Post # 1
My dress was around $1,200. I just had my 2nd fitting last week and she told me alterations would be $555. Thats literally half the dress cost. I was astonished. I have no choice, as half of it has already been done and it’s being done at the shop I bought it from (they “estimated” $200-250 when I first inquired, otherwise I would have gone elsewhere).
It is a fitted Mermaid/fishtail. I ordered a size 4, but am all different sizes up and down. It fits perfectly up top, but I have chicken legs so I needed some assistance there. I am having it hemmed, taken in at the hips, tucked under the butt (so basically just fitted at the thighs), and having a bustle put in. 7 bustles to be exact. insane, but it looks gorgeous and looked terrible with any less. so much tulle. The bustle was only $100, though.
Here’s before pics. I wish I had a side view, cause It looks like a sausage casing. But, as you can see it droops, which is why I needed the skirt lifted a bit. She complained the whole time, but it was a must.
So, how much are you guys spending on alterations, and how much was your dress? If you’re having your dress totally re-made, that doesn’t count
Post # 2
Don’t have the patience to compute percentages. My dress was bespoke, so it was made to my measurements. I had one minor alteration made and she charged me $40. The dress cost me under $500. It’s tea length, so not as much work went into it.
Post # 3
missanonybee53: lol. less than 10%, but maybe I am just quick with that kind of thing. sorry if I made it confusing.
Just trying to estimate in comparison to what people spent to how much alterations are. if someone’s dress was 20k and they spent 5k, that’s a shit ton, but it’s still only 25% to them. No need for % if it’s more confusing
Post # 4
texaslemon: What a gorgeous dress!!
I’m not paying anything for alterations – I can sew, so I’m doing my own.
Post # 5
Let’s see. I spent about $1750 on the dress, and alterations cost around $550. I had to have it seriously hemmed (I’m 4’11” so there was a lot to take off!), did a 7 point bustle, had it taken out a bit at the hips, and had the sweetheart cups adjusted. I hope this helps!
Post # 6
Mine were $475 but my bridal shop charged a flat rate.
Post # 7
SexyCatLady: Thanks! and lucky you! I wish I was that good..I can make pillows?
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
texaslemon: Your dress is beautiful! My dress was $2000 and my alterations were $200. I had to get cups sewn in, the hips taken in and taken in under the butt, the skirt hemmed and bustle put in. $550 seems a little high to me!
Post # 9
texaslemon: mine were $400 and I was really suprised! My dress cost just under $1000. aside from the length and a little bit in the waist it fit well. I asked for a sweetheart neckline- it had more of a swoop To start with. And I thought that that was why it was more. But she explained that she would have to recut the bust either way, so adding a sweatheart didn’t cost more. My neckline had a lot of beading and that’s where the cost came from, having to redo all the intricate beading. Otherwise I think it would have been closer to $250.
Yours are high, but not too crazy. Mine was a simple a-line so aside from the bust and waist, didn’t need to be fitted too much to me. and I’m also all different sizes up and down so im sure if I had a fit and flar, it would have required a lot of work to get it right. Did they give you a break down of costs?
Post # 10
my dress shop was having a promotion where if i bought my dress at my first appointment then all the alterations concerning the fit were free, so i only had to pay $200. my dress just had to be shortened and since it was lace it would have been pretty expensive, so i got a pretty good deal. i just had to pay for the bustle, the hoop, and the bra cups.
Post # 11
my alterations were included in the price of my dress at the salon i purchased through. it ended up being a total nightmare- they didn’t listen to any of my feedback, which resulted in me sobbing when i went to “pick up my dress”. they had added 21 buttons in a line along my butt for the bustle- i was told it would be small hooks under the dress…. long story short, my crying convinced them to change it back, but it was sooo stressful. i wish i had taken it elsewhere to get it altered! i had lost a bit of weight, so they had to take it in about 3 dress sizes which wasn’t an issue at least.
Post # 12
texaslemon: mine fits more or less I have to just get cups sown in which is around $40 but that’s it
Post # 13
My dress was right around $500, alterations were $360.
I needed to have it hemmed, the halter taken in, had it taken in around the waist and let out just a smidge around the hips, and had to have the armpit area of my dress molded/taken in.
I had found a seamstress to do my alterations for $300 but she cancelled and I decided it was worth the extra money to take it back to davids bridal.. at least they wouldn’t skip out on doing it last minute, and if they screwed my dress up, they have to fit or replace it.
Post # 14
My dress was $4k with taxes and the alterations were $600 which was pretty crazy since it wasn’t lace or beaded and nothing fancy was really being done. Not even hemmed. Just a bustle and cups added and taking in of the bodice.
Post # 15
Under butt tucking (basically giving my butt shape)= $100
Taking it in at hips= $220
Sewing in cups (including the cups themselves)= $20
I decided last minute to have it taken in under my butt, so I am wondering if I had told her that in the beginning if she would have just included it in the “slimming” price. She was having to go back and take more in anyway, because it was rippling (my hips are uneven, and she didn’t realize till the 2nd fitting).
Can’t go back now, but part of me wants to complain. She’s already written the ticket out, but I haven’t signed anything and I don’t pay until I pick up.