Alterations Aren't Free???

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

frillsandthrills :  uhhh…nope. who has ever heard of free alterations?!?! lol. the only time i think of free alterations are VERY minor things from certain large department stores – for instance, i think places like nordstrom will often shorten sleeves or do a basic hem for free – but these are alterations that are less than $20 normally. but wedding dress alterations? no way – that’s HOURS of labor (depending on the dress, of course), and often involves partial deconstruction. lol, people amaze me sometimes.

ETA: i’m speaking from the perspective of under 10k gowns. if it was an expensive dress – 10k+ – then i would expect that the dress is being made to measure, and so should fit perfectly when it arrives.

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Omni Bedford Springs Resort

frillsandthrills :  I had no expectations of alterations being free.  I used a seamstress who has worked on bridesmaid dresses for me in the past.  The woman is worth her weight in gold, and I’m happy to have paid her what I did to make my wedding gown fit my vision.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I would never expect alterations to be free but I can also see why some would assume they might be. Wedding dresses are overpriced, bottom line. You’re buying a dress thats typically going to cost $1k or more, you need to be clipped in to the stupid thing just to see what it might look like since wedding sizing is all over the place and was not made with the average figure in mind plus you likely have to spend hundreds more to make it fit no matter what size you choose. So I wouldn’t assume but I get it. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I’m 4’11 and have had to alterate most my clothing. I was not surprised. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I totally understand why people think that way, since they sometimes pay quite a lot of money to buy the dress. I dont think that way but was lucky enough to get the price that includes alteration. However, i went to 4 shops in different cities and this shop is the only one that offers alteration in the price. I didnt make the decision to buy the dress based on this though. I definitely dont mind paying for wedding dress alteration since it’s a lot of work. But im happy with the deal i got 😉

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Lol, why would they be free? Never heard of that expectation. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

frillsandthrills :  I was shocked that alterations start at $850 at the bridal shop I went to. I wasn’t aware. I wound up buying a new gown all together at a sample sake that needed very little alterations which was all together dramatically less than altering the first gown 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

My alterations were completely free (I live in south america) and was shocked when I saw that they charge people for alterations in other countries, especially seing that they were like $800 (that’s almost the price of another gown). My dress was from Pronovias and the cost was exactly the same as it was in Europe and the US, so the alterations weren’t “hidden” in the price of the dress, they were simply free.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

the only experience I’ve ever had involving alterations was my grandmother buy clothes at Nordstrom&Bloomingdales and the stores doing alterations for free– so yeah, I was a little miffed at finding out something as expensive as a bridal gown didn’t come with free alterations. I’ve always be taught we pay more for quality of sewing, fabric, and pattern fit- like, bridal companies put no effort into fit? Why does every bride need it altered? The price of alterations pissed me off so much I bought my gown elsewhere lol I’ll suffice with a paltry off-the-rack fit.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

My bridal shop offered free alterations (not including the bustle). It was one of many reasons I went with them. I was surprised as it was my understanding one always had to pay for alterations. So while it’s atypical, it is possible to find places that don’t charge for it.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I was a little bothered but I was too excited to care.  There is a 650$ cap at my shop 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

pbcgab :  hey mine is pronovias too and I get alteration included in the price. Price is the same as in US but I live in Poland and bought the dress in their flagship here. And it’s not like theyre giving messy or simple basic alteration. I know some brides who buy their dress here and they claim that the seamstress is doing magic. Lol

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Gloucestershire, UK

I’ve never met anyone (myself included) who expected alterations to be free or included with the sale of the dress. However, it’s quite common (I think) to be shocked by just how much they can be. A good friend after buying a $3000+ dress, was quoted over $1000 for alterations by a couple of stores. I think she managed to get it for around $800, but it was money definitely not budgeted for because the amount just wasnt expected. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it should be budgeted. If you’re going for a dress then you need to recognise that it may cost lots if you want to fit it properly to the contours of your body. You shouldn’t expect the seamstress to labour over your dress for free.

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