Alteration Process


The first step is to select and purchase your gown. Once your gown has arrived at Bridal’s by Elena’s, we will call and suggest you make an appointment for your first fitting 3-4 months before your wedding. Our alterations department is extremely busy, especially during the summer months, and appointment times fill up quickly.

Bridals by Elena is always willing to discuss alteration costs before you commit to having any work done.  If you prefer to do your alterations closer to home, or want your grandmother or your personal seamstress to do your sewing, no worries, Bridals by Elena can do as much or as little of the work as you want.


THE FIRST FITTING (Bodice & Accessorize)

At this first fitting appointment, which generally lasts an hour, your seamstress will pin-fit the bodice of your gown.  At this appointment, you also have the perfect opportunity to finalize the accessories for your gown, such as choosing your jewelry, veil or headpiece.

THE SECOND FITTING (Re-Check Bodice, Hem & Bustle)

At your re-check fitting, we will pin any final adjustments to the bodice area and determine the proper hem length and train bustle, according to the shoes you plan to wear with your gown. Remember to bring any special undergarments and shoes to all fitting appointments.

THE FINAL FITTING (7 to 10 days before your wedding)

At your Final fitting, we will fine-tune your alterations and teach your personal attendant, mother or bridesmaid how to bustle your gown and, if needed, corset you in your gown properly.


Most brides will pick up their gown a few days before their wedding, but we can have it ready whenever is most convenient for you. We will package your bridal gown in an opaque fabric garment bag layered. We take care of the fine details so you will look radiant on your special day!



Our seamstresses are available for fittings Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am until 6:00pm by appointment only.  To schedule an alterations appointment, please call 410-923-2881. (Alteration appointments cannot be scheduled online)