FORMAL ALTERATIONS FAQ
When do alterations usually start?
For formal wear alterations, I like to start the process around 12 weeks before the required date (event date or departure date). This ensures that your dress will fit your body the way it will be close to the event.
Do I need to schedule an appointment?
Yes, for wedding and grad dresses appointments are required. This ensures that we are able to set aside time for you as well as have our private fitting room available for you. Please complete the Wedding or Graduation Alterations Inquiry form to start the booking process.
Can I bring someone with me to my fittings?
Of course! It is often very helpful to have someone there with you to offer their opinions whether it is your mom, bridesmaid, trusted friend, aunt, grandma, etc. I have a private fitting room where they can hang out in a comfortable chair while you try on your dress. Due to the space I have available, I recommend bringing one or two people only.
How many fittings will I require?
The amount of fittings required will vary from project to project. On average, we will have an initial fitting, a second or third fitting, and then a final fitting. If something is not quite right at one of the fittings, do not panic, we will adjust it until it is right!
When will my second fitting be?
The time between the first and second fitting is longer than the time between the second fitting and the time you pick up your dress. We will meet up for an initial fitting and then around 2 weeks before the required date we will meet up for your second fitting. After this, your dress will usually be completed in a week or so. I have never missed a deadline, and I am not going to start now! I promise your dress will be completed on time and fit you exactly how you want it to.
What do I need to bring to my fitting?
For each fitting, you will need to bring your shoes and any undergarments you plan on wearing the day of. It is essential to have these items with you for each fitting so we can ensure a proper fit. Not bringing these important items with you will change the fit of your dress in an undesirable way.
How much do alterations cost?
The cost of alterations varies from project to project. Just as each dress is different, the amount of work that needs to be done for each project is different. From my experience, the average wedding dress alteration can be anywhere from $250 – 700, but is sometimes more or less than that. We can meet up for a consultation where I can provide a ball park quote for you.
Is a deposit required?
No, I do not require a deposit for alterations. Alterations must be paid in full before the garment can leave The Shoppe. We can take payment via debit or cash (no credit cards).
If I am getting nervous/stressed/anxious, can I reach out to you for an update?
Please do! During peak wedding/grad season, I often have several projects on the go at once, but each and every client of mine is important to me! I will take the time to give you an update and then schedule a fitting for you to come in and try on your beautiful dress again!