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THE TRUTH ABOUT FREE ALTERATIONS

"The truth about FREE Alterations..are they really FREE??"
 


In 2004, when I was 52 years old I opened the original "Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique" (as it was known then) and I was scared to death.  I started out selling exclusive evening wear. Prior to that, I free-lanced as a designer for sets, working  runway, designed, and made clothing for boutiques on the Monterey Peninsula using 3 sewing machines, working on my kitchen table after my family went to bed.  I worked long hours from 9PM-5AM every night to create beautiful wearable art, and meet deadlines.  All of my items sold; many to the entertainment industry for movie sets and performers .   I owe a lot to my Grandmother and my Aunts who honestly believed in me and always told me " I had a gift of fashion and design."  That experience taught me a lot about alterations. I owe them a lot, including teaching me to always add value to your talent and knowledge.
 
Many excited newly engaged  brides have been walking into my store as the 2016 Bridal Season beginsand the question always comes up, "Are the alterations and a free veil included in the price of the dress?"
 
  My honest answer to that question is, no. Like other successful bridal salons, I always recommend that the bride set aside an extra $200-$500 for accessories, and depending on what is desired, an extra $250-$1000 for alterations.  These prices will vary depending on demographics, the fit of the gown (any changes to the brides shape and size) and fabrication of design.
 
Alterations on a bridal gown take a lot of skill and talent. Not everyone can pull out a sewing machine and say they can alter a wedding dress or formal gown. It's a dying art.  On top of there being a limited number of great bridal seamstresses around these days, altering a wedding dress is a time consuming process. You know the saying "Time ismoney!", that definitely proves to be true with bridal alterations. You wouldn't do your job for free, right? Seamstresses need be paid just as you would expect to be paid to do your job. If you choose not to have your dress altered through our network of seamstresses, you are free to pick it up and take it to the seamstress of your choosing!
 
 
IF, we were to alter wedding dresses and formal wear for free, that expense would have to come from somewhere. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is! If another store is offering you free alterations, I would check to see if you could get a better price on the dress because they are probably marking it up to cover their cost of alterations. You will usually end up paying for it one way or another.
 
 
When a bride comes to us and the sample dress that she absolutely loves doesn't fit properly, we will order the wedding dress directly from the designerThe ordering process takes 6-9 months , therefore, it's important to start shopping for your dream gown 9-12 months before the big day .

Before we order your wedding dress, we will measure you to determine the proper size. We are trained to measure our brides to achieve the best fit possible to minimize the alteration costs. Certainly, your shopping for your wedding dress should be completed at a ONE-STOP Bridal Salon that has your dress plus provides the bridal experience for the bride and her bridesmaids.  

 
Wishing everyone a Happy Wedding Season! Let it rock!

All my best,

Cathy
 
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