Tailoring the Perfect Fit: A Guide to Wedding Dress Alterations

Tailoring the Perfect Fit: A Guide to Wedding Dress Alterations

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Oct 05, 2023

Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most significant moments in your life, and it deserves a bridal gown that fits you like a dream, right? At Elegant Occasions, we know how important it is to look and feel your best on your wedding day. That's why we offer expert wedding dress alterations to ensure your gown fits you perfectly! 


In this blog, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about wedding dress alterations at Elegant Occasions, as well as a little info on what alterations you can explore for your bridal gown. 


Before Your First Fitting


First things first, make sure you purchase your shoes and whatever undergarments you’ll need for your dress before you have your first fitting for alterations. The foundation of a perfectly fitted gown starts with the right undergarments and shoes, after all! You’ll also want to make an appointment for your first fitting. Time is crucial when it comes to alterations, so we recommend scheduling your first fitting 2-4 months before the big day. 




At Your Fittings


At each fitting appointment, our skilled seamstresses will take precise measurements to ensure an impeccable fit. It's important to note that if significant measurement changes require adjustments, additional charges may apply. Because of this, we advise you not to begin alterations until you are confident that your measurements will remain consistent until your event day!


Also, be sure you bring your undergarments and shoes to every fitting. These items can affect the fit of your gown, and having them ensures that you’re fitted consistently at each appointment. 


Fitting Appointments


At least half of your alteration balance must be paid at each fitting to proceed with the alterations. All fitting appointments require a $25 deposit, which will be applied toward your alteration invoice unless any of the following circumstances occur:


The appointment is canceled or changed within 24 hours.

Undergarments and shoes are not brought to the appointment.

You decide not to proceed with the alterations.

You’re late to the appointment or don’t show up.




What Gowns Do Elegant Occasions Alter?


Our priority is given to gowns that are purchased from us at Elegant Occasions.

Customers who have bought their wedding dress from us can reserve their date with a $100 down payment for the weekend.

For gowns purchased elsewhere, alterations may be considered based on availability.


What alterations can I have done? 


Wedding dress alterations can include a range of adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. Here’s a few you can consider! 


Hemming: Altering the length of the dress, including the train.

Taking in or letting out: Adjusting the dress's size to fit your body perfectly.

Bodice alterations: Modifying the neckline, straps, or back to achieve the desired look.

Bustle: Adding buttons or hooks to lift and secure the train for ease of movement.

Beadwork and embellishments: Repairing or reattaching beads, sequins, or other details.

Bra cups and undergarments: Sewing in cups or adding additional support.




Average Prices


The cost of alterations varies depending on the complexity of the work, materials, and embellishments. In general, wedding dress alterations can cost between $350-$800. 


Your wedding gown should be a reflection of your unique style and personality, and nothing less than a perfect fit will do. With careful attention to detail and a commitment to excellence, we’re here to make your wedding dress dreams a reality. Trust us with your alterations, and you'll walk down the aisle in confidence and grace!