(Closed) I feel like I’m being milked on alterations!..should I speak up?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

um that seems high to me, did you not agree on a price before hand? going to buck it up and pay sorry you got stuck in an expsensive situation. but atleast it is all well and beautiful 🙂 because that is better than paying for it to be chopped up right 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

That seems really high although I can’t be sure for your area.  I would probably call and tell them it’s more than you wanted to spend so you’d like some time to go elsewhere to price shop.  That’s assuming they haven’t started on the alterations already.  I would also ask what is the last date you could have it back that they’d still do the alterations for you.   

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well I dont know about where you live, but this seems really high!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If I did my math right, the quote should total something between $520 and $580 with a 6-point bustle. You may want to ask how she figures 6 bustle points times $35 equals $250, but other than that $40 extra, it appears like you agreed to spend up to $580 already.

At least it looks great! Imagine if they’d butchered it and still tried to charge you!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Your alterations are more than Kleinfeld’s charges and that’s Manhattan. I don’t know what part of MA you live in, but I’m on the NH/MA line and it seems that you are being charged a lot in alterations. I have to get an 11 point French bustle for my darling dress because of the pick-ups and it’s costing about $200.

I’m not sure how you can approach it or if it’s too late to discuss this with her, but I’d go with something like, “based upon what you quoted me at our last fitting and the fact I have already purchased my bra, I was anticipating my final cost being $____, not $$$$. I’d also ask her to break down the charges. Just remember you paid for her expertise and she has delivered.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow, that’s almost as much as my entire dress cost.  But unfortunately she’s done the  work and I beleive yhou are in it now

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

$35 to sew on two tiny pieces of ribbon that tie together? Geez…

Glad my seamstress charged by the hour. I had a fourteen point bustle.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Well, devils advocate here- all dresses are not equal. Depending on how difficult your material is and how many layers (lace, etc.) this will drive up the cost of taking apart each layer and altering it. I don’t know how complicated the dress is so I dont’ know if this is part of the reason… Also, I have heard it is more expensive to take a dress in more than one size, so that could be another reason for the higher cost.

I have seen plenty of threads where bees have had their dresses butchered and found out the day before, so try to stay positive by keeping in mind that your dress has been handled perfectly and not been chopped up.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s outrageous!! I ordered my dress with the bustle points sewn in from the manufacturer. All my alterations (hem, bustle, change neckline to sweetheart, take in around waist and hips, corset tightened) were $200. I also live in a high priced area, but I feel like I got a good deal.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Well I’m embarrassed.  I swear I read your post twice but still somehow missed that the alterations were being done already in my previous post.  So I had to clarify.  Sorry!

When I was getting my dress altered, she told me it would $200.  I went to pay and I was told $230.  I questioned and it was because I was having a 6 point bustle and she had originally quoted for a 3 or something like that and didn’t say during the fitting.

It seems to me they don’t always include their assumptions in their quote.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I actually think that’s pretty good. I’m having an 8 taken down to a 0/2 and paying $775. On a dress I bought as a sample for $500 (it was a $7000 dress so still a good deal).

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