WILL I NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR ALTERATIONS?
Yes. All alterations are done on an “Appointment Only” basis for dresses bought from Amanda’s. Occasionally, during the slow season, we may do alterations on dresses not bought from Amanda’s.
AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE MY ALTERATIONS DONE THROUGH AMANDA’S BRIDAL ?
No. You can have anyone you want to do your alterations. We highly recommend using a professional seamstress with wedding gown experience. The seamstresses that work through Amanda’s Bridal & Tux are trained professionals with years of experience in bridal.. They are independent of the store.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY ALTERATIONS?
Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for the alteration process. We recommend starting your alterations, by scheduling your first fitting, when your gown arrives. Some gowns require multiple fittings to ensure the perfect fit. Even if your gown does not require many alterations, we always suggest starting the alterations process as soon as possible to alleviate any last-minute stress as your wedding day approaches.
WHO SHOULD I BRING?
You might want to bring your Mom or a trusted friend. If your gown has bustles, you might invite your maid of honor to the final fitting so she can learn how to bustle your gown for the big day.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST FITTING?
During your first fitting the alteration specialist will see how everything fits and give you an idea of which alterations will be needed. She will pin the dress while you’re wearing it and talk through all the next steps with you. After your fitting, you will also have the opportunity to try on veils, hair accessories, shoes, and jewelry to choose accessories that complement your gown and so you can see how everything will look together. If you decide after the dress is pinned to not to go ahead with alterations, the pins will be removed and there is a $20 pinning fee for the time spent pinning. If you don’t show up for your appointment and do not call 24 hours before your appointment there will be a cancellation fee of $10.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FITTINGS?
It is important to bring your wedding shoes to your first fitting so your seamstress can determine the changes needed to hem your gown. To ensure the perfect fit, bring the bra, slip, shapewear that you will be wearing on your wedding day to your first fitting. We also sell undergarments which will work with your gown.
HOW MUCH DO ALTERATIONS COST?
The cost of alterations varies from gown to gown and is not included in the price of your dress. In general, brides, on average, spend between $200 and $600 (with some exceptions) on alterations.
The hem: The hem line of your bridal gown will almost always need to be shortened. The hem is much more complicated than it appears. The more layers there are, the more time it will take to alter. Also, more time is required if you have a layer of lace or a beaded bottom or appliques that need to be removed and then replaced. The costs for all alterations are based on the amount of time that will be required to do the alterations.
The sides: Many times brides need the wedding dress taken in at the sides. FYI, it is much better to take in the sides vs. letting them out, as there may not be enough room in the seams to let the sides out. That is why it is better to order a larger size vs smaller if there is some doubt. Cost for taking in the sides depends on whether it is just in the bust area, the hips, or along the entire seam. Lace and beading will also increase the amount of work that is required, as will the construction of the bodice.
The bustle (picks up the train of the gown off the floor to allow for dancing and mingling): If you have a train a bustle is needed. You may need 5 to 20 bustle points or more. There are different bustle styles, ask your seamstress to show you some alternatives. The more bustle points the higher the cost.
The cups (if you won’t be wearing a bra): Cups are one of those things that almost all brides want in their wedding dresses, but rarely think about before their bridal alterations appointment.