Tipping for alterations?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LindyLu:  I haven’t had mine done yet, but I hope I don’t have to tip extra as my alterations are already going to cost in the $150-$300 range.  That seems like plenty enough to me…

Post # 4
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

After shelling out $400 for alterations last night, I vote no!  (Maybe I’m just being cranky because my dress is plain and I never thought it would cost that much for a hem, some bra cups and a simple bustle!)

Seriously though…if the seamstress is in business for herself, she is already getting the entirety of your payment in her pocket.  You could tip if she goes above and beyond, is incredibly accomodating or gives you a ridiculously good price, but if it’s a complicated alteration, you’ll likely pay for that level of service anyway.  I would only tip if she is subsidized by an employer (dry cleaner, the salon, etc) and she has to give them a portion of what you paid her.  

Post # 5
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

The lady who did mine worked for herself, so I didn’t tip (since she was receiving 100% of the payment)

Post # 6
2798 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have never heard of tipping for alterations.  The times I have had alertations done to my clothes, most person shops and obviously all the money that I paid for the alterations was there money.  When my alterations were not done by one person shops, I never met the person doing the alterations.  In either case, tipping is not really expected or acceptable.

Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

No my alterations lady works for herself so she mde 100% of my payment

Post # 8
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Nope, it seems really weird to me. Domy worry about it!

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