The Perfect Fit

This time of year, wedding industry professionals are almost run off their feet seeing to all of the details of many special days, for many special brides. Alteration professionals and seamstresses are amongst the busiest, as they use their talents to ensure every bride goes down the aisle looking her best.

When working with a seamstress or tailor be sure to BOOK EARLY


Talented and qualified professionals are always busy and can book up months in advance during busy season in June, July, and August. Not only are they working on wedding gowns, but everything that goes with weddings: gowns for mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, flower girls, officiates, and guests too. If your wedding is at the beginning of the busy season, chances are your seamstress or tailor is also busy with prom and grad season, so take that into account.

We are often asked what to expect from alterations, what to bring, etc. One of the seamstresses we work with offers these tips:

  • Expect to have two or three fittings. Its best to start alterations at least a month in advance of your big day to ensure a relaxed timeline. 
  • During a first fitting, it’s ideal to bring any undergarments you plan to wear on your day: bra, shape wear, etc. Although not crucial, it can affect the alterations that need to be completed. 
  • To limit the number of fittings you need, its best to bring your shoes to your first fitting. If you don’t have your shoes yet, work on that for your second fitting.
  • Don’t expect the dress to fit perfectly – no two bodies are the same and alterations to the bust and length are extremely common. 
  • First alteration appointments can vary from just a few minutes for minor alterations, to longer depending on the hem, layers, etc.

Although wedding gown alterations are late in the planning process, it’s important to be respectful of your seamstress/tailor’s schedule and recognize alterations shouldn’t be done last minute.