One of the most frequently asked questions we received from brides is “How much is to alter a wedding dress?” While this question is important for brides to see how much they should allocate for dress alterations from the wedding budget, it is impossible to professionally and properly tell the cost of alterations without first knowing in detail about the followings:
- What kind of dress are we dealing with and how the dress is made?
- How delicate and complicated is the dress?
- How urgent does the bride need the dress be altered?
- What does the bride want to achieve in terms of fit and alterations?
- What kind of undergarments and shoes will the bride wear with the dress?
- Is the bride aiming to lose or gain weight leading to the wedding day?
- Is the bride experiencing or expecting to experience changes in body shape leading to the wedding day?
To answers these crucial questions, a bridal stylist must talk to the bride in person and see how she fits in her wedding dress to figure out what is feasible. A proper bridal alterations seamstress therefore will never give out quotations to brides without first meeting them in person. Hence if you are a bride and are given quotations about your wedding dress alterations over the phone or through email, you must question the legitimacy and experience of the seamstress or tailor you are dealing with.
As a rule of thumb, the more delicate and complicated the dress is, the higher the budget a bride should allocate for her dress alterations. This is because more time and higher skills are required to alter a delicate or complicated dress than a simple dress. The accuracy and quality of the alterations greatly depend on the knowledge and skills of the stylist doing the fitting and pinning. The stylist will need to accurately communicate to the machinists to ensure the dress is altered according to instructions.
Having a clear idea about what to expect out of alterations also helps brides in their wedding budgeting. The basic fit and alterations suit brides with minimum budget and provide the minimum alterations required for brides to have a wearable dress with the right length for photoshoots and wedding day. The standard fit and alterations suit brides who want to wear a well-fitted dress that is body hugging and with some modifications done. The perfect fit and full alterations are for brides who want the best for the wedding day and photoshoots. Every single detail is fit to perfect and if needed, a re-construction of the dress will be done to turn your dress into one that you have dreamed of wearing.