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Sometimes it's not enough to find that absolutely amazing wedding dress. You also need this dress to fit, perfectly, on your body! And unless you're getting a gown custom-made, this can be a delicate test of skill — or at least finding the skill to help. If you need the best of the best to work on making your wedding dress fit you like a glove, look to these Chicago-area alterations specialists for all your bridal needs.
Located in Noble Square, The Alterationist specializes in immaculate tailoring for wedding gowns and beyond. They are known for their craftsmanship and attention to detail when it comes to intricate pieces. Just be aware that their turnaround time takes about two months, so this may not be the ideal place for last-minute brides. Read real brides' reviews here!
Weddings 826 is a one-stop shop for all of your wedding needs, including bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride attire, and beyond. They also sell beautiful sample gowns to purchase, offer personal styling services, and host regular trunk shows featuring wedding-perfect jewelry and accessories. Read real brides' reviews here!
This alterations powerhouse is tucked away in a cozy storefront on State Street, but don't let the modest décor fool you. Golden Needle has a big reputation for superior tailoring services, and the shop is regarded as one of the best in the city. They offer both bridal and everyday alterations and have been acknowledged in the Chicago press nearly every year for their impeccable tailoring skills.
The Dress Doctor
The name basically says it all. The Dress Doctor is the place to go for making your wedding dress that much more gorgeous and fixing anything that may be wrong with it — especially if you bought it off the rack. They are masters of alterations for everything wedding-related, including groom and groomsmen attire. The Dress Doctor also offers day-of services, which means you can have a specialist onsite to help with your wedding gown all the way up to the moments before you walk down the aisle. Read real brides' reviews here!
Grace Fashion in Lincoln Park has cultivated a devoted following of past and present brides who adore both their demeanor and superior ability to make your wedding dress the best it can be. They have an eye for wedding gowns, but offer alterations of your day-to-day looks as well. The ideal spot to frequent for all of your pre-wedding and post-wedding events.