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WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS & PRESERVATION FOR LGBTQ COUPLES

Find the best LGBT tailor for gay wedding dress alterations and preservation near you. Choose wedding dresses for gay couples by location, past experience and customer reviews. Find the best same-sex wedding dress alterations and preservation services in your area.

Advice From EVOL.LGBT

HOW TO FIND AND CHOOSE AN LGBTQ TAILOR?

Start with an Inspiration

Alright, you need a gay men wedding dress or lesbian wedding dress altered or preserved. Let’s start with a search for inspiration. Knowing what you want is half the battle.

Use sites like Pinterest, Google Image or your favorite LGBTQ community website. Search “gay wedding dress inspiration” or “lgbt wedding dress ideas” or “lesbian wedding dress ideas”. Ask your family, friends and gay couples you know for ideas or memorable dresses from weddings they attended.

Collect these findings, find the ones you love and add the images to your wedding mood board. Such a board will keep your wedding theme intact.

Understand the Options

Now that you have a clear picture of what you want, it’s time to look for dress alteration and preservation vendors near you. Searching “lgbt tailors near me” or “queer tailor near me” will provide a number or options for wedding dress preservation and alteration services.

Keep the following in mind as you browse their websites and online profiles.

Portfolios: Have they done something similar to what you want to make or alter? Do they have examples that inspire you?

Customer reviews: What are their customers saying? Don’t pay too much attention to the star rating. Look for quality of reviews as opposed to the quantity. Detailed (longer) reviews are much more valuable than just a start rating.

Packages: Do they have service packages? Experienced LGBT friendly tailors will have service packages that allow you to save and them to be more efficient in their service.

Prices: Do they share prices on their website? Are these prices in your general ballpark? Even price ranges will suffice. No prices may lead to bad surprises down the road.

Start a Conversation

Once you find 2-3 LGBT friendly tailors, reach out to them to confirm your dates and check if there’s a personality fit. Reliable vendors answer fast and communicate well.

As you review each wedding tailor, consider stopping by their shop. Prepare a list of questions to ask each vendor. For example:

  • Can the manager confirm service availability for your wedding?
  • Can the tailor follow or add to my wedding dress vision?
  • What would be the approximate cost of the wedding alteration service?

Frequently Asked Questions

Check answers to questions about choosing LGBTQ wedding dress alterations and preservation.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ALTER A WEDDING DRESS?

Typical wedding dress alterations cost between $150 and $600. If you’re customizing your gown or modernizing your mother’s dress, it may be up to $1,000. Some bridal boutiques may charge you a flat fee, while other seamstresses may charge you for individual alteration services.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PRESERVE A WEDDING DRESS?

In 2021, the current average cost to preserve a wedding gown is between $240 – $285. For best results, find a dry-cleaner who uses virgin solvent for cleaning wedding gowns. Some professional cleaners may use either dry-cleaning or wet-cleaning, depending on the gown fabric.

HOW LONG DO WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS TAKE?

Most dresses could technically be altered within 24 hours, but this is not ideal, you don’t want rushed work. The entire process is typically done in two to three fittings, the first of which lasts up to an hour. You should discuss all details with your atelier to be ready.

WHEN SHOULD I GET MY WEDDING DRESS ALTERED?

We recommend coming in for your fitting two months in advance, but not less than 1 month before to have your dress altered. Then, because everyone is trying to lose weight, we suggest having your final fitting no earlier than two weeks before the wedding.