With each dress that is purchased in our store there are a unique set of circumstances as to what the bride needs in terms of alterations. The vast majority of dresses purchased need to be altered to better fit the bride. Those alterations may involve changes to the bodice, hem, bustline, etc.
Outside of the standard alterations required to make the dress fit properly, many brides decide they would like customize their dress with additional alterations. This may include changing the neckline and sleeves or even doing a modest fill on a contemporary dress.
One of the most unique things about purchasing a wedding gown in Utah is the fact that in the Salt Lake Area, 40-50% of the brides that we see have a modesty requirement for religious reasons. Although there are a few manufacturers that produce modest wedding gowns, the majority do not. This gives the bride that needs a modest wedding gown a more limited selection over a bride that selects a contemporary wedding gown.
Fantasy Bridal specializes in customizing contemporary gowns to offer a modest alternative. Annette Riccardi, our founder, pioneered the true modest fill with matching laces and fabrics over 25 years ago, and we continue to use that method today. We also have a growing selection of "Fillable Gowns" that are just a few alterations away from being considered modest. We hope that these will help fill the gap to offer even more alternatives.
Our seamstresses have been hand-picked by Annette and are experts in their field. When purchasing and altering your gown at Fantasy Bridal, your gown never leaves the controlled environment of our store giving you piece of mind that it is well cared for by our seamstresses. With your alterations, you receive one free steaming/pressing and detailing of your wedding gown, valued at $85.
Frequently Asked Questions
"If you measure me, why should I need alterations after my dress arrives?"
While we do our best to order the closest size possible to your measurements, unless you are the exact measurements of the size chart and 5'7" to 5'9" tall, you will need some sort of alterations to tailor your gown to your figure. Typical alterations are a bodice, hem and bustle and a shoulder adjustment for a sleeved gown. Only 1 bride out of 50 may need no alterations but will still elect to have the train bustled on her gown for dancing or walking.
"Are alterations included in the price of the dress?"
Because each person is unique, there is no possible way to build the price of the alterations into the dress price. We would hate to penalize the brides that need very little work or the brides that choose to have their gowns altered elsewhere.
"How far in advance do I need to schedule my fitting?"
During the busy season from March through September, we ask that you allow 8-12+ weeks for alterations before you need the dress. If you are doing bridal photos, that is 8-12+ weeks before your portraits. Always error on the side of caution: some gowns may require more than one fitting, so pad the time accordingly especially if you are doing custom work. Also allow enough time if you have a tight schedule and only can come in on certain days for fittings.
"Why is custom work (including modest fills) so expensive?"
Each modest fill is custom made to specifically fit the bride. This requires that patterns are cut for that bride and also includes any minor adjustments needed to ensure that the custom work fits perfectly before the bride takes the gown home. It may also include hand beading, which is the most labor intensive part of any custom work. It often requires several hours of work to get the dress just right for the bride.