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Q & A with Alterations Express


How much time should I allow for my wedding dress alterations? We tell brides six weeks out would be the most time recommended. The number of fittings will depend on the amount of work that is necessary. To ensure a perfect fit on your wedding day, we recommend having your last fitting just a week or two before your wedding day.

As seen on TodaysBride.comWill I know how much the alterations will cost before the dress gets worked on? Yes. During the first fitting we tell you exactly what your alteration project will cost. If there are options to having something special done for your dress, your seamstress will be able to price those options to help you make the best decision.

Should I make an appointment?

At Alterations Express, appointments are not necessary. However, with our brides, we do like to have a scheduled visit for the fittings. An appointment will assure each bride dedicated time with one of our bridal specialists.

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What should I bring for my fitting?

The wedding dress, all undergarments you intend to be wearing on your wedding day along with your wedding shoes. Some brides like to bring their veil so they can get the complete look reviewed by our seamstresses. We remind brides all of these items will be needed for each of their fittings.

How many fittings are required for a bridal gown alteration?

On average, there are three to four fittings total. The initial fitting, the second visit is a try-on following the alterations, and the third visit can be a simple pick-up after the dress has been steamed and/or pressed. If the alteration process is more involved, there may be a need for additional fittings.

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My dress does not have a bustle. Can I have one made?

Absolutely! Custom bustles are made for each in function to complement the style and design of your wedding gown. Before the assembly, our seamstresses will look for places to hide ribbons and snaps so they are unnoticeable.

What timeline do you recommend for bridesmaids and mothers’ formals?

A week or two at the most. Again, use your judgment based on how much work is necessary. Common alterations on formals take one fitting and a try-on the day the dress is picked up. If something more needs tweaked, another visit may be required. We make the process as simple and convenient as possible. We also recognize many wedding attendants are coming in from out of town … we try to accommodate everyone’s schedule as best we can.


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