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A Bride's Guide to Wedding Dress Alterations November 7, 2019

Midtown East, Manhattan
A Bride's Guide to Wedding Dress Alterations, Manhattan, New York

After you've found your wedding dress, there's a lot of work that needs to go into it to make sure it's perfect on your big day. Most dresses need to be altered, and the fittings can take quite a bit of time. However, the last thing you need is a time crunch with your wedding day looming and your dress still not ready. Instead, use these simple guidelines to ensure your tailor has plenty of time for custom alterations

When to Start Your Custom Alterations

Correctly timing your alterations is a crucial part of the process. You don't want to begin too early in case your weight fluctuates, but if you wait too long, you might find yourself without a dress on your wedding day.

On average, most brides go in for three or four fittings, so you should start the alterations process at least two or three months before your wedding. 

How to Pick a Tailor

custom alterationsWhen choosing where to take your dress for custom alternations, make sure to look for a tailor that has experience with wedding dresses. This isn't the kind of job your local dry cleaner can handle, as wedding dresses often involve more complicated alterations due to bustles and trains. Avoid upsetting mistakes by going to an experienced professional. 

What to Expect During Your First Fitting

In addition to your dress, be sure to bring the undergarments and shoes you intend to wear at your wedding to your first fitting. Trying on your dress with the correct shoes will ensure the dress is hemmed to the proper height. If you don't have the exact shoes yet, bring a pair with a similar heel.

Going to your first fitting with your entire party of bridesmaids can be overwhelming, but do bring a close friend or relative whose opinion you trust. They will help you decide what looks best.

Finally, the amount of custom alterations possible is almost infinite. Expect your first session to take a little time as you discuss exactly what you want with the tailor. 


6 Avenue Tailor in Midtown Manhattan has been providing affordable custom alterations and clothing repair for over 30 years. Whether you need a zipper replaced or a wedding gown altered, their professional, knowledgeable tailors can make your clothes look great. This Midtown tailor also provides rush and same-day services. Interested in repairing that leather coat, or getting your new pair of jeans tailored? Call (212) 593-1925 to set up an appointment, or visit them online to learn more about their bridal alteration services.