(Closed) how many times did you go for alterations?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
43 posts

I’d love to know as well! My dress is super big on me (I got a sample) and I’m afraid how long it will take! I heard 12 weeks is the maximum time before the wedding to go and 4 weeks is the minimum if you want to avoid rush fees but I just want to get it over with! Good luck!

 Also, does anyone know if you need the shoes right away? 

Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I started to go 2.5 months before, I will go 3 times total with room for at 1 extra if needed.

Post # 5
42 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

You definitely want to have the shoes with you when you start alterations. The seamstress will need to alter the hem to go with your shoes.

I’m doing 2 fittings. I had one about 2 weeks ago, and I’ll have another in mid-April. (my wedding is in June) I may end up having another one at the end of May/beginning of June because I tend to lose weight when I get super stressed. (here’s hoping!)

The 3rd fitting will be extra if I end up needing it though, but I definitely want to make sure my dress fits well.

So I think 2-3 is average. You shouldn’t need any more than that, really.

Post # 6
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi gals 🙂

I thought I’d just share my experience..I’m still in the middle of my alterations process! So I bought my dress at a sample sale back in May. It’s a size 8, whereas I’m a street size 0…so in the wedding gown industry, I guess I’m a 4? Anywho, it’s a trumpet style dress, so my seamstress essentially had to carve a new dress out of the old one, fun! I have to say I’m about a fitting or 2 away from being able to take my baby home, but it’s been a long process for me. I think I’ve had about 6 fitting appts-each one is pretty short though, the longest being 15 mintues. My seamstress is doing an awesome job, though, it’ll be worth every penny of the $550 I’m paying her. As for shoes, darklady, I would definitely have them for your 1st or 2nd fitting. The way it worked for me was that I didn’t need them until my 2nd fitting as the first visit was just for my seamstress to take a look at the dress and measure me.

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
3 posts
  • Wedding: January 2008

You definitely need shoes for when you go to your first fitting.

I got married on January 20, 2008. When I went to try my dress on about six months before my wedding it fit fine. I was told that if my weight stayed consistent then I could do them as early as the beginning of November, however if my weight fluctuated I should wait until late November early December to start my fittings. Well, I ended up losing about 25 lbs before the wedding and had my first fitting the first week of December. I had my second (and ended up final) fitting about three weeks before the wedding. I still had time to do another adjustment if needed. You talk to whoever will be doing your alterations, they can give you a better idea. Also, when your wedding is, can play a part in the turn around time of how long it will take them to alter your dress.

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