(Closed) Alterations/David’s Bridal?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

From what I’ve heard, David’s is very, very overpriced. I have a friend who paid more there for her alterations than she did from her dress! Ridiculous! 

I would check yelp for reviews of wedding dress alterations in your area and pick one that has good reviews – that’s what I’ll be doing!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

David’s is severely OVERPRICED.  A week ago, I took my DB’s dress there for alterations and they wanted to charge me over $300 to take it in, put in a bustle, and shorten the length.  They charged over $70-100 just for the bustle!!!

I instead took it to my tailor that I trust very much (she has previously taken in both a bcbg cocktail dress and a bridesmaid dress for me) and she charged me $120 for the same things!!!!  My tailor charges $45 for a 3 point bustle.

I HIGHLY recommend to at least get a quote from a tailor you trust.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I haven’t had my alterations done yet, but I purchased my dress from David’s in May and told them that I would be moving out of state and questioned the alteration process when I purchased. I was told it would be no problem, they could accommodate when I came back into town. My mom went and purchased my crinoline from David’s last week and was again told no problem, whenever I could come in. When I called on Friday, I was told that I could only come on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. When I explained the situation, I live 700 miles away from Virginia and wouldn’t be in town on those days, I was told – sorry, change your travel plans or we can’t help you!! Seriously?! 

Probably doesn’t help you much, but I think it shows what kind of a company they are. Good luck with yours!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you don’t have a tailor you trust, get some opinions from other people.  Or read online reviews if you can find any.  I was definitely one of those girls that wasn’t sure about David’s alterations but was willing to go with them because they can guarantee their work…but for $300?!  It’s just crazy in my opinion…it’s over half the cost of the dress itself!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m going on Saturday for my first fitting so I’ll report back how it goes.  I asked a few of the women in the alterations department a lot of questions about where they worked prior, and I got estimates on how much things would be.  Based on other estimates I had in Boston plus the oral resume each gave, I was fine going with  DB where I bought my dress. I actually found one lady I loved and set up my appointment with her.  My dress is covered in beading, and by going through DB, if anything happens to the dress, they are obligated to fix it.  Wherein, if I take it elsewhere, DB is not liable for anything.  (I don’t anticipate any issues, but it’s peace of mind!  :))  Last point, as so many other posts indicate about DB, there seem to be variations amongst locations. 

I’ll report back after Saturday!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I had a bad experience at the David’s near me and called a different bridal salon for a recommendation.  They were very helpful and my second/independant seamstress was wonderful (and much less expensive!).  You might check your local board on here to see what the David’s alterations people are like in your city.  You can also ask for tailor recommendations. 

Post # 9
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235 posts
Helper bee

My daughter-in-law had her alterations and a rather complicated bustle done at DB and the bustle fell apart within the first few minutes of the reception 🙁

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I went two Saturdays ago….

I was originally peeved because the lady I wanted to work with was not there the day I went due to personal reasons.  However, I ended up loving the seamstress with whom I worked.  My bustle is fantastic!  I do hope it holds so I’ll be checking on that during my next fittings.  I ended up paying about $240 for two different bustles and a hem.  The dress is two layers–silk with lace–so things were doubled.  I am sticking with DB because if any mishaps happen, DB replaces the dress.  Since my dress has so much beading, I like knowing this fact.  As of now, I recommend DB, especially the one in Danvers, MA.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I got my dress altered at DB.  I got the neckline taken in (halter) and I got a 5 point bustle.  I paid $80 total in alterations.  They did a fantastic job, ready on time, pressed it, and put it back in the garmet bag really nicely. I think it depends on your area.  I am in a major metro area and we have a few DBs in town and I went to the flagship store.  Read reviews on Yelp in your area and see.

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