Hi! I'm Sarah Kolis, a custom couture wedding dress designer based in Michigan but serving the whole midwest. I love creating custom gowns and alterations for clients and I have a special love for vintage fashion. Thanks for stopping by!
Tips on How to Find the Perfect Alterations Specialist for Your Wedding Gown
You just bought your wedding gown, congratulations! The next step is to find an alterations specialist to achieve that perfect fit! This is not just any other garment. This is your wedding gown. You want to be careful in selecting the right person you can trust in altering your white, delicate, expensive, and sentimental gown that you will wear on one of the most important days of your life! No pressure!
Check Their Credibility
First, check out their credibility. Do they have experience working with wedding gowns? It would be wise to narrow in on an alterations specialist that focuses on wedding gowns. They know the ins and outs of the latest styles. Most alteration services are done in 2 fittings, so traveling a distance might be worth it to ensure your gown is appropriately altered. There is a benefit to having a no-obligation consultation with a specialist to discuss changes needed to be made. You will also gather pricing, so you know exactly how much it will cost before any work is done. You should not feel as though you have to tell your specialist what needs to be done as they are the expert. Your alterations specialist should guide you through the fitting, listen to your concerns, and provide their advice and expertise.
Review Your Timeline
Next, I advise taking a look at your timeline. 6-8 weeks before the wedding is typical for a first fitting. However, I recommend getting in touch with your specific alterations specialist to see how long they will hold the dress and the number of fittings necessary to ensure your dress is ready for your big day. My advice is to have the gown back in your hands at least 1-2 weeks before the wedding day. For services with Sarah Kolis, four weeks between the first and second fitting is typical. A 3rd fitting, if necessary, can be done as early as one week after the 2nd fitting.
Questions to Ask Your Alterations Specialist
What is your timeline?
What is your advice on bra solutions? (if one is even necessary)
Can I bring guests with me to my fitting? It is always helpful to have your best girl gang on hand for advice when decision-making arises.
Can my gown be steamed and what are the cost options?
Can the bustle be color-coded or is that an additional charge?
All things considered, ensure your alterations specialist has the experience necessary to provide quality work. Above all, this should be someone you trust in achieving the perfect fit for your wedding gown!