Post # 1
I just went $300 over budget (oops, sure nobody else has ever done that, hehe) on my dress. It’s the Maggie Sottero Alana:
The size should be pretty spot on except for the length. I’m not sure how much to expect to pay in alterations for hemming the bottom. I know it depends on how many layers and that the scalloped bottom should be taken into consideration, but I’m hoping that because it is only shortening the length, that it won’t be the $200 minimum I’ve heard of.
Post # 3
- 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
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
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
- 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 – $800. That’s almost hte cost of my dress itself! But I was too embarrased that the dress was all pinned up to say no. I WISH I had either walked into there firmly knowing exact what work I wanted done and sticking with it, or had gotten quotes from a couple other seamstresses first.
Don’t let yourself get ripped off like I did!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Mine was 400$, and it was a very close fit before the alterations.
Post # 8
@Mrs. Wallaby: can you PM me the place you went since you’re a Houston bride?
Post # 9
all my alterations were just under $400.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
i paid $450 for a hem, bustle and cups.
Post # 16
@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!