A few weeks before your event, you will have the opportunity to meet with our alterations team. They are the most talented and capable bridal team in the industry. The fitters are artists ensuring the best possible fit to your body. With over 100 years of combined training and experience, Nancy, Rosa, Antoniette, Susana, Maria and Carole perform the magic necessary so that your gown is all ready for you to wear on the big day.
Shoes and a proper foundation are required in order to achieve the best fit possible. Keep in mind all body types are not the same and the same gown will fit different bodies differently. While one girl may need cups for a better fit, another may need a specific bra, and yet another might need nothing at all. For your convenience, we sell bra cups, full supporting strapless bras and Spanx.
The complete visit should take between :15 and :45 minutes depending on body type and gown style. Due to the intimacy of the space and the nature of the process, we recommend that brides bring a maximum of 2 people for the actual fitting. At least 2 fittings will be necessary for the purpose of pinning and and checking the work after sewing is completed. At times, brides may require additional fittings. We do what is necessary to achieve a proper fit. After we satisfy the proper fit, a pick up appointment is scheduled. Brides do not try on their dresses at this appointment. The dress will be pressed and prepared for the wedding day. Mother’s and Bridesmaids dresses are most often pressed and ready for pick up at the time of the 2nd alteration visit.
A note about Bustles: America has adapted the tradition of bustling the train so that it does not trail behind the entire day. Our seamstresses are experts at designing your bustle with buttons and loops, ties or a combination of both, in a way that best adheres to the pattern of your gown. Fabrics, length of train, height of bride, and style of gown synchronize with how the bustle is created. Bustling is not required and you can let us know if you prefer to opt out at the time of the fitting.