What to Expect at My Alterations Appt?

What To Expect


We are so thrilled to be part of this exciting time in your life and are honored that you have chosen to work with us. Since we alter only wedding gowns and formal wear, we are specialists. In other words, your local dry cleaner, friend or part time seamstress might not know the intricacies of formal wear. Wedding gowns have so many complex details, from boning to hems and bustles, it is best to use a professional who has seen and worked on such gown components in the past. Our head alterations expert has over 20 years of formal wear experience. We can assure you that we will work tirelessly to make sure that every step of this process is enjoyable. We believe it is helpful to let you know what to expect until you pick up your gown for your big day!  If at any point you have any questions, please call us at 360-314-6018.


With standard delivery times, it can take 4 to 9 months for your gown to arrive at the store after we place your order, and we generally place the order within 3 business days after you have selected your gown and signed the order forms that we provide you with. When the gown arrives at our boutique, it undergoes a quality control check, where we review the style, size, fabric, color, and changes (if any were made) to make sure everything is perfect. We will then contact you to let you know that the gown has arrived. At this time, the remaining balance is due on the gown, and we will set up an appointment for your first fitting.

Endless Possibilities
Most gowns need at least some sort alteration but keep in mind your alterations can vary greatly, depending on how many changes need to be made. But if your expectations are in order, you should be ready for your wedding day with a gown that fits flawlessly. Our expert seamstresses are used to reworking fabrics, opening seams, and practically can redesign most any dress. We will add sleeves, change necklines, add accessories and embellishments to customize any gown.  We love being creative with the bride and want to make your vision come to life.

Alterations may sometimes seem expensive, but a wedding gown should fit unlike any other garment! Our goal is to perfect the fit of your garment while staying within your budget. Alterations on a bridal gown require considerable time and skill, and we have hired among the best in the industry for what we believe is a critical element in making sure your gown fits and looks perfect on your wedding day. The cost of alterations is based on the complexity and difficulty of each task, so our alterations specialist will need to see you in your gown to discuss fit enhancements and options.


You will be charged according to the degree of difficulty and time involved in tailoring your gown, insuring you only pay for what is absolutely needed. Additional charges apply to rush orders (needed within 14 days). Remember to budget the cost of alterations and bustling when choosing the gown of your dreams. For example, you might get a great deal on a clearance style that is not the correct size, but complex alterations could cost the amount you saved. And if your gown has a long train, bustling is necessary to move freely and comfortably during your reception.


Brides should be sure to budget for the necessary alterations which generally run between $200-$600 but can vary depending on how much customization is desired.

Please take note of the following:
*Reconstruction of the gown due to extreme weight loss or gain may have additional charges.

*If you would like to have a consultation with one of our seamstresses regarding the alterations for your gown, we charge a fee of $50 due to the time and work involved in providing this consultation. Should you book a consultation and then decide to go ahead with alterations with our seamstress, the $50 fee will be applied towards your one-time $50 pinning fee.

*If you would like to have our seamstresses complete a fitting (meaning pin the gown in all the right places) but then you plan to take your gown elsewhere for the work, we charge a $100 fee due to the time and work involved. Should you book a fitting and then decide to go ahead with our seamstress, the $100 fee will be added towards your alterations costs.

*Alterations on gowns not purchased at Beyond The Veil Bridal: It is not customary for us to do alterations on gowns not purchased from Beyond The Veil Bridal. However, we evaluate each inquiry on a case-by-case basis, taking into account such factors as the amount of time until the wedding and the capacity of our seamstress to take on additional fittings. For alterations on gowns not purchased at Beyond The Veil Bridal, there will be an additional $100 outside alterations fee assessed at the start of the alterations process.


If you have any concerns about the price estimates listed above, please discuss them with us. At Beyond The Veil Bridal, we want you to not only completely love your gown and the way you look but also be comfortable with everything about your experience. Our seamstresses would be happy to provide you with more detailed information about the alterations process to assure you understand and agree with the work involved.




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