Post # 1
Hi Bees! 😀
I’m wondering…. Did you have your wedding dress alterations done at the shop you bought them, or from somewhere/ someone else? Were you happy with the results?
My dress came in a couple days ago. I called and set up an alterations appointment for March at the shop I ordered my dress.
My issue is this. When I ordered my dress, we were in a bit of a rush to buy it and go, so I took the advice of the shop owner, and ordered it hemmed from the company for $150. She claimed it would be difficult to hem, and thus cheaper to have the hem done by the dress company. Since then, I’ve wondered if that was kind of a scam, and if I should have the rest of my alterations done there or not. Maybe I should go to an alterations appointment, and get a quote? I don’t know.
My co-worker and step mom both know individual tailors that they said could do the rest of my alterations. So, that’s something I’m considering.
Any advice, comments, stories, suggestions?
Thanks in advance! <3
>>This is my dress: Allure 8756 (Satin, organza, lace appliques at the hem)
Post # 3
Your gown has a scalloped lace edge, so the $150.00 that they charged you for the hem was reasonable in my opinion. That being said, it really depends on the seamstresses that the salon uses. The alteration charges could be more expensive or less expensive; depending on whether or not they do in house alterations or if they send the gowns out to be altered. If they do in house alterations, the charges are probably really close to what you would pay a private seamstress. If they have to send them out, the alterations could be more expensive because they may be including an upcharge with the quoted cost.
Post # 4
I went to a reputable tailor in my area – I knew her prices were a lot lower than the bridal salon where I bought my dress and she has gotten great reviews from many people in my area
Post # 5
@noritake22: Thank you! That helps a lot. Yeah, at the time it made sense, and it still does, considering the lace at the hem. I just remembered reading something awhile ago about some kind of “scam” or whatever you would call it like that, so I started to have doubts.
I met the one who does the alterations at the shop. She helped me into a few dresses since they were short-handed. She said she was a dressmaker.
Post # 6
I bought my dress in Northern California and I live in Southern California, so I went to a seamstress. She’s charging me $85 for hemming 4 layers of my dress. It’s a very simple edge though. But as @noritake22 said, yours is a scalloped edge, so it seems much more complicated.
Post # 7
@justeen: I see, thank you! I guess I should have chosen a simpler dress. haha. Oh well.