Post # 1
I’m getting married June 5th of this year. I ordered my dress end of November 2013 and was assured my dress would arrive late March/early April. It hasn’t arrived! I called today to see when they were expecting the dress to come in and they said maybe early May.
My wedding is a destination wedding, so our flight is booked for June 1st. Do you think I will have enough time for alterations? How long (on average) will it take? I would most likely need to have it shortened, pulled in and have a bustle added. I should mention that my dress has beading and lace with a zipper back.
Thanks for your help! Kind of panicking! 🙁
Post # 2
Mine took about 3 weeks but she could have easily had it done in 2-I just couldn’t make the middle appointment in time for that to happen. Are you having it altered at the same place you ordered it? If so, they will probably be willing to work with you so that you get it back on time. I would probably call and ask whoever you are using as a seamstress and ask how long they think it will take- it probably depends on how many other dresses they are working on.
Post # 3
Mine are taking three weeks. Hopefully you’ll only need alterations once and you’ll be fine!
Post # 4
MrsBeck: I’m still deciding where to have them altered. The shop I ordered from said my alterations would cost around $700 which I think is quite high in price!
I’m hoping it will be less than two weeks. I think they need to see the dress before they can decide how long it will take, no? Three weeks might be a bit tight if it doesn’t arrive the first day of May!
Post # 6
Well mine is taking 4 weeks but that is because of a few reasons. I’m having 6 things done to my dress. 2 of the 6 things are time consuming (hand sewing things to the dress). I told her I wasn’t really in a rush and because she has so many dresses she is working on. So it could have taken less time if I asked for it sooner. Some ladies will do alterations based on date priority…so if you don’t have as much time she may work on yours right away. My seamstress is doing the same with other brides, getting theirs done first because of time constraints and I was fine with that because I’m not in a rush and I don’t want another bride to panic. But to give you an idea, I did tell her I wanted a few things done and she did mention I can bring the dress in a month before the wedding date…So I thought it would be cutting it close too, but it’s amazing what seamstresses can do. So I think it depends on what they are needing to do. I think you can always send them a pic of the dress to give her an idea of what she will be working with and she may be able to give you an approximate timeline. You can tell her when your dress maybe coming in so she can write you in her schedule so you know you’ll get in. But if it makes you feel better I have heard of brides being able to get rush alterations done without a problem. I would also maybe see if you called back the shop to put on more pressure, to see if they can arrange it to be more of a rush order. Considering they originally told you it would be in sooner. I’m not sure if this is helpful but these are just my thoughts. Best of luck to you. Keep us updated! 🙂
Post # 7
old-hollywood: Thank you so much! I’m feel less panick-y, haha. I will definitely contact the seamstress (once I find one!) and send photos along to see what they can do. I would love to pressure the store along but unfortunately, it was just word of mouth about the date so it would be my word vs. theirs (which I doubt I would win!). But yes, thank you! My alterations aren’t out of the ordinary, there is just lots of lace and beading!