(Closed) Dress alterations..expensive!!!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

yes, alteration is annoyingly expensive! and even though i go with a private seamstress rather than having the alteration done by the bridal salon’s seamstress, it’s still pretty expensive (though cheaper already).

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah mine was $250 without the bustle so I’m sure it’ll be about $300 when I’m done.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was under the impression it would be cheaper as well. Everyone I talked to was like “yeah you’ll spend like a couple hundred dollars max”….or not haha. However, I know this woman is awesome so as long as it looks good, that’s what matters!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

yep! My mom and I joke that my alterations were almost as much as the dress 😉

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I went with my FDIL this past week for her fitting and was shocked at what the bridal shop wants to charge her and how their prices fluctuated for the same service if she agreed to do even more alterations.  When she ordered the dress 8 months ago, she was told that she could change the brown velvet sash with crystal beading on it to a diamond white sash.  They said the beading was on some sort of mesh that could be lifted off and placed on a new white sash.  Sooooo…now it turns out that they didn’t know what they were talking about as there is no mesh, and the beading is all sewn directly to the brown sash.  So now they want to sell her a completely different beaded sash for $150 and charge her an additional $100 to sew it on!  And here’s the kicker.  If she leaves the brown sash alone (no alteration at all) then her hem and bustle cost $180.  But if she buys the new sash, the hem and bustle costs $150. They are encouraging her to make the sash changes for an extra $250 in order to get $30 off on the hemming and bustling?  It reminds me of when  I had a small dent in my car and the repair shop said it would be $800 if I turned it in to my insurance company, and only $400 if I paid instead.  I think their should be a set price for each type of service (hemming, bustling, etc.) and the shop needs to just stick to it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

yea and ive noticed that other alteration places are now charging a fitting fee if you decide not to go with them. I was quoted $375 for a hem, bustle and taken in and i decided to go else where since it was out of budget for me and the lady told me its gonna be a $45 “fitting fee” if i didnt decide to use her. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@sweetlikcake: A fitting fee huh? That seems like something that should be told to brides upfront.

@futuremominlaw: I believe my tailor had a set price for each of the services, but I’m guessing that based on the fact that when she wrote out my bill she seemed to have set amounts for each of the things (ex. hemming, the bust area, bustle, etc).

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I just had my first fitting this morning, and to hem the bottom of the dress and the under layer and crinoline and french bustle was 285.  Sheesh!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

private seamstresses are always better. the bridal shop was gonna charge me $700+ for JUST hemming and a tiny take in of the bust. seroiusly?

the seamstress goddess i got to do my dress is awesome and is hemming, doing the bustle, taking in the top and the thigh area for only $225 and she does AMAZING work.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

$475 for hem (lace), taking in on top and bustle. I nearly died! The place was recommended by Kleinfeld (I bought a sample dress there). I am paying them in installments as its cash only. It better be PEFECT when i see it in 2 weeks.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am a seamstress; not a paid one. I can understand why it costs so much for alterations because I do a lot of sewing. I do agree though that a lot of seamstresses do overcharge for alterations. I am having someone else do the alterations on my gown because it has a lot of lace and beading and I want a corset back put in and it will probably also need a hem. I will have my eyes wide open though and know what reasonable costs should be for the alterations.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This makes me worry.  I found the dress I wanted at David’s Bridal, and then went and bought it from a private seller in the same size with the tags on it for $500 less and the slip and veil included.  Because I didn’t actually buy it from David’s Bridal they won’t let me get my alterations there (even though I got all of the bridesmaid’s dresses there) so I found a lady who is willing to hem it, bustle it, and steam it for $50.  I am hoping it works out.

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