Post # 1
So, I originally had an appointment (with a small dress alterations place that’s next to/part of a small bridal shop in town) for next Saturday morning. (May 9th)
Over the past 2 months I’ve been on a relatively strict diet and also been working out 5-6 times a week, etc. I’ve lost a tad bit of weight, but am def toning up and slimming down in different areas like my waist, arms, face, and hips/thighs.
I was worried that since I am likely to lose more weight before the wedding (July 18) that the May 9th fitting might be too early, and in the end I would have to get the dress altered twice.
So I called the place and explained to her that I’d been on a diet/workout plan and have already started to lose some weight, and predict that I will continue to do so…and asked if she thought I should move the fitting to a later date.
She said that it would be better if I did move it to a later date, and said that they really only need about 3 weeks to finish the work.
SO I rescheduled the appointment for June 20th, 4 weeks before the wedding.
I’m assuming she wouldn’t have told me that it was easily doable in 3 (4 weeks in my case at June 20) weeks if it weren’t true…but I’m a little paranoid! Was the June 20th date too late?
I won’t need extensive work done…just a bustle, possible hemming, and then depending on how much weight I lose, I may need it to be taken in slightly.
Post # 3
Honestly, I am not sure how long it takes for alterations and what your dress looks like to make that determination. I just think if it takes 3 weeks to complete I would be worried that having only 1 week until the wedding would not be enough time if something should need to be fixed. The last thing you need to do is have more stress but that is just me.
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Post # 5
My dress is only taking a week to get all the alterations done, and my seamstress had to take in the bust 4 inches (I lost a lot of weight) and the bustle had to be done as well as shortening the straps. Three weeks will be plenty of time, especially for your dress, since likely she’ll only need to take in the bust, waist, and hips a bit and add a bustle.
Post # 6
Can you call and talk to the seamstress who is going to do your alterations to check on a suggested timeline? Because she’s going to need time to work on the dress, I would guess that maybe a total of 4 weeks won’t be long enough. Even if my alterations had just been hemming and the bustle, the owner of the store suggested we start a minmum of 6 weeks before the wedding.
However, my alterations have taken almost 2 months, but my dress had to be taken in a lot and due to the design, it was complicated. I’m going for my 4th (and hopefully final) fitting on Saturday, two weeks before my wedding. So far, I go in, she works on the dress and then it takes 2-3 weeks for the work to be completed so that I can try it on again. I’d hate for you to cut it too close and then only leave time for a rushed job.
Post # 7
Well, I just talked to a friend of mine who use to work in the bridal shop portion of the place for a good while…and she said that I should be fine at 4 weeks out.
I’m contemplating taking the dress with me to the place just so they can look at the dress and see if the 4 weeks would be plenty of time to do the possible changes to it that might need to be done.
Post # 8
My fittings are kind of spaced out, but I’m getting married July 3, and my first fitting was March 31. My last will be June 24 (we wanted June 17, but my Maid/Matron of Honor needed to be there to see the bustle, and that conflicts with her graduation. Not happening). My seamstress said I should start between late March and early April. I don’t know how much work you need done, but I’d say start earlier, and if it needs to be taken in more, they can do that.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
It depends 100% on your seamstress. I went with a lady I found recommended online, and she had a turn-around time of about a day!
She also provides free "touch-up" alterations 2 weeks before the ceremony (just in case I lose weight).
I’d recommend keeping your may alteration date, and ask your seamstress if she’ll see you again (free of charge) 2 weeks before the wedding for "touch ups"