Post # 1
I just got back from my first alterations appointment with David’s Bridal…and I’m feeling a little woozy not just from standing still for at least 1.5 hours but also from the alterations cost!
My dress was $817 (that includes tax). It’s David’s Bridal 3469.
I thought I would end up paying $150 in alterations..but apparently my dress requires a lot of bustle work. The actual cost…brace yourselves…$448 for an under bustle. Good lord!
I still love my dress but wish I would have asked about bustling prices for the ones that I had tried on for a real cost comparison.
Post # 3
@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
@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 # 5
@TattedNYBride: I know! I have heard that DB is pricey, but wasn’t expecting that! They shortened it, added a little divot to create a sweetheart neckline and then the ballroom bustle (not the under bustle I had said in my first post). I should have gotten an estimate elsewhere!
Post # 6
@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
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
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
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
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
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
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?