Post # 1
So I bought my wedding dress early..about 4 months ago. I was a little worried about buyers remorse but every wedding dress I’ve seen, no matter how beautiful, I still love my dress 🙂 and I’m relieved to have it out of the way. The problem is, I don’t know how much to expect to pay for alterations. I still have a year and a half to go before the wedding, so I plan on losing about 20 lbs before then so things could change, but as of right now the bodice just needs to be taken out a bit (20 lbs might fix that or it might need to be taken in) and since it’s a halter top, the strap needs to be cut a little bit, as it’s too long. I plan on wearing flats, so no heels, so the skirt should be fine..at least the length should be, I don’t know if it will need to be taken in or not. Anyone have any estimates? I’m trying to factor budgets and this is one thing I’m stuck on. All they can tell me is that it can be anywhere from $0-$500 but most dresses average $100.
Below is a picture of my dress on a model, except mine is a smaller size 🙂 Unfortunately the picture doesn’t really do it justice, as there is some beading detail on the skirt but you can see the jist.
Post # 3
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
- Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza
My alterations cost $200 to have the dress shortened and then the bodice taken in.
Post # 5
I paid $100! But mine was just a bustle and having the belt sewn in.
Post # 6
$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
@marinesfiance: My alterations were $170.00. That included an elaborate bustle, cups sewn in and minor changes to the bodice (added beading).
Post # 8
- 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
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
$280. Lace hem, boning, bustle, let out in hips, add straps, add corset!
Post # 11
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
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@marinesfiance: $125 to add a bustle and bra cups.
Post # 13
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
$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
$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
$130 to take it in a few sizes, hem it, and add cups