Panic Mode-Have to get a new dress with 4 months to go!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

$250 for alterations is really cheap. Over the years, there have been a lot of polls about alteration costs, and most bees pay over $300, and a LOT are in to $400-600 range.

If you decide you’d rather do another dress, J. Crew, David’s Bridal, and sample sales are your best bet.

Just wait until you see how much it costs to clean it after the wedding!

Post # 4
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I agree, $250 is not bad at all for alterations. But the issue is more that the dress might not fit the same. I would maybe start to shop, but if you love the dress I’d get started on alterations as well and hope that works out. 

Post # 5
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

$250 is totally normal for alterations! I would suggest a new seamstress if that’s how she reacted.

However, if you really need a new dress, I got mine from David’s Bridal special order and I got it in less than a month. They were willing to sell any of the sample dresses too so if they were my size I could have walked out with a dress that day.


Post # 6
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Talk to another seamstress who feels more confident in altering the dress. $250 is completely average for alterations! 

Post # 7
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m assuming you expect to pay more than $250 for another dress?  $250 is cheap for alterations.  Mine are $695.  I doubt you’d find another seamstress who’ll do alterations at a lower price, but you might find someone who’s more confident that they can make the dress fit perfectly.

Post # 8
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My dress alterations are $700. I bought a dress that fit me and it still needed all these alterations. I would be happy with $250 and would not look for a new dress if yours is doable. 

Post # 10
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@BreezyP:  The dress store should have offered you store credit at least for the dress. You brought the dress on the word of the saleswoman that the dress could be made to fit you- it couldn’t. Than the dress shop should help you out!. It is easy for them, they take the dress back, and find you another one, you paid the difference. (they end up on top- more money in the till, and a happy customers). I just don’t get some stores!.

Post # 11
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

if the sales lady told you it would fit after alterations, and persuaded you to buy the dress because of that, she should be helping you with a credit on a dress that will fit!

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