If you have purchased a dress off-the-rack or online it will almost certainly require professional alterations to achieve a better fit. It is recommended that you bring your dress for alterations at least a month before your wedding, but if your dress features intricate details, lace and beading more time may be needed.

The cost of alterations varies greatly depending on the style of the dress and the extent of the alterations. The starting price for a standard hem and a minor side seam adjustment is R 1 100.