(Closed) How long did it it take to complete alterations? aka should I be worried?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee

It depends on the material and style of your dress. Mine is lace and has beading and I was told to bring it in 3 months before the wedding. Do you know when you’ll get your dress?! Do you know where you’ll be bringing it for alterations? 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, I would probably worry. Do you already know where you plan to have it altered? I would call them and see how capable they are of doing alterations quickly. I had three alterations appointments for fairly minor alterations and altogether I think they took 6-8 weeks. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’d be worried that your dress isn’t even here yet. What does your bridal store say about that? I’d call to check up.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

My seamstress actually refused to let me bring my dress in more than a month before the wedding because she’s seen brides change weight so much from stress in the last few weeks. I had to space my fittings out over 3 weeks because I had to travel to my seamstress on the weekends but they could have easily been done in 1.5-2 if I’d been flexible with my fittings. I had the hips let out substantially, the bodice taken in at least a full size, a bustle and cups put in and had it hemmed. 

I think it really depends on your seamstress though, I went to a local bridal shop with a woman who really cares how her brides look and not a ton of business so she was quick and efficient (and would probably still be able to greet me by name if I walked in the door a year from now). If you’re going to a big chain like Davids or a big shop with tons of business it might take a little longer since they have more dresses to take care of.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Mine took a few months, but that’s because we had a few months.

If I’d been more vocal about what I liked/wanted changed from the first alterations appointment it would have been much faster.

If there’s limited beading I’d say you’ll be fine as long as it gets in soon and you’re very vocal in your first alterations appointment about making sure everything is exactly how you want it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Check with whoever is doing your alterations. My seamstress is doing same-day alterations for me, but I knew my dress wouldn’t be in until the month of my wedding so I made plans with her before I even placed my order for the dress.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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mordoria:  I had my first fitting last weekend and my wedding is 8/22 – so three weeks. I will have my second fitting on Saturday, and she’ll make all changes during the day Saturday so I can take it with me back home (3hrs from my seamstress). It is possible — you just need to make sure your seamstress has capacity to take it on on such short notice. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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mordoria:   I was a big time procrastinator with alterations. I got my dress in the first week of March, and I didn’t make an appointment until the end of April/beginning of May and my wedding was the second week of June.  I emailed this lady last year with questions, but never had her put me in her book like she requested, but I got lucky that she was able to fit me in because she was the best in my area.  She didn’t make it seem like it was a bid deal that I was getting it done 6 weeks before my wedding. I had about 3 or 4 appointments with her for the most part every two weeks, and she had to take my dress in on the sides at the waist, hip, and at the top, hem my dress, and bustle it.  I had lace and tulle so it wasn’t too simple of a dress and she was still able to get it done.  

You should contact the alterations place you want to get it done at and tell them your situation. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My bridal shop was able to do rush alterations because I lived far from the shop so I went in Wednesday and picked up my dress sunday

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My wedding is in 6 weeks and my first fitting is this Saturday.  My steamstress said not to bring it in sooner because I’ve been losing weight and she didn’t think it made sense to start further out and do more fittings if I lost more. But I’d be more concerned about the fact that your dress isn’t even in yet. Has the dress shop told you when it will be in?

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I went and got a quote for mine the other day. Mine’s a ball gown with a royal train. It’s got 3 layers. One satin, then tulle with a organza overlay with satin trim. She’s also shorting the train which is over 9ft long at present and also has 3 layers plus is adding in a bustle.

She said she’d need 3 weeks. I think you best let your seamstress know what timeframe you’re on and she maybe able to make it happen.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Same as curlycuecupcake above…my wedding is in 6 weeks, my first fitting was tonight. I’ve been losing weight so she asked me to come back the 10th of next month…9 days before my wedding. It all depends on the workload the seamstress has and how much is being done. My maid of honor worked in a bridal shop where the owner was also the seamstress and she said they were doing alterations the week of the wedding.

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