Wedding Dress Alterations

Bridal Gown Altered by Skilled Tailors in Toronto.

Premium Bridal Alteration Shop in Toronto

Congratulations! You’ve found your dream bridal gown, but buying a wedding gown is just the beginning. As usual, the gown of your dreams needs a few wedding dress alterations to perfectly suit your body and style.

That’s where Wedding Dress Alterations come in!

We offer bridal & wedding services and we can alter almost all kinds of wedding dresses, from modern ones to more traditional ones.

Contact us whether you have any questions about our bridal & wedding dress alteration services or whether you want to alter your Bridesmaid, Formal, Evening Gown, or wedding suit.

If you are still not sure, you can check our reviews below and see what our customers saying about our dress repair services quality, pricing, and of course the final result.

Wedding Gown Alteration & Fitting Questions

As a general rule, it usually takes 4-6 weeks to alter a bridal gown. For more complicated projects we might need more time, so you should aim to have your bridal alteration appointment at least six weeks before your wedding date.

Your wedding dress shouldn’t be a source of stress, so it always better to allow enough time for your wedding dress alterations, so remember to allow plenty of time for your wedding dress alterations!

Three fittings are enough to achieve the desired fit of your wedding dress, but of course, this depends on the bridal gown.

The number of fittings depends on the dress and whether you require basic tweaks or major remodeling & restyling. For plain wedding dresses, we usually need 2 fittings and for more complex gowns 3 fittings. Every Fitting session takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

The standard flow of wedding dress fittings is as follows:

  • First fitting: the bridal dress is examined from all angles on you in order to find the alterations that should be done to fit in the bride’s unique figure. It is also the perfect opportunity to add special details or remodel your wedding gown. 
  • Second fitting: we will make sure that we addressed all the concerns from the first fitting and will check for any outstanding tweaks that we have to make. We will also check that you can move around comfortably and that there’s no obvious wrinkling, bunching or pulling of material. 
  • Third fitting: you will try your bridal gown on to make sure you’re 100% happy. If there aren’t any wrinkles or adjustments needed, you will take your wedding gown home!

 

When you come to your initial fitting appointment, there are several things you should bring with you. First of all, the shoes are essential in properly marking the hem.

Hair accessories, jewelry, sash, crowns, and undergarments you plan to wear (bra, cups, slip, corsets) on your special day, can also greatly impact the fit of your gown and will help you have a better idea of how everything looks together.

Our Tailor will do everything to make sure your gown fits perfectly, but you should also take a close look at the fit and how the fabric falls.

If something doesn’t feel right, speak up. Be direct about how you envision your gown looking and feeling. If there are any significant changes you want to make, such as adding illusion lace sleeves or altering the neckline, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Finally, if you feel more comfortable bringing a member of the bridal party or your mother with you, then you are more than welcome to do so.

Some common wedding dress alterations we provide include shortening the hem, taking in/out on the hips and waist, removing sleeves, train loop, and button and shortening straps, taking in around the chest, adding a waist stay, and altering the neckline and back.

In addition to the common bridal alterations, we can also take over projects that require a particular level of tailoring skills and level of expertise to restyle or remodel completely a wedding dress.

  • Shortening the hem: Ready-made wedding dresses you can buy in a bridal store or online, usually have extra-long hem to fit the taller customers. Shortening the hem is the most common and popular alteration we do.
  • Taking in/out on the hips and waist: Every body is unique and it is common to take the dress in or out on the side seams. In general, it is always better to take a dress in, as it is much easier and less expensive, rather than let it out.
  • Taking in around the chest: When it comes to chest size, the shape might need some alteration.
  • Altering the neckline: One of our popular services that can make a huge impact is neckline alteration and we can have the neckline opened or closed.

To make the alterations process easier, we provide a FREE consultation with our wedding dress tailor, to our clients from Toronto and other GTA regions.

Our goal is to achieve the perfect result and our dress tailor will help you decide which adjustments will work best without compromising the style of your dress. All the Gowns are constructed differently, and some styles and materials are just naturally easier to alter than others.

There are also many parts on the dress, so altering one may affect another part and that is why it is hard to give you an estimated price, only by looking at the photos.

Find the starting Prices for ALL the bridal alteration services on our website

From our experience working with bridal stores, our prices are on average 20-40% lower, as we do all the alterations in our shop, without outsourcing the projects.

For brides who ordered or received their dress a little later, we do offer Rush Fittings & Alteration, but we need the bride to be extremely flexible with availability for fittings. Rush orders may be subjected to a rush fee.

  • Ball gown wedding dress
  • Mermaid 
  • Trumpet
  • Sheath 
  • A-line
  • Tea-length
  • Fit-and-flare 
  • Column
  • Boho

Through the years, we had the chance to alter wedding gowns from many different designers and bridal brands such as:

Mori Lee  •  Sophia Tolli  •  Mon Cheri  •  Alexandra Grecco  •  Dan Jones  •  Theia  •  Madi Lane  •  Paloma Blanca  •  Calla Blanche  •  Martina Liana  •  Eva Lendel  •  Madison James  •  Lillian West  •  Alex Perry  •  Inbal Dror,  •  Monique Lhuillier,  •  Rime Arodaky  •  Rue De Seine  •  Savannah Miller  •  Vera Wang  •  Zac Posen  •  Enzoani  •  Allure Bridals • Pronovias  •  Stella York  •  Maggie Sottero  •  L’ Amour  •  Essense Of Australia  •  Berta  •  Galia Lahav  •  David Tutera Bridals and more.

Bridal Alterations Cost

Below you can find the complete wedding dress alterations price list to the services we provide. Whether you have a gown that you want to restyle, remodel or alter, simply choose the part you want to alter and find the detailed pricing. 

From our experience working with bridal stores, our prices are on average 20-40% lower, as we do all the alterations in our shop, without outsourcing the projects.

You can also learn how much it will cost to alter an evening dress or a bridesmaid dress.

Bra Cups/Attach Bra$20
Adjust Neckline at Over Bust$65
Plain- Resize Bust Line$80
Fancy/Detail Resize Bust Line$150
Plain (Add/In/Out)$40
Fancy/Detail/Beaded (Add/In/Out)$80
Plain  (In/Out)$65
Fancy/Detail/Zipper (In/Out)$110
Beaded (In/Out)$150
Center Back Plain (In/Out)$80
Center Back Fancy/Detail (In/Out)$110
Center Back Beaded (In/Out)$150
Wrist Loops for Train$30
Up to 4 Attachments$70
5-10 Attachments$95
11 or more Attachments$130
Spaghetti Straps (Plain)$25
Halter Neckline (In)$35
Raise Shoulders (Plain Sleeveless)$45
Spaghetti Straps (Beaded)$80
Raise Shoulders (Fancy/Detail Sleeveless)$80
Raise Shoulders (Beaded Sleeveless)$125
Straps Make/Attach Up to 1/2″ Wide$75+material
Remove Train$89
Plain Straight Shorten$150
Plain A Lined/Narrow Bias Shorten$195
Plain Full Shorten$250
Narrow Straight with Lace Shorten$295
Extra Full Plain Shorten$295
Full with Lace/Other Detail Shorten$350
Beaded Shorten$395
Shorten in 2 Spots (waist & bottom)$450
Plain (In/Out)$65
Fancy/Detail (In/Out)$110
Beaded (In/Out)$150
Plain Hem$25
Taper$35
Fancy Hem$45
Shorten from Top (Plain)$75
Beaded Hem$80
Shorten From Top (Fancy)$125
Shorten From Top (Beaded)$175
Shorten in the middle reattach detail (Beaded)$180
Remove or Alter Crinoline$25
Elastic (In/Out/Add)$25
Add Waist Line Gross Grain/Elastic/Hold up Strapless Gown$25
Add gripper Elastic/Hold up Strapless Gown$25
Add Easing Thread/Tighten Neckline/Armhole$25
Open/Close Slits$30
Shorten/Attach/Detach Belt- Plain$30
Shorten/Attach/Detach Belt- Fancy$45
Add non-Functional buttons to the zipper (up to 25)$50
Add Modesty Piece (per Area)$50+material

***Please note: These are the starting prices and the total price will depend on how much work needs to be done and the complexity of the bridal gown. Wedding Gowns have special fabrics or adornments such as beads, lace, tulle or crystals and may require more extensive tailoring.

To provide you with an accurate price, we offer a FREE consultation. After you try the dress and we see exactly the alterations that should be done, we can recommend to you how we can transform your piece.

Are you ready for a Bridal Alteration?

Our Review

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Nadia gave me the best advice and custom tailoring fit for my wedding dress according to my body type and size to make my dress perfect for me on my special day. I am very grateful and happy to find her and use her services in the future. Thank you.
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Anna H.
I absolutely LOVE how my wedding dress alterations turned out! Nadia is so friendly and professional. She completed the alterations much faster than I thought she would, and the cost was very reasonable. So happy I went to her for my alterations, and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Laura A.
Nadia was so wonderful to work with! She helped me with a Bridesmaid dress I needed altered and was an absolute pleasure! Very talented with a lot of experience, and it’s apparent. Her prices were very reasonable and fair. 100% recommend for anyone needing custom or altered services.
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Danielle G.
Found Nadia on Google. Needed my wife's wedding dresses altered. It was, in my eyes, an impossible task… So many flowers and lace designs on it. She smashed it out of the park… Her alterations were absolutely perfect and my wife is extremely happy, so I am extremely happy. Very competitive pricing, polite, nice, experienced (she pointed out a couple of things we had no idea we were looking at), fast, professional, and flawless. Her space is cute, clean, and comfortable. Honestly… What else could you ask for? Need an alteration? Do not hesitate to contact Nadia. She is the one!
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Jeremy
I had to let out the waist and hip of my mermaid wedding gown. My dress had lace and patterns made with small pearl beads all over from the top to the middle of the thigh. She had to detach a lot of those around the seam area and re-install and also had to extended the beads pattern as letting out the seam. She made it flawlessly to get along with the original pattern. The adjusted size fits me just perfectly along my body while it’s comfortable enough to move in the gown. I liked that she spent enough time to look at details on my gown and discussed with me to suggest the best way.
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Leslie C.
I brought my wedding dress to be altered here. Nadia is a very sweet and personable woman who listened to my wishes and concerns. She is very skilled and knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable leaving my dress with her. Due to COVID, I had to cancel my wedding, so I don’t have pictures as of yet, but will post once our wedding finally happens!
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Keaton M.
Nadia did an amazing job with my wedding dress alteration. Her work is beautiful, very fast and fairly priced. My dress was 2 sizes too big and I wanted to get rid of the train, have the bottom all one length. By looking at my dress you could never tell it had anything done. The embroidery and beadwork look flawless and it fits like a glove. I’m a bridesmaid in another wedding next year and I’ll definitely be coming back to get my dress altered.
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Maria B.
I have had a lot of pieces altered, but NEVER have I worked with such a lovely and detail-oriented Tailor. Not only is she a joy to be around, but she is super fast/efficient and made my bridesmaid’s dress fit like a glove. She also custom placed lace on it seamlessly using her creativity and expert skill. Cannot recommend Nadia enough. I have found my new go-to designer!
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Michelle C.
Nadia is amazing. Professional, highly skilled, pleasant, warm and friendly, responsive, upbeat and just an all-around pleasure to deal with. Don't waste your time elsewhere.
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Sandra M.
Nadia did a wonderful job altering a bridal skirt for me, she is very detailed, thorough and great value for quality work. It came out even better than expected! Will definitely go back.
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Marrianne B.
I had beautiful alterations done on a bridesmaid dress. Great attention to detail and perfect seams. I highly recommend Nadia Lef.
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Caroline G.
Very professional and quick. She altered a bridesmaid’s dress for me and it fits perfectly. Reasonable prices, very friendly and personable.
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Jillian Elizabeth C.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Nadia and her work! My wedding gown was beautiful to start, but after Nadia made it fit perfectly to my body and created bustles that were just incredible I could not be more in love with my wedding gown! She is so incredibly kind and talented! I highly recommend her to all upcoming brides. It can be very nerve wrecking to hand over your wedding gown to anyone – but with Nadia you can trust that she will do a wonderful job at keeping to the original design and enhancing it to look perfect on your body! I will be coming back for any other alteration needs. Thank you so much Nadia 🙂
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Michelle B.
Nadia is a true artist of fashion design. We had an emergency situation with four gowns that needed to be redesigned and tailored two weeks before a wedding! Nadia designed the perfect alterations for the dresses in order to fit our style, and then tailored them in record time, in time for the wedding. The girls were delighted with the final product, and they all looked absolutely gorgeous in their newly altered and fitted gowns; no one would even suspect that each gown had undergone major surgery to make it usable! It must be emphasized that Nadia is not just a seamstress – she is a talented designer with a deep and imaginative sense of style.
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Lev M.
Nadia is very detailed orientated and professional which are qualities of a great designer and seamstress. I am so happy I found her! I had my wedding dress (10 layers) altered and bustled. The work was flawless! She appreciated the authenticity of the fabric she worked with and wanted to ensure the alterations did not affect or impact the original style. Highly recommend!
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Melissa C.

Questions From Our Customers

Due to COVID-19, can I bring my mom, sister, or both along, or do I have to come in alone?

For now, it is absolutely fine to bring with you one more guest. If things are better by July, probably you can bring both your mom and sister.

 

I am looking to have remodeled 2 wedding dresses into a one-piece. Is this something you can do?

It is better if you bring your dresses. This way you can show us exactly the new design you have in mind. It is not something common and we need to create a custom wedding design by using the fabric of 2 other dresses, so in order to achieve a desirable result, we need to start with a free in-person meeting.

 

I want to get my wedding dress altered for you. I am looking to shorten and bustle my wedding dress. The straps will also need to be shortened as well. I was wondering what the timeline for booking this sort of thing is and how can we start?

You can book an appointment online and visit our store when it works best for you. In order to achieve a perfect result without any stress, we going to need 5 to 8 weeks. During our first meeting, we can discuss all the details.

 

I am shopping around for alterations prices for my wedding gown as I was quoted (what I believe) to be a ridiculously high amount for alterations from the bridal salon.

From our experience, our prices are on average 20-40% lower.

 

I am looking to do a few alterations to my wedding dress, such as a hem, add a bustle, shorten straps and remove a layer of the tool underneath the skirt. Is there are a way you could tell me how much this would cost if I send you a photo?

The wedding dress has to fit perfectly on your body, silhouette, and style. We can achieve it only if you try it on. There are many details I need to see before we can tell you the final price and unfortunately we can’t see them from a photo.

 

I was hoping you could give me a quote for shortening the hem of my dress and taking it in at the waist.

The most exciting thing about wedding dresses is that they are unique, so, unfortunately, there is no fixed price. In order to take a good idea about our prices, you can check our reviews and see what our customers saying about us.

I just picked up my bridesmaid dress and it is too tight around the waist and the cups that they put in look a bit funny. I know it is extremely last minute but I am wondering if you would be able to help me with these issues.

We will do our best to help you, but first, we need to see the dress.

 

I have a bridesmaid’s dress that needs slight alterations. It fits well but the halter needs to be fitted properly and it needs to be hemmed. Please let me know when you have time for me to come by.

You are more than welcome and you can book an appointment online. Just choose the day and time that works best for you.

 

I got a bridesmaid dress for my friend’s wedding. The store sold me a 2 instead of a 4. Could I please come in to see if you can alter it?

Of course. Visit our store, so we can see the design and how the dress is stitched.

 

I am looking into shortening my bridesmaid’s dress a couple of centimeters and would need it done by next week. Would this be possible?

During the wedding season, it usually takes more than 2 weeks. On the other hand, if you require an alteration between October to March, usually it can take less than one week, depending on the dress.

 

I have a bridesmaid dress that requires alterations. My dress is a size 4, and I will likely need some minor alterations to the straps, bust, and bodice. Can you provide me with an approximate quote?

In order to provide you with a price, we have to see the dress on you. There are many details, such as body shape and fabric that unfortunately, we can’t see by the photos.

 

I was wondering if I could get a starting quote for a bridesmaid’s dress. I would like to shorten the length, shorten the shoulders and sew the leg slit up a little.

You can find all the starting prices to alter a simple dress on our website. Of course, the final price will depend on the complexity of the dress and the alterations that should be made.
That is why I have to see the dress on you first.

 

I am a bridesmaid next month and have to alter a crepe Dessy dress. I need to take it in so it is fitted more. Could you let me know the price range I may expect if I were to bring it to you for alterations?

As for prices in general, you can also check our reviews and see what our customers saying about their experience.