David's Bridal Alterations vs tailor

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
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1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
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223 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
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Bumble bee
  • 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
Hostess
9908 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 # 10
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
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1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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. 

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