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

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Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Oh how horrible!  But yes, it can be expensive. My shop quoted $500 for everything,  but I’m getting all done for free. My friend is a seamstress, and its her wedding gift to me, pretty big  gift,  hemming,  taking in the bodice,  boob chicken cutlets, and bustle. ..

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Bridetobe2015MLH:  I lost weight before my wedding and it cost $250 to be taken in and $80 to hustle. It was a bit too longer and to shorten it would have been another $250 so I just bought different shoes. So ridiculous. 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Bridetobe2015MLH:  I was able to find a lady to do my alterations for a whopping $85. I only needed a bustle and for the sides to get taken in slightly. Your bustle seems pretty overpriced though because mine was only about $30…

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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Bridetobe2015MLH:  Holy cow!!! I had a gal who works from her home do mine, that my mom knows and did a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress I had a few years back. She was quick with her work, and I usually was able to go the following day when she’d do the adjustments needed to see if they were correct, or if more had to be done. We sewed a bra in and mainly had to do stuff around the waist and straps. She also sewed in the loop for my bustle. It was $100 when it was done – which I thought was fabulous!

That seems a lot for all of the things she’s doing. Yes, it’s time and money… but $200+ for removale straps? Eek.

Post # 20
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Worker bee

You guys are scaring me! I go in for a fitting today and I’m terrified as to what the damage is going to be.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s expensive. Some stores, especially David’s Bridal make a lot on alterations. Brides think they’re getting a dress for a good price there but the alterations soon drive the budget up…

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m going in for my first fitting today too and now I’m really nervous. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m convinced there’s a bit of “Wedding Industrial Complex” in alterations pricing. I took my $400 Jcrew dress with no lace, no beads, no nothing to one bridal alterations place and got an estimate of $800 to shorten the shoulder straps, hem, and a one point bustle.  I laughed in their faces and took it to the local dry cleaners, who are doing it for $80. There’s nothing about my dress that needs special “bridal” treatment, but they wanted to charge me “most special day of my LIFE” prices anyway. :/

Post # 24
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Helper bee

I feel like that bustle price it kind of high? Idk. i paid 450 and she hemmed it up 3 inches (ut had three layers and she had to hand sew the lace back on), have it majorly taken in on the sides, and add a bustle. It will fit like a dream when it’s done! 

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Family Farm and hall -- small town

I just went for my first and final fitting. Eeeek!! Only 5 days… Anyway he took my dress in 3″, added boning to the bottom, added cups, a bustle, and sewed my belt in place. It cost $650 for my alterations I expected $700ish so I was ok with that. My dress has layers of lace. 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Mrs.Matty:  You look INCREDIBLE! All the alterations money was totally worth it. That dress is just stunning on you.

 

Have the most amazing day!

Post # 29
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Helper bee

I just went for a consultation on Saturday & I was shocked as well. I went to an independent tailor and the total was $480. He didn’t break down the prices for each but here’s what it includes: hem the length,  add bustle, adjust sash (sewn to dress), add decorative buttons to the back and sew in bra cups. I originally wanted to remove the cap sleeves but he didn’t recommend it and that would’ve cost A LOT he said. I’m going to a few other tailors to compare prices. If they all come out with the same price, I may just do the MUST DO alterations (hem & bustle). My dress is lace with beading..I probably should’ve went with a much simpler material so it wouldn’t cost so much! 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Family Farm and hall -- small town

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Everdeen:  thank you thank you!! 🙂 that’s very sweet! I had a private designer do my alterations he was fabulous. I think he did a better job than the bridal shop would’ve 

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Bridetobe2015MLH:  thank you! Yes I think once there is lace and layers it costs more! Just to take it in was 1/2 my alteration price. Your day must be coming up soon 🙂 Congrats!!! You should post your dress after alterations so we can all see. 

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