(Closed) My alterations cost more than my dress!!!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What do you suggest I do regarding the cost of alterations for my dress?
    Suck it up and get over it! : (6 votes)
    27 %
    Take my dress elsewhere for alterations. : (16 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @teacherlacey:  I haven’t had my alterations done yet, but I was SHOCKED when DB quoted me for all the little things I’ll need to get my dress to fit perfectly. It would definitely be half that (or even less) somewhere else. It doesn’t hurt to go and get a quote from a local seamstress/alteration company.

    Post # 4
    Member
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    If you already paid them, you might have a tough time getting that money back.  :S

    I got a quote from DB and it wasn’t too bad.  They quoted $17 for the neckline to be changed (“pinched” into a sweetheart), $57 for a 3-point bustle, and $137-171 for it to be hemmed (which I’m not sure that I even need at this point).

    ETA: I know that’s a lot of money for a hemline, but my dress has a pile of layers with a sheer organza on top so that might be why.  I agree that it can’t hurt to get another quote or two, I’m just worried if you’ve already paid the money to DB!  I think they’re very into “final sales”.

    Post # 5
    Member
    14302 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d definitely take it around to independant seamstresses and get a few more quotes.  From two different independants I got a huge range in quotes of $350 & $130!!!  When I bought BM dress at DB and just needed a simple hem, I was shocked they charged $50!  My friend went to the seamstress I had my wedding gown altered at to take her bm dress in (she was 8 months preg the first time she wore it) and was charged $10 and it was done in 45 minutes.  DB wanted like $80 and 2 weeks.

    Post # 6
    Member
    796 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Um, I guess if you already paid, it’s kind of like water under the bridge at this point. However, $311 is a loooot for dress alterations, so if you’re able to get the money back, that may not be such a bad thing. I was quoted about $310 for alterations, took it to an independent seamstress (who is AMAZING) and she quoted me $130 for hem, taking the sides in, and bustling.

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