I received my dress just four weeks after placing my order (Jee, that was fast!) and everything about it is spot on. It fits perfectly, custom ordering is worth the extra dollars to get that "fits like a glove" fit and you'll be glad you spent it if you're not that perfect size. The cost of shortening is more than the cost of customizing, alterations aren't cheap and every stitch adds up! When you're the mother of the bride, you want everything perfect and looking and feeling good in what you're wearing is paramount. I love, love, love my dress!