(Closed) Alteration costs? : (

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I got my dress at David’s Bridal and I needed a bustle (just a simple one), plus a hem.  However, my hem had to be taken up at the waist because of its design.  It was $200.  I don’t think it was extra from the hem though because they quoted me the price before they knew how they’d have to hem it.  I know many of the larger bridal shops in my area (NE PA) are similarly priced.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

i got a bustle, bra cups, and alterations to the lace overlay on my dress.  in regards to the lace overlay, they are taking in the sides of the dress around my waist and hips. for these alterations, i was charged $210 in the los angeles area.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Check out this thread for more answers: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/alteration-costs 

Okay, that’s weird, because that’s this thread’s address. Guess it’s the same name. Oh well, if you search for "alterations" in the Google search at the top of the page, it’s on Page 2 of the results (third post down). Hope that helps! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

a 10 point bustle & hem ran me $175 at david’s bridal.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m having the bodice taken in nearly two sizes at the waist and a simple over-bustle for $149.00 at David’s in the mid-South.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

mine was pretty complicated and i had it done in manhattan for $380.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

hem, bustle, bra cups, shoulder/straps taken in, replace buttons, replace zipper = $120 in sf bay area

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m doing a whole hem, bustle (for a longer-than-standard cathedral length gown), taking in the WHOLE bust which has a lot of hand embroidery, beading, etc….I can’t imagine at this point how much it will cost but I’ll let you know on Wednesday when I go. They charge hourly for their services…..

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

$180 for hemming, adding of simple beading down the front, bustle, and veil.  Pretty typical for Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

$150 for hemming and bustle.. she’s also steaming it and fixing a few loose threads for free.  The dress part already fits perfectly, I’m just really short.

edit:  I live in the DC suburbs area.  Estee Livioco if you’re in the area, PM me for her phone #.  She’s a favorite on the DC knottie boards.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

$200 in Westchester NY for a 3 point bustle, hemming, taking out the waist and taking in the top a bit.   Note that i negotiated the $200 with the shop when i bought the dress.  When i brought it back moths later, they wanted to charge me $300, but since I had negotiated the price with them, they had to give it to me for $200.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

I had the hem taken up, a French bustle and taken in in the bodice a couple sizes . . . my bill was $975!  (According to a talented seamstress friend who looked at the dress post wedding, she said what I had done was not harder the normal and should not have resulted in that kind of pricing).  I was floored and it was all I could do not to cry when I paid for it.  I picked up my dress he day before the wedding so had no choice but to pay and get out of there.  It still irks me!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I paid $60 to get the waist taken in a touch, shoulder straps shortened, and a 7-point bustle put in for my giant ballgown. This was in the Providence/RI area. She would’ve charged more, but I passed on getting it pressed, since I was taking it on an airplane the next week.

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