(Closed) Can you pick up the dress then go elsewhere for alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Definitely not a stupid question, and definitely yes, it’s perfectly reasonable to take the dress and have the alterations done where you live! You are under no obligation to use the shop’s seamstress (unless for some weird reason it states this in your contract)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, definitely. How else would brides who bought their dress used, or are using their mother’s or another family member’s dress get it altered? Definitely not a stupid question! I bet a lot of places lead brides to believe it’s a no-no.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

You paid for the dress, it’s yours to take! 🙂

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m doing the same thing.  Its no biggie.  But I did have a hard time finding a place that specializes in bridal alterations that would do it for me even though it wasn’t purchased there.  But that’s probably just because I’m getting married in a smaller town.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i was wondering the same thing!

i want to use demetrio’s seamstress, but she’s so expensive that i may just do some research and take my dress elsewhere!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m actually wondering what you would say in this situation – I’m a bit afraid of confrontation. I want to hear what the seamstress on-site would charge, but I’m afraid what to say if it sounds too over-priced. I don’t want to get screwed over. Suggestions?

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Just something to keep in mind…if you’re planning to take it to another dress shop for alterations (vs an outside seamstress) you’re going to be a lesser priority for them than other brides who are buying their dress in that shop.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I bought my dress in Denver when visiting my mom and then had it shipped to LA where I live and had someone do alterations here and now I will be taking it back to the original shop when I get to Denver for the wedding because they have agreed to steam it for me (free of charge) since I bought it from them. 

So yeah, do what is convenient and makes sense for you. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You can absolutely do that! I soooooo am, just cause David’s Bridal does not do what I want.

…I do agree with @fallingsnow, the only reason the place is doing my alteration is because we got all the Bridesmaid or Best Man, MOB and MOG dresses there.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Glad you asked that question cause I’m curious too! I intend to take my dress somewhere else, but I’m wondering at what point do I tell the store this? They called me this weekend to let me know my dress will be in mid-April, couple weeks earlier than planned, and that they’ll let me know once it’s here. We didn’t discuss scheduling a fitting or anything like that. Do I tell them I won’t need alterations when I get the call that the dress is here? In that case will they just give me the dress and send me on my way, or will they still let me try it on once in the store?

 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Bought my dress 2 hours from where I live so I did my alterations with someone totally different than where I bought it, and it turned out great!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

michelleminier – thanks for the suggestions. I’m just going to cross my fingers also and hope that the alterations don’t cost much. I was also planning on trying to shop around for quotes – but it’s a bit difficult I think when you can’t even show them your dress beforehand.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

That’s a good question and I was also wondering about this! I’m afraid that my place will try to charge me more so I may take it somewhere else.

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