(Closed) Alterations cost that much? WTF!?!?!

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I can’t remember how much mine cost right now, but I would definitely shop around 🙂

Post # 21
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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
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5150 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Mine is going to be about $250

Post # 24
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29 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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5495 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
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531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That seems about right, especially for lace. I know, it sucks but, you really want the dress to fit you properly.

Post # 28
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3282 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
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Newbee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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!

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