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The Answers to Your Burning Alterations Questions!

One of the hardest things about planning a wedding is learning all that you need to know. From gown language to who to tip, to when to do the never-ending to do list, there's a huge learning curve for brides-to-be.


So we thought we'd help you out by sharing some questions and answers that brides have about the gown alteration process. And if you think of any other questions you have, let us know.



Join our owner, Suzanne as she answers some of your questions.

How many brides have you worked with in your life? But it's not just the brides is it?

I have never kept track of the many bridesmaids and moms etc. but I have done over 25,000 brides in the past 40 years of doing this. When I owned Suzanne's Bridal Boutique I sold over 15,000 brides in the 18 years I owned it. I also worked for the Wedding Emporium, The Renaissance Bridal, and Destiny's Bride. The Wedding Shop, and the Elegant Bride to name a few. I have brides coming in with their granddaughters now. That also doesn't count count pageant dresses and dance costumes and spirit lines. Or the many stage outfits I've done for the nine bands I've played in. So many beautiful customers.


How did you become a seamstress?

I was born and raised on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. There were no malls or large department stores to buy clothing and even if there were my immigrant parents were in no position to frequent them. So if I wanted clothes, I had to learn to sew. It wasn't long before I realized I had a true aptitude for it. My mom was a seamstress and taught all of us (my two brothers and two sisters) to sew!



What’s the most difficult alteration to do?

My team and I discuss this often. I've been doing this a loooooong time. So nothing is really "difficult" per see. I have made size 18s into 2s and the other way around. But it all comes down to TIME! There's still one of me and a lot of brides out there! But if I were to choose a degree of difficulty it wouldn't be an alteration. It would be a redesigning of a top of a dress for modesty. I am remaking the entire top of a dress with a square neckline, raising the neckline and the shoulder width, and raising the back to cover garments. That taxes my brain a bit, just due to the complexity of the alteration.


What’s your favorite must-have bride accessory?

Besides me? Lol. I personally love a veil. What other time in your life do you get to wear one? I especially love the drama of a cathedral length veil!


That's all the questions for today, but please let us know if you have any other burning questions for Suzanne and we'll get her to answer them for you!


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