There are two very important aspects to the perfect wedding gown. The first is finding your dream gown. The second is altering the gown to fit you perfectly. Unless you actually had your gown custom-made, then most brides can expect to have a series of alterations done on her gown to achieve the perfect fit.
One of the most important things to understand is that altering a bridal gown or formal dress is an art form, and not all tailors have the expertise to properly adjust these garments. Just because they can hem hundreds of pants, does not qualify them to work on formal wear. It's apples and oranges. You can also expect to pay more for bridal gown and formal wear alterations than on everyday street clothes.
We have two full-time seamstresses who, combined, have over 45 years experience specializing in wedding gown and formal wear alterations. We will alter gowns that were not purchased at our store, as well. So if you're in need of a reputable and talented tailor please contact us or request an appointment. The direct line for alterations is 757.461.6004. If you are not local but want to make sure you find a tailor who is qualified, we recommend calling your local bridal stores to see if they will do alterations on outside merchandise or call a fabric store or friend who may be able to offer a referral. Your local dry cleaner may also have someone they can recommend. No matter what, do your homework. Make sure the seamstress you meet with has plenty of years altering wedding gowns, and that they work for a reputable company.
For more tips to ensure your alterations process is stress-free and you achieve the look and fit you desire, check out our Bridal Gown Alterations or our Bridal Party Alterations pages or watch the video below.