How much did your alterations cost?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve never heard of anyone paying $100.  I paid over $200 for a bridesmaid dress recently.  My alterations were around $400, and this was without having to adjust the hem or anything.

Post # 4
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

My alterations cost $200 to have the dress shortened and then the bodice taken in.  

Post # 5
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I paid $100!  But mine was just a bustle and having the belt sewn in.

Post # 6
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

$695!!  But that’s the flat fee they charge at Kleinfeld.  Slightly ridiculous, but I didn’t feel like dealing with the stress of finding another seamstress and hauling my dress all over the city.  Also – my experience so far has been stellar.

Post # 7
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@marinesfiance:  My alterations were $170.00. That included an elaborate bustle, cups sewn in and minor changes to the bodice (added beading).

Post # 8
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

mine was $150 with it being shortened, taken in (to go from a size 12 to 10), fixed the strap to make it fit on my shoulder, and added a bustle to hook my train up during the reception:)


Post # 9
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

this is where I state publicly am petrified & do not know – i had 6 inches and the corset redone, sleeves redone, and it’ll have to be shortened … 

then again, my bridesmaids dresses being altered were $20. I know I wont work out that easily. 

Post # 10
4015 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

$280. Lace hem, boning, bustle, let out in hips, add straps, add corset!

Post # 11
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I paid $140 to have the bodice taken in at least 2 sizes. add a French Bustle, Hem to the appropriate lenght add Cups and Straps.

I was scared to death how much i was going to be out of pocket, because i have heard such horror stories.  Discount Wedding Dress Salons tend to sell the dress on the cheaper end and make up the difference in the alternations costs, so a dress on sale for $499 then plus alterations at 300+ oh and any add ons you want – brings the dress up to the regular retail price of easily double.

Post # 12
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@marinesfiance:  $125 to add a bustle and bra cups.

Post # 13
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

235 for taking in along the waist and knee flare, tacking down some bunchy ruching, adding netting for flare, and buttons all the way down the back, adding a bustle. hmm seemed reasonable at the time, tho now it seems high priced.

Post # 14
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

$450 for hemming 5-6 layers of the skirt, and taking it in all over, and adding one point bustle. I know they didn’t try to scam me by ordering a larger size (because they ordered the smallest), but I still feel ripped off!  :p

Post # 15
133 posts
Blushing bee

$28. No I didn’t forget a zero! This was for the bustle, fixing the zipper/hook, and adding tulle to the bottom of the dress where it had gotten ripped (it was a sample dress). 

Post # 16
12875 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

$130 to take it in a few sizes, hem it, and add cups

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