Post # 1
I was extremly lucky with the fit of my dress and really only need a bustle put in and for the dress to be pressed. I am being charged $150! I know everything in the wedding industry is extremely marked up, but $150 to sew in a bustle? Have you girls received similar quotes? I am right outside philadelphia so I know things on average will be more expensive than other parts of the country but I am still curious to see where other people fall. At this rate it seems she would have charged me more than the dress costs if I needed a hem!
Post # 3
When I was dress shopping the sales consultant said that it’s $25 per bustle/pick up — so for three bustles it was $75.
Post # 4
My alterations and veil cost me $650 +tax. I had a bustle done, hem and cups put in. Not sure how much the veil alone cost me, but I think I was overcharged for everything…but again, as soon as you attach the word “wedding” they increase the price by a zillion percent. It was frustrating, but what was I going to do, not get my dress altered? No, and they know that! Ugh! That was in Toronto though, although I’m sure it’s the same everywhere.
Post # 5
You are probably being slightly overcharged by the good ol’ wedding machine, but you have to keep in mind the area that you live in and the fact that pressing and bustling a dress (depending on the dress) is time consuming. If their workers are getting paid hourly, it adds up.
Post # 6
I am paying roughly the same price for a bustle ($189) I think that is average. Of course this depends on where in the country you are as well.
Post # 7
I didn’t have to get my wedding dress altered, I accidently gained weight to fit into it perfectly 🙁 But when I got a bridesmaid dress altered they quoted me something huge at the bridal store, and I ended up going to a local seamstress and she charged way less, and did an awesome job.
Post # 8
We found a local seamstress on Craigslist. I needed my dress hemmed, bustled and pressed, and my 2 daugters needed their dresses hemmed and taken in. She is charging me a total of $185 for all 3 dresses, which I think is a great deal. It breaks down to $55 for my dress (hem, bustle steam) and $65 for each of the girls dresses for being taken in.
I think part of the reason I didn’t need more done to my dress is because I got one with a corset back which really leaves room for flexibility in size.
Post # 9
My seamstess also charged $25 / hook. If I’d done a French bustle with three hooks = $75.
Post # 10
There are a lot of variables here and it’s hard to say without seeing your dress. My sister had a dress with a lot of lace and beading and the alterations were out the roof because the tailor had to work around all the intricacies. My alterations were cheap because my dress is very simple (and I also didn’t need much). I’d ask the tailor point-blank why s/he’s charging the amount–getting them to tell you exactly what they’re going to do with your dress and how they’re going to work with it isn’t unreasonable.