Post # 1
Hello newly/very soon to be wed bees!
I purchased my dress today and when I asked about the cost of alterations for my dress they said they charge a flat rate of $325 — that seems high to me?
The dress itself doesn’t need too many alterations besides the typical hemming and adding a bussle. One thing I MIGHT consider doing is smoothing a neckline of the dress since I’m removing the side tulle and I’m afraid it might look odd. I’m waiting to see what it looks like without it though because it might not even need to be altered.
How much did you pay for your alterations/adding a bussle? Any input is greatly appreciated it! I’d like to be able to have a good idea of what is ‘reasonable’ so I can make a decision based on that and reputation of a seamtress. Thank you!! 🙂
Post # 3
The only alterations I needed were adding a bustle to a cathedral train. It was a 2 snap, 7 point bustle, and I paid $100.18.
Post # 4
Yeah, a lot of it depends on the bridal salon. The place I’m at gave me a very rough estimate, saying that if I needed major alterations it could cost $100-200, and that hemming would be around $50 and a bustle would be similarly priced.
However, I looked at a dress at one salon whose alterations start at $500, no matter what you’re having done.
I would suggest that you do some research and see if you can find a private seamstress who will do it for cheaper if you’re not happy with the cost. Often you can find very talented people who do the work on the side, and they do just as good of work as anybody working in the salons, for a fraction of the price.
Post # 5
Mine at the bridal shop that I bought my dress at is $360 but I am getting it for $100 only because I bought a $500 gift certificate off someone on craigs list for $100. I am having a bustle added, the sides taken in, darts fixed around my bust?, bra pads put in so I don’t need to wear a bra, and hemmed. Oh and some tulle taken out possibly. I got lucky with the gift card deal though thank goodness!!!
Post # 6
I had a 9 point, french bustle, which cost me $100.
Post # 7
I just had my first alterations appointment a week ago! I’m having a flower sewn on, bra pads put in, the bust taken in, the back made from straight across into a v back, hemmed and a 5 point french bustle for $400. I know that its expensive, but I waited too long to start alterations (only 4 weeks to go!) so I didn’t shop around and just went with the bridal shop where I bought my dress. Luckily I had talked to some friends before hand to see how much it could be and budgeted accordingly.
Also- when I was talking to my seamstress, she mentioned that the most expensive task is the hemming since there are multiple layers of fabric that need to be taken up. I think my hemming alone was $200.