1. When to Get Your Dress Altered?

Wedding can be a very hectic occasion. You know it like no one!

When it comes to finding the best time to alter your dream dress, we recommend at least six to eight weeks before the wedding.

If for some reason your dress alteration has been left to the last minute, for example, two weeks before the wedding, you can rely on ‘Rush Service’. However, extra fees might apply!

To get you an idea why, here are the main 3 reasons:

Reason No1. Professional wedding seamstress/tailor is often booked out well in advance leaving almost no room for emergency fixings. Leaving it to the last minute can lower your chances of getting in with a professional bridal tailor. Most of good fairy godmothers are already booked out.

Reason No2. Two words – ‘Rush Fee’. This is not something out of character – many bridal alteration specialists are notorious for adding anywhere from 25% to 100% upcharge to your cost of alterations. This is not a deceitful tactic; it simply covers the extra work they need to do to get your dress back to you in time.

Reason No3. You are better of having extra time than running out of it. What if something goes a little off track with your dream dress alterations? Although this is not common, we prefer to plan for any scenario, good or bad, to make sure you are 100% ready for your special day.

It is your dream dress – don’t try to get a quote over the phone. It’s got to be perfect.

Generally speaking, many alteration professionals won’t be able to give you a precise quote over the phone. Unfortunately, it is impossible to evaluate your dress requirements without having a firsthand look.

A bridal tailor generally needs to see your special day dress to evaluate the current fit and determine what exactly needs to be done. There are no approximate adjustments; this is why any professional seamstress or tailor would want to meet you in person.

Many independent alteration shops require personal appointments for bridal fittings to avoid getting too many brides in one afternoon. This is why we encourage you to book an appointment so we can spend as much time with you as required without unpleasant rush and stress.

2. When and how do you pay for your dream dress alterations?

If this is your first experience with a professional seamstress, you might be questioning yourself whether you need to pay upfront or in installments or in any other way available. Generally speaking there are two different ways seamstresses and tailors charge for wedding gown alterations. Let’s have a look so you know what to expect no matter where you choose to get your dream dress done.

  • Payment Up Front might not be your favorite option; it is in fact a good payment method if you want to make sure you don’t have more charges applied when you come back.
  • Pay 50% Up Front & 50% Upon Completion is the most seamstresses and tailoring studios’ common option. This is why we recommend you make an appointment and get the precise price before commencing so the only surprise you get is a free glass of campaign to celebrate another dream dress alteration success.

3. How much do Bridal Alterations Cost?

There is no definitive answer; however, we have broken down some basic costs for you.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Cheaper isn’t always better. If the cost sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Beading and Lace will always cost a little more.
  • We cannot provide you with the precise quote over the phone. Make an appointment and visit our seamstress. Not all bridal seamstresses are created equal.
  • Always confirm the final price before commencing so there are no add-ons down the track. We want to help you budget so you can invest more in other parts of your wedding.

4. The wedding gown alteration process: Your step by step guide.

Needing to have your bridal gown altered? We have you covered. Just follow the steps provided and enjoy having a garment that fits perfectly on your wedding day!

Our consultations are free so you can shop around if you choose to. You can of course decide on going ahead with us taking your consultation to the next step.

If you choose to work with us, here are the 5 simple steps to follow.

Step 1: Booking Your Initial Consultation

Call us directly or email to book an appointment.

We recommend coming in at least 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding to ensure enough time for your perfect dress alteration. However, if you have or need a different time-line, just give us a call and we can surely work something out.

We predominantly work by appointment, for your convenience. Note that evening appointments and weekends are our most popular times so make sure you book in advance. We want to make sure we can help you, providing excellent service.

Step 2: Your Initial Consultation/Fitting

Once your booking is made, all you need to do now is come in and enjoy the initial consultation with us. During the consultation we will evaluate your current fit, mapping out the work that needs to be done.

At the end of your initial consultation, we will be able to give you your final quote. You are more than welcome to leave your wedding gown with us or continue shopping around.

Things to bring with you for your first consultation.

  • Your dress, of course J
  • Shoes. If you have not gotten your perfect pair before your first fitting, mention this to the fitter. Bring a pair of shoes with the heel height in the range of your ideal shoe. This is important as the heel height may affect your posture. Unfortunately, standing on your tippy toes even for 5 minutes is a tiring exercise changing your posture and potentially affecting your dream dress final hemline result.
  • Undergarments are very important. Your foundation garments will affect the way the dress looks on you. Sometimes your bra or a corset will make all the difference so make sure you bring your wedding undergarments along.

Please don’t wear any makeup, and try to avoid scheduling a fitting right after a workout.

  • And of course, smile J

Please let us know in advance if you might have any physical changes while the alterations are being undergone.

Step 3: Follow Up Fittings

During your first fitting, on your second visit, you get to try your wedding dress on after the alterations have been made. Often, by this stage, your dress is complete and ready to shine; however, you might require a second fitting in case your dress requires any additional adjustments. This is common so no need to worry. We are here to make your experience perfect.

Here are a few things to remember as you come in for your fittings:

  • Try to avoid inviting too many people. Although we understand your excitement and desire to share this fitting experience with your family and friends, the fitting process will go faster and smother with less people around.
  • Try to make a mental note of how the dress fit before you brought it in. This will help you realise the difference, and ensure that alterations match your expectations.

Step 4: Pressing, Steaming and Finally Taking the Dress Home!

It is time to take your dream dress home! YAY!

Your wedding gown has been successfully altered and is ready to go home with you. Don’t forget to give your dress a final polish.

  • Make sure you have enough room in your car – let’s get this beauty home safe!
  • Although we press the parts of the dress we work on; your dress may still need to be fully pressed out. We offer this service for your convenience so just let us know if you require it. The average cost is between 25-75 AUD.

Step 5: Pictures and Feedback

We’ve now been working on your dream dress for a few weeks and we are inevitably emotionally attached to it. We would like to see it again! Send us a few photographs once you wear it, we would appreciate it.

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