Wedding Gown Alteration – Price too high??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That seems about right from what I have seen from posters in the New York area. It also depends on the material and detail. Like if it’s lace or has beading, alterations are a bit more tricky and will cost more. 

Post # 4
Hostess
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had to have my dress let out and got a corset back inputted and the length taken up. Original just the length they quoted me only an additional $100. For the corset back they ended up quoting $500 but I got it taken down to $350 because I thought they were robbing me pretty much.

 So yes, $150 I belive is quite reasonable. Taking in a dress is quite difficult because they have to take it in enough without affecting the way the dress flows. If you want another opinion have another search online or even speak to DB and see what they quote you. Theres no harm in shopping around! I got about $800 off my dress because I bought it from a different retailer 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 5
Member
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Redholix:  That is very reasonable. Be very careful with a 1 button bustle. i dont know if anyone has told you but they tend to break off. 

Post # 7
Member
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Sounds fair to me. I had a cocktail dress only taken up in the hem and it cost $45, so I think $150 is fair for the alterations you have requested. 

 

Post # 8
Member
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I actually think David’s Bridal would have charged you about $100.  And I would have charged much less (but I’m not in NY, sorry!).  I’m just curious, did she break the price down for you?  I’d like to know what she’s charging you for just that one button bustle.  Those are incredibly easy to do so should not cost more than $5-$10.  I’m not sure what you meant by changing a clip on the back, but it just sounds like a bit of hand sewing so that shouldn’t cost much.  That would mean that she’s charging you over $100 just to take in the sides a little bit.  Boy, I’m glad I don’t live in NY.

Post # 9
Member
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Jacofblues:  I think alterations here are quite pricey compared to the US, your post and mine seem to indicate it…. Fingers crossed my wedding dress doesn’t need too much tweaking 🙁

Post # 11
Member
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Redholix:  I think the price is great for David’s bridal. There are brides who end up paing double and triple there for alterations. Its sad to say but my sister works at Davids bridal and has told me that they charghe a little extra for clearance and sale items.

Post # 12
Member
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My alterations for a hem and bustle at DB was just about 200… i think you got a fair price for what you need done 🙂

 

Post # 13
Member
6270 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

mine was $400,

needed sides taken in, 2 layers shortened on bottom and the bustle made.

Post # 14
Member
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think she sounds great! JUST my bustle was $80!

Post # 15
Member
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Redholix:  Oh my gosh!  I really wonder why she has so many good reviews if she’s not even willing to be open about how she’s pricing stuff.  The hook should be a $5 fix.  It bothers me so much that most wedding vendors take advantage of brides because wedding stuff is just “expected” to be expensive.  Like if you’re spending less than $100 on alterations, you must have gone to a crap seamstress.  Haha.  They charge a lot because they can, basically.  By the way, your hair prices are outrageous!  I went to a girl who just graduated cosmetology school and got a great deal that way.  But I also wasn’t very picky.  Anyways, your seamstress better do a good job!        

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