Post # 1
So I have friend who has been altering wedding dresses for 10 years. She said she can do my dress alterations for half the cost from what the bridal shop will cost. Do I save a couple hundred dollars and have my friend do it or do I spend the extra money and have the bridal shop do it for the peace of mind? It’s not that I don’t trust my friend because I do. I am just afraid something will happen because anything is possible.
What are your experiences?
Post # 2
Have you seen her work? That’s what I would go off of, regardless of how much you would save or not save.
Post # 3
My Aunt is a seamstress and did my (minor) alterations for free. It went off without a hitch. It depends on yuor friends work and if you trust in her abilities.
Post # 4
Have you seen her other work? If not, then I would just ask her to do the minor stuff.
Post # 5
TaraMay_: dojx: yes, I have seen her work, she does an amazing job!
Post # 6
bridetobe166: If she does a great job, by all means, save the cash.
Post # 7
bridetobe166: i think you ahould go with the bridal shop. It’s much easier to be mad at a bridal shop than a friend if the screw up your dress.
Post # 8
bridetobe166: I voted bridal shop just because I know hiring friends can get very messy very quickly. What happens if she screws it up? What happens if she doesn’t do it quite right? It can be awkward to keep going back to your friend asking for changes or to fix this and fix that. What happens if she’s running behind? What happens if she promises that she can have the alterations done a month before your wedding but it’s 2 weeks out and you still don’t have your dress? True these things can happen with any bridal salon, but at least with a bridal salon you can ride people’s asses and not feel guilty about it. And if they screw it up, they’ll be in a better position to make it right.
Post # 9
RunsWithBears: That’s exactly what I am worried about! Anything can happen. I just now feel weird if I tell her I’d rather have the bridal shop do my alterations. I don’t want to offend her.
Post # 10
I was living interstate so couldn’t get my mother to take in my dress but even the dressmaker had forgotten to do it when I came to collect it so she had 36 hours before we left for the wedding. Very stressful!