Questions about fittings:
When should you schedule your first alterations appointment?
For brides, we recommend you schedule your first fitting 3-4 months before your wedding. This will give us plenty of time to make your gown perfect and it will help you feel more at ease with the process. For dresses requiring unique customizations, you will want to begin your alterations journey even earlier. It is common to have 3-4 bridal fittings to ensure the perfect fit for your gown. Usually, we schedule these appointments about 4 weeks a part.
For bridesmaids, mothers of the bride or groom, junior bridesmaids, flower girls, pageant, or other special occasion gowns, we recommend schedule 6-8 weeks before the event to ensure the gown is perfect for the event. Again, it is common to have 2-3 fittings to ensure a perfect fit.
Although we use the above timelines in most instances, we realize that sometimes events happen that are beyond your control. We can complete your alterations on a much shorter timeline if needed. We ask any attendants or brides who are expecting, to make an appointment that is closer to the wedding day to ensure the gown perfectly fits your changing body.
How to prepare for a fitting?
We can help you customize your look for your big day by designing a sash, sleeves, straps, or veil to complement your gown. We can also alter or customize dresses for anyone in your wedding party, including your bridesmaids, your mother, your groom’s mother, and your flower girl. We can also help with your rehearsal outfit.
Questions about prices.
We understand you want to staying within budget, but you also want your dress to look and feel amazing.
When deciding the cost of gown alterations, we look at two major factors: the tasks that need completed and how complicated the gown is. The more complicated the task and more complicated the gown, the higher the cost of the alterations. Some wedding gowns have over 10 layers of tulle in the skirt, and when we hem the gown, we need to shorten each layer by hand. Wedding gown alterations generally start around $620 and can go up from there based on what you want done. Alterations for bridesmaids usually range from $80 to $200 (again depending on what you want done) and they can be even more. Customizations such as adding sleeves, modesty panels, or creating a sash, cost more because we spend time personally creating your unique customizations.
That being said, you are always in control of your alterations. We will only advise what we think would look best, but it is up to you whether you want to complete the tasks we recommend. If you choose not to have us alter your gown, we will charge a $50 consultation fee for our time.
Depending on your timeline and what we are doing to the gown, we may decide to do only part of the pinning at your first appointment, and the rest of your pinning at subsequent appointments. We do this because sometimes work we do on the bodice affects the hemline.
We hope this information helps to answer some of your questions about pricing.
What will happen at the first fitting?
Payment for alterations is made the day of the final fitting. We accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards.
What is the difference between a consultation and a fitting?
During a consultation, you will put on your gown so Libia can see you in it, but no pinning will take place. Instead Libia will explain what she thinks needs to be done to your dress and you decide whether you want to move forward with alterations or not. During a fitting, Libia will actually pin your gown.
What will happen at the first fitting?
Libia will pin the gown and discuss the best alterations services for your gown. Libia will also explain the price for each alterations task. She will then schedule the next appointment with you.
Who to bring with you for a fitting?