Post # 1
Yesterday I dropped off my dress at a reputable tailor (thanks to Yelp) to get it altered. The top needs to be taken in and the front shortened, and I asked for bra cups to be added so I won’t need to wear a separate bra.
The damage – $165. From some old posts on alterations I can see that it’s a decent price for the work that’s being done, but it bummed me out because my dress itself cost only $225 (bridesmaid dress). That’s almost 75% the cost of the dress!
So ladies, how much did your alterations cost and what did that entail?
Post # 3
For my ceremony dress- the alterations were 120, and the dress was 120 (chinese online). Straps moved, darts added, hem done.
For the photo dress- alternations were 60$ dress was around 140. seams tightened. see my post on cupcake dress;)
Post # 4
I paid 250 for cups, bustle and velcro added sewn in on the inside of my bra and inside of my dress and she took in the sides slightly/ She also wanted to do my hem but I said no. I thought she would reduced the cost of the alterations since she didnt so the hem but she didnt and I was just to tired to argue. But I think it was way to much
Post # 5
Total cost for alteration – $358. That includes bra cups, taking it it at the bust & waist, bustle, steaming the dress before the wedding and a custom made sash.
Post # 6
Ours were under $100. However, we went to an independent seamstress who works out of her home (and has stellar reviews), rather than to a tailor shop or bridal salon.
Post # 7
360 – bustle, hem, taking in zipper dress
Post # 8
My alterations were $225. I took them to my seamstress, rather than at having it done at the bridal store. This included having cups sewn in, the bust taken in, and hemming of my many layers. I didn’t have a bustle put in.
My Bridesmaid or Best Man took her dress to the same person and had cups sewn in, the boning removed, bust taken in, and got it hemmed for $40.
Post # 9
LOL. The title of this thread reminds me of the Friends episode where Joey recommends a tailor to Chandler who has to get some pants tailored… LOL
My alteration are going to cost just shy of $400.00. BOO.
Post # 10
@.twist.: I love that. “THAT’S HOW THEY DO PANTS! Tell them, Ross!”
And then Ross says with a perfectly straight face: “Yes, yes it is. IN PRISON!!”
Post # 11
@Mrs.Oat: LOL!!!!! I forgot about the “In Prison” part!!!!!! SO funny.
Post # 12
$330 at the first salon, in Orange, CA, for:
- Bra cups
- Taking in the sides
- Adding an elastic band
Because of what they did wrong and refused to acknowledge, I had to go to another salon a week before my wedding and spend more money on alterations. (If anyone is interested in the details, see: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/alterations-distress-courtesy-of-ferndales-bridal)
@Lida: I applaud your diligence in taking time to read reviews first before deciding where to get your alterations done.
Post # 13
@cap1000: Thanks! but we’ll see… I’m hoping it turns out ok. I’m a little nervous to see the results!
Post # 14
The place I bought my dress has a flat fee of $450, but I got my alterations for free by buying the dress on a promotion day. Every place I checked out in LA had a flat fee of $450-$500.
Post # 15
$300 for bustle, shorten straps, fix my long line bra and steaming it