Post # 1
I found a seamstress with a ton of positive yelp reviews, but she says it will cost $600-700 to alter my dress (taking it in, hemming, and bustle)! I definitely was not expecting to pay that much, and she said it’s because ballgowns are the most expensive to alter. My budget is very small, and it is very annoying to think of paying 3 times more for alterations than I did for the dress.
Is this normal?
Can I cut costs by skipping the bustle and getting a really cheap short dress to dance in?
How about skipping hemming and wearing super high heels?
What do you all think?
Post # 3
@desthebride: Alterations can be very costly. I suggest keep looking?? There may be someone else that is just as good but with lower price. I wouldn’t go with higher heels unless your Fi is very tall. Otherwise you will look super tall compared to him.
Post # 4
These are entirely personal decisions. If you feel secure in higher high heels and the dress isn’t going to make you trip then yes you can skip that. (its really a safety factor) There are plenty of brides who have ‘reception dresses’ if that is something you wnat and can find one for less than the cost of adding a bustle then yes, you can do that too, but its up to you and how much you want to shop around. There might even bee a cheaper seemstress in your area who would be willing to do that part.
Post # 5
How poofy is your crinoline? Just by adding the poofiest crinoline I could find and adding an inch to my heels (got a great deal on $70 shoes for $20 on 6pm.com, and the crinoline from another bee) I was able to avoid hemming my ballgown, and I’m only 5’2″. If you haven’t gone that route yet, give it a try! I’ve also seen tutorials on DIY bustles if you or anyone close to you is handy at sewing.
Post # 6
That is up to you if you want a reception dress and to just wear the high heels instead. FWIW, those quotes are not crazy, that’s about right for a ball gown.
Post # 7
Thanks guys for the input. Just to be clear, I know that the decisions are mine, I was more wondering if those ideas would make much of a dent in the cost.
@zomgwut: Ahh… didn’t realize that was normal for a ball gown. Thanks!
Post # 8
Could you post the photos of the dress, and let me know the exact alteration requirements? I will be able to estimate the time required for the alterations. Then the cost depends on how much the seamstress charges per hour. We charge $5 per hour but we are located in China, and most independent seamstresses in North America charge about $35-$50 per hour from what I have read, and it appears that the bridal salons would charge even more.
Hope to be of help 🙂
Post # 9
How tall is your fiancee? My bridal consultant ordered as close as she could to the length I would need because she informed me that of the standard alterations, the hem is the largest and a huge portion of the alterations cost. If you coud do without hemming, can you see what it would cost? However…. how comfortable are you in heels? Will you be able to dance in “super high heels”? If the answers are not favorable, it’s not worth it!!!! Drop the extra money, you won’t regret it. (But keep looking and seeing if there’s a better deal.)
Post # 10
For the hemming, is the shape already set, or the shape of the hem needs to change? This will determine if extra work is needed, thanks.
Post # 11
It kind of seems a hell of a lot… I’ll be doing the same and have been quoted absolutly no more than $500 if my corset needs to be extremely taken in, in places.
But how much does ur dress need to come in? Is it a total reconstruction?