Post # 1
I need some advice. I bought the white by vera wang 351011 and all seemed well. It was over my budget, but i thought what the heck you only get married once. I picked up my gown and the dress seemed to fit quite well.
Fast forward to 1 month later when i tried it on for my mom at home. I decided that i should sit down in it to see how things looked. OMG it looks horrible when i sit. I am only 5″2 so most regular “non-petite” clothing is long on me. I guess this gown has a torso that is designed for someone much taller with a longer torso.(I have attached pics of me standing and sitting)
So alteration wise i am going to have to get a hem (have been quoted $150 from multiple seamstresses), sides taken in ($60), Bustle ($60), Have the top cut down and altered to a sweetheart ($125 – the sweetheart doesnt cost any extra so i figure if we are cutting anyway might as well be what i want), cups sewn in ($25) … for a grand total of $420 plus %13 taxes = $474 for alterations…barf!
Do you bees think i shoud just it suck it up and pay for the extra alterations on my already $1300 gown or should i try and sell it and buy a cheaper one that needs less alterations?
Post # 3
The dress looks great on you. If you love the dress, I would just suck it up and pay for the alterations. =]
Post # 4
I’d just suck it up and pay for alterations. The way I see it, if you sell the dress you are going to lose at least $200, would $275 for alterations be more reasonable for you?
Post # 5
When i went dress shopping my limit i set for myself was $1000 with alterations. I found this one and i really liked it and i figured it would be about $50 for a hem so that would have only been about $350 over my limit…. (it seems i forgot about how much anything wedding related costs)….
With alterations this will now be almost $800 over the budget i set for myself….
Post # 6
Price around. Some seamstresses really could really use the work and might be a lot more reasonable
Post # 7
Did you ask how much the hem would be at the time you tried it on? Or assumed it would be $50?
I would shop around at more seamstresses. You may find one that is more within your budget, or at least one that is willing to work within your budget. My seamstress is amazing, she had lots of cost cutting ways that got the same result, but for a fraction of the price I was quoted by the bridal boutique’s alterations department.
Post # 8
do you really only dislike it when you sit down? it looks lovely on you.
the alterations sound quite pricey, dont you know someone thats handy with a sewing machine that could do it for you?
If you sell it and buy another one there are 2 problems i can see
1. it will not be your dream dress, cos what you have now is that dres/
2. you may still have to pay for alterations, and with what you lose on selling this dress, i can see you being disappointed with the cheaper dress, because it will have actually ended up being the same price as the one you have…..BECAUSE of the money you lost through selling it.
(that sounds better in my head than seeing it written here)
Post # 9
Stupid Wedding Bee double post!
Post # 10
Are all of your alterations because when you sit down you don’t like how you look? Or can some of those be adjusted for just wearing/standing in the gown?
Do you plan on sitting a lot during your wedding? We sat down for about 20 minutes to quickly eat some appetizers before making our rounds to the guests and then to dance all. night. long. They didn’t even bring us our main dishes. 🙂 Plus, you’ll be sitting behind a table, maybe with a centerpiece of some sort, and you’ll have the bridal glow! Although maybe you’re doing a full Catholic mass where you sit down during the ceremony too? And if you’re concerned about pictures while sitting, make sure you don’t do any with your photographer, and when you look back at your guests’ pictures, you’ll see a happy girl who just married her best friend. You won’t see all the small details you’re focused on before the big day.
Post # 11
It is not so much that i just dislike it when i sit, it actually is very painful. Aside from being painful it looks really bad and there will be a lot of pictures taken during dinner/speaches… ….So it is a necessary alteration as is the hem and bustle…