- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
I was so excited in September when I finally said yes to the dress. I loved my dress (and still do). She wasn’t sure what size to order as my waist said one size and my hips said another. Thankfully, the consultant ordered the smaller size and told me to try is on when I picked it up, but it probably wouldn’t fit over my hips. The total cost for the dress was about $600
Fast forward X weeks (I forget how many). SURPRISE! The dress fit over the hips! So home it went with me.
Fast foward to yesterday. FITTING DAY! I still love my dress. I was excited to put it on again and show it off to my Mom, Dad, and MOH. Long story short, we had to hem it (I’m 5’3″), bustle it, take it in at the waist, add the bra cups, and take in the straps a bit. Looks great with the shoes, I can walk fine in it, and TA DA, I look stunning.
She tells me to change, and she would total it…….. this is where it got scary…. not the changing part, the totalling the cost of alterations part.
Once I was back in my street clothes, she comes into the dressing room and said, “sign this that everything is good to go so we can get started” and I gasped. The alterations cost almost $400! As my Fiance asked when I told him, “did you get a second dress attached?” I feel like it would have been more economical to get a second dress. I was shocked.
So, here’s why it was so much. My dress has 3 layers, that means, there are 3 layers that needed to be hemmed. I’m not a large chested person, and my dress plunges in the back, so I needed a bra built in. The bustle needed 3 buttons (one for each layer), and it needed to be taken in on both sides (cheaper if she could have taken it in at the back only, and the shape of my dres didn’t allow this.
Am I still in love with my dress? Well, I understand it’s not the dress’s fault, but we’re on tense terms right now. Would my decision to get this dress be different if I’d known the cost of alterations? Maybe. I would have gone in with a different dress budget (we budgeted alterations on a separate line). Am I going to look fabulous on my wedding day? I better.
Now, I understand that people spend more than I have on just the dress alone, but I think it’s important to have have an understanding of how much it costs to have alterations done. I really feel that the consultant that sold me the dress should have given me some sort of heads up about the cost of the alterations, which would have given me the opportunity to shop around. (My family uses a seamstress in their town, and I would have considered bringing my dress around and getting quotes for alterations. I just figured, these guys are professionals, it’s their dress, they know how to alter it).
I just want other brides to be aware, and to make sure you’re budgeting enough for your alterations.