Alteration Appointments Available.
I am now scheduling alterations for clients being married in 2017-18. If you would like to schedule an alteration appointment, please send an email to, and on the Subject Line enter the following words: Wedding Alteration(s) Needed 2017-18.
That specific subject line will help me search (and not miss!) any emails from clients needing alterations. Consultations are free of charge, and I can give you an estimate of what I would do to make your gown fit as well as the cost. I charge $20/hour for labor.
If you have a picture of you in the dress, send that to me and I can give you a price range. I can usually tell by the designer how long the alterations will take and how many fittings you will need.
The average fittings are about three unless extensive alterations are needed or if the dress needs some design changes.
Here is some advice about design changes. Pick a dress you really like. Now, that sounds pretty reasonable, huh? What happens, though, is you can get caught up in the frensy of looking for a wedding gown and accidentally be talked into something that is really NOT what you want. Often, the bridal store will "clip the dress" with alteration clips in the back so you have that poured-in look from the front. Since alterations are done by sections (i.e., front, back, front left side, front right side...you get the idea), the success of alterations can depend on the construction of the gown. Some gowns are very alterable because the construction is very good. Others are not, because the construction is not very good and the alterations also have to "make up" for the bad construction as well as the design changes.
If you are undecided, take pictures of how you look in the gown and think about it. If you look at the pictures you can see design flaws that you might otherwise miss by staring at yourself in the mirror at the bridal store.
You should have the shoes purchased so you can wear them for the fittings. I have available petticoats and veils (yes I am adding veils to the "something borrowed list") for loaning (at no extra charge) to my clients. If you want a really high-end designer dress, ask if there are sample dresses you can purchase at a lower cost. Often last-year's styles can be purchased at lower prices at the end of the year.
And have FUN shopping!!