(Closed) You won't believe how much they wanted for alterations….

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

Yes – this is exactly how bridal salons “punish” customers who buy gowns elsewhere and then come to them for alterations.

Did you try just Googling your area and “seamstress” or “tailor” or “alterations”? I wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to find one. Another good source is through the grapevine – I’ll bet your female friends, your female relatives, your female relatives’ female friends and your female friends’ female relatives could all come up with a few names of area seamstresses for you.

Post # 4
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807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree with the seamstress suggestion. Ask around, look on the Internet and in the local paper, you will find someone who will be just as good and cheaper

Post # 5
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449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

have you tried looking on kijiji or craigslist? you may be able to find a local seamstress who will do it for much less.

Post # 6
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3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I not surprised they over charge if you didn’t buy your dress from them, your best bet is finding a local seamtress

Post # 7
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1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with the PPs.  Bridal salons overcharge for alterations.  Find an independent seamstress.

Post # 8
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3358 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

it’s very common for salons to overcharge brides for alterations to dresses not bought at the salon. *shrug* Independent seamstress is your best bet.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This makes sense and with such a tight deadline for sure. Most alteartions here require 3 months. I paid 375$ for a bustle hem and tucking of the straps at a semestress who is independant but has strong ties to my bridal shop.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@rurahrah:  Yikes.  I echo what other PPs have said about looking into an independent seamtress.  Best of luck!

PS – I love how you mentioned you’re a Jersey girl (as am I).  =)  Where are you from?!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@rurahrah:  you’ll be surprised at how many brides would be desperate enough to get their dresses done on time at that price *shakes head sadly* That’s the only reason why they’re still able to charge such stupid prices.

Post # 14
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996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to an independent seamstress in long island and it was 340 to add a bustle and hem—well they’re adding some more ruffles to the dress to bring it up so there will  be no cutting involved

I was shocked, the place I went to looked very modest and it really isn’t much work. My great grandmother owned a dress shop and this is the sort of thing she would have done in a few minutes. Whatever, anything with ‘bridal’ attached to it is expensive as hell

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

WOW! Yeah. No way.  You’ll find a much better price elsewhere! Good luck!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@rurahrah:  Gotcha!  I live right outside of Seaside. =)

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