Post # 1
I’m a little more than 3 months away from the wedding. Is it about time to start looking for someone to do some alterations to my dress?
I know, as of now, the dress probably fits a little snug, so maybe need taken out a tiny bit.. I know that the bust will need taken in, and that I am a short bride, and it will definitelyyyy need hemmed at the bottom. It also will need bussled (I heard with my dress, it’s a complicated bussle)
So, I’m asking, how do I get started with this? How do I ‘shop around’? Will places need to see my dress on, give me quotes, and then I can shop around? OR do they just estimate based off of what I tell them about how the dress fits?
What makes a good or bad person to do this? How can I tell if they are talented? or is it that it’s not really about talent, but more about finding the better pricings.
Friends have also suggested their friends/family members, what’s better? going to a company, or going to someone who does it for fun on the side?
Ive heard horror stories about this process too, but never any details.. what can go wrong?
Help me bees 🙂
Post # 3
I’d say you had better find one fairly soon. Many are probably busy right now with prom alterations and spring/summer brides.
Talent absolutely does matter, but talent and price and not always correlated.
I found mine by asking around. I ended up at a highly recommended independant shop that also was very reasonably priced. I had a train removed, boning removed, halter strap added, beading fixed, plus the dress steamed and pressed for ~$85. She had me do a free consultation, and gave me an estimate right there that she stuck with all the way through.
As for friends/family, things can go very, very wrong, so I would have to know their work and trust them completely to have them do it.
Edit: My dress is very simple, which is part of why mine were that low. Don’t be shocked if yours are more!
Post # 4
@risingsun: Yeah, the people they are recommending are people that i’ve never met, or maybe met once, but never saw their work. But, along with that, if they show me pictures, can I really tell how good their work is?
Did you have to bring your dress to the store to get an estimate? I just dont want to drag it around everywhere haha
Post # 5
I got a rough estimate on the phone first with the “we have to see the dress to give a real estimate” disclaimer. Then I had to bring my dress in and put it on. It ended up being the same as the estimate she gave me on the phone.
Post # 6
Maybe try looking on Yelp too? The shop that I bought my dress from also did my alterations and that was the perfect way to go for me so unfortunately I can’t help a lot with the shopping around questions.
Also, something to keep in mind – when I had my last fitting, my dress was a bit snug too, and I was a little worried about it. The woman doing the alterations said that brides almost ALWAYS loose weight the month before their wedding (I was about 6 weeks out at that point) just due to stress of last minute planning. I’m not a typical stress-case, but I decided to take her for her word. And sure enough, I lost nearly 5 pounds so my dress ended up fitting just right. I was surprised, as I didn’t feel I was eating any less than normal, but I think just due to the hussle and bussle of life that last month, I did lose some weight (and of course promptly gained in back on the honeymoon!)
Post # 7
Yes I would find one ASAP. It took month to get my dress back and I only needed a hem and sweetheart added. One of my friends didn’t get her dress back until the day before!!!