Does Davids Bridal include any alterations?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

They don’t include complimentary alterations, but their alterations are very reasonably priced. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The alterations aren’t included, and IME, they’re super expensive. DB wanted to charge me almost $400 and keep my dress for a month or longer for alterations. 

I found a local seamstress who charged me half of what DB wanted, and she only kept my dress for two weeks. 

DB is also notorious for screwing up dresses (at least from the reviews I’ve read) and barely making, and even missing, deadlines. 

I bought my dress from them and loved it, but I’m 110% happy with using an independent seamstress.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

You will pay for them and there are a couple options I see. One is you pay more because they do change more than a local seamesseamstress will but if they destroy the dress they can replace it. Or two,  save money on alterations and go local, likely get a better job but if something horrendous happens you can’t just ge a replacement. If it is super simple do it there. If you want to change things a lot I suggest some where else.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

MrsMacLeod:  My two cents is simply that I had a floor length bridesmaid dress hemmed there.  It came back uneven and I tripped over it all night. Uneven! How hard is it to make it the same all around?  And yes, I stood like a statue during the pinning.  My mom sewed a lot, and I was often her mannequin. I’m almost as good at getting measured as she is at measuring.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

MrsMacLeod:  I bought my dress from DB, and if it weren’t for the button not snapping in place, I wouldn’t leave my dress there. The alterations person there got my dress dirty when she was trying to figure out why the button wasn’t working properly, and when I pointed it out to her, she said she’ll see if they (don’t know WHO) can TRY to clean it. Um, I didn’t dirty the dress, and I refused to pick up the dress and even complained to the store manager. It’s totally unacceptable. I DIGRESS. 

Anyway, I asked them how much it would be to hem (3 inches) and add 2 single point bustles (one separate button for the lace layer) and it would’ve cost over $200. It’s decent, but the seamstress near my house quoted me cheaper. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I bought a bridesmaids dress there and the alterations were more than the dress.  They did a good job on mine but I paid $120 for a hem, straps shortened, and to have it taken in at the bust. 

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