(Closed) How Much Did Your Alterations Cost?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How Much Did Your Alterations Cost You (not including price of Dress)
    < $100 : (11 votes)
    21 %
    $100 - $200 : (10 votes)
    19 %
    $200 - $300 : (9 votes)
    17 %
    > $300 : (23 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    733 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Haven’t done mine yet but I hope not much! It would just be sizing if anything

    Post # 4
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    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    @Saloria83:  Ours were about $100 each.  Mine was taken out in the bodice.  NotFroofy’s was hemmed.  Both had bustles added.

    However, we had ours done by an independent seamstress who had stellar reviews (and did a perfect job on our dresses).  Bridal shop alterations tend to be much more expensive.

    Post # 5
    Member
    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My dress was purchased from a small boutique and the owner is a seamstress so she will alter it herself, $100 flat fee no matter what needs to be done to it.

    I have heard that bigger stores (David’s and Alfred’s) charge around $500. That to me is ridiculous. You are already spending how much on the dress that’s a huge amount to add on!

    Post # 8
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    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Oooooh I’m commenting to see what other bees have to say! I have a davids bridal dress but will be taking it elsewhere for alterations. I have $400 budgeted for alterations and am realllly hoping it doesnt come out to that much. I will need to have about 3 inches taken off the bottom (hemmed) and then a bustle for my massive train. Its already a little big on me and I’m planning on losing 15 more pounds so it will need to be taken in too. Ack!!!!!!

    Post # 9
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    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Saloria83:  Ack me too!! Idk what I would do if they messed up my dress either and it worries me!!. I have a davids bridal dress  too and will take it elsewhere for alterations becasue my friend had just simple stuff done and they charged her $300. I need much more done (hem, bustle, taken in, etc.)!!!

    Post # 10
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    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    @Saloria83:  DB is kind of famous for keeping their prices down on the dresses, but making it up with expensive alterations.  Definitely check around for independent seamstresses in your area.  I’m not sure where you are, but I know excellent seamstresses in both the DC and Boston areas who are a lot less than DB for alterations.

    Post # 12
    Member
    8697 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    $475 but they include everything (bustle, making it shorter, adding in cups)

    Post # 13
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    2254 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    From what I remember it was about $500 but it was a lot of alterations. The seamstress hemmed it up 4 inches, took in 2 inches on either side (yay wedding diet), added cups, altered the bodice to make the sweetheart neckline more pronounced, added in an internal strap to help with support, and the priciest part was the French bustle bc there was so many layers to the dress. 

    Post # 14
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    138 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Mine was about 270ish…. I don’t remember exactly.  But when she gave me the price I almost S*#t myself!  I only had a bustle added and the length taken up because it was to long.  I thought that was rediculous!  It took me more by surprise because I had her alter a bridesmaid dress for me a year earlier and it was like 30.00.  But she did exactly what I wanted and she did a good job and on time.  So I guess she just added extra for the stress free experience. 

    Post # 16
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    2254 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Saloria83: I got my alterations at a private seamstress whose shop only alters wedding dresses. Though I loved the results of my dress, I definitely recommend you shop around if you can. One of my co-workers, who married a few months after me, had a seamstress who does work from her home. She had about the same amount of alterations as I did, came out great, and was about half the cost of what I paid. 

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