Unless you are getting yours custom-made, every wedding dress requires some amount of alteration, even if it is a small change, to ensure a perfect fit. It doesn’t matter if you spend thousands of dollars on the most expensive designer gown; if it is not altered properly, it won’t look any better than a much cheaper design. And the difference between a bride wearing a well-fitting dress and one in an ill-fitting dress is like night and day. So, alterations are a must. This is why you should always factor their cost into your wedding dress budget. Depending on the changes you make, it can cost you anywhere between a few dollars to upwards of $1,000.
And to make sure that you have a hassle-free and seamless alteration experience, here are a few questions you should ask:
1. How much will it cost?
Quite often, brides forget to include the additional alteration costs into the total cost of their wedding gown. Experts suggest that you should factor in at least $500 for a few minor adjustments, but you can expect it to be higher. Depending on whether you add more embellishments, a mock neck, sleeves, or other accessories like belts, the costs can vary. Talk to your bridal salon to figure out the approximate expense.
2. Can all fabrics be altered?
Yes, all fabrics can be altered. But delicate fabrics like chiffon, georgette, and charmeuse should be handled only by professionals who have a lot of expertise with such fabrics. If you are planning to buy a gown crafted from such a fabric, have this discussion with your bridal gown consultant and ask them whether they will be able to provide the necessary alterations.
3. How long will it take?
There is a reason why you should begin shopping for your wedding dress at least six to eight months prior to the big day. That allows enough time for you to get the required alterations. While the time will depend on the extent of the changes being made, you can expect to go for at least two to three fittings over several months. Most bridal salons take two to four months to complete all the work.
4. What should I bring for the fitting(s)?
One of the most important things you should ask your bridal consultant is the type of undergarments or shoes you should bring to the fitting(s). Based on the type of dress you have chosen for yourself, you may be asked to bring a strapless bra or a more elaborate lace-up corset. And as for your shoes, while you don’t necessarily need to bring your wedding shoes, you should bring a pair with the same heel height so that you know if it works with the gown.
You shouldn’t just trust anyone with alterations for bridal dresses. For best results, get it done at the salon where you buy the dress. Bridal & Veil offers high-quality bridal dress alterations in San Diego at affordable prices.