(Closed) alteration prices and alternatives…

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would definitely find someone not associated with the store. I was on my local board on the knot dot com before i found weddingbee and i saw a post about a seamstress that came highly recommended. I emailed her and apparantly she also comes to the bridal salon i ordered from. I would feel more comfortable at her studio, so I am just going to pick up my dress and make a seperate appt.

Did she give you an itemized list of charges? Mine did. It was only about $15 for adding cups, $10 per bustle point, $50 – $200 for hemming depending on how many layers, and another $50-$200 for sizing.

Post # 4
7 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

Wow..that seems like a lot of money. I wish I could give you an idea of how much alterations might cost, but the store where I bought my dress from was offering free alterations during the month of January so I just waited until then to buy my dress. I felt very lucky! It was really nice of the sales lady to let us know about their special before we went ahead and bought it. I would definitely check around to find out how much others would charge and how much it costs to get your dress steamed. If it doesn’t add up to be $500, I wouldn’t go through that particular bridal store.

Post # 5
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yikes!  Do you know what has to be done to the dress?  If it’s heavily beaded and needs to be taken in at the waist or boobs, that might explain it…otherwise, that seems like an awful lot.  I would think that, if you decide to find an outside seamstress, she could steam it for you as well as altering it…steaming isn’t that difficult.  Good luck!

Post # 6
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My alterations (Alfred Angelo) cost as much as my dress (around 600).  I completely customized my dress though, changed a zipper to a corset, added sleeves…and while we were unprepared for the cost, it was worth it, she did a gorgeous job.  The peace of mind if working with a seamstress affiliated with the store was a comfort.  She also saved us money by having me use a larger crinoline rather than hemming…and my train is detachable so I didn;t have to bustle…I heard her quoting another bride and they were pricey!!

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