Post # 1
Bees, is it me of are alterations really freaking expenisive. I went shopping for my dress this weekend and I must say I was taken a back at the alterations costs quoted. Klienfeld has a flat fee of $695 and an extra $400 if you need it done in a hurry. Pronovias has a flat fee of $500. The cheapest I heard for Lotus Bridal in Brooklyn where the CSR told me it would be $200 for a hem and a bustle and if I need alterations done to the rest of the dress it would be an extra $100.
Bees tell me, how much are you paying or have paid for alterations and what kind of alterations are you having or had done?
Post # 3
@drod: I had a french bustle, an over bustle, and a corset back put in for $200.
Post # 4
I paid $160 for bustle, hem, adding in cups, and having the dress taken in. I also had it done in a very small town, though!
Post # 5
I purchsed my dress at Kleinfeld’s so I am paying $695.
Post # 6
I’m having my alterations done at a store called Alterations Express, they do all types of alterations, not just bridal gowns.. and I believe they are all around the country. I was quoted $320 (that was with a 10% discount) and I’m getting my dress hemmed (4 layers of tulle under the top layer of satin), a bustle put in, cups sewn in & taken in around the chest/midsection.
Post # 7
I paid $175 for a hem, the hip let out, a bustle and cups. I live a little over an hour north of NYC.
Post # 8
My salon charged a flat rate of $340. It doesn’t cover bustling ($10 a point) and cups.
Post # 9
I paid 37.45 for a 3 point bustle and my afterparty dress sleeves shortened and taken in at the top. I got very lucky my dress fit me from the start!
Post # 10
My sweet little alterations lady (who works wonders) only charged my 85$ for taking it in, shortening it, and adding a simple bustle.
I am still in shock that shes only charging me that much.
EDIT: I would like to add that shes had my dress since October and actually promised it to be finished at Thanksgiving, then again by Christmas… and then again by this coming Sunday… So maybe thats a reason why I am getting it cheap.
Post # 11
I bought my dress at David’s Bridal and had the alterations done there. The dress was about 3 sizes too big (it was the LAST dress they had of a discontinued design!) and has a lot of detail on the top. To take it in, rework the beading and lace, and add a button-up bustle, it cost me about $370
Post # 12
Had a bustle and the waist taken in – $200
Post # 13
My alterations are $450. Im having it taken in all over as its pretty big now that Ive lost 12lbs! Im having a bustle done. Also, Im having 18inches taken off my train, its getting hemmed – big time. And having my belt sewn into my corset back.
Post # 14
I’m also in NYC and I’ve called around – best I’ve heard so far is in the $300 range, and I’m taking it somewhere that quoted me $400 bc they have good reviews. All I need done is hem, bustle, and sides taken in around the bust. INSANITY. I mean really.
Post # 15
I forgot to say that the dress already fits me like a freaking glove, which is the worst part! Haha.
Post # 16
I’ve been told a typical hem is around $200, bustle $75 and taking it in can vary around $100?Most places I shopped said total is usually between $300-500 and often lower. They just said the higher number to prepare people!