Post # 1
Admittedly, I had no idea how much alterations would be, having never altered anything before. But I was shocked to hear that it was going to cost me $535! It breaks down as follows: $80 for waist/hip tucks; $80 for bust alteration (which, by the way, I refuse to do because it creates the dreaded Quadroboob and I ordered my dress specifically to accommodate my bustline); $125 for hem; $125 – $150 for bustling; and $125 for pressing. Is this normal?
I left her with the instruction ONLY to do the waist and hips at this time and then we’ll see how it fits, but 5 minutes after I left the store, I called back to say not to do anything at all. I’m considering selling my dress instead and buying something off the rack that’s much simpler and supposedly less expensive to alter. I just cannot believe this price! And I have a very bad feeling that there is a huge disconnect between how much she thinks needs to come off the waist & hips and how much actually needs to come off (i.e., the sample size 6 had to be clipped onto me in the waist/hips, but she wants to take only an inch off of the wasit/hips of my size 14!!!).
What to do? I’m working on SUCH a short timeline!
Post # 3
That sounds very typical, especially including the pressing/steaming.
Post # 4
Maybe you should shop around and see if anyone can do it at a more resonable price.
Post # 5
I paid just under $150 for a bustle -only 1 layer- and sew in gel cups.
I would perhaps give yourself a couple days to call around and get some price quotes.
Call tailors that specialize in event gowns. Contact the local chapter of your American Sewing Guild, I was able to find a local seamstress that way.
Post # 6
For what you have listed to be done, the cost of the alterations seems very reasonable to me. I am paying $422.99 for my seamstress to shape and let out the bust, reset the lace, put in a 6 point French bustle, and to steam/press it for me. Altering a wedding gown requires a lot of work and time, and I am happy to pay my seamstress to do these alterations for me for the price she is charging. She is very good at what she does, and I really don’t want to do it myself. I am also a seamstress and I know how much work and time goes into alterations. You can always shop around for another seamstress, but you will probably find the prices comparable, or you could just try to find something off the rack that doesn’t need alterations, but you could end up paying just as much for something off the rack as you would for the alterations.
Post # 7
You could try to find another seamstress that will do it for cheaper. That sounds a lot more doable than trying to find another dress.
But, to answer your question – yes, that price does sound right, if you are going through a bridal shop. You might want to see if you can ask the seamstress if she works on the side and pay her in cash…
Post # 8
Wow. I am just stunned! I had no idea! Had I known ahead of time how much alterations could cost, I would have shopped for a completely different gown at a completely different price point. This pretty much solidifies my decision to sell the dress and buy off the rack. I’ll just grab a simple ballgown with no train with the understanding that I will have to take the waist in for $80. Thanks so much for the input!
Post # 9
Part by part, that might be reasonable but over $500 sounds absolutely ridiculous to me! I guess if you originally got a really expensive dress at a super cheap price 5 sizes too big I might understand but it all depends, of course, on how much you paid, how difficult or time consuming the alterations are, whether you are getting it altered by the same shop you bought the dress at, whether you expected to be paying that much when you bought the dress, etc.
I would definitely take it for a second opinion OR just simply ask if they could reduce the price for you. A lot of times, all you have to do is ask 🙂 I would think if the store you bought it from is doing the alterations, they should be able to cut you a break since they are already making a profit on your dress.
Post # 10
Wow! that is ridiculous!!!! sheesh… you put the word wedding on something and people just go crazy!
sigh… Hope you can find someone that can do something for less for you 😉
Post # 11
@futuremrskelsey: My problem is that I have an extremely disproportionate body. One part is a size 14, other parts are a bridal size 2/4. I had to buy a dress to fit the large part of my body and trim it down from there. I went with a dress with a corset back to make this transition a bit simpler. While I did get a deal on the dress, it was still $899 plus tax (original price was $1250). It’s my understanding that the hem and bustle are on the high side of things because it’s a bubble hem and the dress has a lot of ruching, making it challenging.
I should have called around BEFORE I went shopping to see how the alterations are priced out. Lesson learned for my daughter’s wedding 20 years from now. 🙂