Wedding Gown Alterations: Tips for Choosing the Right Seamstress

You have your dream wedding gown chosen and the order has been placed. How exciting is that? The process of selecting that dress probably took lots of time and effort. Therefore, when it comes time to get the gown altered, you want to be sure to hire the perfect seamstress for the job.

Wedding Dress Seamstress Tips
Be sure to work with an experienced seamstress when having your wedding gown altered.

If you have ordered from a bridal boutique, they are likely to have an alterations department. In most cases, on-site alterations tend to be more expensive that finding your own seamstress. The shop must think about paying their seamstresses plus making a profit for themselves. Hence, it is more overhead and more money out of your pocket. Depending upon the boutique, prices will vary. Some shops will have an excellent alterations reputation that makes you feel at ease as a bride. One less thing to worry about is always a good thing. If you decide to go this route, it is so very important that you do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask to discuss the alterations with the actual person who will be working on your dress. If you build a personal relationship, it will work in your favor, as the seamstress will remember you and your concerns. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to the manager of the shop or the alterations manager and let them know that you are on a budget. They may be able to give you a slight discount. It never hurts to ask!

If you have ordered your dress online, bought it from a bridal shop that does not offer alterations, or are altering a used wedding gown, it is sure to save you money to find a local seamstress in your area that specializes in wedding gown or evening gown alterations. Be sure and check all of the options in your area. Take the time to go and talk with them, ask about prices, what alterations need to be done, how long the work will take, and how much the cost will be. Always take notes, as you will be able to compare information to other possible seamstresses. Saving money takes work sometimes, so be patient yet swift with your search. Above all, make sure you hire a reputable person. Many online sites, such as and even Facebook may have reviews for you to read. This is a great way to weed out anyone who does not do a perfect job. On your wedding day, perfect is what you are looking for. Don’t settle for less.

See also:
The girlfriend’s guide to wedding shopping
Interview with an independent dress maker
3 questions to ask yourself when choosing a wedding gown