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 Things Clients Often Ask

When to get your wedding dress altered?

Ideally, schedule the initial fitting 3 to 4 months before the wedding. We will usually meet 3-4 times, with your last fitting being the week before your wedding, At your last fitting we will go over how to bustle your dress, and then you take your steamed dress home for your big day.


That being said, sometimes life is unpredictable! I'm happy to take last-minute fittings. Please fill out my "Additional Questions" form at the bottom of this page to see if I can work you into my schedule. Please note, a rush fee may be applied.

What do I bring to a fitting?

Plan on bringing any undergarments you intend to wear on the big day. Please bring your wedding shoes to your second fitting so we can finalize the hem, and bustle.

Can I make customizations to my dress?

Absolutely! I love to build sleeves, move lace, add beading etc. Send me a message by filling out the form below. We will then discuss your ideas, pricing, and timing.

Can you alter a dress that is too small?

Yes! The side seams can be released to let the dress out. A corset back, or side seam illusion panel can add several inches.

Do you provide steaming services?

Yes! Steaming is my gift to you at no additional cost. 

Where do we meet for fittings?

At "R. House", aka the Richter family home. I have a clean and spacious studio in my home. By not meeting at a retail location, I'm passing the savings onto you!


Wedding Dress:

Alterations for a wedding dress are on average $300-$600.

Dresses with custom alterations, such as adding straps / sleeves, lining a bodice, adding beading, or reshaping a neckline are on average a total of $400-$800.


At your consultation appointment, I will detail a price estimate for each alteration needed to make your dress fit perfectly. The intricacy of the embellishment, construction, and fabric all play a role in pricing.


At minimum most brides should expect a strap length reduction, hem, and a bustle. This is because dress patterns are often designed with taller brides in mind, since you can always make a dress shorter but it's tricky to make the straps, torso, and hem length longer.  Also without a bustle, you can't dance and will likely have your dress stepped on.

Upcycle projects:

Turning your dress's alteration scraps into something new are on average $50 (i.e. garter, dog bowtie, flower girl hair bow, ring bag, etc.)

Additional questions?

I would love to help. Please complete the contact form below and we will be in touch soon.

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