Your wedding is a great cause for celebration, but the planning can also be a great source of stress: follow these guidelines to ensure your gown alteration process is smooth and worry-free!
Make your appointment
An appointment is required for all bridal fittings. Try to make an alteration appointment as soon as you get your gown: availability of bridal alteration services is limited, and spots fill up very quickly. Even if you have not yet obtained the correct shoes and undergarments, at least call to set an appointment for a later date to guarantee your spot.
Please plan on your first fitting being no sooner than 3 months and no later than 1 month before the wedding date (or if the wedding is not local, before your date of departure): the earlier, the better! This allows sufficient time between fittings to do the complex work required for most gowns.
Most bridal gowns require at least 2 and up to 5 fittings, depending on the range and complexity of the alterations required. At the initial appointment, Alyssa will be able to estimate the number and nature of required fittings, as well as give an estimate of cost.
Generally bridesmaid dresses require fewer fittings; bridesmaids thus may schedule their first fitting for 4-5 weeks before the wedding date. Pregnant bridesmaids must wait until 2 weeks before the wedding for the initial fitting (please call for an appointment at least 1 month in advance of the desired fitting date to ensure availability.)
Limit your entourage
While we understand that many people may want to be part of your gown fitting process, due to the small size of our space we request that you bring no more that 2-3 guests with you to your appointments. Please also note that our space contains many sharp/small objects and it is thus not recommended to bring small children who will be left unattended.
In addition, having the entire wedding party come in at once for fittings is not recommended: bridesmaids who need their dresses altered should plan to make individual appointments at their convenience.
Bring your shoes and undergarments to all fittings
This is a MUST: if you want your gown hem to be exactly the length you want, you must bring the exact shoes. This is required whether you are wearing high heels or flats. If you show up for your appointment without shoes or with shoes that are "kind of" the right heel height, Alyssa will be unable to fit your gown and will be forced to reschedule your appointment.
Please also bring the correct undergarments with you to all fittings, as these greatly affect both the fit of the bodice and the drape of the gown. These may include bras (strapless or convertible), adhesive cups, Spanx, or corsets. Bra cups may also be sewn in by request. As with shoes, Alyssa will be be unable to fit your gown and will reschedule your appointment if you show up without the correct undergarments.
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