Everyone’s heard of last minute wedding drama. Fom forgetting to book a DJ to not including a vegetarian option with catering to having to change venues, last minute surprises are anything but welcome.

And while you can’t prevent all disasters from happening, you can learn when to schedule wedding dress alterations to make sure your dress fitting isn’t one of those disasters.

  • Timing is Everything: Whether it’s weight fluctuations or simply a packed schedule, spacing alterations and fittings is crucial. If you schedule too late, and you might not get all the wedding dress alterations you need–and the fittings might not be accurate to your actual size and shape.
  • Have Alterations in Mind: when you’re shopping, If you’re less than a six months out, you’ll want to go with a bridal gown that requires minimum alterations.
  • Your first fitting: should determine what alterations, if any, you need. Plan to have your first fitting 3 months before.
  • Your second fitting: typically takes place 6 weeks before and you should assess any alterations that have been made. This is your last chance for any major alterations, so make sure you’re honest with your seamstress.
  • Your Final fitting: Two to three weeks before your wedding, your final fitting and any alterations should be fuss free, focusing on the dress fitting as well as possible. While minor alterations might be made to adjust for size and fit, veer away from any major style changes.


The key to scheduling wedding dress fittings and alterations? Speak with a consultant the day you buy your bridal gown about anything you might want to change–setting up a vision and timeline right away will save you a lot of stress.

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