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You have found your dream dress, now let’s talk about fitting it perfectly to you! Alterations to perfect the fit of your dress will be necessary. Our in house seamstress will make estimates during your first fitting and decide with you, what changes will be best! Upon dress arrival we will schedule your first, second and third fittings in advance, so that you may choose the dates most convenient for your schedule.

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FAQ’S:

How far in advance should I begin my alterations? 

It is never too early to start alterations, especially if you are getting married in the summer or fall, as that is the busiest time for our seamstress to work on dresses! The sooner we are able to schedule your fittings, the better. This gives us time for your first fitting to be completed so that our seamstress will have plenty of time to work on your dress before your second and third fittings.

The best timeline for scheduling is as follows: first fitting right after dress arrives, second fitting a month or so before your wedding, and third/final pickup the week or so before your wedding. If additional fittings are necessary for custom changes, those will be scheduled in between! 

If I didn’t purchase my dress at Blue, can I still set up alterations? 

Yes, of course! Our seamstress is very skilled, and has worked with many types of wedding dresses, and has expertise with customizations! There is no difference in price for an outside bride, or bridesmaids.

Can I bring in my bridesmaids dress to be fitted? 

Definitely! Alterations for bridesmaids usually ranges between $60-$200, typically for a hem and taking in the sides. If you only need one or the other, the costs can be decreased significantly.

What do I need to bring to all fittings? 

Please, please bring your shoes. The seamstress cannot accurately pin your hem without the heel height you are planning to wear the day of your wedding! If you cannot decide on the right pair until your first fitting, bring options to try and we will help you decide which pair is best! Please also bring the undergarments you are planning to wear: shape-wear, bra, bustier, etc. If you choose not to bring a bra, that is completely fine.  Our seamstress will typically sew bust cups into the dress!

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How long are the fitting appointments? 

Each appointment is scheduled for one hour. This gives the seamstress and our alterations manager time to explain the process, go through pricing, discuss travel recommendations, and help you find accessories! If you believe that you will be at least 15 minutes late the day of your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule, as appointments are booked on the hour every hour to accommodate as many brides as possible! Please give yourself enough time to get downtown and find parking!

When can I schedule? 

We schedule fitting appointments on Tuesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s only, from 10:00am-6:00pm, the last fitting beginning at 5:00pm. Since we are limited in our availability, we ask that you schedule your fittings in advance, so that you may choose the day and time that works best for you. 

Can I get a quote of alterations costs before setting up a fitting? 

Please give our alterations manager, Kelly, a call to help estimate what costs may be expected during your first fitting. However, an exact price quote cannot be estimated until you are in the dress and the seamstress is able to pin the dress and determine exact alterations. If you choose to do alterations elsewhere after a first pinning/fitting, there will be a $50 pinning fee to remove the pins. Pricing for alterations typically ranges from $300-$600; the most expensive part of alterations is doing the hem which is $270 for any dress. If we can avoid doing a hem, please bring a variety of heel heights to your first fitting, so we can see if that would be possible! Keep in mind that elaborate beading and lace re-application can heighten the costs for your alterations.

Can I schedule a fitting with my bridesmaids or mother of the bride? 

Depending upon the demand of the schedule, we may be able to extend the appointment to accommodate your guests’ fittings. The farther in advance you request an appointment, the more availability the seamstress will have to book a longer appointment, if necessary. Please let us know when you schedule your first fitting if this is something you are interested in doing!

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