How soon before wedding did you get your dress altered?

posted 3 weeks ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2019

For my dress, I had the bottom hemmed and added off the shoulder sleeves, and it was in the shop for 3 weeks due to prom season. It just got finished exactly one week ago and my wedding is next Saturday, so that is 5 weeks from the time I dropped it off until my wedding. 6 weeks is reasonable because your dress is not the only one they have to alter, so they may not get to yours right away.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My dress fit like glove and it just needed to be hemmed. We were moving about 5.5 month before the wedding and I had it altered last minute before we moved. It took a week. 

Post # 4
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Newbee

I got it altered 3 months before the wedding. I actually gained a little weight afterwards and it was slightly too tight than I would have liked…although I still fit in it. Definitely book your appointment early so that you have a confirmed slot but go in as late as is wise, especially if your weight fluctuates a lot.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I had my dress fitted two weeks before my wedding. I was doing alot of working out leading up to the wedding so I didn’t want to get it fitted early then lose weight.  It was three consecutive days of fitting appointments which included taking in and cutting. On the last day she steamed it and prepared it for taking home.  If you can, do it as close to wedding as possible if u anticipate weight changes. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

The amount of business the place you chose for your alterations turns over and as well as the time of year probably are factors in how much time they need to alter your dress. 

The place I picked is the only 5 star reviewed alterations place within 50 miles of me and they’re located in a busy, touristy town so I had to give them my gown in March to have it ready for my wedding this month. I’m glad I didnt procrastinate any longer to schedule my appointment with them.  

I have also heard not so good things about the alterations at David’s bridal…it may be worth your while to shop around if you have time. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I started my alterations at 6 weeks out, but I didn’t have to have my dress hemmed. If you have any sort of overlay on the bottom of your dress, having it hemmed will be expensive and time consuming, they have to hand remove all of that stuff and then hand sew it back on. David’s bridal will probably be busier than other shops as well, so if they say 6 weeks, I would believe them. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

chillbee29 :  I follow a couple of bridal pages on Facebook for my state and other than complaints about the pricing, I have seen posts from both brides and bridesmaids that they were displeased because the alterations weren’t done carefully (rips and snags left, etc), or to their visual expectations.

Of course since David’s bridal has stores everywhere they employ hundreds of people to do alterations so I’m sure it depends on the location entirely. Maybe check the reviews for your specific location, not just on google but on weddingwire, theknot and any other wedding websites and see what people are saying.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Cortland, NY

I’m getting married on June 22. I picked up my dress from the boutique in January and took it to the tailor in April.  Since then, I have had two fittings (turned out I needed a bit more complicated of a bustle due to the size of my train) and my last fitting is tomorrow, June 4th. 

Since it’s prom season, my tailor suggested that I get the dress to her earlier than normal so that she could balance all her orders. It worked out fine 🙂 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Queens, NY

megm1099 :  hi what’s kind of dress and train do you have? What kind of bustle did you end up doing?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I booked when I bought my dress, 10 months before the wedding.

I initially booked for 2 months out, but I dropped a heap of weight and the dress shop recommended i book for earlier

So I am booked in 4 weeks before my wedding date – seamstress confirmed they can do it in 2 weeks, second fitting 2 weeks before wedding for any adjustments (or take home)

I want it to fit beautifully against the body I have worked my absolutely ass off for, not be too loose/big because the timing was off with alterations.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Cortland, NY

swtapple :  It’s a mermaid-style all-lace dress – it’s very pretty! But the train is very long and VERY heavy, so I had to have a five-point bustle instead of three-point, just for the extra support. It wasn’t THAT much more work for my seamstress, but I figured it worth pointing out 🙂 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

I researched and will be using an alterations shop in my area that does wedding dresses. I called them 6 months ago to ask about timing because of the summer wedding season. They know their capacity and capabilities and I’m getting fitted 6 weeks out but for what I need they can do in about 3 weeks- I only need the dress hemmed and taken in at the neck line/shoulders. If I needed the waist fitted it may take more time. The only advice they had was to come in at the weight I wanted to be on my wedding day as they alter dresses and then the bride loses too much/little weight and its no good for anyone.

I would suggest not using David’s. They have their reputation (while a bit better than it used to be) for a reason. Research tailors in your area.

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