White Lace

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How long do wedding dress alterations usually take?

I'm really worried that I've left dress shopping too late and with only 3 months until my wedding, I'm stressing I won't have time to get my dream dress done in time. So how long do the alterations normally take, if I have to get my dress taken up or taken in?

White Lace

I usually give a 6-8week timeframe prior to your wedding date. I would suggest you book in a pin-up fitting, when I would give you a wriiten obligation-free quote and if you're agreeable to the price, we book in a date for you to pick up your dress, (once you've tried it on). If there are any further tweaks to be done they would be very minimal. I hope this helps in proceeding with getting your dress alterations done. 

Best Regards

How much do wedding dress alterations cost?

Hi, I had a quote for wedding dress alterations for around $470 to do alterations on the shoulder, take in the skirt around hip and thighs and shorten the hem. Is it too much or is that about right? Thank you in advance x

White Lace

Rarely do made-to-order wedding gowns fit a bride perfectly and judging from your question perhaps if in doubt get a second quote. However the amount of $470 is not unreasonable and hopefully the dressmaker may have seen the dress on you to see how it fits and exactly what needs to be done.
Alteration charges range differently from one dressmaker to another. Generally, the price of alterations is not included in the cost of the gown so it is important to budget for the cost of alterations when assessing your bridal budget. 
For the most important dress you will ever get to wear, you would want it to fit perfectly. The descriptions are understandably quite vague since it's not from a dressmakers point of view. The dress could be made with a plain fabric with no embellishment or it could be beaded or lace, or the skirt may have many layers, etc etc there are so many factors to consider in bridal alterations. Ultimately there is no easy answer to the cost of alterations and as a dressmaker I would be hesitant to give a quote without seeing the dress on a bride. You're on the right track to ask the question of cost but if faced with a higher quote, you may have to compare expertise versus cost to do the job to your satisfaction.
It is an extra cost and you would want your alterations to be done with expertise to make you look like a princess in your dress.
Hope this answers your question. 
Warmest regards

What’s the lead time for a wedding dress now because of COVID?

Has covid changed how far out I need to order my wedding dress? What are the lead times for wedding dresses at the moment?

White Lace

Q: What lead time is required for a wedding gown now because of the pandemic ? 

A: Lead times haven’t changed for most bridal designers. Admittedly it’s been a challenge for brides during these challenging times not knowing how much time is needed to have their dresses made. As a designer/dressmaker I usually give 8 to 12 months out from your wedding date. 

However most designers will make every effort to have your gown made on time, particularly if a sudden unforeseen situation arisesSo consider a local recommended designer, who can be flexible and where you are able to attend fittings with little notice. 

Lead time is key to having your dress made, so to help you understand and navigate the process, it doesn’t begin until your measurements are taken and a deposit has been paid. Once the deposit is received and design specifications (like fabric choices) are outlined, the work to produce your gown begins over the next few months, which will include a number of fittings prior to you picking up your wedding gown.

Even if your wedding date has had to be changed, you WILL walk down the aisle, whether it’s with ten, thirty or a hundred attendees at your wedding.

Much love ??


PS: In 2020 many couples have had  to either postpone or even cancel their wedding dates. Now with the backlog, designers are working hard to get back to work full force, for brides wanting their dresses made, so consider supporting an Australian designer and trust them. 

Do most wedding dresses need to be altered?

What’s the likelihood that I’ll need alterations for my wedding dress and how much would I be looking at? (Wondering if I should do made to measure instead.)

White Lace

Q: Do most wedding dresses need to be altered? 

A: This is a great question, I would say almost every bride will need to have her wedding gown altered. Once you’ve found your dream dress, it doesn't stop there. Rarely do gowns fit perfectly when bought off-the-rack or ordered to your closet standard size. You now have to see to getting alterations done on your gown and there are some important things to remember in regards to bridal alterations.

Generally, the price of alterations is not included in the cost of the gown. Make sure you're prepared to budget for the cost of alterations when assessing your bridal budget. Ask the bridal boutique for an estimated cost. Or you can choose to take your dress elsewhere for those needed changes. 

Whether you want the neckline completely changed, straps added, the bodice taken in, or just the hem shortened, it is an extra cost which can add up to a few hundred dollars, depending on different types fabrics, which can cost more or less to alter. For instance.. taking up the hem of layers and layers of a tulle skirt will add to the cost, whereas lace can be a bit easier to hide alterations, but it is also a time consuming process, adding costly hours to the alterations.

If your dress has any kind of train, you will probably need a bustle. Most wedding dresses come without bustles. A bustle can have one, three, or even five bustle pick-up points depending on the style of the skirt. That's something the seamstress will need to create as there are many different ways to bustle the dress.

Dressmakers have an incredible talent and can alter your gown in ways you didn't think were possible, but remember that they can't change the whole gown. Trust what they say and follow their guidance.

As an experienced dressmaker I too want to ensure that your dress fits you perfectly on your wedding day. 

I'm a 71-year-old bride-to-be, I don't want a white dress as I've been married before, what can I wear?

I don't want a bridesmaids dress either, and nothing too fancy. Any suggestions?

White Lace

Congratulations ! 

This is a great question and I would be happy to give you some thoughts about choosing your dress, having celebrated my 70th this year. 

As we age, our style naturally evolves. If anything, look for an effortlessly elegant style that flatters your figure and allows your personality to shine.

Tip: An empire waist is more elegant and as an older bride, soft lines typically would flatter your body. 

You can 100% wear white, even if it's your second marriage! But if you really don’t want to wear white, perhaps look at shades like blush, grey, ivory, silver and even gold tones. 

Tip: Truthfully.. you can choose a wedding dress in any color that suits your style, personality and complexion. 

For the skirt, choose a length that you are most comfortable in. If your legs are one of your best features, why not think about a cocktail or tea-length dress. 

Tip: Mid-calf A-line dresses are a classic and look great if you are shorter and carry a few extra pounds. You can also show off those great shoes if you wear a shorter wedding dress.

Choose a neckline, that doesn’t cut too deep into the cleavage. 

Tip: A higher scooped neckline, bateau shape (boat) or V-neckline flatters, adds elegance and a hint of sexiness without going over the top.

What about having cap or flutter-style sleeves? They’re a great way to keep your shoulders and upper arms under wraps and still show off some skin. Or consider lace or illusion sleeves.

Tip: three quarter length sleeves work well as they flatter your hands and wrists. 

Whether you buy your dress from a bridal boutique or have it designed and made from scratch with you in mind, the sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing your wedding dress style, and you deserve to shine and look stunning on your wedding day.

Warmest regards 



Janice Thornicroft 

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