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Wedding Dress Alterations | Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Brides 2019-06-20T14:37:15+00:00

Wedding Dress Alterations & Services

Wedding dress alterations are absolutely essential to you feeling and looking confident on your wedding day.

At Oui Madam Atelier, we work closely with you to achieve a perfectly fitted dream wedding dress, regardless of where you purchased your dress and even if you only have a few weeks to go.  We appreciate the needs of a bride and have designed a range of bespoke services just for you. From shortening the hemline to taking in a few more inches due to weight loss.  We promise to do everything possible to make your wedding dress shopping a fun and enjoyable experience.

In House Alterations

We have more than 30 years of experience and qualifications in bespoke dressmaking, plus, we also hold The Guild of Master Craftsman Award consolidating our commitment to quality and integrity.  We hold full public business insurance to protect your wedding dress whilst on our premises or in transit. This is just one of the few things that we know are important to you the customer and we want you to leave knowing that your dress is well looked after and in safe hands. 

Customizing Your  Wedding Dress 

The Fitting Service at Oui Madam Atelier is available to any bride who requires adjustments to be made to her wedding dress.  You don’t need to have purchased your dress with us in order to take advantage of the expert advice and technical knowledge.  We are able to carry out fittings and adjustments right up until two weeks before the wedding (if required) should you change in shape nearer the time. The best way to obtain a quote is to bring your dress for a consultation and to discuss the necessary adjustments with a specialist who will advise you and provide you with a quotation.
LIST OF SERVICES
Resizing and reshaping for petite clients
Shortening hemlines and adjusting sleeves,
Bustling the back train and adding extra detail,
Designing a bridal cover up, or adding a bodice to a strapless dress
Repairing damaged and delicate fabrics, Zips, inner boning and linings
Re-modelling and restyling a complete dress.
Taking in or letting out a wedding dress.

Wedding Dress Cleaning & Storing

We’re always working on ways to find the perfect solution for after care and storage of your wedding dress.
After the wedding you can drop your wedding dress in for cleaning and boxing  – we will provide you with a quote once the dry cleaner has advised us of the cost and any risks due to the nature of the fabric.  Delicate stones and fragile tulle dresses may incur extra charges – so please come and talk to us before booking your dress in.
Wedding Dress Cleaning Charges
Dry-cleaning and hanging starts from £105.00 – e.g., slim line dresses
Dry Cleaning and boxing from £140.00 – e.g., slim line dress
 How to find us

The Atelier is 26 miles from Central London and within a 5 min drive of both Cliveden and Hedsor House with free 2 hour parking right outside the boutique. We also cater to London brides who are welcome to visit us in the London studio by appointment only.

During the summer months customer orders can take up to 6 weeks to complete so booking early is advised. 

FAQ’s

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ALTER A WEDDING DRESS?

Depending on the amount of work needed and also the time of year so anything from 2  – 12 weeks

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR ALTERATIONS?

This depends on the amount of work, the details, the materials used and the way the dress is made – Average spend for bridal gown adjustments is around £360.00

IS THE ALTERATION COSTS INCLUDED IN THE DRESS COSTS?

No.  Off the peg bridal gowns are ordered in from a factory, in the nearest size to your measurements so the cost you pay is for the dress only.

HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS WILL I NEED TO ATTEND FOR FITTINGS?

A professional dressmaker will need to see you for at least 2-3 fittings to ensure that your dress fits like a glove and also to maintain the high quality workmanship

WHEN SHOULD I GET MY DRESS ALTERED?

As soon as you have received your dress, you need to book an appointment to discuss the alterations, obtain a quote for the work and to schedule for its completion. Allow yourself extra time if it is needed.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A DRESS ALTERED?

This depends on how busy the workroom is at the time of receiving your dress.  As a guide, the average turnaround is from 4 to 8 weeks.  Alteration can be completed in a couple of days but allow yourself time to schedule appointments and further corrections to be made if needed.  If you need your dress back sooner, be prepared to pay extra for the service. Why?  Because extra hands will be needed to get the work completed on time

Wedding dress Alterations services brides from Buckinghamshire, London and Berkshire

HOW MUCH DO BRIDESMAIDS DRESS ALTERATIONS COST?

Anything from adding an extra layer of lining to shortening hemlines, shoulder straps etc – expect to pay anything from around £30 per dress upwards.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ALTER A WEDDING DRESS?

Most alteration appointments will involve 2-3 appointment lasting approximately 30 minutes each. The first appointment is with an experienced dressmaker who will consult and advise you about the work that needs doing.  Once you have agreed the price, the first fitting should commence and the work should begin promptly as agreed

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHORTEN A GOWN?

To shorten a wedding dress usually involves working with multiple skirt layers and each layer has to be individually shortened. Also the type of material will be an added factor. It is best to get a quote for the work based on your wedding dress.

HOW MANY SIZES CAN A DRESS BE ALTERED?

Usually 1-2 sizes maximum.  Beyond this scope will require a major re-cut of the garment so that the balance and details are redistributed equally.  This is costly so think very carefully before deciding to make a purchase because it is on sale.

HOW DO I FIND A GOOD DRESSMAKER IN YOUR AREA?

Get recommendation from brides who married the previous year as they will have gone through the process and be able to recommend highly the services that they used. Alternatively, we recommend looking for Professional reviews Website  to determine if the business you intend on using will meet the standard required and deliver on time.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN SHOPPING FOR MY WEDDING DRESS?

Take a pair of heel with you similar to what you plan to wear on the day.  Wear a well fitting and supportive bra.  If you wear padded bras, then take one with you as an option for different dresses.

WHAT IF I LOSE OR GAIN WEIGHT ONCE MY DRESS ARRIVES?

Discuss and agree a schedule with your dress fitter that allows you to lose weight and for the dress to be fitted closed to the wedding date.  If you have a fluctuating problem due to medication or pregnancy, then probably better to work with a dress designer who will be more flexible and help you to address your needs without the worry.

Cynthia

Dress designer and maker

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