Post # 17
My alterations cost me more than the dress itself…but I did get the dress on sale. The alterations were $235. That included the hem (3 layers), the bustle, taking the straps in, and sewing in some cups.
I think the biggest sticker shock I got was when I saw how much veils cost.
Post # 18
I think Alfred Angelo makes a lot of their money on alterations…their dresses are reasonably priced, but the alterations are ridiculous. They charged me $250 for a five-point bustle! I was so shocked I paid it and regretted it later. However, I still need alterations on the chest, and I won’t be taking it to them.
Post # 19
I shopped for alterations, and didn’t decide to go with the cheapest… but for a hem, bustle and bodice alterations, it cost about $200. My first quote was $500, and I wasn’t happy with that, considering I didn’t need that much done. I did however want a very reliable seamstress who came highly recommended. I was willing to pay more for that.
Post # 20
- Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery
I can’t remember how much mine cost right now, but I would definitely shop around 🙂
Post # 21
I got a hem, cups put in, and the straps adjusted for only $50. The seamstress’s work was perfect. I bought my dress at a Nicole Miller store and the staff there recommended my seamstress. I would definitely shop around!
Post # 22
People saying how much their alterations cost them doesn’t really help at all without knowing what their dresses looked like. Obviously a dress with 5 layers of tulle, beading, or other nonsense is going to cost more than a single layer silk dress. The structure of the dress itself can change the amount of work required to “take up a simple hem” dramatically.
Post # 23
Mine is going to be about $250
Post # 24
Shop around. Most people get ripped off at a bridal shop. The same thing can be done by a seasoned seamstress elsewhere for much, much less. “Google” it or “Yelp” it. You will be so pleasantly surprised. I googled my city and “Bridal Alterations” and it led me to a fantastic seamstress. I also looked her up on Yelp and she got rave reviews there as well.
Post # 25
Well, I haven’t got an alteration quote yet. My dress has no train, and unless I lose weight I am lucky I won’t have to have it taken in!
Post # 26
i can’t believe they can get away with charging you guys so much! I have been told if they have to alter the dress in any way its a minimum of £60. If there is a bit more work to be done, it will cost a max of £100. i think thats somewhere from $100-$150.
Post # 27
That seems about right, especially for lace. I know, it sucks but, you really want the dress to fit you properly.
Post # 28
my alterations cost more than i paid for my dress, but to keep it in perspective, i got my $300 dress for $100 (+25 for shipping? off eBay and paid $130 for significant alterations including pulling out the zipper for a corset back and hemming; my seamstress charges $30/hr for labor and at cost for materials.
Post # 29
If you buy your dress from an Alfred Angelo store, the alterations are not done locally from what I understand. At least that is what I was told by my former boss, and bridal salon owner. She told me that they do one fitting, and then send the dress to Florida. So, I would definately verify if that is true. And definately shop around. While seams all the way down the sides of the dress for three layers, and a hem is a lot of work, $499 seems a bit much to me. If a price does not sit right with you, shop around for a private seamstress. Ask how much experience she has with bridal. Ask your dry cleaner. They often know. Check with the fabric store. A good seamstress will have references of regular customers, know her prices, and should have pictures of gowns she has made. If a seamstress has made a gown, she should be able to alter one. Usually, a bridal shop that is taking in a gown that they did not sell will charge more for their services. Sometimes it is charging for pressing, which is usually a cost included in the cost of a purchase of a wedding gown.
Post # 30
My dress was $750. I paid an additional $100 to the designer to make it in a custom length so I wouldn’t have to alter that when it came in.
My seamstress only charged me about $150 to take in the bust (she had to remove and replace the beading), lower the corset, sew in cups, and add a 3 point bustle.
Post # 31
I am personally dreading how much alterations will cost. In an ideal world, I would not want to alter a thing but I know for a fact that I will HAVE to alter the length. Gosh knows what else… Im hoping it wont cost more than $250 in all… We’ll find out in March!