Post # 1
I bought my dress in a different state while on vacation. Such a mistake in hindsight! Do you usually schedule a fitting when it comes in? I am trying to plan since I will have to fly down to get the dress, plus the alterations are extremely inexpensive at the bridal salon that I bought the dress at. Or should I wait until a couple months before the wedding to do the fitting? My wedding is in July 2011. I bought the dress in June, it should arrive to the salon in Novemberish. I’m unsure of what I should do here! Help!
Post # 3
When it came in to the store I went in to try it on/make sure it was the right dress/what I wanted. I had my first actual fitting 6 weeks prior to the wedding, the next 3 weeks prior and then the final 1.5 week prior. At least at the place I went to that was the standard scheduling they used for the fittings.
Post # 4
Here’s what I did/am doing:
I bought the dress waaaay early on. Tried in on when it came in to pick it up just to make sure everything was right. Then it sat in my moms closet for about 3 months.
About 2 months out I contacted the seamstress I wanted to work with (not affiliated with a salon) and scheduled an appt to see her and get an idea of what needed to be done and for how much. She determined that the sides needed to be taken in about 1.5″ each and that it would be best to take the boning out of the boob region. Also, she will be fixing all the beading all over my dress, which for some reason was loose when it showed up.
About one month out I am going in for a fitting. She will double check the amount my dress needs to be taken in at that time. She should have most of the beadwork fixed and the boobie boning out.
About 2 weeks prior we are doing a final fitting.
Post # 5
I bought my dress in Northern California even though I’m living in Los Angeles. Now I am worried about flying or driving up there for my fittings! The salon told me to call to make a first fitting appointment 2 months before the wedding. (I bought a sample so it’s sitting in my mom’s closet.) I think I’m gonna try for a couple weeks earlier because I’d rather not wait til the last minute to have to go there and get it done while other weddings things are going on. You can also try calling them and telling them about your situation. Maybe they’ll try to minimize your trips there and work with you! Hope that helps!
Post # 6
@justeen: I would just pick your dress up and find a place to do it in L.A. I am having my alterations done at an independent tailor in Boston, because it was so much cheaper than the salon (but really high quality – they get voted “best of boston” a lot).
I am starting alterations about 7 weeks out
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! This definitely helps. The salon I bought the dress from were extremely kind and said they’d work around my schedule. They even said they would be able to turn the dress around in a week if I flew down for one week. I’d come in the first day I arrived and then again the day before I left. Sounded risky to me. I may just end up bringing it home and using a local seamstress but I haven’t made any decisions yet. Because even if I did a fitting down there, I’d have to have another one 1-2 weeks before the wedding and I can’t afford to fly down several times just to do the fitting, not to mention, I’m going to miss my dress if I have to leave it down there!
Post # 8
@crayfish: I thought about doing it that way, but I’m worried about finding a reliable tailor in L.A. I thought it would be safer to do it at the salon I purchased the gown so that *fingers crossed* if anything were to happen they would be more familiar with working out the kinks. But I think I’ll look into it, thanks! 🙂