Alteration Question (Nor Cal/ East Bay Bees)

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

$200 sounds appropriate for the work involved.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

bri00012 :  Hey fellow East Bay bride! In Oakland, everyone swears by Louise Austrie and Anne Ventresco. Louise is doing my alterations and has been wonderful so far–obviously very experienced and knowledgeable. I have heard great things about Anne as well and hear that her pricing is extremely reasonable. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

bri00012 :  $200 sounds pricey for hemming a chiffon dress (if it had a lace applique that needed to be removed and reattached, sure). I had a double-layer bridesmaid dress (chiffon with a satin underlayer) hemmed a year ago in New York City (which is pricey for *everything*) and it was $78. So more than double that? You’re getting ripped off.

Honestly, I dont even think you need the most amazing tailor/seamstress ever to do a hem on your dress. It’s pretty basic – I’d find one that will quote you under $100.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Totally normal. I’m paying $1000 in East Bay at my bridal salon for what they called “a little bit of everything”.. hem, bustle, strap adjustment, waist adjustment. That’s about $200 per change.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

bri00012 : I’ve found SF and NYC to be pretty comparable. It could totally be a “wedding” upcharge. I’d probably not tell the next tailor that it’s a wedding dress, and just say it’s an event gown – white is very in these days, and you could totally play your dress off as not a wedding dress!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

jojospooner :  1) in-house alterations at a bridal salon are always notoriously expensive vs an independent seamstress, and 2) what kind of dress do you have? The fabric type matters much more than the number of adjustments (and the *kind* of adjustments matters much more too – typically taking in a dress is pricier than a basic hem, for instance)

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