(Closed) Alterations – who knew they cost so much/took so long??

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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923 posts
Busy bee

I knew it would be expensive, but I didn’t know it would be that much either. Mine came out to around $300. BARF!!! But I’m having an intricate buslte because my dress is on a bias cut, and I’m also having a corset added. Oh well. At least it looks great!

Post # 4
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5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh wow!

 

Here’s my alteration break-down:

Hem = $175

Bustle (short train, just a 1-point under-bustle) = $25

Boob pads = $20

TOTAL = $220

 

They also took in the sides, but they didn’t charge me for that.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was originall quoted 250 for hem, bustle and minor work on the sides. but I’m only having a little work done on the sides around the bust area and maybe a very simple bustle. My dress only has a sweep train so i may not need one. I dont need a hem because its the perfect length already. So I’m hoping to stay under under 150

I also forget to add that I’m getting cups sewn in and that will cost 20 bucks

Post # 6
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was expecting mine to be a few hundred. But it ended up being $215, they had to take it in at the bust, hem, and a french bustle (I think 6 pionts). I was very happily suprised.

Post # 7
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3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I was expecting it to be costly but mine only came out to be $75. I did order it with a hollow hem though so it didn’t need hemming which I think saved me. My price included being taken in a lot on both sides and adding a bustle. 

Post # 8
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50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Mine is a flat rate of 250.  Your dress gorgeous!

Post # 9
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7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Miss OBG: i  had the shock of my life a few days ago and wrote about it here:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-much-do-your-alterations-cost-i-want-to-know-if-im-getting-ripped-off

my alterations cost me a whopping $620!  this was more than half the cost of my dress!

the breakdown was:

hem = $300 (i think so much because of the layers)

$15 X 12 bustles = $180

Take in sides, waist & bust = $80

2 cups X $20 = $40

insertion of cups $10 X 2 = $20

Post # 10
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6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know for mine it shouldn’t be no more than 300. I will know by the end of the month my dress comes in then

Post # 12
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7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Miss OBG: i did put a poll up to see where i fell relative to the majority. i was definitely in the minority. most people pay 300 or less i think.

Post # 14
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7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Miss OBG: it was so weird feeling like i was about to faint. i wanted to feel skinny too and so i ate a really small supper the night before, then small breakfast.  i think it was the tight corset that did me in! i started to light headed and my ears started ringing which my friend was a sign of being about to faint. so they made me sit down and eat a cookie! the seamstress didnt seem to think it was abnormal, she must be used to it!

i was glad it happened then so i know how to take care of myself on my wedding day!

Post # 15
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5 posts
Newbee

Alteration did cost much. Any little change in the dress should be very cautious cause it may ruin the style.

Post # 16
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407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree – some of the prices seem ridiculous. So far I spent $35 to put in a one point bustle, $20 for boob pads, and am going to another person who quoted $125 to alter the neckline to more sweetheart and possibly take in the sides. So all together would be $180 total. Less than pp above, but still way more than I budgeted.

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