Fittings & Alterations

The magic of Kleinfeld doesn’t stop in the salon, it continues in the alterations department. The alterations team of 100+ individuals alter thousands of wedding dresses for Kleinfeld brides each year. When your dress arrives at Kleinfeld and it’s time for alterations,you’ll receive an email or text message requesting that you book your first fitting appointment. At each appointment, you’ll book your follow up fitting appointment depending on how much sewing your wedding dress requires. Alterations at Kleinfeld include:

Alterations at Kleinfeld Include:

Fitting Appointments

Depending on your dress style or your alterations needs,you’ll have approximately 3 fitting appointments.  Remember, your wedding dress was ordered according to the largest measurement (between hips, bust and waist), therefore it is likely it will NOT fit properly at your first fitting appointment.

At the first appointment your fitter will pin the dress in all of the right places so our sewers can start customizing your dress to your body. This is where the customized Kleinfeld Sculpted Fit process begins.

At this time, due to COVID-19 concerns, we are adhering to a strict 2 person per bride policy at Kleinfeld.

Kleinfeld Sculpted Fit™

The Kleinfeld Sculpted Fit is our signature alterations process.  With an alterations staff of over 120 people, including fitters, seamstress, beaders, pressers and quality control, we alter your wedding dress to perfection.  No other bridal retailer in the world alters a dress Kleinfeld does.  Your dedicated fitter will properly sculpt the dress in the bust, waist and hips to your liking in 3 fittings (more or less as needed).  The Kleinfeld Sculpted fit also includes a hem and bustle. 


To properly fit your dress, you’ll need to know what undergarments you plan to wear on your wedding day.  We suggest that you bring a supportive bra or shapewear to each fitting appointment. If you are unsure about the bra, your fitter will advise you and you can purchase a bra from our selection.

Dress Hem

Besides properly fitting the dress through your bodice and hips, we will ensure that the hem is completed to your specifications and heel height. You want your dress to be the perfect length on your wedding day–that is why its important to bring your wedding shoes to each of your fitting appointments. With that, wedding shoes are required for all of your fittings. If you do not have the exact pair of shoes you’d like to wear on your wedding day yet, please make sure to bring along a pair of shoes that are the same style and height (think platforms for platforms, stilettos for stilettos, etc.). This way, your dress hem is the appropriate length and is fitted properly, as different styles of shoes change your posture and can alter the fit of your dress.    

Kleinfeld does not sell shoes, so it is important that you search for the perfect pair before your appointment.  If you do not bring your shoes, you will either be rescheduled for later in the day if an appointment is open, or additional appointment will be needed.

Need more shoe advice? Read here. 

The Bustle

While the custom fit and hem are in the works, your fitter will also discuss the best bustle options for your train.  A bustle gathers up the train of your dress to keep it from dragging on the floor during your dinner and reception.  There are a few bustle types to select from which can be secured with buttons and loops or ties and snaps.  You’ll work with your fitter and discuss different bustle options for your wedding dress.  At your final fitting, we will teach you and your bridesmaid or family member how to bustle your dress so you can dance the night away. 

Learn more about the bustle here.

Not sure how to tie your bustle? Check out our guide!

Quality Control & Beading Check

During quality control, your dress is checked to ensure that each bead, crystal, lace appliqué, sequin, etc. is perfectly in place for your wedding day.

Press & Pack

After your final fitting, you will make arrangements to press the dress for pickup or shipping.  The dress is pressed, steamed and packed with tissue paper so it maintains its shape. The dress will  be covered in a opaque garment bag and will be ready to step into on your wedding day.

pinning dress onto bride

Alterations Packages

Signature Alterations Package: $1095

The signature alterations package includes the Kleinfeld Sculpted Fit plus hem and bustle.  This takes place over the course of 3 fitting appointments over a 2-3 month period. At the completion of your first fitting appointment, your fitter will schedule your second fitting which is typically 2-3 weeks later.  Your third fitting will be scheduled after your second fitting.

*Please note the fitting timeline may vary for each bride depending on the dress and alteration requirements.

Semi-Express Alterations Package: $1595

The semi-express alterations package is perfect for out-of-town brides who can return for alterations on two different occasions.  This type of fitting may also apply to brides who start the alterations process less than 45 days prior to the wedding date.  This package includes the  Kleinfeld Sculpted Fit plus hem and bustle.  Your first fitting is where most of the alterations will be completed and your 2nd & 3rd fittings will happen over the course of 2-3 days.

*Restrictions apply; not applicable on certain dress styles or time frames, call for details.

Express Alterations Package: $2190

The express alterations package is tailored to international or long distance brides.  Typically for brides that are in a time crunch or fly-in for alterations closer to their wedding date. This Three Day Express Alterations package typically takes place over Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The package includes the Kleinfeld Sculpted Fit plus hem and bustle. Over the course of 3 days, the bride must be prepared to return throughout the day at the fitters request.

* Some designer dresses may require a 5 day fitting. This will be determined by your Kleinfeld fitter and alterations manager.

*Restrictions apply; not applicable on certain styles or time frames, call for details.

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