It is never too early to start the alterations process, especially if you are getting married in the summer or fall, as that is the busiest time for seamstresses to work on dresses. The sooner you are able to schedule your fittings, the better. This gives you plenty of time for your first fitting to be completed so that the seamstress will have plenty of time to work on your dress before your second and third fittings.
The best timeline for scheduling your alterations is as follows: The first fitting will be right after your dress arrives, the second fitting will be a month or so before your wedding, and the third and final fitting will be the week before your wedding. If additional fittings are necessary for custom changes, those will be scheduled in between your other fittings.
Yes, of course! We have a list of recommended seamstresses in the Denver area that we would be happy to share with you! Some of the seamstresses are available to meet you at the shop if that is the most convenient option for you. Just give us a call and we can give you more information about alterations options. There is no difference in price for a bride or bridesmaids that did purchase their dress at Blue Bridal Boutique versus those that did not purchase at our boutique.
Please, be sure to bring your shoes. The seamstress cannot accurately pin your hem without knowing the heel height you are planning to wear on the day of your wedding! If you cannot decide on the right pair of shoes until your first fitting, bring a few options to try on and your seamstress will help you decide which pair will be the best. Please also bring the undergarments you are planning to wear, whether that be shape-wear, a bra, or a bustier. If you choose not to bring a bra, that is completely fine. The seamstress will typically sew bust cups into the dress.
Each appointment is normally scheduled for one hour. This gives the seamstress time to explain the process, go over the pricing and cost estimation, and discuss travel recommendations. If you believe that you will be at least 15 minutes late the day of your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule, as appointments are booked back-to-back in order to accommodate as many brides as possible.
Each seamstress will have their own schedule with limited availability. We do recommend that you schedule your fittings in advance, so that you may choose the day and time that works best for you before the schedule fills up with appointments.
Each dress and each body is different, so we recommend speaking with your seamstress about their average costs before scheduling a fitting. An exact price quote will not be given until you are in the dress and the seamstress is able to pin it to determine the exact alterations estimate. Pricing for alterations typically ranges from $400-$800 on average. The most costly part of alterations is doing the hem, which usually starts around $300 for any dress. If you would like to try to avoid doing a hem, be sure to bring a variety of heel heights to your first fitting, so you can see if that would be possible. Keep in mind that elaborate beading and lace re-application can heighten the costs for your alterations.
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Many times, yes! Alterations for bridesmaids usually range between $60-$200, which typically includes a hem and taking in the sides. If you only need one or the other, the costs can be significantly decreased.
You've finally found your dream wedding dress, woo hoo! Now, it’s time to talk about making sure it fits you flawlessly. To ensure a perfectly tailored fit, your seamstress will chat with you to help you decide so that your wedding dress will fit just as you envisioned. As soon as the wedding dress arrives, you will want to schedule your fittings, so that you can choose the dates that are the most convenient for your schedule.