Post # 1
I bought my dress from Alfred Angelo, but I have read on a few message boards that the seamstresses at the chain bridal stores tend to charge more than smaller or local bridal alterations places. Has anyone else had that experience? Is it OK to take a dress you buy from a chain store to a different seamstress?
Post # 3
I bought my dress at David’s but got it altered privately. Some stores won’t even store your dress for you, so you’ll have to take it home anyway. If you know of a seamstress who is experienced, I would go for it. Just make sure that you’re not taking it to someone who may damage it. Wedding dress alterations are expensive, and it’s hard to find a deal, for a reason.
Post # 4
I did that. I also got my dress at David’s Bridal but read too many bad reviews about their alterations on http://www.yelp.com so I found a seamstress on there instead with good reviews and went that route. It also ended up being cheaper to have it altered by the seamstress than what David’s Bridal was quoting.
Just do your hw and read reviews about who you have altering your dress.
Post # 5
I asked this after reading bad reviews of Alfred Angelo’s alteration services for Austin on Yelp. I remember when I bought my dress, they were stressing that I should bring it back there for alterations since their seamstresses knew all of their dresses so well and had worked with them before. Now I’m guessing that may just be hogwash 🙂
Post # 6
of course it is! i got mine at filenes and went to private seamstress ( who actually works at a bridal store, but works from home and charges less) they had seamstresses there on the day of running of the brides but a friend referred me to the private seamstress – it’s seriously about half the price and well worth it. 🙂
Post # 7
I got my dress at Alfred Angelo, but had it altered elsewhere. It ended up costing way less than I expected it to, and the seamstress did a great job. The chain stores will do their best to get you to use their services so that they can make more money. It’s usually best to do some research on the pricing from other local seamstresses. I bet they’ll be way less costly and will do a fantastic job.
Post # 8
Thanks so much!
So is it standard to call about a price estimate before you bring your dress up there or do you take the dress to them first? Sorry if that’s a silly question. I’ve never had anything altered before.
Post # 9
You can always call the place and ask for their average price for wedding dress alterations. Depending on what you need altered, you can get more specific, like asking for the average price for a wedding dress to be shortened or taken in, etc. It never hurts to call first, and they’ll just tell you if you need to bring the dress in. If the alterations you need are very detailed, be prepared to have to take your dress in so that the tailors can look at the dress and see what’s involved.
Post # 11
I have a Davids Bridal Bridesmaid or Best Man dress and an Alfred Angelo Bridesmaid or Best Man dress and I am taking them both to a private alterations place. One of my Bridesmaid or Best Man got her Alfred dress altered at the store and they charged her SO much for basic alterations that wouldve been much cheaper elsewhere. I feel like they try to strong arm you into altering it there and dont do as good a job.