When to contact me to book your bridal fitting

I can’t express how important it is that you arrange your fittings well in advance.

At least 6 months before or ideally a year in advance.

I get fully booked many months ahead, especially for wedding dates between February and October.

Of course you are welcome to get in touch anytime, even if your timescale is short and I can check my availability for you.

What to bring to your bridal fitting

It is essential that you bring your wedding shoes, along with the correct underwear that you will wear with your dress on your wedding day to all fittings.

These will absolutely affect the fit of your gown.

If you are unsure or undecided on these items, then please let me know before your first fitting so we can decide on the best options for you.

Timescales

I only take on a certain number of brides each calendar month so I can dedicate my time equally to everyone.

Where possible I aim for a slightly longer lead time from the first fitting to the final fitting during the busier months, between February and October, being around 10 or 12 weeks.

Outside these months I can easily do a shorter lead of time of 6 or 10 weeks.

Just to say that I can turn a dress around within 2 weeks or less should this be required, and I have availability.

“Your dress should look and feel like it was made for you. I’m here to help you feel amazing on your wedding day so that your bridal gown will hold memories forever and tell your story.”

What to expect

My fitting studio is a very relaxed and down to earth space.

When we first meet, we will spend some time chatting about the adjustments to create your perfect wedding gown so you can feel amazing in your dress on your very special day.

I will take you step by step through each fitting process.

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Brides

Suzie turned a £300 dress off of eBay into the gown of my dreams. Her effortless professionalism and in depth knowledge is second to none. Upon seeing me in my dress for the first time she knew exactly what had to be done to make it perfect. She took my ideas and helped me to develop them into something wonderful. Thank you so, so much.

Becky Alice

Suzie altered my Stella York wedding dress for my wedding a few weeks ago and it was truly perfect, she is a very talented lady who truly puts her heart into each and every dress she alters. I was worried that my dress wouldn’t look quite right after been altered as I lost quite a bit of weight and it was considerably a lot bigger than me but wow. It fit like a glove and she made a already beautiful dress absolutely stunning. I had so many compliments on the day. If anyone is hesitant maybe due to travelling, you won’t be disappointed, Suzie was far from local to me but she was so highly recommended I knew I would be making the right decision. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Suzie to anyone.

Kirsty Ansty

How many fitting appointments are needed

Most gowns will require 2 or 3 fitting appointments before a final collection appointment after your dress is steamed and pressed.

The first fitting is where we chat through all the details, and I will pin and take measurements, and this is all written down for you.

The second fitting is where things have happened to your dress, taking it towards the final stage. At this appointment expect to see hand tacking, maybe loose threads and unpicked areas!

Once your alterations are complete there will be an appointment for you to collect your gown and have a final try on.

I always hand press and steam gowns so they are perfect for your wedding day.

Remember, every gown is unique in its fitting, and sometimes extra fitting appointments may need booking, so it is vital to be flexible with your appointments.

“There is an art to fitting your bridal gown. A bridal seamstress has a very comprehensive skill set on top of being technically proficient and having an eye for the little details.

I know how a gown is constructed and sewn together and have worked on literally thousands of dresses over many years and every one of them, just like you, is unique.”

Bespoke additions &  Restyling changes

This is a wonderful way to make your dress truly unique.

I have a huge range of fabrics and laces available that will compliment your dress and make any changes work beautifully.

Whether your gown is new, vintage, off the peg or a loved ones dress, get in touch and we can chat all about making your perfect dress.

If you  have a particular element, you would like changed or added,

or maybe you have a whole new vision for your dress, get in touch.

I can advise on various ways to create a particular style that you may be looking to accomplish.

You can bring along images to show me your ideas.

Here are some popular restyling and bespoke requests:

Adding sleeves or straps,

Making a matching veil, bolero or coverup

Skirt or dress overlays,

Bespoke neckline changes,

Reducing or adding skirt fullness,

Making a statement bow or adding corset back,

Or a complete remake!

The list is endless to what I can do

How much do wedding dress alterations cost?

I can give you a guide to costs as this question is not easy to answer exactly, without seeing you in your dress.

Many factors involved can affect the cost, from the fabric, the fit, the style and generally how much you need doing to it.

However, I appreciate you need a rough figure to factor into your wedding budget.

Prices start from £280 and can go up to £600+ however most bridal gowns average between £350-£500, for the usual types of alterations.

The usual types of alterations are adjusting the bust and waist area, shortening the hem length at the front, adding bra cups and a bustle on the train.

Bridesmaid and Occasion wear alterations average from £30 to £130, as a guide.

 

 

Do message or call me if you would like a guide to the costs for your specific alterations. I am always more than happy to chat informally with you, and without any obligation.

I do offer a free pre-fitting consultation appointment during the quieter months only, between October and February.

This is a great idea if you would like to chat through your alterations or would like to discuss any bespoke changes or additions to your gown. I can give you an accurate quote in advance of any fittings.

Outside of these months, you are welcome to message and send pictures. I can then give you a cost guide.

I also offer a bridesmaid, mother of the bride/groom outfit and occasion wear fitting service during the quieter months between October and January. Please book well in advance to secure dates. However, depending on my availability, I will offer these services during the rest of the year.

If you think I might be the one to help you make your wedding gown perfect, get in touch and we can chat.