 🙂
Post # 10
an hour and a half is nothing!!!
Post # 11
well my alterations are 8 hours away, so 1.5 hours is nothing to me.
Post # 12
Just an update- I spoke to the seamstress at the place I want to go to, and she offered to book an entire day with me. So, basically, I go once, she pins, sews, puts it back on me, pins, sews, etc. At the end of the day, I leave with a finished dress. $250.
I think that’s pretty amazing, actually. Makes me love the place even more.
Of course, it means I’m going to wait a long time to do the fitting… to account for weight changes, etc. So I won’t really know how my dress fits until 2 weeks before my wedding! Eep!