(Closed) Alterations tonight – What to pay attention to, questions to ask?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’d inquire if there are ways to have the alterations done cheaper… my dress shop ended up suggesting more than one way to get the same result for the alterations I needed.  Obviously, it depends on the dress.  🙂

Also, be prepared to spend way more than you plan to.  I think, in total, mine were close to $600 (and I was expecting closer to $100).

ETA:  Also, if you get stumped and want a second opinion, book another appointment.  Don’t feel pressured to make a decision on the spot if you aren’t sure!

Post # 4
2488 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

look around at local pricing before. My dress store wanted 150 for 1/2 a hym on 5 layers of tulle ( so just cutting) and 1 layer that needed a real sewed hym. I got it done for 40 else where and I still think it was too much. 


also make sure its the length you want. I’m super short so maybe this doesn’t apply to you but  when I’d walk with how it was pinned I was tripping and I was like This is NOT short enough I’m going to fall on my face they all kept telling me it was fine and just cause I was looking down.

I don’t know for sure cause I ended up adding a second crinoline but I was still tripping a little bit in that

Make sure you get a good bustle and not a cheap one.

my bustle broke and now I have a hole in the back of my dress also they didn’t put the bustle up right so it still dragged the top layer of tulle. I had people on my dress all night it was obnoxtious!

If you plan on chanign your shoes take the shorter pair.


Post # 6
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Sit down in your dress. You’ll spend a lot of your day standing but you’ll also need to be able to sit in it. Sit and see how it feels and fits and if it shifts at all.

Once the bustle is done (which sounds like it hasn’t been yet), you’ll want to make sure that there’s soomeone with you who can learn and know how to bustle your dress because you sure won’t be able to yourself on your wedding day.

Make sure to look at the dress from all angles with the help of mirrors and probably a hand mirror. Don’t be afraid to point out anything that doesn’t feel right.

How is the length? I’m sure you know to take your shoes with you and any other accessories with you. Like, I had a crinoline to give my dress a little extra poof, but that also made the dress slightly shorter (because it extended slightly more horizontally). It worked out fine for me — actually made my dress the perfect length — but you’ll want to double check things like that.

Also, if you find yourself tugging at anything or trying to force something to lay a certain way, that probably means there’s an alterations fix for the issue. I kept pulling my (strapless) dress up during my first fitting and my alterations lady told me that meant it needed to be taken in a bit.

Post # 10
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@littlemisst08:  Good call on having your mom and Maid/Matron of Honor there. It will help for the bustle!

If there’s not a huge difference in heel height between your two sets of shoes, I wouldn’t worry! I wore flats all day so it didn’t matter to me. You’d only really need to factor the change of shoes in if you were going from 3″-4″ heels to total flats, I think.

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