Gemma Sargent | Bridal Alterations Edinburgh
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Re-styling and Alterations

photo-1We over 15 year experience between us, we are specialists in the alteration, re-styling and customizing of bridal gowns, mother of the bride outfits, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, evening gowns and other formal wear garments and we will do everything to ensure that you are delighted with the final outcome.


From simple adjustments to the fit of your dress to completely restyling to transform it into the dress of your dreams, Gemma and her team provide a comprehensive range of services to suit your needs.  We strive to offer alterations that are both appropriate and respectful to the original garment and its construction, ensuring that it looks untouched and fits perfectly once the adjustments are complete.


Coordinating items including boleros, stoles, sashes, veils and hair pieces, can also be designed and created to complement your outfit. Alternatively, such items can also be ordered from Euphyllia and Athena Bridal Jewellery both of whom specialise in all types of wedding jewellery and accessories.

Bridal Gown Alterations and Re-styling

We understand that your wedding day is one of the most special and memorable days of your life and that your bridal gown plays a crucial part in this and is of the utmost of importance to you and your confidence on your big day.  No matter the style or design, we will ensure that your gown is adjusted to perfection working hard to provide you with one-to-one consultations and fittings that are both enjoyable and relaxed whilst paying the utmost attention to detail and catering for all your needs.

‘Thank you for the superb work done on my wedding dress. The material for the
back panel matched so well and it was a wonderful fit. I felt wonderful on
my wedding day and I think the dress looked gorgeous.’

– Helen

We have the ability to perform complex bridal gown alterations and re-styling that you perhaps never even imagined would be possible.  Whether your dress requires a simple bustle, hem, creating straps, neckline re-shape, removing the train, adding beading or for us to create a coordinating accessory to complete your look we can help.

Alteration Process


Initial Consultation/First Fitting


734664_10151186734146481_167404787_nYour initial consultation is FREE of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with your order at this stage.  At this appointment we will fit for the alterations that you require and provide an accurate quote for the work to be completed.  Where appropriate, we will guide you through suitable fabric and trim options for the adjustments and additions you wish to make to your dress.  We can also guide you through our range of made-to-order bridal accessories or discuss creating a couture item for you, such as a veil, sash, bolero or head piece, to complete your look.


Placing your order


Following your initial consultation/first fitting, should you wish to proceed, a 50% deposit will be required and a signed and dated copy of our terms and conditions returned to the studio before work commences or materials ordered on your behalf.




We advise that you bring the underwear and shoes (or those of the same heel height) that you intend to wear with your wedding dress/garment to your first and all other fittings.  We also advise that you wear minimal make-up to your fittings to prevent any soiling to your dress.

At your first fitting we will take your set of measurements (including heel height worn) and your wedding dress/garment will be fitted around the underwear and shoes that are worn at this appointment.   Whilst simple adjustment orders will only require a final fitting/collection, most bridal gown alteration and re-styling orders require at least one intermediary fitting and a final fitting/collection as the work to be completed can be considerable so we feel it important to check our work with you before completing the finishing touches to your garment.


At your first appointment with us we will arrange fitting dates and times with you to suit your schedule.  We will aim, on most occasions, for your final fitting/collection to be between 2-3 weeks before your wedding day or special occasion.  We feel that this allows plenty time and reassurance, especially for a perhaps anxious bride-to-be, knowing that your dress is complete and ready for your big day.


Lead time


Our standard lead time is 8 weeks for bridal alterations and 4-6 weeks for formal wear alterations from the date that your order is placed.  As we aim to have you collect your completed dress about 2-3 weeks before you intend to wear it, where possible, we normally suggest that you book your consultation/first fitting with us for around 12 weeks before your wedding day or 8 weeks prior to a formal event/special occasion.  We would advise however, especially for dress adjustments required for summer weddings and events, that you contact the studio to arrange your first appointment as soon as possible as we do get booked up quite quickly and, being a small team, are only able to take on a certain number of orders at any one time.  We are, on occasion, able to complete dress alterations and re-styling orders within shorter timescales than stated above. There is however, a limit to these ‘express orders’ and, due to the overtime required and pressure of the shorter lead times which they impose, these orders are subject to an express charge of 25% on their labour costs during our busy periods.

Alteration Costs

For a guide to costs for bridal alterations and formal wear alterations please see our current pricing guide, for your information.

Alterations are priced based on how many hours it will take to complete the work involved and the materials and notions needed.  The exact cost of alterations is largely dependent on the dress/garment itself (its construction, detailing etc) and the complexity of the work that will be involved in altering it.  For example, dresses comprising multiple layers, lace hems and extensive beading will incur higher alteration costs due to the extra time needed to complete the work.  For this reason we are unable to provide an accurate quote for your alterations until we have seen your dress and assessed exactly what will be involved in completing the adjustments and we would therefore advise that you contact the studio to arrange a consultation at your earliest convenience.  This initial consultation is FREE of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with your order at this stage. We would also advise that you contact the studio directly to discuss any major alterations, design changes and customisations to ensure that any style changes you may have in mind are possible and for a rough idea of cost.

Please click here to download our current pricing guide for bridal alterations and formal wear alterations.

‘I just wanted to let her know how pleased I was with the alterations, it really made all the difference to how the dress looked and felt on me, it fit me like a glove by the time it was finished and I felt fabulous in it! Also just wanted to thank you both for being so helpful and for finding a solution that worked for me in the budget that I had.’

– Adele