What to Expect - Bridal Gown Alterations


You found your perfect dress! So what’s next?

We’ve put together a list or cheat sheet on what to expect and how to prepare for the alterations process.

What to Expect:

It might seem crazy, but most all brides are going to need some sort of alteration done to their gown, no matter if you order your gown or buy off-the-rack. All of us are different shapes and sizes and will need some adjustments to create that perfect fit.

Even if it fits perfectly in the top, most brides will still need a hem and bustle. But more times than not, most brides will need some adjustments to the bodice, hem, and a bustle added. It is very rare for a bride to find her dress and for it to need no alterations, so remember to add that into your budget.

Speaking of budget, alterations are most always separate from your gown purchase. There is no real way to add alterations into the cost of your gown, because each bride will need different adjustments, which will vary the price in alterations. So just remember to make room in your budget for both your gown and your alterations.


How to Prepare:

Your wedding is almost here! Now it’s time to create that perfect fit.

Before you come in for your first fitting, you will need to figure out your undergarments and your shoes. Keep in mind that you will want to pick comfortable shoes that you can wear all night and that your seamstress can’t hem your gown without your shoes (so don’t forget them!).

Tips from our seamstress:

~ Start your alterations 3 months before your wedding date to insure there is plenty of time for all your alterations to be made and that you are not charged a rush fee.

~ Whatever you plan to wear under your gown on your wedding day, should be worn during your fittings. Changing undergarments will affect the way your gown fits your body.

~ Your gown will be fitted to you during your first fitting, so make sure you are at your ideal weight before your fittings start. If you lose more than 10 lbs after your first fitting your gown will have to be re-altered.

~ Don’t change your shoe height after your gown has been hemmed. Make sure to bring your bridal shoes to each fitting.

Thanks for reading… Let the fun begin!