What to Know About Gown Alterations

Virtually every wedding gown will need some form of alterations to give you the best fit. Whether it's a simple hemming, taking in the sides, or something more dramatic, this article can help you get an understanding of how to plan for your alterations.


Before you even begin to shop for your gown, it's a great idea to familiarize yourself with pricing for common alteration services. This will help you stick to your budget when purchasing your gown so there won't be any surprises later. So if you find the wedding dress of your dreams but it will need the bust taken in, and the dress-plus-alterations fits into your dress budget, you are good to go!


Something else to consider with gown alterations is the timeline. If you are purchasing a dress by special order (not to be confused with custom order) then you will want to choose and order your gown at least 10 months ahead of the wedding. It can take up to 5 months for your dress to arrive and you want to make sure you have enough time for alterations and fittings. During alterations, you can expect to have an average of three fittings but of course this will depend on the extensiveness of the alterations and your seamstress or tailor. Generally, you will want to begin alterations at least 3 months before the wedding, with the last fitting no later than two weeks before the wedding.

When it comes to choosing who will do your alterations, check with the salon or boutique where you purchased your dress. If they do not work directly with a seamstress or tailor, ask for recommendations. You definitely want someone experienced with wedding gown alterations.

Every time you have a fitting, remember to bring everything with you that you will be wearing on your wedding day. This includes shoes, undergarments, and accessories. This will ensure that you are getting an accurate fit and make it possible to troubleshoot any issues that may not have been clear when you were purchasing your dress.


Finally, don't be afraid to speak up! This is your wedding gown and you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day! If something doesn't look or feel right, talk it over with your seamstress while there is still time to make adjustments. And at the end of the process, you will have a perfect gown fit for the wedding day of your dreams.

More Articles for You

Unique Wedding Send-Offs

Pink + Coral Lipsticks 

We Love

Combatting Acne and Scars