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#5341 tram13

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    Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:22 AM

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    So with only 21 days left to the wedding (and 18 days before I leave) I am having a dress crisis.  The alterations went horribly wrong and I now have to take it to another lady to see if she can fix it tomorrow.  The hem is not even (too short on one side) and now that the train was mostly taken away, there is too much fabric bunching at the sides and front of the dress.  I look preggers in my dress. I wonder how much this will cost me to fix it properly?  I am so upset. If it can't be fixed I may have to go buy something off the rack.

     

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    Oh no!!!  I am so sorry to hear this!!  My wedding date is just 4 days before you...so we leave pretty quickly here as well...in 13 days!

    My dress, I ordered from a boutique that was supposed to be made to fit.  But - when it came in...not only did it come in too big, but it wasn't like the dress I had tried on and ordered in.  The boutique was brutal - I will be filing a better business bureau complaint, and may be looking into a small claims case...
    I had to drive my dress to a seamstress that my friends use in BC who does phenomenal work.  I left it there on the remembrance day long weekend - and won't see it until I'm in Jamaica.  I am hoping and praying that she alters everything and makes what was wrong right.  If not - I guess I'll have to make do.  My mom has suggested I get a back up dress...but I don't know if I can be bothered with trying to find something off the rack.

    What I would suggest - is get a quote from the seamstress - see if she thinks it's fixable, and what she would charge you.  Thankfully, the seamstress I went to in BC is quite reasonable in prices (better than I could hope to find here in Calgary, I am sure.).  If it's salvageable and you think her skills can do it - if it's the dress you love, hope for the best!  But, if it's not - or your worried that it won't turn out - and have the time, then maybe go and see if you can find something last minute.  I know of some friends who have had to find another dress down to the wire because their original dress was ruined.  And in the end, they found something that they loved more and worked out better in the end.

     

    So sorry to hear your story! Hope that everything works out okay!!!



    #5342 oceanlover18

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      Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

      Hi there, I am new to this site so not sure how it all works. We have booked our wedding at the GBP for November 2014. Any advice in planning? Thanks Courtney

      #5343 janicemarie29

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      Posted 20 November 2013 - 12:34 PM

      Confirm and reconfirm your date and time!!!  We are getting married April 11, 2014, and I called today and they didn't even have us on the calendar.  I have 2 emails confirming that we were getting married at noon on April 11th, and now the time has changed to 5:30pm.  I can't believe that after 2 confirmation emails, they still screwed it up.



      #5344 oceanlover18

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        Posted 20 November 2013 - 01:49 PM

        Confirm and reconfirm your date and time!!!  We are getting married April 11, 2014, and I called today and they didn't even have us on the calendar.  I have 2 emails confirming that we were getting married at noon on April 11th, and now the time has changed to 5:30pm.  I can't believe that after 2 confirmation emails, they still screwed it up.

        Oh no! That's horrible, and frustrating! We actually haven't corresponded through email much, Jay has spoken with one of the girls on numerous occasions but I will be sure to contact her again. My invitations are already out so I don't need any changes!

        #5345 CdnBrideJoanne

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          Posted 20 November 2013 - 05:28 PM

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          Oh no!!!  I am so sorry to hear this!!  My wedding date is just 4 days before you...so we leave pretty quickly here as well...in 13 days!

          My dress, I ordered from a boutique that was supposed to be made to fit.  But - when it came in...not only did it come in too big, but it wasn't like the dress I had tried on and ordered in.  The boutique was brutal - I will be filing a better business bureau complaint, and may be looking into a small claims case...
          I had to drive my dress to a seamstress that my friends use in BC who does phenomenal work.  I left it there on the remembrance day long weekend - and won't see it until I'm in Jamaica.  I am hoping and praying that she alters everything and makes what was wrong right.  If not - I guess I'll have to make do.  My mom has suggested I get a back up dress...but I don't know if I can be bothered with trying to find something off the rack.

          What I would suggest - is get a quote from the seamstress - see if she thinks it's fixable, and what she would charge you.  Thankfully, the seamstress I went to in BC is quite reasonable in prices (better than I could hope to find here in Calgary, I am sure.).  If it's salvageable and you think her skills can do it - if it's the dress you love, hope for the best!  But, if it's not - or your worried that it won't turn out - and have the time, then maybe go and see if you can find something last minute.  I know of some friends who have had to find another dress down to the wire because their original dress was ruined.  And in the end, they found something that they loved more and worked out better in the end.

           

          So sorry to hear your story! Hope that everything works out okay!!!

           

          Wow, I can't believe you drove your dress to BC for alterations and then won't even see it til Jamaica!!  THAT is very brave!!  I'm sure it'll fit you perfectly.  I ended up going to a woman in my neighbourhood who does alterations in her home.  I have no idea if she's good or not but she seemed to know what she was talking about.  Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done with the hem, but she is going to take in the sides of the dress for $60.  To me, that is a bargain!  I asked her how much she would have charged me for the hem and she said $20 per layer, so it would have only been $60 vs. the $175 I was quoted by the butcher.  I did pay her $100 but refused to pay her the remaining $75.  I am debating whether I should call her and say that she should refund all my money for screwing up my dress.  I could take her to small claims court for the cost of the dress as well but I really don't need that fight right now.

           

          I am going to call the dress shop that recommended her to me and let them know that they shouldn't be referring any more business her way.  It reflects badly on the shop.



          #5346 tram13

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            Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:46 AM

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            Quote:
            Originally Posted by janicemarie29 

            Confirm and reconfirm your date and time!!!  We are getting married April 11, 2014, and I called today and they didn't even have us on the calendar.  I have 2 emails confirming that we were getting married at noon on April 11th, and now the time has changed to 5:30pm.  I can't believe that after 2 confirmation emails, they still screwed it up.

            Oh no! That's horrible, and frustrating! We actually haven't corresponded through email much, Jay has spoken with one of the girls on numerous occasions but I will be sure to contact her again. My invitations are already out so I don't need any changes!

            It's actually quite common with this resort, it seems.  Definitely continue to confirm and continue to ask until you get that confirmation.  I've had to re-schedule my date 4 times...part of those times due to my travel agent's errors (we are no longer working with her) - and in part because of the hotel.  they had us double booked for one day, and  told my TA everything was fine...but when I tried to confirm, they told me they had nothing confirmed for me for that day.  Not impressed.  So, when the fourth date was picked, I was pretty darn insistent that they confirm date and time over and over again...



            #5347 tram13

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              Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:51 AM

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              Originally Posted by CdnBrideJoanne 
               
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by tram13 
               

              Oh no!!!  I am so sorry to hear this!!  My wedding date is just 4 days before you...so we leave pretty quickly here as well...in 13 days!

              My dress, I ordered from a boutique that was supposed to be made to fit.  But - when it came in...not only did it come in too big, but it wasn't like the dress I had tried on and ordered in.  The boutique was brutal - I will be filing a better business bureau complaint, and may be looking into a small claims case...
              I had to drive my dress to a seamstress that my friends use in BC who does phenomenal work.  I left it there on the remembrance day long weekend - and won't see it until I'm in Jamaica.  I am hoping and praying that she alters everything and makes what was wrong right.  If not - I guess I'll have to make do.  My mom has suggested I get a back up dress...but I don't know if I can be bothered with trying to find something off the rack.

              What I would suggest - is get a quote from the seamstress - see if she thinks it's fixable, and what she would charge you.  Thankfully, the seamstress I went to in BC is quite reasonable in prices (better than I could hope to find here in Calgary, I am sure.).  If it's salvageable and you think her skills can do it - if it's the dress you love, hope for the best!  But, if it's not - or your worried that it won't turn out - and have the time, then maybe go and see if you can find something last minute.  I know of some friends who have had to find another dress down to the wire because their original dress was ruined.  And in the end, they found something that they loved more and worked out better in the end.

               

              So sorry to hear your story! Hope that everything works out okay!!!

               

              Wow, I can't believe you drove your dress to BC for alterations and then won't even see it til Jamaica!!  THAT is very brave!!  I'm sure it'll fit you perfectly.  I ended up going to a woman in my neighbourhood who does alterations in her home.  I have no idea if she's good or not but she seemed to know what she was talking about.  Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done with the hem, but she is going to take in the sides of the dress for $60.  To me, that is a bargain!  I asked her how much she would have charged me for the hem and she said $20 per layer, so it would have only been $60 vs. the $175 I was quoted by the butcher.  I did pay her $100 but refused to pay her the remaining $75.  I am debating whether I should call her and say that she should refund all my money for screwing up my dress.  I could take her to small claims court for the cost of the dress as well but I really don't need that fight right now.

               

              I am going to call the dress shop that recommended her to me and let them know that they shouldn't be referring any more business her way.  It reflects badly on the shop.

              I would definitely do the same - and if that seamstress ruined your dress - I would be demanding my $100 back at the very least!  I'm not ready to look at small claims just yet.  I think I am going to wait until after the wedding day and our house possession date before I take that on!

               

              The seamstress that I took my dress to in BC has done alterations on two of my good friend's dresses - and she knew what she was talking about.  She picked out imperfections in my dress and said she would fix them.  She is altering the back, hemming (2 layers), taking in the dress, and altering the under layer (as it is "bigger" than the lace overlay)...for about $50-$70.  So, not only I'm I confident that she does good work, it's a steal of a deal!  I'm really hoping that it all works out in the end and that if fits properly.  Because - I'm not shopping for a back up!

               

              Fingers crossed that your neighbourhood seamstress does good work and can make your dress fit you properly!  Do you think the hem will be noticeable, or does it stand out to you because you know it's there? 



              #5348 oceanlover18

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                Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:54 AM

                It's actually quite common with this resort, it seems.  Definitely continue to confirm and continue to ask until you get that confirmation.  I've had to re-schedule my date 4 times...part of those times due to my travel agent's errors (we are no longer working with her) - and in part because of the hotel.  they had us double booked for one day, and  told my TA everything was fine...but when I tried to confirm, they told me they had nothing confirmed for me for that day.  Not impressed.  So, when the fourth date was picked, I was pretty darn insistent that they confirm date and time over and over again...

                Who have you been dealing with at the hotel?

                #5349 tram13

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                  Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:09 AM

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                  Originally Posted by oceanlover18 
                   
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by tram13 

                  It's actually quite common with this resort, it seems.  Definitely continue to confirm and continue to ask until you get that confirmation.  I've had to re-schedule my date 4 times...part of those times due to my travel agent's errors (we are no longer working with her) - and in part because of the hotel.  they had us double booked for one day, and  told my TA everything was fine...but when I tried to confirm, they told me they had nothing confirmed for me for that day.  Not impressed.  So, when the fourth date was picked, I was pretty darn insistent that they confirm date and time over and over again...

                  Who have you been dealing with at the hotel?

                  I started off dealing with an assistant wedding coordinator named Stephany - but she is no longer there, I don't know why.  Now, I've mainly been dealing with another assistant wedding coordinator named Vinnette...and another person in the weddings department named Kalfani has contacted me, too.



                  #5350 oceanlover18

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                    Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:14 AM

                    I started off dealing with an assistant wedding coordinator named Stephany - but she is no longer there, I don't know why.  Now, I've mainly been dealing with another assistant wedding coordinator named Vinnette...and another person in the weddings department named Kalfani has contacted me, too.

                    Strange, I keep seeing everyone talk about Vinnette. We have yet to speak with her. We spoke once with Kalfani and since then it has been a girl named Camesha she has been fantastic




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