Alteration Costs – What did you pay?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I used a small independent business to alter my dress. The seamstress charged me about $70 if I remember correctly. I got a very slight hem, and she also added a new clasp to the back. I thought it was very reasonable, and I like working with small businesses.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

They don’t sound as high as most bridal salons tend to charge, but I bet you could get a better deal at an independent tailor. Ask around the WB local boards to your area, or check Yelp or WeddingWire for reviews – that’s what I did, and I got a LOT of alterations for $250 and was very  satisfied with the quality. (Complicated lace/beaded hem, beaded cap sleeves taken in, sides taken in, cups sewn in, bustle)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That sounds super reasonable. I paid $720. My hemming alone was $350

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I paid $140 for mine. I had the top of my dress altered (made it so it curved along my chest more than straight up,) and also took in a bit on the sides. Also had her put in the bustle. So I guess it sounds about average. I didn’t have to have it hemmed though, so I don’t know the average price of that.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My bridal salon charged me $300 to take 3 inches off the bottom.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m still in the process of alterations, but I was quoted $215 (in Ontario) to have cups sewn in, the waist taken in a touch, the bust taken in significantly, a bustle added and some eye hooks put in over the zipper to keep it straight and tucked in. I may need to add a waist stay too because it’s a heavy satin strapless, so depending on how it fits at my next appointment, my costs may go up slightly.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It makes me cringe. I paid $370 for my alterations. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I got mine done at the bridal salon. I have two dresses, one tulle, one lace. It is $150 total for 2 bustles, taking the tulle dress in an inch on both sides, taking the bust and sleeves in on the lace dress and adding a clasp. Your estimate doesn’t sound terribly high though. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Padi $245 for mine!

 

I did things to avoid further costs though. Got crinoline and high heels to void hem that would have cost $350. Corset for breast padding and push up and that voided a $350 fix!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

simone_s:  I would say definitely check out yelp for local seamstresses!  They charge so much less than the dress salons!  I’m paying about $500 on alterations on mine…but there was a lot that needed to be done.  Hem (more like take 2 feet off the dress lol), my bustle is pretty complicated because of the layers of the dress, fuchsia tulle added to my petticoat, she made my sash into more of a belt since i didn’t want a bow in the back, she also ended up having to take my corset in bc it was about a size and a half too big (that was the most expensive part, since she had to remove all the lace applique, take in the dress, and then reapply it). She also made me a lace arm wrap (to cover scars left over from a bad accident)…and I know i’m missing a few of the smaller things she did too. But she was amazing, super helpful,and always gave her opinion so i knew what my options were and what she felt would work best.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

simone_s:  The best way to compare is to call around your area to other seamstess’ and ask what they charge. In my area its not uncommon to charge $200+ depending on your alterations needed. My french bustle, darts for the bust, taking in the bust and hem (think thats it) was quoted to me for about $200. These are done at the bridal salon I am getting my dress from because their seamstess’ work on bridal gowns all the time which makes me feel much more comfortable!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

$190 to add cups, take in the sides, hem the lining and clean it.

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