Post # 1
My dress is from DB, love the one I went to, I’ve had nothing but great experiences so far, in fact, my only ‘complaint’ is that my dress came in too quickly! (10 days, yup, it took 10 days).
So, do I get my alterations done at DB or should I take my dress elsewhere? They’ve said that the hem will be $150, the bustle we have to figure out still, and it will need to be taken in and let out. (i’m a little afraid to know what the total will be).
What do you think? Alterations where you buy the dress?
For reference this is my dress (White by Vera Wang) it’s all raw edge crinkle chiffon.
Post # 3
@MsGinkgo: I am very interested in the answer to this question. My initial thought would be that a seamstress NOT employed by a bridal company would be cheaper…but would she be as good? I don’t know.
Post # 4
@MrsPanda99: That’s what I’m wondering, do DB and other bridal stores jack up the alterations cost? But do I want to trust my precious dress to anyone else?
Post # 5
The bonus of doing at DB is that there’s a bit more security in that they also sold you the dress. But you can undoubtable get cheaper alterations elsewhere. My alterations lady works out of her house and charges $20 an hour. My hem (which included cutting off the giant train) cost $60.
Post # 6
@MsGinkgo: I’m also a DB bride and my dress came in way early (it’s hanging in my closet right now!), I would advise to wait on alterations until it gets closer to your date (that way if things change you won’t have to get it altered again). I’m planning on going to DB for alterations because if they do them and heaven forbid something gets messed up on their end with them I’ll be able to get a replacement dress. If you go outside of DB and something happens than you’re out of luck. DB has an alterations price list that they can give you that will give you an idea of how much it will cost (I posted the list on the board, but can’t find it at the moment).
Post # 7
@MsGinkgo: It doesn’t hurt to get a quote elsewhere! If DB is still the cheapest, go with them. However, my general understanding is that they sell the dresses at low prices and then make up for it by charging a lot for alterations and accessories.
Post # 8
@renwoman: Oh I’m definitely waiting, I won’t be getting it altered for months, I’m just curious if I should be shopping around! I was also thinking the same lines as you, if – god forbid – THEIR seamstress F’s up my dress I probably have a leg to stand on to get them to fix it. If I go elsewhere that may not be the case.
Post # 9
it is a matter of preference. i let the bridal salon where i bought my dress do my alterations because i figured they were the experts and i didn’t have another place to bring it that i trusted.
however, if you know and trust another seamstress, let them do it, it will probably be cheaper.
Post # 10
It might be difficult to find another place to take it. I bought my dress at a local shop in WI and brought it with me to OH when we moved. I had a very hard time finding someone to do alterations as none of the bridal shops in the area would touch a dress that didn’t come from their shop.
I ended up going with someone who works out of her home and the alterations did not come out well. I ended up taking it to a place that typically does shirts and pants and they fixed it up but it ended up costing way more than I originally planned to spend.
However, if you already have a place picked out and you know they will do a good job then I think you should go for it! Just make sure you pick a place that has good recommendations!
Post # 11
If you have another source for alterations, and you trust them, I would go wiht them. They are usually cheaper!! My aunt and her mom are going to be doing my alterations. I’m all about the savings 😉
Post # 12
@MsGinkgo: Dont use DB for alterations! If you look at DB reviews, often times they have bad, bad ratings. Most of the time it’s because of the alterations dept. Ive read some horror stories online about messing up, bad customer service. And my understanding is that they are separate from DB the dress seller. So if they mess up your dress, you are in the same position as if you went to an outside seamstress. (I might be wrong about this, do your homework)
I would look online at Wedding Wire to find an independent person. There are 2 in my area with great reviews who know what they are doing. Also, I would contact your seamstress ASAP. Not that you should get it altered now, wait until you are closer. But just to get on her books. Really good ones fill up fast. I would plan to have your final fitting 2-3 weeks before your wedding. You should have 2 fittings prior to that.