(Closed) How far in advance should you get alterations?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How far in advance should someone begin to have alterations done on her wedding dress?
    3 months or less before the wedding : (39 votes)
    89 %
    4-5 months before the wedding : (3 votes)
    7 %
    6-8 months before the wedding : (2 votes)
    5 %
    9-11 months before the wedding : (0 votes)
    1 year+ before the wedding : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think maybe 3 months in advance? Maybe a little sooner if you aren’t planning on any weight loss or gain.

    Post # 4
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I would start looking around now, that way you can compare costs and experiance of the tailor.

    Post # 5
    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I had to laugh at your poll… my dress won’t even arrive until about a month before my wedding! I know I’m slightly behind so that’s not exactly ideal… but I think most brides have less than 3 months between when they get their dress and the wedding, so 3 months would be fine.

    Post # 6
    1346 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My fittings will all be done within 6 weeks before the wedding.

    Post # 7
    7777 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I took my dress in 4 weeks prior for alterations. I didn’t want to do it too early in case my weight fluctuated.

    Post # 8
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I spoke with a few different seamstresses and the salon where I purchased and they all said 6 weeks before the wedding alterations start. It seems like it too close to the wedding but I guess it makes sense. This way if your weigth fluctuates it can’t be by that much.

    Post # 9
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think my first fitting was 2 months before, but I had fittings up until the week before so I don’t think you should go in much earlier than that.  Even 3 months seems too early to start.

    Post # 10
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I did mine about a month before, and then got it back about 1 week prior.  I wouldn’t go too soon before, especially since weight fluctuations do happen during the stress of wedding planning!

    Post # 11
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I just got my dress Friday and tried it on for first fitting and NO major alterations neded (cap sleeves need a little streamlining). The seamstress told me that I should come in March, 2 months before my wedding, for an additional fiting just in case anything weight wise happens. I was also warned not to wait much longer than March to atleast make an appointment. Remember May-June is wedding, prom, and graduation “season.” So there will a lot of people looking for seamstresses around that time!

    Post # 12
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Normally it’s 3 fittings at 6 weeks, 4 weeks, and 2 weeks out.

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