You ordered your wedding gown or purchased it from inventory, and now it is time for wedding gown alterations. Are wedding gown alterations always needed? Where do I go for alterations? How long does it take for your wedding gown alterations? How much will it cost me? – These are the common questions we receive when we work with our brides. So let’s answer those questions for you.
Are alterations always needed?
In a simple answer, YES! Wedding gowns are not produced to your exact measurements. So you will normally need some alteration. So there is no need to be concerned if your dress needs a hem or shaping in a certain area.
Where do I go?
At Lily’s Bridal & Prom, we provide our brides with recommended seamstresses from all over Maryland. We do this for several reasons. The main one is convenience for the bride. This way, you have a seamstress offering hours that fit your schedule and location. The second reason is we do not like to have a seamstress meet you at the store and then take your wedding gown with them to sew offsite. To us, this leaves room for your dress to be damaged. To Lily’s, it is safer and more convenient for you to have a seamstress that meets you and sews your wedding gown all at the same place. This does not mean we do not know about alterations. I am what you call a dress engineer. I know dresses are put together and sewn.
How many appointments will I need?
Typically you will meet with your seamstress three times. Your first appointment is to determine what needs to be done and discuss pricing. Please get what will be done and the cost in writing. This will protect you and the seamstress. Keeps everyone on the same page. Your second appointment will be about tweaking and more shaping. The 3rd appointment will be the final fitting and pick-up. You may require additional appointments if you are having changes outside the normal alterations to your wedding gown.
How much are wedding gown alterations?
This is an area that has a large price range due to so many factors. The dress material, the dress layers, lace, beading, and so on. Our industry-standard price range is $300 – $600 and changes yearly. This is where we strongly recommend discussing the price at your first appointment. You can always shop around for pricing, but please research the seamstress and read their reviews.
When should I book an appointment for my wedding gown alterations?
Lily’s Bridal strongly recommends three months before your wedding date. Book that appointment as soon as you can. Remember, there are other clients for your seamstress. Not to mention the peak wedding season too. The spring and fall are busy times for most seamstresses. So plan ahead!