(Closed) Anyone buy their dress at a chain store but get it altered somewhere else?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I bought my dress at David’s but got it altered privately.  Some stores won’t even store your dress for you, so you’ll have to take it home anyway.  If you know of a seamstress who is experienced, I would go for it.  Just make sure that you’re not taking it to someone who may damage it.  Wedding dress alterations are expensive, and it’s hard to find a deal, for a reason. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did that. I also got my dress at David’s Bridal but read too many bad reviews about their alterations on http://www.yelp.com so I found a seamstress on there instead with good reviews and went that route. It also ended up being cheaper to have it altered by the seamstress than what David’s Bridal was quoting.

Just do your hw and read reviews about who you have altering your dress.

Post # 6
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512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

of course it is! i got mine at filenes and went to private seamstress ( who actually works at a bridal store, but works from home and charges less) they had seamstresses there on the day of running of the brides but a friend referred me to the private seamstress – it’s seriously about half the price and well worth it. 🙂

Post # 7
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I got my dress at Alfred Angelo, but had it altered elsewhere. It ended up costing way less than I expected it to, and the seamstress did a great job. The chain stores will do their best to get you to use their services so that they can make more money. It’s usually best to do some research on the pricing from other local seamstresses. I bet they’ll be way less costly and will do a fantastic job.

Post # 9
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

You can always call the place and ask for their average price for wedding dress alterations. Depending on what you need altered, you can get more specific, like asking for the average price for a wedding dress to be shortened or taken in, etc. It never hurts to call first, and they’ll just tell you if you need to bring the dress in. If the alterations you need are very detailed, be prepared to have to take your dress in so that the tailors can look at the dress and see what’s involved.

Post # 11
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2682 posts
Sugar bee

I have a Davids Bridal BM dress and an Alfred Angelo BM dress and I am taking them both to a private alterations place.  One of my BM got her Alfred dress altered at the store and they charged her SO much for basic alterations that wouldve been much cheaper elsewhere.  I feel like they try to strong arm you into altering it there and dont do as good a job.

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