- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
Hello All! I think I may have found my gown, but I’m a little concerned about the price. Here’s the details:
I called a lot of shops looking for my dress, and a few places that didn’t have it told me how much they could order it for, and the prices were between $1100-$1300. The last place I called (of course) had the sample, I went in and fell in love with it. They can order it for me for about $1500 (!). At first I panicked, but then found out their cost includes ALL alterations, which I would need a lot of: extra boning put into the bodice, hem taken up, bust taken in, crazy bustle, etc. The dress is satin, with a lot of intricate beadwork on the bust and pick-ups in the skirt, so alterations could be a pretty complicated process, meaning $$$, right?
The salon I found it in just sent me a 10% off coupon, so that would bring the price down to around $1350, including alterations. Before tax and all that, but you get the idea. The people at that salon were great to work with, they stayed late at the shop to help us out, were so friendly, not pushy, very candid – all in all, fantastic.
So my question is this: how much do you think those alterations might cost normally? Is the higher price worth what I would get in alterations? And since these people are so great to work with, should I just eat the $$$ I could potentially save by shopping around just to guarantee that I have a great experience? In shopping around, I’ve learned a lot about the different personality types of some vendors, and the nasty ones can be VERY nasty – I’d pay a good amount to NOT have to deal with some of them!
So what are your thoughts? Thanks!