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Wedding Dress Alterations Process

You may have already purchased your wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses. Don't despair if the fit or look isn't as perfect as you would like. We offer a unique alteration service from our private studio in South London, which will cater for all of your alteration needs.

Get in touch

Contact me, Tina Valydon by e-mail: or click here


Provide details

Provide images of garment/s, brief description of alterations required and date of wedding.



I will respond to your e-mail within 24 hours with an estimate of alteration costs and fitting date availability.


Booking fitting date

If you agree with the estimate, a fitting date will be agreed.


First fitting

I recommend that you bring your wedding dress in a garment bag. Please remember to  bring your bridal shoes and underwear/shape wear you intend to wear on the big day. During your first appointment, we will discuss your bridal vision and I will pin your wedding gown. I will give you a breakdown of costs at the end, and if you are happy to proceed we will schedule a date for your next fitting.



To begin the alteration process, full payment is required at the conclusion of your first fitting appointment, after the pricing breakdown has been provided. This ensures efficient processing and allows us to continue delivering exceptional service for you.

We offer various payment methods, including bank transfer, card payment (with a minor 2% processing fee), or cash, for your convenience.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us maintain the quality of our service and the stability of our business operations.



Your wedding dress will be ready for collection for a pre agreed date in it's garment bag. Upon request your dress will be steamed and stuffed with acid free tissue paper.


After the wedding

  • Give your gown a second life

Your wedding day doesn’t have to mean the end of your bridal dress. Let us turn your dress into something new, modern and exciting. At The Wedding Dress Surgery we have the expertise to convert your bridal gown into a special outfit you can wear regularly as a beautiful cocktail gown, an elegant blouse or remake the bottom part of your dress into a stunning skirt. Our talented dressmakers will work with you to create a unique piece that will always have a special and personal meaning.

  • Use our Wedding Gown Preservation service

Your wedding gown is the most important garment of your big day. You will look back on your wedding videos and photos to remember your magnificent day. Weather you want to exquisitely preserve your gown or give it another life, you'll want to ensure she's in the right hands. Here is what I offer for gown preservation:

  1. Inspected to note its condition​

  2. Individually hand cleaned for stain and spot removal

  3. Re-inspected for any remaining stains

  4. Minor tears and loose beading will be repaired

  5. Hand-pressed for high quality finish

  6. Shaped with a bust form and stuffed with acid free tissue

  7. Layered and secured in a box with display window

  8. Preserved and sealed in an air tight, acid free environment for safe storage

  • Create a Christening Gown

Your bridal dress is sentimental to you and therefore it is the perfect choice to use it to create another special outfit for another special family day. For example, if your bridal gown has a train, we can use it to design a beautiful christening gown for your baby with a matching tea length dress you can wear at the christening ceremony. 

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