Alteration Prices

posted 1 week ago in Dress
Post # 3
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

It’s so dependent on location you won’t get useful answers unless you say where you are 🙂 what costs $50 in one place could cost $500 in another!

So you are having at least 14 points? What a lot of bustle!

Post # 4
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

kradigan :  I paid $450 in a major city in the midwest for:

Taking in the top (a lot), intricate bead work




Post # 6
679 posts
Busy bee

Sounds reasonable! I actually turned down the “flat fee” at the bridal boutique I bought my dress from thinking I could get a better deal than $695… Unfortunately, my alterations cost over $1200, so I should have gone with the boutique. For context, I live in the NYC area.

Post # 7
266 posts
Helper bee

My alterations cost $435. Cups are being put in, it needs to be taken in at the bust and waist, several (like, at least 5) inches off the hem (multiple layers), and a 7-point bustle. The dress has significant beading on it, so I’m sure that factored in. The seamstress is an independent one with fabulous reviews, so I didn’t argue. I get my dress back next week. 


ETA: I’m in a major city in the southeast US

Post # 8
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My alterations are going to cost $495 – that’s having it taken in, hemmed, cups sewn in, multiple point bustle, etc. I’m planning on shortening the train some, so that will probably be an additional $100. 

I think you can probably at least expect anything in the $400-$600 range, unless you’re in a major city or at a shop like Kleinfeld’s, as a PP pointed out. My dress is very detailed with a lot of intricate beading, so I was a little shocked alterations were actually still around the average price. 

Post # 9
930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I got my dress from David’s Bridal on sale for $1300. Alterations at David’s Bridal to hem the five layers of lace on the skirt and to add lace straps was about $360.

Post # 10
22 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

Boston MA – All I got for alterations was a 4 point bustle and the hem length reduced.  The hem was very time consuming because it was scalloped lace so it wasn’t like they could just cut it off.

Just the hem alteration and adding the bustle cost me $450.

I would say your price quote is normal.

Post # 11
626 posts
Busy bee

I’m having my alterations done in CT and I paid $405 to have my dress taken in, cups sewn in, a bustle with 5 bustle points, and my dress and veil steamed.

I didn’t shop around for a seamstress, so I don’t know if what she is charging is high.  This seamstress comes with an amazing reputation.

Post # 12
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I went to an independent seamstress. My dress was hemmed and has a 12 point french bustle. I’m in central FL and spent $187. I’m feeling I got a great deal compared to the average, but I think what she quoted you would be in the normal range especially in NJ.

Post # 14
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had the exact same alterations done on my dress and it cost $135 (6 bustle points, cups sown in, straps shortened). I’m in Denver, but I was quoted $10 per bustle point after the first bustle point at 3 different shops. Your price seems really high to me, although I’m sure prices are much higher in New Jersey. You can call other shops and just ask what they charge per bustle point. 

My other suggestion: see if you and the seamstress can get creative with your bustle. I had a ton of layers of tulle and was told I needed 12 points, and the seamtress and I got it down to 6. My bustle looked great and I had zero problems! 

Post # 15
32 posts

A tailor in Houston quoted me $120 for strap shortening, bustles, cups sewn in, and hem. My dress only has 5 layers so the hemming was quoted lower. I think it’s cheaper for you to go to independent tailor and not with the bridal boutique because boutiques upcharge everything because you got that word “bridal” in there. My boutique tried to send me to 3 of the tailors that work with the boutique and they quoted me $30 just to have cups sewn in and at least $350 to do everything I needed done. 

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