(Closed) Am I being ripped off?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I haven’t gone to my first fitting yet…but when we were buying my dress the shop told us to expect to pay another $600 for alterations. Maybe we are both getting ripped off, but that’s around what I was quoted!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am a 5’0 lady who accidentally lost 10lbs when I didn’t need to, so my dress was going to need to be taken in since I went a size bigger than I should but then I ended up needing two sizes down, so my alterations cost $700 which included a lace bolero thing so it seems reasonable to me. Do you live in a city? I assume that’s also why mine cost just as much as yours.

Here’s my dress as a reference:

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

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mrsgttobe:  My alterations were $400 and my dress was $299. So, yeah, my alterations cost more than my dress. It just needed boning and to be shortened. Alterations can be really expensive, so I don’t think you’re being ripped off. Just make sure you have a reputable seamstress/taylor. 

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by  MrsYokiman.
Post # 5
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258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I would get quotes froma few places x

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My was only $45 but my dress was a simple dress to alter. I just needed it hemmed, take in, and added a small bustle. I also had a family friend do it so it wa cheaper.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Look around for a reputable seamstress not associated with a bridal shop. They usually charge much less and are just as good. My first wedding I had to have my dress let out, shortened and bustled. That was $150. I bought a dress off of preowned, because I had 5 days to return it, and had my seamstress look at it. I knew it was going to be too big. It needed taken in bust to hip and she was going to charge $100 and it had a fair amount of beadwork on it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Go to a non- bridal salon seamstress.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

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mrsgttobe:  

Try to go around to some other bridal seamstresses and get quotes. In my area the high-end shops are notorious for charging outlandish prices for their alterations. However I work at a local mid-range priced bridal boutique and many girls come for the more high-end shops to use our seamstress because she does no charge $600+ for alterations normally our seamstresses’ alterations run $250-$350 for standard stuff, custom requests could be more. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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mrsgttobe:  I paid 280ish for bra cups, hemming, a bussle and a bit of letting out. Since yours is a mermaid and needs to be fitted correctly everywhere I can see why it would cost more, unfortunately. I mean, you could always shop around if you have the time or desire? I do have a friend who is marrying a day before me and her alterations are costing $650 from David’s Bridal of all places, so your cost is not unheard of. 

Post # 11
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96 posts
Worker bee

My dress was 518.00 alterations 295.00 , belt 175.00 and veil 139.00.

All together about 1100.00 so I guess it depends on the dress, material and etc..

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Cups sewn in are $50?! I’m in the wrong business! I sewed mine in last week for $7 and it took 5 minutes. Get other quotes. That’s a crazy mark up. Cups should be $7 for materials, maybe $25 and hour labor (again, takes 5 minutes). Bustle should take an hour. Taking in the sides is more challanging, labor intensive and takes skill so the price almost sounds right. Shop around first befor committing. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine were expensive as well – it’s the norm. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

mine was $350, but mine had a lace overlay which essentially it was two peices.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It depends where you live and what the going rate is. To me, that seems a bit much. I’d check around and see what it costs outside of the bridal salon.

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