(Closed) Alteration pricing

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did you spend on alterations
    Under $499 : (35 votes)
    74 %
    $500-$999 : (11 votes)
    23 %
    $1000-$1499 : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Over $2000 : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Your poll choices seem really expensive! I’m in the Midwest, and paid $280 for: beaded straps shortened, cups sewn in, a layer of crinolin removed, French bustle, about four inches of hemming the lace bottom, general “tidying” (I had a hook added, buttons reinfored, stray threads cut and finished, a small tear in the overlay repaired, the dress and veil steamed, etc.). 

    Post # 3
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    350 for shortening and taking it in in the top and in the waist and shortenng straps on the inner saten layer. 

    Post # 5
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Oh and cups

    Post # 6
    8462 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Yours sound extremely high. I think I paid around $350. My SIL had extensive alterations and her’s were around $600 I think.

    Post # 7
    192 posts
    Blushing bee

    I have yet to take my dress for alterations.  I also live in Cali and your quotes scares me!  I am too curious what others pay.

    Post # 8
    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I ended up going to an actual alterations place instead of going through a bridal shop…I saved hundreds! The bridal shop was going to charge me $400 to hem my dress and make it a little tighter. I ended up going to a local alterations place that came recommended by a co-worker and she charged me $120 to hem the dress, make it tighter, fix some of the spainish lace on top AND steam it to get the wrinkles out. She was amazing with high quality work. Also she got mine done in about a month.

    Post # 9
    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think mine were 250 at an independent seamstress…my dress was preowned and too small so she first let out the zipper to see how much that would give us.  Then it still had to be let out a lot at the hips, taken in at the bust, and she added a bustle.  I asked her how much it would be if I bought the same dress new meaning it would need to be taken in a bit and hemmed and she said that would actually be more expensive!

    Post # 10
    2793 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    Carrielicious: What kind of alterations would you be doing that cost that much?

    For getting about a 3″ hem, taking in my dress from around the torso through the upper thigh (lace over satin), adding bra cups, adding a bustle, and adding buttons down the back my seamstress estimated about $300. I’m prepared to spend more like $400, we’ll see. I’m in the Southeast.

    Post # 11
    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

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    Carrielicious:  Your poll isn’t going to be accurate– you can get A LOT of different things done to a dress.

    I’m in MN.  I had a corset back added, the sides taken in, and train cut down and then the whole dress hemmed.  I paid $450.

    After calling around, it’s what I found at most places– except for one which said $99, and I was scared to go there LOL\


    Oh- and mine was an indepenant woman who worked at her home– with excellent reviews on the web/weddingwire.  

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    Post # 12
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    My alterations for my two dresses came to $395 plus tax. Here is the breakdown:

    Dress 1: illusion and lace bolero fitting – $40; hem (7 layers of tulle, all different) – $140

    Dress 2: hem (satin, 2 layers): $120; complicated bustle – $95

    Post # 13
    599 posts
    Busy bee

    $450 – cups sewen in, bustle, tucks here and there, and hemming. Hemming was the most. 

    Post # 15
    106 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

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    Carrielicious:  What city are you in? I’m in SF where everything is crazy expensive and managed to find a moderately priced independent seamstress. I suspect that any formal bridal shop will overcharge for alterations so I suggest checking out an independent seamstress. I also suspect that the hemming and taking in for your dress has to be done to multiple layers and you’re being charged by the layer. I’ve also noticed that alerations to beading or lace is more than alterations to other fabrics. So I’m actually not too surpriced by the crazy expensive quote. Oh, California…

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