(Closed) How much should I expect to pay for alterations? What did you pay?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much for alterations?
    less than $100 : (8 votes)
    20 %
    $100-$200 : (4 votes)
    10 %
    $200-$300 : (8 votes)
    20 %
    $300-$400 : (10 votes)
    25 %
    $400-$500 : (2 votes)
    5 %
    $500+ : (8 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    500 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I paid $400 for my alterations.  

    Post # 4
    3601 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I had mine made to measure (for an extra 30 dollars) but because I hadn’t chosen my shoes yet, I ordered the dress too long as a precaution. I had to have some inches taken off the hem at a local seamstress after I chose flats. She charged me 30 dollars for that, bringing my total alteration fee to sixty.

    Post # 5
    161 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My alterations were $100 and included:

    1. Hemmed dress

    2. Adding straps (using hemmed fabric) 

    3. Steaming dress 



    Post # 6
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I paid $270 in total. The actual alterations cost $250 and then I paid 20 for cups. I could have paid less because this was supposed to cover hemming, bustle and taking the sides in, but in the end it didnt need to be hemmed so she only did the bustle, sewed in the cups and added velcro on the inside. I didnt want to be difficult when I picked up the dress since she had done a good job I just paid for it.

    Post # 7
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I needed the hem taken up 1 inch and a bustled added on my wedding dress for the ceremony and my reception dress taken in and hemmed as well –cutting off the train. The bridal shop quoted me $300 for dress #1. The other bridal shop I got my reception dress from quoted me $200 so $500 total. I went to an independent seamstress who did everything plus sewed in bra cups all for $150.

    Post # 8
    4887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    $215, but she’s doing so much amazing work that I swear to god she’s under-charging me.

    Post # 9
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    $800. I’m adding (long) sleeves and doing a bustle (my dress has a lottttt of tulle and a long train) .

    Post # 10
    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m coming in just over 300, for 2 types of bustles (one’s a backup), hemming, steaming, and taking the dress in.

    Post # 11
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    Honestly, it depends on where you live and what you need done.  I ordered a made-to-measure dress, but I have bust issues, so I had to get mine taken in anyway.  It cost me $60, and I did my own bustle.  I also bought a steamer for $30, and steamed my own dress.  I ended up ironing part of it anyway – satin is HARD to steam, but it irons out nicely.

    Post # 13
    1991 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I got mine made to measure and still had to have alterations. Maybe I lost weight right before, but the only alterations that I had were having the dress taken in about 1″ on each side and a bustle.

    I paid $70.

    Post # 14
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I paid zero. Alterations were included in the purchase price.

    Post # 15
    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I paid just under $300 for hemming and bustle including tax. That’s with 30% off because the owner/seamstress charges more if you bring in a dress you didn’t buy from her.

    Post # 16
    17 posts
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I expect it wont be more than $200.

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