Q&A for Bridal Alterations

Alterations to your bridal gown is just as important as the gown you’ve said YES to.  A great fit will ensure that you look best in you wedding photographs.  Volle’s Bridal Boutique has a highly trained alterations staff who will bring your wedding day vision to life.  Our European trained staff specializes in custom design changes and build ups.

In todays blog were breaking down some of the most popular questions we hear from brides going through the alteration process.

When should I start alterations?
We recommend starting your alterations appointments 2-3 months prior to your wedding date.

How long does a typical alterations appointment take?
Your first alterations appointment is the longest, but most appointments will last 30-45 minutes.

What should I bring to my appointments?
It’s  very important that you select your wedding day shoes and bring them to your fittings to make sure the hem is adjusted accordingly.  You’ll also want to bring the undergarments that you plan to wear for your wedding.  If you are undecided bring a few options to your first fitting.

Should I bring my entourage to fitting appointments?
Your dress is a big part of your special day and should be seen on your wedding day once it’s properly sized. During your final fitting we ask that you bring 1-2 people who will be with you wedding day to teach them how to bustle your dress.

I’ve lost or gained weight since purchasing my dress, what now?
It’s best to get in with a fitter sooner rather then later.  We know that planning a wedding can be stressful and weight gain or loss can happen, we want to make sure no matter the size your dress fits like a glove.

What is the average amount of fittings for a bridal gown?
Most bridal gowns take an average of 2-3 fittings but there are some dresses that can take more depending on the amount of alterations need to make sure the dress is properly sized.




When, Who and How Much:Buying Basics with Deanna

We recommend purchasing your dress one year prior to your wedding date.  Most gowns take about 6-8 months from first stitch to last snip. In addition to the 6-8 months for the dress to be created, you’ll want to leave time for alterations.  Depending on the dress,alterations can take 2-3 months.  Our best advice is to shop early and enjoy the process rather then rush through and be stressed.


The smaller the group the better.  We get it, everyone wants to be included in the process of picking the perfect dress, but remember and repeat after us it’s YOUR dress.  You need to love your dress and have probably dreamed about what it should like for months, don’t let others opinions stray you from your dream dress.


Do a little research and have a budget in mind before shopping.  Volles  serves brides with budgets ranging from $1400-$8000  Make sure you communicate your budget and desired style to your consultant so you can say YES to your dream dress while staying within budget.

The Knot offers a great wedding budget calculator.

Have bridal questions, need an expert opinion?  With over 40 years of experience we have the answers,  email us: