Post # 1
I’m getting married in 4 short months (May 29) and haven’t a clue when to start thinking about dress fittings/alterations. I have to find my own seamstress as I purchased the dress 6 hours from where I live. The seamstress I had in mind may not be able to alter my dress due to a family emergency. She won’t know more until later in February. She is extremely reasonable and a joy to work with. I’d really like for her to alter my dress, however if she can’t do it, I worry that I may not find another seamstress at the last minute. Is it too risky to wait another month before securing a seamstress? When did you begin your fittings? Thanks for the help!
Post # 3
I went for my first fitting 2 months before the wedding. But you might be in trouble if you wait because there are a lot of weddings in the summer that will be having fittings at the same time.
Post # 4
@MissAsB: That’s what I was worried about. : (
Post # 5
I already booked my tailor for May 8th, June 26th and July 3rd… those are saturdays, so I think it’s better to book earlier
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I went to my first fitting last week and my wedding is in June. I found a really reasonably priced seamstress though, so I had to book quickly, especially to get weekend appointments.
I would check your local boards for seamstress recommendations and start making some calls!
Post # 7
I live in the middle of nowhere…literally, which makes finding a seamstress difficult. My usual seamstress is so dirt cheap. She would hem my dress, take it in in the bust, bustle it and modify the neckline for under $30. She does it out of her home, and for the pure enjoyment of it. I really hate to take it to another seamstress who (according to other girls I’ve chatted with) will charge me $400-500 which is just under half of what I paid for the dress. At the same time, I worry that I will be left without a seamstress at the last minute. Would it be really tacky of me to book with a backup seamstress, only to call and cancel if my original choice can alter my dress?
Post # 8
I would say go now. I was told to go about 3 months before the wedding so they have time to do it and if you lose weight right before, you have time for additional alterations. I honestly wouldn’t wait. Are you having before the wedding bridal portraits?
Post # 9
Im getting married in August and I was told to go for my first fitting in April or May.
Post # 10
Thanks ladies. It’s so hard to justify spending an additional $400 or so, when there’s a chance I could get them done for $30. I hadn’t really budgeted for expensive alterations. No bridal portraits before the wedding or anything. I’ll have to at least call around to see if someone else is available.
Post # 11
I think you should be fine waiting a month to see if your 1st choice seamstress can work with you. Most seamstresses can make the alterations in less than 3 months and that includes several fittings.
You can also make appointments in advance and if you change your mind just call and let them know so they can fill that appointment.