Alterations 101: What You Need to Know

By Kim Smith, Director of Alterations for David’s Bridal

After an exciting search, you’ve finally found your dream dress…. but does it fit just right, the way you always envisioned? Be sure to build time into your wedding countdown for alterations. To simplify the process, David’s Bridal’s expert alterations specialists, who are available at every nationwide location, will make sure your gown fits and flatters your figure. The ideal time to schedule your first fitting is when you purchase your dress. Of course our alterations specialists will do their best to accommodate you if you are not ready to schedule your appointment right away, but we all know that it’s best to plan ahead, ensuring a stress-free wedding day!

Here are a few important things to remember when you’re ready to have your gown altered:

o Be sure to factor the cost of alterations into your overall wedding budget. Keep in mind that alteration fees can vary depending on the amount of changes and complexity of the alterations – services include everything from shortening a dress and adjusting the side seams to adding sleeves and a bustle.

o When you visit for fittings, it is essential to bring the undergarments that you will be wearing with your gown. Properly fitting lingerie will not only ensure a smooth fit, but will prepare you for a comfortable and confident walk down the aisle.

o Remember to bring your shoes and veils to fittings too, to get a preview of your head-to-toe look and to ensure your dress is the perfect length.

o After alterations are completed at David’s Bridal, our alterations experts will ensure your gorgeous gown is pressed and prepared for your special day.


With your picture-perfect look set, get ready for an unforgettable wedding!

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