(Closed) Alteration costs??

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I would definitely get a quote from a private seamstress. Most do excellent work and will be way more willing than a bridal salon to negotiate on prices, especially if you bring them your bridesmaids dress too. Ask around your circle of friends and see who they use for alterations. A friend of mine’s mom is actually a seamstress and she always gives me a great deal. Having connections always helps.

Post # 18
1 posts

I agree with mrsallgood’s opinion about alteration.  There is A LOT of work and time involved with alterations, especially if it’s a complicated, intricate wedding dress.  It really looks easier than it is.  If you want someone to do a good job with a garment as important as your wedding dress, you should pay them a reasonable price for the work they put in.  You really pay for what you get. 

But yes, you should consider asking several seamstresses for quotes and pick the person you think will do the best job.

Judy Lee

Post # 19
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’m in the SF Bay Area and just took my dress in for alterations.  My dress has a lot of intricate beading and rhinestone work. I’m having the following done for me:

-2 sides of the bust to the hip taken in (my dress is a trumpet style)

-5 point bustle

-Hemming for 2 layers of the dress

The seamstress is charging me $310 for everything. And another $50 if I want the dress pressed. I didn’t bother to shop around but in your case, it probably wouldn’t hurt to check out another seamstress (reputable one of course) to see what they will quote you. Hope this helps!


Post # 20
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

i’m in the southeast and your post got me to wondering…i did ask the place i bought my dress from about their alterations…though they are 2.5 hours away from my house and i doubt i will get my alterations done there.

 their fees were:

Hem: $120-125

Sides Taken in: $40-$50

Bustle: $45-$50

 i called another place that is significantly closer to my home and their prices were:

Hem: $65+

Sides Taken In: $25-$35

Bustle: $19 (i assume more for complicated styles)

Get Cups put in: $17 (regardless of the cup size.)

 i guesstimate that my alterations will be around $150.

 A friend got her dress altered (bust taken in) and steamed for $20. But I am leery of this price…..though she looked fine on her wedding day, but $20?

i completely forgot to ask about steaming when i called the other place….shoot….



Post # 21
62 posts
Worker bee

to be honest i dont think that price is unreasonable. labor costs quite a bit. and just because you spend $500 on a dress, you can’t expect to spend less than someone who paid $1500 because that doesn’t necessarily speak to the complexity of a dress.

Post # 22
1 posts

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suzanno:  thank you for pointing this out. Alterations are not so cut and dry and it is someone’s time and labour. People wouldn’t go to work and do their job and be expect to be paid any less then what their wage is. Alterations in this business is the most stressful for a company and people would rather it all be free.

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