Wedding Dress Alterations in London
Established in 1983, Alterations Boutique has become one of the leading specialists in Wedding Dress Alterations and Restyling in London, offering more than 35 years of experience combined with excellent customer service. Is your bridal dress plain, has intricate lace, beads or any other type of embellishment? Our bridal alterations experts have the experience to perform many type of bridal gown alterations whether your dress requires simple tweaks or complete restyling.
At Alterations Boutique we offer a full range of wedding dress alterations, including taking in, shortening, reshaping of the train, neckline restyling, and adding bespoke embellishment. Our highly experienced fully qualified bridal seamstresses will understand your needs and requirements noting down every single detail to ensure that your vision is transformed into reality. Whether you have purchased your bridal gown from a department store, a bridal boutique, inherited it or have decided to wear a vintage wedding dress and need it restyled, resized or remodelled, we can help.
Bridal Gown Alterations Services:
- Taking in or Letting out sides
- Narrow shoulders
- Shorten / Lengthen Hem
- Shorten / Lengthen Straps
- Reshape Neckline
- Replace Zip
- General Repairs
Booking an appointment
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At Alterations Boutique, we are renowned for providing award-winning customer service that we believe every single bride deserves. We want to make sure all brides-to-be feel truly special, by sculptung a bridal dress that fits, looks, and feels perfect yet comfortable. Whether you have already decided how you would like your wedding dress to fit or need some help from our talented bridal seamstresses, we will work on your gown until it’s impeccable.
When should you have your first wedding dress fitting?
Ideally as soon as you have the dress - In our experience, most purchased wedding dresses require alterations, as there is no such thing as a standard body shape. If your gown needs to be altered in any way, it’s important to have a plan in place in advance. How early you need to bring the dress to us would depend on the complexity of the alterations required. To ensure that we have time to achieve the results you desire, we recommend bringing your wedding gown at the earliest opportunity even if your wedding is 6 months or more away. This gives us the chance to get all of the work required done on your dress, as well as giving you time to have several fittings to ensure you are happy with your gown and that it's going to be in exceptional shape in time for your wedding day. Your final fitting should be closer to the wedding date to ensure everything, including the fit, is perfect.
Unlimited Fittings Policy
At Alterations Boutique, we understand that some brides might lose or gain weight before their big day. Based on our research, a lot of alterations companies would want to charge you extra to work on your dress again if your weight changes between fittings. Alterations Boutique is the only company to offer a free unlimited fittings policy. This means that if we have taken in your dress previously and you lose or put on weight before your big day, we will not charge you any extra to alter your dress again. In essence, you can visit us as many times as you like until you are completely happy with your dress.
Your First Appointment
We would recommend that you bring your bridal dress to us at your earliest convenience, remembering to bring the shoes and underwear you intend to wear on the big day. During your first appointment, our bridal seamstress will understand your vision, pin your wedding gown and give you a breakdown of costs. If you are happy to proceed we will schedule a date for your next fitting. We will store your dress until then so you won't have to transport it to us again.
Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you offer at Alterations Boutique?
At Alterations Boutique as well as alter your Wedding Dress we can provide Bridesmaid Dress Alterations, Mother of the Bride Alterations, Flower Girl Alterations and even Suit Alterations.
When should I book my first appointment?
We recommend you visit with your wedding dress as soon as you have it even if your wedding is still several months away. We like to have as much time as possible to alter a Wedding Dress.
How long does the alteration process typically take?
The duration of the alteration process and number of fittings required depends on the complexity of the alterations and the current workload. We strive to complete the alterations within a reasonable timeframe while ensuring the highest quality craftsmanship. We recommend you visit with your wedding dress as soon as you have it even if your wedding is still several months away. We like to have as much time as possible to alter a Wedding Dress.
Do I need to schedule an appointment for alterations?
Yes, we operate on appointment only service for all Wedding Dress Alterations to ensure that our team can dedicate sufficient time and attention to your specific needs. Appointments help us manage our workflow efficiently and provide you with a personalised experience.
Can you accommodate last-minute Wedding Dress alterations?
We understand that unexpected circumstances may arise, and we will do our best to accommodate last-minute Wedding Dress Alterations based on availability. Please contact us as soon as possible, and we will work with you to find a suitable solution.
What should I bring to my appointment?
For a fitting appointment, please bring the undergarments and shoes that you plan to wear on your wedding day. This will help us ensure accurate measurements and hemming adjustments for the perfect fit. If you have not purchased the shoes you intend to wear please let our Bridal Seamstress know so that she does not pin the hem until you have.
How long do the fittings take?
Fittings last a maximum of 30 minutes. It is important that you do not arrive late to your appointment or we may have to reduce the amount of time we see you as there will be other clients likely to be booked in after you are seen.
How many people may I bring to a fitting?
We recommend that you bring no more than two people with you.
Can I eat or drink at my appointment?
Food and drink are not allowed on the premises to reduce the risk of staining wedding dresses.
Can I bring a pet?
We love animals but unfortunately we cannot permit animals on site due to the risk of staining wedding dresses.
I have purchased a wedding dress and I am pregnant
Do not worry! Our skilled Wedding Dress Alterations Seamstress has the ability to convert your dress from a zip up style to a lace up style back dress to create the extra room needed.
Do you steam the dress?
Yes we do but we only steam the dress at your final fitting when you are collecting the dress. We recommend steaming the dress only if necessary.
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Brilliant Service. I brought my wedding gown to them which being a sample dress required a lot of alterations. The train was too long, the sides did not fit correctly and I wanted a bow and a bustle added. The dress was made of lace and I was worried it might be too difficult to alter but they soon put my mind at ease once I came to the first fitting and I saw their fantastic work. After a few weeks my dress was ready and there was no sign of the work they had done. It fitted perfectly but looked completely original and had retained its style and design. The way they treated me was amazing. I never felt worried or stressed and they were very reassuring. I would highly recommend them if you are thinking of having a wedding dress altered.
I would highly recommend AB. They carried out all of the alterations on my wedding dress in August and it fitted perfectly so I felt confident and beautiful on my wedding day. They are so lovely to work with and were so understanding of all my needs.
Took my Wed2b wedding dress for minor alterations (hem, bustle and taking less than 1cm off the straps) I received an email the same day I dropped it in (Saturday) to say the work had been completed which was amazing! I was totally expecting it to take longer. This was in September. The service I received from calling to ask questions, to booking in and my fitting was amazing. The workmanship(or womanship by Nina) was great, couldn't believe how she managed to shorten my dress so much but keep the lovely pool/train at the back. You get what you pay for here, the service received and quality alterations speak for themselves.
I had my wedding dress altered here to perfection - I was SO happy :) they did an amazing job and I have since recommended them to all of my friends!
Had to buy a wedding dress a little last minute as the first had been ordered too short. The ladies here dissolved any stress and altered my dress to absolute perfection. They work like lightening and are worth every penny! THANK YOU!
Wedding Dress Alterations Costs
How much does it cost for wedding dress alterations?
We believe in charging our customers fair and reasonable prices, therefore, we undertake regular research to ensure our rates are moderate.
All fittings including the initial consultation are free and we would agree the cost with you prior to starting any work.
There are no hidden or extra charges and we perform all further adjustments for free for example, if we reduce the size of your wedding gown and it still does not fit correctly when you try it on, we will not charge you again for working on the same area.
Steaming of the dress is also free.
After the wedding
There are many different ways of creating a christening gown but it has increasingly become fashionable to create a baby’s christening gown by incorporating parts of your wedding dress. Your bridal dress is sentimental to you and therefore it is the perfect choice to use it to create another special outfit for another special family day. For example, if your bridal gown has a train, we can use it to design a beautiful christening gown for your baby. This does not mean the end of your dress as we can use it to create a matching tea length dress you can wear at the christening ceremony. Otherwise, we can work with you to design a christening gown using all the fabric and trims from your wedding dress. Whether you will decide to create a mini replica of your own wedding dress or would like us to come up with a completely new design, or have already designed it yourself, let our dressmakers work with you to create a unique and special outfit for you and your baby.
Creating a versatile wardrobe piece
Your wedding day doesn’t have to mean the end of your bridal dress. Let our talented dressmakers turn your dress into something new, better, modern and exciting. At Alterations Boutique we have the expertise to convert your bridal gown into a special outfit you can wear regularly. Let one of our dressmakers create a beautiful cocktail gown, an elegant blouse or remake the bottom part of your dress into a stunning skirt. Whatever piece you choose, it will remind you of the memories of your special day. Our talented dressmakers will work with you to create a unique piece that will always have a special and personal meaning.
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Recent Events and Publications
Ruby Hammer, British internationally acclaimed fashion and beauty makeup artist, columnist, co-founder of Ruby & Millie, and co-founder and Director of Scarlett & Crimson cosmetics brand, invited Alterations Boutique to make her a wedding dress and a dress for her daughter Reena Hammer. Maria Blazquez, founder of Alterations Boutique, creating the bridal dress which featured in Hello Magazine.
‘"The weather was bright but cool, not the Indian summer I was hoping for, but at least it wasn’t raining," said Ruby, as she arrived in Whitehall for the 4pm service. Her champagne-and-pewter hued vintage dress was a unique creation. "It was discovered by my friend Charlie Brear of the Vintage Wedding Dress Company. Everybody but everybody commented on it,” she told us. “It was originally a flapper dress with an amazing kind of cape or train, and that part was made into my wedding dress by the lovely Maria Blazquez with lots of input from my friends, Reena and myself. Then I wore the flapper dress for the evening party." Hello! Magazine
Alterations Boutique made the first replica of Kate Middleton's Wedding dress as commissioned by the Times in 5 hours! Watch Maria Blazquez, the founder of Alterations Boutique, being interviewed on Sky News (CLICK ON LINK BELOW) and David Emanuel the designer of Diana's (Princess of Wales) wedding dress, praising our bridal dress on ITV's Lorraine show on 02.05.11 (CLICK ON LINK BELOW). You can click on the link below to the Times article 30.04.11 to read the full story.