Post # 1
Hi Ladies. I had my first dress fitting yesterday and I was in a bit of shock when I was told how much my alterations would cost. I knew alterations were expensive but I didn’t realize they would cost me $650! My gown is a fitted lace mermaid. It was ordered in a size 8 but is too large and needs to be taken in pretty much everywhere. The breakdown of my alterations is this:
Cups Sewn In: $50
Taking in both sides of the dress from the bust to the hip: $250
Taking in the dress under the butt: $250
Does this seems right? Am I being ripped off? Everything seems okay to me besides being charge $250 twice for taking the dress in. I know I need to just suck it up and swallow the cost but those alterations are half of what my dress cost!
Post # 2
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
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
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.
Post # 5
I would get quotes froma few places x
Post # 6
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
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
Go to a non- bridal salon seamstress.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
Mine were expensive as well – it’s the norm.
Post # 14
mine was $350, but mine had a lace overlay which essentially it was two peices.
Post # 15
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.