A wedding is one of those major events in our lives that can change us forever. And the dream of a perfect wedding has always been on every girl’s bucket list.
Weddings can bring us so much joy. Finding the love of your life and getting married to that one true love can make all the past disappointments so worth it. Everyone in the family as well, is excited and filled with much anticipation for the wedding and the marriage to come.
But what would make a wedding, a perfect wedding? As a woman who just recently got my dream wedding, it all depends on the perfect wedding dress and the perfect wedding dress alterations seamstress!
You must be thinking that I’m kidding. Everyone thinks that you should just have the perfect groom or the perfect wedding cake or the perfect entourage or the perfect makeup and you are good to go. But I should say that it is the perfect wedding dress. And behind all perfect wedding dresses, is a skillful wedding dress alterations seamstress.
When I got married last June, I had a particularly difficult dilemma when I took my pre-wedding diet too seriously.
I was a willowy, hour-glass shape but when I had taken my diet and exercise plan seriously, a lot of weight came off and on the day when the wedding gown designer had sent me the dress and I tried it on, I was aghast.
Yes, the dress and the design was just the way I wanted.
My wedding dress was a divine white confection of a delicate mixture of satin, lace and organza with a very intricate beading. It was perfection incarnate.
But the size was all wrong. I tried on the bustier but shamefully, it just slid off my torso. I just lost too much weight and this time, it had really posed a huge problem for me. The wedding was in two weeks and I was panicking big time.
I called my mother and in tears, I was telling her that my dream wedding was going to flop. No way was it possible to repair it in record time. It took a long time for the dress to be altered each time that I had nit-picked on anything when the fittings were done.
This was supposed to be just the size I wanted. I was in great trouble. After bawling on the telephone, my mother consoled me by saying that she knew someone, a wedding dress alterations seamstress in Phoenix, Arizona who would know what to do. She was recommended by her friend who just got married recently and who was raving about the wonderful job that they had done on her wedding dress.
Touch Of Class Alterations was the recommended wedding dress alterations seamstress and designer in our state, located in Phoenix, AZ and that was also what my mom’s friend had recommended to her. In fact, they not only altered wedding dresses , but they also designed wedding dresses.
Touch of Class Alterations is located in North Phoenix and my mother and I wasted no time and drove to the place. It is located just north of the 101 freeway off another major freeway I-17 North, so the drive was quick.
During our drive over, my heart was beating so fast. I had my dress with me, but I wasn’t sure that Mari the seamstress would be able to take on the challenge of making sure that my wedding dress would fit me… let alone in record time.
Two weeks may be sufficient for other wedding dress alterations, but my dress was very delicate organza and lace and complicated with multiple layers…
With this running through my mind, I could imagine a less talented seamstress attempting to do a rush alterations job and ruining my dress with the sheer delicacy of the fabrics and details involved. I now had a full blown wedding dress emergency….
I needed not only a seamstress I needed a miracle worker; I needed an experienced professional, a master wedding dress designer in the bridal design and alterations business.
We arrived at the 3200 sq. foot home studio location for Touch Of Class Alterations and met the owner and lead seamstress, Mari Torres. I wasted no time showing Mari my wedding dress and desperately asked her if she could do it in less than two weeks!
Without batting an eyelash, Mari said yes.
She even said I could pick it up on Monday next week… with no rush fees! Not only would Mari give me a week before the final wedding day to ease my stress, but she didn’t even charge extra for a rush job. Nor did she charge a fitting fee like the bridal shop I went to for numerous alterations months before.
Mari’s confidence put me at ease, but still, I was crossing my fingers and really hoping that she could do the job to the high standards I have… in such a short amount of time.
My mother was cool about it. Her friend was able to assure her months earlier when she came to Mari… and her dress came out fantastic.
I was a bit skeptical. I asked Mari what her experience was in the wedding dress industry and it turns out that she has been in the business for 20+ years… since she was 18!
In fact, Mari has taken on many “wedding dress re-styles” and “dress emergencies” that have been turned down flat, by a lot of ‘other’ local phoenix wedding dress stores and bridal shop seamstresses.
It turns out Mari is not afraid to do the more elaborate and more difficult wedding dress alterations … that many retail bridal stores simply don’t have time for. Or possibly, they simply don’t have a seamstress that is as patient as Mari
Mari has also worked in huge bridal businesses like the Wedding Accessory Superstore and David’s before starting her own bridal design and alterations business 6 years ago in Phoenix, AZ. I left the location with mixed feelings of anticipation, worry and hope.
At long last, the following week did arrive and the wedding dress alterations specialist, Touch of Class Alterations has proven their excellence to me.
June 2011, I was a happy bride with the most beautiful wedding dress in all of Arizona. Thank you so much, Mari! You saved my wedding!
By the way, Touch of Class Alterations is located at 3119 W Maya Way Phoenix, AZ 85029, and is available by appointment only. Be sure to compare them before paying too much for bridal alterations at a national bridal store like I did!
You can learn a lot from Mari about how to bustle your wedding dress and do the alterations right the first time.
The Touch Of Class Alterations website also offers a convenient online bridal calendar and online scheduling system.
The bridal calendar shows all of the available time slots that are open each week, Monday thru Saturday.
This way, phoenix area brides to be can book an appointment weeks or even months in advance…
Or even last minute as I did!
Their website is http://www.touchofclassalterations.com .
Also, you can contact Mari and her staff at (480) 776-7964.
If you want to have a dream wedding just like I did, make sure to book your appointment with them.
You can thank me later for the tip!
See the Touch Of Class Alterations Bridal Calendar To Schedule A Free Bridal Fitting.
Congratulations and good luck!