Post # 1
I have a great David’s Bridal gown (Style V9665)… and it will need altered. I’m losing weight, so it will need taken in, hemmed, and bustled.
David’s charges an arm and a leg for alterations. I’ve found a local woman who will do it for nearly 1/2 the price. I’m a little nervous about this and not sure where to take it.
Has anyone had an experience with Davids Bridal alterations?
Any advice would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I bought a formal gown from them and got alterations there, it was fine but expensive. For my wedding dress I called to see about cost of alterations and it was SOOOO expensive. Look up reviews on the local person you found, I bet she’s fine.
Post # 4
I am going to pay the arm and the leg after my last experience with a “recommended” alterations lady. I had a beautiful tea length dress that now I will have to give away because it was taken in way too much. I will at least know that the DB alterations department has worked on my dress many times and they have a full training program.
Post # 5
I would definitely go w/ an independent seamtress for alterations.
Check to see if other brides have used her.(I checked weddingwire.com, yelp, as well as this board. Ask her to see pictures of finished projects. You can also go to independent bridal shops to inquire who they use to get a 2nd, 3rd, opinion.
I was fortunate to find my seamstress via the boards, but I also checked with my cleaners because he utilizes an excellent seamtress who works w/ silk.
Hopes this helps.
Post # 6
I got my alterations done and their pricing was on par in my area. Not to mention, I have the piece of mind knowing if they screw it up – they fix or have to get another dress. As a previous poster said, they also have training on all of these dresses.
I’m totally a budget bride, but this was not something I was willing to skimp on.
Post # 7
I’m going with someone independent. David’s bridal has an agreement with the dress designers on how much they can alter the dresses.
I want my train shortened a few inches.
Plus I like the idea of taking it to someone that does the alterations in their shop and not being sent somewhere else.
I just think an independent person would give you a better relationship and service.
Post # 8
I think you’re safe with someone local who is thoroughly well reviewed in altering dresses specifically like your own. I say do your research on what fabrics they work with & save some cash.
I was in a mood one day & went on a rant in another thread about how much I don’t care for davids alterations dept, or them period after having a horrible experience with them previously as a bm. I won’t do that here & I know several people have been very pleased w/ them, but overall IMO it isn’t worth the $$$.
Post # 9
I have heard they charge a ton too.. but heres the deal. I would rather go to db because they do wedding dresses all the time, and probably have done your specific dress before, whereas an independent seamstress may not have much or any bridal gowns.
Post # 10
I’m going to DB… I actually just called today and it was surprisingly NOT an arm and a leg. I’m getting the entire back of my dress changed, and she said it’d be $100 flat. I think that’s reasonable.
Plus, ditto the comment about DB doing alterations ALL THE TIME versus a local person who may not have as much experience.
Post # 11
I agree with the PM’s. It’s expensive, but worth the peace of mind to me to know that they’ve done my dress before and if they do mess it up, they can get the exact same thing in a matter of weeks. I’m doing my fittings months before the wedding. I’ve lost all the weight I wanted to lose and am now maintaining at this point, and my dress needs to be shortened and bustled but I already have my shoes. I’d rather do it super early and mark it off the to-do list, PLUS give myself time if they do mess up.
Post # 12
I would rather go to Davids since they do wedding dresses for a living, that’s all they do, wedding dresses. Plus, god forbid they messed something up on your dress, they will be liable and will make it right with you…probably not so much with an independent person that does alterations…
Post # 13
@LeeLee77: Ask her for references.
Post # 14
I went to DB and it was super expensive. If I had it to do over again, I’d go somewhere else.
Post # 15
#1, Davids Bridal frequently hires “stringers” to do the alterations work if they are busy, these are women who may have no background whatsoever in wedding dresses. Davids alterations department is notoriously bad and extremely overpriced, if you do go with davids, INSIST on the head seamstress being the one to alter your dress.
#2, I had my davids dress altered by a local seamstress who usually did the hemming and such on the prom dresses in my area, she took in the shoulder/back area, hemmed it, and bustled it all for $100 and it was perfect. She was a family friend so I knew her well and she was able to fit me several times.
Make sure you know your seamstress and that they have experience working on gowns no matter where you have it done. For what you pay at davids, do not let anyone other than the head seamstress work on your gown. I would recommend an independant seamstress if you can find it.
Post # 16
I would really suggest finding someone through weddingwire to do the alterations. I was a little nervous to use someone who was a seamstress, but she was AMAZING. She had to take my dress in 4 1/2 sizes and there was a lot of beading to take of piece by piece. She did the best job and I doubt DB or another company’s alternations dept could have done as good of a job. Schedule your appointment early! I started calling in Jan 2011 for a May 2011 wedding and a few people I checked with were already booked.