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When to Alter Your Wedding Dress August 2, 2019

New York, New York
When to Alter Your Wedding Dress, New York, New York

One of the most anticipated moments of a wedding — besides the ceremony itself — is getting into your dress. This may mean undergoing extensive alteration and fittings to achieve the perfect bridal look. Use the guide below to purchasing and tailoring your wedding dress before the big day.

A Guide to Wedding Gown Alterations

When Should You Purchase Your Dress?

Allocate a considerable amount of time between the purchase and the wedding date — at least 10 months to a year. High-end designers may require even more advance notice. If the dress is custom-made or requires extensive detailing, it may take up to five months to receive and tailor it accordingly. A generous time span allows you plenty of time to make suitable changes stress-free. 

When Do You Alter the Dress?alteration

It’s important to have your dress ready at least a month before your wedding. Depending on the type of alteration you need, you will have to schedule activities accordingly. Contouring and hemming aren’t as time-consuming as other alterations, like adding lace backs, sleeves, and beading. These intricate additions should be allowed at least seven months, while the former may only require four. You may need multiple fittings, and you should leave ample time in case you change your mind or have additional requests. Ensure that you bring the lingerie, shapewear, and shoes that you plan to wear with your dress so that the tailors and seamstresses can properly accommodate modifications.


The dress of your dreams can become reality with the expertise of professionals at Wo’s Custom Tailoring on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Over 40 years of experience has allowed them to perfect their craft to produce exceptionally polished dresses for numerous brides-to-be. The staff hand-sews nearly all alterations to ensure precision, accuracy, and diligent attention to detail in the creation of their stunning dresses. Visit them online to learn more about their services or call (212) 988-9889 to schedule a fitting.

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