I was able to book my alteration with David's Bridal in October - I just had to ask. Then again, all I need is a hem.
But they want to charge me $171 for a hem!!! I'm thinking about going to a private place to get a hem, bustle and the crinoline ripped out of the bottom (maybe). Its pretty hard to screw up a hem and a one point american bustle (although I might look at an Austrian bustle as I have ruching on the back side of my dress already. Hoping I can get that all done for the same amount!
I called David's Bridal today for something else, but ended up speaking to alterations.. they won't even touch your train, so if you think it's too long you are SOL! They say it's altering the style of the dress. Apparently they don't even touch it when they are hemming. Maybe I am naive, but that shocks me, but oh well. I think my train is too long, I am going to put my dress back on tomorrow and make a final decision - if I want the train shorter and/or gone I will be using the shop my coworker used.