(Closed) How much did your girls really need alteration?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My girls needed about one alteration appointment, mainly in length and taking it in around the waist and chest. If you pick a less-fitted dress (like more a-line/empire waist), it’ll need less alterations because it doesn’t need to fit as well around the lower half of the body.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Bust and hems. Bridesmaid or Best Man gowns tend to run a little on the larger side, even if using the measurements as a guide.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

All of my girls needed at least a hem and some needed the bust adjusted too. It depends on what type of gown you get and from where. I find that David’s Bridal gowns are the easiest to size since you can try them on right there in the store.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I think 4 of my 6 girls needed alterations. Some of the size charts for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are just funky. A lot of figures do better ordering a size larger and having it altered to look more custom. That being said, alterations themselves shouldn’t take that long for basic things like fitting the chest/waist and shortening it. Dresses that are free in the hips can really make it easier!

ETA: More problems come when ordering dresses where there is only one sample size to try. You may want to consider stores that carry a range of sizes so that everyone is more confident with what to order.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It doesn’t matter what type of dress you get, you’ll definitely need to alter it. I would work now on finding a good seamstress who can work in a short period of time. Last wedding I was in, all of the girls needed the hem altered. A few also had to have the straps taken in, too. Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are so oddly sized that I doubt you’ll be able to get away with a dress without alterations.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s been my experience so far that when i’ve ordered Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for other weddings that it doesn’t take nearly as long as they act like it will.  I bet if you order like tomorrow you will still have a few weeks to get it altered.  Then again probably depends on the designer.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

The other problem you may have if they need alterations and they don’t get the dresses til closer to your wedding date~it’s Prom season, and many seamstresses can be backed up. My daughter’s wedding was in May and alterations for everyone were done in late March,early April since she was so busy.

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

For two weddings in which I was a bridesmaid, the dresses I ordered were like TENTS on me, and needed drastic alterations. I ended up being really annoyed at the manufacturer.

Post # 11
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729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man 5 times. The first time I lost a lot of weight and the dress was too big at the top and too small at the bottom. I think I had to go to the lady’s house like 3 times and it was an hour and a half away.

The other 3 times I went once, but the dresses were SO big when they first came it, for some reason they always order them HUGE!

The last time my aunt did it, but it was still too big, i was losting weight, but dang it I can’t get back on track.

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