You have been counting down the days left before your wedding day for the last four months, and the long wait is almost over. As a bride the most important part of the wedding reception isnt much the venue or the transportation for the day, but what you may be wearing. The bride is the most important person on the wedding day, and the bridal attire that you will be wearing will either boost or lower your moral. Read on to learn more about the wedding dress alternation timeline and fitting tips!

Wedding Dress Alteration Timeline

Here you will find what to do when you should be getting the alternations and scheduling your appointments underway. The following alternation timeline is based on -months long planning process. In case you have not much time than this, make sure to be upfront at your wedding dress appointments to get any alternations if necessary.

Twelve months out: Research the dress of your special day

Ten months out: start your bridal dress search.

Eight to nine months out: buy your wedding dress and get a clear understanding of what kind of alternation you will need.

Six months out: Buy undergarments and your wedding shoes.

Five months out: Start researching the alternation boutique near you.

Four months out: Book your first appointment for alternation.

Two months out: Book your second appointment for alternation.

One month out: Its time to book your appointment for final fitting or alteration.


The sooner you make an appointment for your fitting, the better. Try to make an appointment for your first fitting as soon as you buy your dress or at least 8 to weeks before the wedding. The majority of brides have three to four fittings, but this depends on the number of alterations. With each fitting, your wedding dress will be more and more sculpted to your body, and after the second fitting, you will have a better idea of how it will fit you. Your seamstress will help you establish a fitting schedule according to the date of your wedding. At a minimum, your last fitting will be one month after your 1st fitting. Ideally, you will have two to three months between your first and your last try-on.