Post # 1
I ordered my dress just over 10 months out and it came in really quickly. It’s now sitting in my closet taunting me. I’ve tried it on a few times as I’ve gotten accessories (veil, sash, and I’m thinking another test is in order because I bought my jewelry yesterday!) and I want SO badly to see how my dress looks when it fits properly!
For the most part, it fits well. It needs to be hemmed, and the shoulder straps need to be shortened a little. The biggest thing is the boning in the chest- it seems to be made for someone with a BIG chest, which I definitely don’t have.
I have the names of two seamstresses I’d like to get quotes from. When should I start this process? Wedding is 6 months out, and I don’t plan on gaining/losing weight.
Post # 2
You should reach out to the seamstresses and see if they are booked with alterations soon. At most I would wait another month to get started with alterations. Sometimes the seamstress you want to use is already booked out 3-4 months
Post # 3
For some reason Davids Bridal wont let me do alterations until 2 months before my wedding so not until the beginning of August. I know the feeling I just wish I could get it done now & be done with it. Im to excited!
Post # 4
My bridal salon (Daivd’s Bridal) made me get my alterations done in May for an August wedding. I initially thought it would be too early – although I was not trying to lose weight, I was working out a lot but mostly to tone up. My alterations did not involve taking the dress in or out though – just shortening the straps and adding a bustle. In the end, everything worked out having the alterations done so early. The only bummer was I had to store it at home and did not have anywhere to hang it that was not visible to my husband (we lived together). Luckily he does not pay attentionto clothes so he had no idea what he was looking at, lol.
Post # 5
Thanks ladies. I just didn’t want to call them too early. I’m sure they aren’t open today but maybe I will give them a call on Monday.
Post # 6
I would definitely contact them right away and see if they are even available to do them for you. Some can be booked well in advance so it’s good to check with them to make sure. That way if they are booked, you are giving yourself enough time to find another seamstress. I found mine in September and my wedding isn’t until the end of May of this year. We will be starting my alterations sometime this month.
Post # 7
Right now is not too busy for wedding dress alterations. You can get the quotes now and if you want start the hemming to avoid a time crunch on their workload later. But maybe wait on taking anything in at the bust and waist until closer to your wedding date just in case you lose or gain weight unexpectedly.
Post # 8
I had my first fitting 2 months out and a second one at 2 weeks out. That’s all I needed. I think it’s risky to alter it too early, just on the off chance that you do unintentionally gain or lose weight.
Post # 9
I just picked up my completely altered dress this past week for my wedding in April. It’s a bit early, but I don’t plan on losing/gaining weight, and I scheduled a bridal portrait shoot for next week. I wanted to have photos in the gown early to be able to add them to a slideshow we will be playing at the cocktail hour.. plus I’m a planner and I just like to have as much done as early as possible. I spoke with my seamstress and I tentatively may bring it back for small last minute alterations a couple of weeks before the wedding just in case my weight changes at all, but I don’t foresee that really being an issue.
Post # 10
I did not expect to find my dress at the end of August my first trip shopping, but I did. It came in the 2nd week of Spetember, and they told me to wait to alter it for our end of May 2016 wedding till March. At the moment, it fits fine except for length. If I were wearing shoes, it would be okay, but we’re going to be barefoot on the beach and I need a good couple of inches whacked off. They told me they’d see if I lost weight and do the hemming about 6 weeks from the wedding, so I am thinking I will call them in February to get an idea of their schedule, and then make an appointment as close as I can before we leave without it being nervewracking close.