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When Should I Get My Wedding Dress Alterations?

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 31, 2011



Three Considerations for Planning Your Wedding Dress Alterations

Fitting for wedding dress alterationsA wedding dress is one of the primary focal points of any marriage ceremony. As a bride, you want to feel as though your dress looks and feels perfectly contoured to your unique body shape. No woman wants to be tucking and pulling at the altar, but a wedding dress than does not fit properly can be uncomfortable, unflattering and downright embarrassing.

Unless your dress has been custom designed for your body alone, it is almost impossible to get away without a single alteration. In fact, prior to the wedding day, many brides undergo two or three rounds of wedding gown alterations and fittings.

Here are 3 issues to consider in planning for your wedding gown alterations.

1. How Long Is Your Alterations Time Line?

One of the most important things to keep in mind as you consider wedding gown alterations is your time line. Depending on the cut, style and complexity of your wedding dress, alterations can take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks.  Some bridal shops with alterations services may take a few weeks or a few months.  Additionally, taking your dress for alterations during peak wedding season or choosing a gown that needs excessive restoration can greatly affect your alteration time line.

When picking your alterations shop, be sure to discuss their idea about the timeline.  If it doesn't match up with your plan, find another shop that does.

At Champion Wedding Gown Specialist, we will complete most alterations in two days and seldom does it take more than 5 days.  And if you need it sooner, just ask!

2. Dieting Before Your Wedding?

Secondly, many brides begin a strict diet and work out regimen in an effort to lose weight and Image of Dieting Before your Wedding Gown Alterationstone up before their big day. If this is your plan, be sure to set reasonable goals and give yourself enough time for all of the necessary alterations. Once you go in for your final fitting, maintain your weight. In other words, developing an addiction to pizza and milk shakes a month before your wedding will not only compromise your honeymoon photos, but it will also leave you without time for necessary alterations to make way for gained weight.


3. When To Start Your Wedding Dress Alterations?

Finally, don't procrastinate. Some dresses may need more than one session of wedding gown alterations.  So identify your seamstress or dressmaker, someone with specialized experience with wedding dress alterations, as soon as possible after you have purchased your dress and discuss the process. The specialist may suggest beginning alterations immediately, but she may also suggest waiting until three months before your wedding date.

Whatever the case, in order to avoid a wedding dress disaster, work with the specialist and discuss your needs for completing the project.  Is weight loss in your plan? When do you plan on making photographs?  Do you have a special need, such as adding a french bustle to your gown?  These all require consideration for your start date for alterations.  Plan for these in advance and discuss them with your seamstress.

Proper planning means an easy, stress free wedding day and a flawless silhouette.

Wedding Dress Alterations in Birmingham Alabama

Get Wedding Dress Alterations from a Specialist. 

From simple hems, to adding a bustle, altering the bodice to a redesign of a vintage gown.  We can do it and you can relax.

Call 205.588.4120 for an appointment

Learn more about our wedding dress alterations services here from

Champion Wedding Gown Specialist
2548 Rocky Ridge Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35243

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