(Closed) Alterations=wtf?!$

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

lol! Alterations are expensive! I think it was $215 for mine on 1 dress and $94 to have my short dress hemmed.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

They can be expensive, but I learned the hard way to just pay it. 

My grandma had her friend do the alterations for my dress, but she doesn’t normally do wedding gowns.  While she did a good job where you can’t see her work, she didn’t do a spectacular job on getting the dress to fit me well…my waist was too loose and made me look and feel wider than I was.  So, I’ll always regret not spending the money on a real professional, shoot I should have after I spent all the money on the dress. 🙁

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Tell me about it…the store I bought my dress from charges a flat fee of $400!!! I was planning to take it to someone else, but I got free alterations after there was a problem with my order. I was shocked to learn how much too.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Is there a way you can get quotes from them before you say ok? Or do they have to do the whole fitting and charge for that before they can get a quote? I’m worried about pricing because my dress was a sample size 12 and it’s probably a bigger size than I would have gotten if I ordered a new dress.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I am glad you posted about this topic! I had my first fitting on Saturday and it is going to cost me $285! I need the sides taken it around the bust and since there is a lot of beading on the chest she’ll need to move some of the beads around while doing that part. Also shorting the hem, the bustle and sewing in cups. Also, she ONLY accepts cash. No checks or credit cards, cash only. I really hope its worth it!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I knew my seamstress (I’ve taken sewing classes from her), I paid $250 for alterations, and it was 100% worth it. She sewed in cups, took in the waist and bust, hemmed it, shortened the shoulder strap, and did a beautiful job with the bustle. I had three fittings total, and my dress fit me like a glove. One of my bridesmaids, as she described it, had “sag tit” in her wedding dress. I mentioned this to my seamstress, and she explained to me that the weight of the dress should be supported through the waist, which helps hold up the girls. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I actually think that $130 sounds cheap compared to the cost of alterations here in Philly.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh JUST WAIT. Wait till you get it cleaned after the wedding, let alone preserved. It was one too many “Oh that’s associated with a wedding? That’ll cost 5 times more” than this overcharged bride could handle.

There was a guy in line ahead of me cleaning his tux from his wedding. $20. My cotton-silk gown with no lace, beading, and no damage except some dirt on the hem?

TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY FIVE DOLLARS.

*wtf ladies?*

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

This just reminded me I need to get my dress steamed too! Damn it! more $$

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

Mine were almost $600 (including $125 for pressing and over $300 for the damn bustle).  UGH

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was also floored when I learned of alteration costs! It’s crazy. My advice? Write the check and never speak of it again! Lol.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mine is free with the purchase of my dress.  So lets hope that I get what I pay for!!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mine were about $300, which was more than I was expecting but I knew the woman was great, she did an amazing job, and it was worth every penny!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went through a family friend who is a freelance seamstress – she did the bustle and altered the neckline. Fortunately, no alterations were needed as far as taking it in/out or hemming – $30.

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