(Closed) When should I start alterations?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: When do you think I should start alterations on my dress?
    Now (10 months out) : (2 votes)
    11 %
    8 months out : (0 votes)
    6 months out : (4 votes)
    21 %
    4 months out : (5 votes)
    26 %
    2 months out : (8 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
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    619 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @FutureMrsWeston:  My wedding in in March and my dress place recommends first fitting in January!

    Post # 4
    Member
    1419 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017 - Downtown Riverfront Cafe

    I would start alterations asap, unless you are one who fluctuates weight-wise. This is rare, but I have heard horror stories of dresses being completely destroyed or not to a bride’s liking after alterations. If you start now, you would have plenty of time in case of an emergency to find something else or change your mind last minute. Also, it just leaves you one less thing to worry about when it gets closer to your big day! Best of luck!

    Post # 5
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    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I chose 6 months out because since you already own the dress that is the maximum amount of time that I would wait. Granted, I got engaged and had a wedding within 4 months, and ordered a custom gown from Casablanca that needed some pretty big alterations and did all of that in 6 weeks. So me saying that you shouldn’t let it get past 6 months is the part of me that wishes I would have had the luxury of time to sort out every detail and make it perfect. If you wanted to start now though I really don’t see why you can’t? It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially if something were to happen (though it won’t!)

    Post # 6
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @FutureMrsWeston:  Honestly, the answer depends on when/if you want to get bridals done. I am getting married in the summer, but am taking pictures in the Spring since everything is dead and dry in July in my area, not to mention freakin’ hot as heck. I’m starting alterations in January for my Bridals in March/April. You shouldn’t plan for your alterations to be finished by your wedding day, but by your bridal portraits day (if you’re getting them done). I was told alterations usually take 6-8 weeks depending on what needs to be done,  though if you get someone who will be dedicated to your dress, and your dress only, I am sure you could get them done in no time.

    Post # 8
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @FutureMrsWeston:  Really? That is so odd, because I live in the south and had never heard of bridal portraits (I figured all the pretty bride pictures were from the day of the wedding that were just rush ordered for display the same day) until some of my northern friends (up-state New York area) told me about them. Now that I actually LOOK I see that most of my friends (regardless of location) get bridal pictures taken, but truthfully most of my friends are southern and I can TOTALLY see bridal pictures being a southern thing!

    I think calling a seamstress is a really good idea, since she’ll be able to give to a realistic time frame for her work (I’m using in-house).  Since your wedding is torwards the end of September I don’t see any need to put a rush on it ASAP. 9 months is a LONG time. Good luck!

    Post # 9
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    3969 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @FutureMrsWeston:  I’m a mid-atlantic and new england girl and I’d never heard of bridal portraits (like, on a day other than the wedding day) either! 

    Post # 10
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    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I wouldn’t alter more than 2-3 months from the wedding. You don’t want to have to keep altering it if your weight changes at all due to wedding stress!

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