(Closed) Alterations sticker shock…. who shares in my pain?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Yup my alterations are 700. Sigh.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

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Bridetobe2015MLH:  David’s bridal per chance? I know their alterations can get $$$. I’m incredibly lucky, I have a friend who’s a professional seamstress and is doing my alterations for a fraction of the price. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

UGH that sounds awful!! Take it to an alterations shop instead! I am lucky because bought a floor sample and got free alterations, but I am having her cut the back of the dress down lower into a V and add buttons down the back.. both are costing $20 together. That sounds ridiculously expensive for alterations IMO. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

WHAT?! That sounds insanely expensive. I paid $70 for custom made cap sleeves (but that’s what the designer charged). My alterations were $180…. $165 to hem (which I thought was a lot!) and $15 to sew in bra cups. I’d seriously try a different seamstress if I were you.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Yikes! My dress was only $500 and I was lucky it fit pretty much perfectly off the rack (DB). My mom did my hem and sewed in my bra cups.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

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Bridetobe2015MLH:  

If you can you should shop around. I work at a small bridal boutique with an amazing seamstress who will work on dresses from other shops. We get alot of David’s Bridal brides, also ones from the very fancy boutiques, and our seamstress willl usually quote them half of what they’re original quotes were for alterations. 

See if you know anyone who got alterations done for bridal and if they can recommend a place. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I would shop around. $200 for removable straps? Are they going to be made with Swarovski crystals?!! Un uh.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2015

That’s insane I would let them know you feel it is an unreasonable price a few stitches to add straps is going to take under an hour not possibly worth 200$

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Same here!  My dress cost $2,000 and it looks like I’ll be spending an additional $450 on alterations.  Hemming alone will be $200 (I’m having the train removed and there are a bunch of layers), and I’m adding gathered illusion straps ($75), replacing one of the crystal buttons with a blue button ($2, lol), letting out the bodice a bit because of my stupid boobs ($45), then there’s pressing the dress and sash ($85)…  Ugh.  But when it’s all said and done, my dress will be perfect, and I will be such a happy bride on my big day!

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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Bridetobe2015MLH:  The place I got my dress from told me to anticipate about $600 in alterations… and I’m not even adding straps or changing anything to the dress! ugh

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

My dress was $950 off the rack – it is bout four sizes too big, but it was discontinued so I had to take the floor sample.  I am going to wind up paying about $800 total for alterations. I wanted some major work done, though – adding illusion sleeves, shortening the train, and the obvious seamwork due to the size.  It’s a one-of-a-kind, dress, though, and only a tiny bit over my original budget when taking the alterations into account. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Even if you are in a big city where everything is expensive, you are TOTALLY getting taken to the cleaners.  A 3 point bustle for $250???!?!?!  Are you kidding me????  Maybe they are over charging you because they are having to do the hem for “free”.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

My alterations are $400 just to take it in at the waist and hem it. Ugh. I’ve been obsessing over my weight to make sure I don’t gain or lose before my final fitting. I don’t want to spend any more money on this dress!!

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