When should I take my wedding dress for alterations?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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120 posts
Blushing bee

You look dreamy! 

Generally 2-3 months prior is standard for starting your alterations with 3-4 fittings, but it may depend on the availability of your alterations person. If you’ve already decided who to use, you should ask what they suggest in terms of their schedule and a timeline. 

Post # 3
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862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My alterations person wouldn’t start on my dress more than a month before the wedding because apparently bodies can change between seasons ever so slightly. I still had plenty of time for 2-3 try ons. It all depends on the seamstress.

Post # 4
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559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

As long as the seamstress has time to see you multiple times before the wedding (NOT once and then pick up the dress the night before the wedding, see many horror stories on the bee) I would wait until its 8 weeks or less. No sense taking it in twice because you lost or gained weight.

Post # 5
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2579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

So I am 5.5 months out but have my shoes and my seamstress is one of three in town that does wedding dresses so she is currently working on my hem. Then we will figure out the bustle. It fits like a glove as is, so unless I gain or loose weight, once the bustle is taken care of it’ll sit in my closet until the big day. 

She was adamant on dealing with it now if we could since she gets rather busy in the spring. 

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