Post # 1
So I just spent 20 minutes writing a post and then instead of hitting submit – I hit write post and deleted it! GAh! Anyhow – long story short:
has anyone used David’s Bridal for alterations? Did you have a good or bad experience?? I bought my dress there (Galina t3039 with no train) and I have heard that David’s is terrible at alterations and that they are really expensive. So I called around to other stores and they want $400 – $600 to work on dresses that were not purchased in their stores.
My entire dress didn’t cost $600, so I can’t afford that. So I called David’s back and they said to take a dress in or out starts at $35 and they steam it and press it for you for free if you get your alterations done there. $35 seems good to me, but I wonder if they hit you with a lot of extra fees or something because I have seriously heard nothing but how overpriced and terrible alterations are from David’s Bridal.
My dress is very plain (no beading, lace etc.) so depending if I lose weight or not it may need to be taken in or let out a bit, but that’s it. I don’t need a hem or bustle. I have also been told I should put “bra hooks” in for this dress so that my bra doesn’t poke out all night. I’m not even sure what those are though.
I’m just worried about what to do. Please share your stories with me!~ 🙂
edit:: should also add, I’m not trying to be super cheap and only pay like $35… I just can’t afford 400-600$. I assumed any alterations I would need would be under $200, but maybe I’m crazy.
Post # 3
No idea, but I’m interested in the answers! That’s the same dress I think I’m buying! 🙂
ETA: Have you tried local tailors and not other bridal salons? My cousin had her dress hemmed, taken in, and bustled for under $200 at a local tailor.
Post # 4
my appt is next Tuesday so I’ll know more then.
my dress is very simple – I may need a hem and the waist needs to be taken in. When I spoke to the seamstress on the phone she said it shouldn’t be more than $100.
Keep in mind – alterations have to be paid in full before the work is done.
Post # 5
I was quoted over $400 for alterations at David’s, but found a well-known local seamstress who did mine for $275.
Post # 6
Honestly, I imagine the quality of their works varies widely with the store, just as their customer service seems to. Case in point- i had a very pleasant experience buying my dress, but tha alterations lady I met with when I was there was extremely rude, so I took the dress elsewhere for alterations. For me, that meant a local lady that does alterations out of her home that our family has worked for before. Because she’s not attached to a salon, the prices were very reasonable- nothing like what you’re being quoted at the other store. So I guess I’d try to see if anyone has reviews of alterations done by that specific David’s Bridal, and if they are not satisfactory try to find an independant seamstress.
Post # 7
My alterations at Davids were $298. I had to have it hemmed slightly, I had a 7 point bustle and I had them add buttons on the back (down the zipper, just for looks, not functional). I think it was very reasonable but that is just my opinion. Oh and they do a free steaming as well.
Mine was more expensive b/c of the 7 point bustle. I have wg3196 and it the skirt has ruffles and I wanted an under bustle. I think the first 3 points were only like $50 or something but then it cost money for each additional point. Mind you I didn’t ask for any certain amount of points, they just did what they did and it came out to 7 points.
The buttons were only like $5 for every 2 buttons. I think I ended up with like 24 buttons or something.
Post # 8
I would go with an independent seamstress because the quality at David’s is spotty, and they don’t pay their seamstresses well. With an independent person, you know that they are getting exactly what you’re paying.
To find one, use the grapevine. Ask all the women you know who have been through a wedding, whether as a bride or bridesmaid. Ask your female relatives, your female friends, the female relatives of your female friends, the female friends of your female relatives … you get the picture. They’ll help you find someone who does good work at affordable rates.
Post # 9
thanks everyone – I am definitely wary of going there now. 🙁
The david’s bridal doesn’t really have any alterations related reviews so no help there unfortunately. 🙁
I have asked friends and family but no one knows of a seamstress. There are several local places I have found but I am just as wary because none of those have review either! argh!
also – david’s told me they won’t steam the dress for you if you have it altered elsewhere. They actually said the refuse to touch the dress if you take it anywhere else. Does steaming and pressing cost a lot???
I think I’ll start a thread about seamstresses in the great south florida area… ugh! so stressed!!!!
Post # 10
@Sparkle Pony: you could also check yelp.com for seamstresses in your area
Post # 11
Ditto on the local seamstress idea. Where are you located?
They tend to do a way better job at half the price. And faster too.
Post # 12
We put a garment steamer on our registry in the hopes that we would get it ahead of the wedding (and we did – a thoughtful cousin of mine got it as a shower gift) so that we could use it for the dresses. It wasn’t super expensive – around $30, I think? And it will be useful way beyond the wedding, because I suck at ironing and would far rather use a steamer. You could think about doing that so that you don’t have to worry about DB refusing to steam it.
Plus, it’s useful for your veil, too, if you have one!
Post # 13
@Luv2BeachIt: I am in south florida (Boca Raton/Fort Lauderdale Area)
My boss actually has one of those! She offered to do it for me but I didn’t know if it would be too difficult to do ourselves. Also, I feel like my dress looks different than I want it too… like it looks super pleated?? and when I tried it on originally it didn’t look that way (i realize bc a million other girls had tried it on previously) – but it also doesn’t look that way in any other pictures I’ve seen of the dress. Maybe I’m being paranoid??
This is me in the dress , I feel like it looks suuuuper pleated, and if u do a google image search for galina t3039, no one elses dress looks like this??? Am I loosing it? lol.
Post # 14
Are you talking about the ruching (the little pleats on the bodice) or the pleats in the skirt? And you’re saying you’d prefer that it be less pleated, or that it’s supposed to be super-pleated and you want to keep it that way?
If you want it to be a little softer and less pleated-looking, use a steamer on it. It will help smooth out the edges on the fabric. If you do want really crisp-looking pleats, an iron will do a better job of helping you achieve that. Steaming it by yourself is really easy. Getting crisp pleats with an iron is trickier (I stink at it, anyway), for that you might want to go to a dry cleaners/laundry or see about having a seamstress help you with it.
Post # 15
Snagged this picture from the reviews on the website for the dress, and the skirt looks the same to me. Maybe a fuller slip underneath the dress would make it look less like pleats?
[Deleted pic because it’s not mine.]
Post # 16
I just had my first fitting at David’s Bridal. My dress is WG3078. Here is how it broke down
Hem – 120
Bra hooks – 20
Taking in the Bust – 35
Bustle – 70
Total was $245