Alterations – Did you pay upfront?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I paid when I picked mine up.  I didn’t put any deposit down… they had my dress as collateral 😉

ETA: They gave me an estimate for alterations the first time I went in, which ended up being accurate, but I went twice for fittings before I picked it up, didn’t pay until I actually had it in hand, finished and steamed.

Post # 4
4041 posts
Honey bee

@alotlikelove:  No. I didn’t put a deposit down either. My first visit was to get an estimate of what needed to be down and they worked up a qoute. I left the shop with a quote receipt and they had my dress. I have gone back 3 times now for fittings and still have not paid. I will make the full payment once I pick it up for good tomorrow.

Post # 5
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I will pay in full when everything is done, mine didn’t require a deposit or anything. They did give me an estimate of what each thing they have to do will cost, but they won’t know the exact price until everything’s done.

Post # 6
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had three fittings, I believe, and each time I had to pay for the alterations then. Thinking back it seems kind of silly to pay before the service has been performed, or heaven forbid incorrectly, but I guess that was the salon’s policy.

There were also set prices for specific alterations, so the numbers didn’t just come out of the blue.

Post # 7
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I payed when I picked mine up. :]

Post # 8
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have a regular seamstress in my life (who works / specializes in Bridal) has always done my fitting, the pinnings, and then I’ve left the dress / gown with her.  No deposit.  When I pick up the dress is when I pay in full.  (Altho she does Quote me a price when the fitting is being done).

As others have said she has my dress / gown and it is worth a lot more than what I owe her for the alteration.

I have heard that some places (mostly Bridal Shops) do ask for a deposit in advance…

So it will depend on what is the practice for the place you are going to.

I therefore suggest you call to ask before you appointment

Hope this helps (somewhat),


Post # 9
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I paid upfront before the first appt


Post # 10
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I paid upfront after the first fitting for alterations. I’m kind of happy I did because I had to have them alter it 3 different times since it was never right and I think they might have charged me for all the extra hours of work put into it had I not already paid their set amount.

Post # 11
20 posts
  • Wedding: November 1999

Paid upfront at DB.

Post # 12
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I paid at the first fitting.

Post # 13
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I paid it all up front.  I did it outside of DC though, where everything costs a little more and things are more strict!

Post # 14
6959 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I paid when it was completed.

Post # 15
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I paid for my alterations in full, in advance. It includes all alterations that will be done leading up to the wedding. 🙂

Post # 16
1287 posts
Bumble bee

My alterations were free at the boutique I got my dress from.

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