Post # 1
- Wedding: Lombardi's On the bay
I’m picking up my dress today and wanted to know your opinions about whether or not i should get it altered at Davids Bridal or go to a tailor. I would need a bustel for the very long train, a hem (since i am vertically challenged 🙂 ) and a little bit taken in on the top.
I just dont want the alterations to cost as much as the dress and Ive heard that David’s Bridal does overcharge for some of their alterations. Also, does anyone in the new york area know an affordable tailor? I’m stalking yelp at the moment. Thanks!!!!!
Post # 2
happilyeverafter29: To be honest, I felt the same way you do. My dress is from DB too and I decided to go there and get a “feeling” from the tailor. I really liked her and the prices can’t be beat.
It’s more about who you trust. Like this woman from DB I spoke with was older, very knowlegable and said, “I love this dress…” so she’s worked on it before. To me, that was enough.
Post # 3
I got my dress from DB and they quoted me $400 for alterations (bustle, taking in at the top and sides and bra cups added) – yikes! I ended up getting my alterations done at a local seamstress for $80 total. She came recommended by a co-worker, so I felt good about using her. Talk to someone who has recently gotten married in your area to see who they used for alterations.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2014 - Sedona Golf Resort
the alterations quoted to me at DB were almost as much as my dress-so I shopped around and found a tailor to do it for less than half of that DB would have charged me. Do some research, I also used review sites like Yelp to find a tailor. The one I used did a great job, there were a couple of additional adjustments I wish I would have made but overall she a great job with what I asked her to do. You can go to a bridal resale shop and ask if they recommend anyone In your area. Good luck.
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
happilyeverafter29: NO!!!! Nonononono, do NOT use David’s alterations department!!! They charge too much, and they don’t do a good job. I had a bridesmaid dress hemmed here and they literally did it unevenly. It was too high on the left and too low in the front. I was stepping on it all day. Miserable.
Post # 6
I had mine done at DB, I needed it taken in at the bust, let out at the hips, hemmed and bustled. I think it was about $300 by the end. I liked their work, I can’t complain. I didn’t know any other tailors in the area and no one could recommend anyone. I figured I was better off going with DB, it’s their dress, their alterations people. They had a price list in the alterations fitting room, I would ask to see the list, call around and get some prices and see what you think.
Post # 7
I’m actually having my first alterations appointment at DB today.
Originally, I was going to go with another seamstress who quotes me for $360 which included a slight hem in the front [the back is fine], lopping off part of the halter because it’s too long, taking in the sides of the dress near the boobs, and a little around the waist.
I had my appointment set for her for October, but she called me a few months ago telling me she couldn’t do my dress – after this I decided I would go to DB as at least they won’t decide last minute they can’t do my dress and royally screw me over.
I will come back and post how much the alterations are!
Post # 8
jenilynevette: Me too, after work!
Post # 9
- Wedding: Lombardi's On the bay
Thank you guys sooo much!! I think im going to shop around. If i dont find anyone then I can always go back to DB and have them do it.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
The only thing I’d keep in mind is if David’s messes it up, they have to replace it because it’s thier dress, their mistake. I don’t know how other taylors would be if, god forbid, something un-fixable happened.
Post # 11
I am in a wedding in September, and the bridesmaid dresses are from David’s Bridal. I took mine to a local seamstress to alter. It was $55 for the 3 layers of the skirt to be hemmed and the waist taken in on the sides. I went with another bridesmaid to her DB alterations appointment. It was $75 for just the hem, and we were in there at least a half hour. Probably more like an hour. It took them forever to do the pinning. My seamstress pinned mine in like less than 5 minutes. I just picked mine up last weekend, tried it on, and it looks great.
I may be wrong, but I don’t believe the staff at DB that does the pinning actually does the alterations (that was the case for my bridesmaid friend), which sounds to me like a recipe for disaster. I want the same person touching my dress, and someone who knows what needs to happen at all steps along the way!
I also like to support small-business seamstresses. They’re usually women, and I feel like it’s one of those disappearing trades like shoe repair. I’d rather take my money to them.
Post # 12
MissCoupon: This is what worried me most. If they really messed up my dress, I’m sure they’d make it right, I can’t say that about other tailors or seamstresses.
Anyway, just got back from my david’s appointment, here is a breakdown of my alterations :
Alter neckline/halter line : $50
Alter bodice/chest : $100
Alter armhole/sleeve : $30
Take in/taper side seams : $60
Total is $240, and there is no taxes.
The hem I will do at my next appointment and it will be $150, so $390 total for alterations, which I don’t think is that bad as the other seamstress I had talked to gave me a quote of $360.
Also, she gave me my receipt and explained to me about their gaurentee.. basically, if it doesn’t fit how it’s supposed to, I can have them do it over/fix it, at no charge.
Post # 13
happilyeverafter29: Check out Wedding Wire. I know in the DC area there are 2 well known bridal seamstresses. One (the one I went to) actually has a cap (I think $250, but that was 4 years ago) on prices.
Post # 14
I had my alterations done at DB because A) They guarantee the work or replace it, B) I was able to use my DB credit card to pay, and C) I didn’t feel like dragging my dress around town looking for a bargain. I had the top cut down ($65), a hem ($125), and a 12-point bustle ($110). They also charged tax on it, which I thought was a bit obscene, but the total came to $325 and some change.; about half the price of my dress.
Post # 15
I bought my dress at DB and used a wedding seamstress. I paid 1/2 of what DB quoted me and I felt the work was much much higher quality.