Bridesmaids Alterations: How much did you pay?

posted 9 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

My girls had to pay an average of $100 – it killed me to hear that.  I felt so bad asking them to pay $175 for the gown and then another $100 to get it to fit them!  They all seemed to think that was normal.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

The alterations for one of my BM dresses was 90 dollars – Luckily, I had a sweet bride who’s gift was to pay for our dresses…so at least I didn’t have to pay for the dress AND pay to get it altered!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I don’t know of anyone offhand.  Unfortunately, $65 sounds like a good price for BM dresses (everything is 50% more when it’s wedding related it seems). You may want to go to your local trusted dry cleaners ( most do alterations) and have them do alterations on some suit or dress you’ve been meaning to have taken in forever (I’ve got about a dozen things like that).  That way, you’ll finally have a properly fitted dress/jacket/ etc, AND you’ll know whether they’re reliable.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

yeah, depending on how involved the alteration is, $95 doesn’t sound out of line.  I’m guessing most of the cost is in the bodice.  I ahd the bodice for a corset style BM dress taken in, and the high cost was b/c there were a lot of seams to open (it was in panels) and take in.  If she only took in the sides, it would have looked a bit strange b/c the proportion of the panels would have been off, but it would have still fit fine and cost almost half. Since it was my sister’s wedding, I got it done the expensive way.  But one of the other BM’s opted to only have the sides taken in.  You would notice if you were looking, but it fit and no one’s really paying that much attention to the details of the BM dress.  You might ask your tailor whether they can reduce costs and what the trade offs are in terms of fit/appearance.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

$50. to $100. is average for BM Alterations depending on where you live.  If the alteration is something major like taking in the bodice or several different things then expect around $100.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We found a lady who does it out of her home.  She did my sisters wedding dress for about $100 and BM dresses from $20-50.  Not too bad.  I would ask around through people who have gotten married (friends, co-workers, etc.)  But def. make sure they are reputable!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Unfortunately for me, I have always paid over $100 for alterations, ugh!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The seamstress who is making my wedding dress does bridesmaid alterations for $20-$50…so I am going to pay for that for my bridesmaids.

It’s $20 for bodice alterations and another $20-30 for length alterations. 

She lives in Northwestern Indiana, so it might be a drive for some of you Chicagoans, but for me who lives in the very far south suburbs it is well worth it!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

i paid $100 going to a seamstress who worked out of her home. Granted my dress needed some major help. They had to order me an 8 because of my chest but my waist was a 4 on their size chart. So, she literally had to cut the sides out of the dress, sew it back together, hem it and do some work on the bust so you couldn’t see down my dress. I’d try to find a reputable seamstress that works out of their home. They don’t have any overhead. I did end up paying $300 in total for the dress and the alterations but at that point in the process I was so used to pulling out my card

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2018

If you’re willing to go to the city, I have used a dry cleaner to have two different bridesmaid dresess altered, and they did a fabulous job, for super cheap, and quickly!

For the first BM dress, I had it taken in on top a size, and had the length taken up. The second one, it was a more complicated dress with lace over the fabric and they still did a great job taking in the bodice.

I paid I think $30-$45 each time. You don’t even need an appointment! And, they turned it around in a couple days! Here is their info:

Ultimate Dry Cleaning
(773) 528-4250
1158 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

Miss Sparkle:  Take the dress to a private alterations person.  Don’t let the shop do them because they are ripping you off.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I paid $55 for a hem (multiple layers) and to take in the waist on a David’s Bridal dress.  I went to an independent seamstress in Indianapolis.  It took her less than 5 minutes to pin it out.  My friend in the same wedding got her alterations at David’s and it was $75 for the hem alone.  We were there for at least an hour as they pinned the multiple layers of the hem.  

I’d look into private seamstresses!  They don’t have to focus specifically on bridal or formal wear to do a good job. 

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