Do I have to get alterations the same shop I buy the dress from?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsBtoBe14:  you can go elsewhere unless you specifically signed something that said they would do it. i’d actually try to find someplace that ISNT a bridal shop–any time ANYTHING has a wedding word associated with it, it will cost more.

 

i’d just look in your area and check reviews (make sure to look at the filtered ones on yelp too) and find something else!

Post # 4
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsBtoBe14:  It’s a good idea to shop around because you will likely find better prices.  Bridal shops are notorious for overcharging for alterations.  I wouldn’t worry about it being rude at all because the bridal shops generally send out the dress for alterations as well so it’s not like you will be face-to-face with the actual seamstress to tell her no.

Post # 5
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526 posts
Busy bee

Nope! and I saved at least $500 to go to a local seamstress instead of the boutique.  I got MUCH better suggestions and I feel attention than at the shop where it was a much more rushed and inflexible atmosphere.  at least check out your options.

Post # 7
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsBtoBe14:  I wouldn’t break that piece of news until the dress comes in.  When it’s in, go pick it up and if they give you a hard time, remind them that you already paid for the dress so you own it and they have to release it to you.  They’ll get the point that you’re not ordering alterations from them.  (Also, make sure you double check the measurements they send because dress shops are also notorious for sending bad measurements in order to rack up more charges on alterations.)

Post # 8
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92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsBtoBe14:  punch her in the face! no just kidding. i bought my dress in my hometown and had planned on getting it altered there until i realized how annoying the logistics would be. so i just said “hey, i know that you guys would do a beautiful job but i think that to make things as low key as possible i’m going to go elsewhere.” they held on to the dress for me for an extra month or so.

 

i think any business would understand a simple “thanks so much for your help so far but i’m going to go a different route”.

Post # 9
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1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsBtoBe14:  as soon as the dress comes in tell them you want to take it home so you can accessorize. Thats what i did because i didnt want alterations at the salon i got my dress from. 

Post # 10
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414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I ordred my dress from David’s Bridal online but had to take it to get cleaned as part of it had poked out of the box during shipping and got really dirty. When I took it in they asked about alterations and I just said “I won’t be getting alterations at this time” or “I’ll be taking it elsewhere” or something like that. They warned me that if someone else touched it they wouldn’t be able to clean it again and that was that. I took it somewhere local and saved A TOOONNNNN of money!! Just tell them and get on with yo money savin’ self! 

Post # 11
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311 posts
Helper bee

@graceolivia89:  ahahhaha omg I am laughing so hard! I’m making the need shake and my FI is sleeping! 

Post # 12
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528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsBtoBe14:  I agree with @graceolivia89. Unless you signed something stating the bridal shop would do alterations, you not obligated to have them do it. The bridal shop I ordered my dress from doesn’t have an alterations department, so through some internet research I came across this YouTube video, which I found really helpful. One of the most useful tips, make sure whoever is doing your fitting is pinning your dress. If the hem needs to come up, the HAVE to pin it. Just saying “take an inch off” means you could end up with a really crooked hem (especially if the dress has pleats, rouching, pickups).  

I hope this helps. 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_WBXoqcVy4 

Post # 13
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509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I went to an independent seamstress who was a fraction of the cost of the shop. I also needed a hem and they were going to charge over $300 just for the hem. I ended up getting my hem, bustle, sides and corset taken in, and elastic added to my slip for only $245. And my hem was very complicated because she had to remove lace first. 

I was really nervous though since I found her on the Internet. And couldn’t find any reviews of her. 

My shop actually told me it would be cheaper to go somewhere else. They “outsourced” the alterations so they didn’t care about getting the business. 

 

Post # 14
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6017 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsBtoBe14:  I took my dress to an independent seamstress. I just told the shop I wanted an estimate from their seamstress, got it, and then told them I was going to take it to other places to get other estimates. It’s a good idea to shop around. I got an estimate from a local seamstress that my cousin used and she was cheaper and I’ve seen her work in person (my cousin’s dress) so I chose her to do it. I took my dress in on 7/23 and when I went back yesterday to get the hem redone (I changed my shoes) everything else was already done! The seamstress at the salon would have taken much longer!

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