Avoid Sticker Shock: Ask About The Bustle Cost

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsDoodle:  that seems outrageously high. My dress was from a private salon, cost $1,500 and to take the bust and waist in, shorten the hem by a foot and do a bustle, I only paid $280. 

Post # 4
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1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MsDoodle:  You should get a quote from seamstresses who don’t work with David’s.  That seems like a really high price for a bustle, and there’s no risk in getting a few quotes.

Post # 6
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1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MsDoodle:  It depends on the type of bustle they add. My alterations cap was I think 200 but that was not including a bustle. I got a 5 point french bustle (an under bustle) and it was 350. It also depends on how heavy and long your train is. But yeah… it is a lot!!!

Post # 7
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you got screwed. I had a pretty intense train/bustle, many layers that needed to be hemmed, etc, and I think we paid about $250.

Post # 8
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2165 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a 7-point french bustle that was $15/point, and it ended up breaking during the reception.  I was kinda pissed, and I wish I’d spent a little more on making the bustle would stay up and look nice for the whole night.  Hopefully your bustle will be the most amazing bustle ever for that price! 

Post # 9
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That seems crazy high! I didn’t buy my dress at David’s Bridal, but I am not getting my alterations done at the bridal shop either because they quoted me $600 in alterations (I need my dress taken in, taken up, and bustled). I ended up taking it to a private seamstress and she is only charging me $200 for all that.

Post # 10
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568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I have found alteration prices crazy, everywhere except where I purchased my dress. It’s actually a upscale boutique, so you would assume it would cost more. But for $120 I am having the hem shortened, adding a bustle, takeing up the straps, taking in the top, and tacking open some flower details. I was sticker shocked when she told me that was it. I have the price breakdown somewhere, but I’m so happy I am saving money there.

Post # 11
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351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Holy moly. My dress was from DB too… an $1,100 dress on sale for $950. The seamstresses at DB wanted at least $600 for alterations. That was for a bustle, attaching straps, and hemming. I have a lot of detail on the back of my dress, and I wanted a carefully done bustle that wouldn’t obscure the embroidery.

An independent local tailor did it ALL for $124. And once the straps were attached and the dress was pulled up to the proper place (and I put on 2 inch heels), I didn’t even need hemming!

Definitely get a quote from in independent seamstress or tailor.

Post # 12
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940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m getting my bustle done at about $6-10 a bustle, depending on the fabric (going for my fitting this Saturday). It’s a private seamstress but she said if you pay too much more you’re getting screwed. Is it too late to go elsewhere? 

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