Alterations costs

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

My hem alone was $175, it has 3 or 4 layers but a smooth edge. It did have to taken up quite a bit for me though. The hem was the most expensive part of my alterations, I had bra cups put in, a bustle added, and the sides taken in and the total was $295. Here’s my dress (unaltered):

Post # 4
6959 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

With that dress I would expect them to order it with a hollow to hem measurement. I’m not sure how they would hem that and keep all the detail on the bottom?

Post # 5
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Are you going through the bridal salon or seamstress directly?

Asking because I went to my bridal salon’s seamstress directly.  She priced out the difference between going to her and them and it was ridiculous $355 for her and $635 if I went through the salon.

I’m having quite a bit done.  Hem, bustle, design change (back will be altered into low V), taken in a little so it makes my bum look VERY flattering, sewing a sash on that will also have a detachable bow so that I can wear for the ceremony and take off for the reception, and am also having either cups sewn in or my bra itself. 

I don’t have the paperwork in front of me, but I believe the hem was $100.  

Post # 6
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I have big-time regrets when it comes to alterations. When my dress finally came into the bridal shop and I tried it on, everyone said it fit like a glove. I just needed it hemmed and cups sewn in.

Well, I took it to my regular seamstress (I get new jeams hemmed, ~once a year) and she started pointing out all these areas that could be improved – take in the waist, pull up the straps, etc. She started pinning the dress in places, and once the whole dress was pinned (which took at least half an hour) she wrote up a quote – $800. That’s almost hte cost of my dress itself! But I was too embarrased that the dress was all pinned up to say no. I WISH I had either walked into there firmly knowing exact what work I wanted done and sticking with it, or had gotten quotes from a couple other seamstresses first.

Don’t let yourself get ripped off like I did!

Post # 7
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Mine was 400$, and it was a very close fit before the alterations.

Post # 8
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Mrs. Wallaby:  can you PM me the place you went since you’re a Houston bride?

Post # 9
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

all my alterations were just under $400.


Post # 10
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have a lace dress. I paid $150 for all my alterations: Taking it from a label size 10 to a street size 2/4, hemmed, bustled. I went to a seamstress directly. The salon quoted me $600

Post # 11
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think mine will be closer to 600 – but it needs a LOT done to it, to get the waist the right length I had to size way up (I’m super long waisted) and now it needs to come waaaaaaaay in everywhere. As in the dress is a bridal 8 and I’m a bridal 2. My second fitting is in march so we’ll see. Add to that hemming for my heels and the bustle… ka ching.

I’m going through a highly reccommended local seamstress who works out of her home, not a salon. 

Post # 12
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wear size 00 street clothes, and ordered size 0 for my wedding dress. It was still very big, so I spent $420 on the alterations. I paid $3400 on my dress.

Post # 13
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine were $700 BUT my dress had to be taken in 4 sizes so that is really not anywhere close to what yours might be. I think my hem (my lace skirt had 5 layers) was just around $200. 

Post # 14
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Don’t worry about the scalloped hem.  It’s probably a separate piece of lace, and the seamstress will take it off, hem the dress, and then re-attach it.  Alterations costs vary by region and by seamstress.  Check out Yelp reviews and local wedding discussion boards, shop around.

Post # 15
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i paid $450 for a hem, bustle and cups. 

Post # 16
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mrs. Wallaby:  Can you PM me as well? I’m kind of new to Houston and finding it really hard to find a reliable seamstress who knows what they are doing!

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