Post # 1
Had my first fitting yesterday! I was really confident in the place cause my boss and his wife live across the street from them and use them all the time and said I would be in great hands cause they primarily do bridal and special occasion dresses. They have great reviews too. Well I did feel they were nice but now the cost! Yikes! I don’t know if I was expecting a discount maybe cause the referral..but $500+ was not near what I expected!
First, my new strapless bra I wore it wasn’t cutting it. It was showing in the back, then she said it wasn’t supporting me enough. She brings out a longline bra and I put it on. It feels better but doesn’t have much padding, so we put in push up cups. Problem solved. Now she offers me to buy the bra/cups combo..Cost $92. I had an option of finding one myself but was over looking around for this odd bra and stalling my alterations. (Wedding in October)
Then she pins and tucks the whole dress. It is a size 8 but I’m more like a 2/4 so it does need some work. Cost on the bodice constuction is $280! This involves a new zipper and removing a sash and multiple bust and side tucks. She didn’t even measure the hem yet cause I will have to go back after the top fits right.
Estimate on the hem is $100, then bustle is $25 per tack, I will most likely take a french and need at least 4 if not more, estimate on bustle, $125.
This brings my total over $500 possibly, plus I have already paid $92 for this bra. I’m sitting here feeling depressed on this cost and need to vent! I don’t want to shop around again, they already have the dress pinned and ready to take in. Can someone tell me if this sounds right or perhaps I am really overpaying?
Post # 3
I paid $600 for my alterations – and they weren’t even that drastic. But, it was a small price in comparison to the cost of the dress, so that is how I looked at it. If you have a $1k dress – I wouldn’t pay that much for alterations.
Post # 4
The alterations for my dress were somewhere around $500, which included major bodice work, hemming for several layers uf tulle, an extra corset string (in case of breakage), repositioning of the skirt on the bodice (moved up several inches because of my short waist!), and a three point bustle. Oh – and she will not charge me to steam the dress before the wedding – which typically costs $80 and above.
Try to ignore the price tag and focus more on how reputable the seamstress is. This person will be handling the most important dress you will ever wear. It’s worth the price to know you are in good hands!
I have seen nightmare alterations on wedding dresses – so make sure you trust your seamstress. Get reviews, see the person’s work, etc.
Post # 5
That sounds a bit much. I would get quotes at other places, too. However, you DO want a good bra that holds up all night, believe me! Mine looked more funcional than pretty, but it worked.
That place might be more expensive because, as you say, they specialize in bridal and special occasions. Adding the words “bridal” or “wedding” to a product or service usually adds $$$, too.
Post # 6
Mine isn’t $500+, it’s $450 doesn’t include the bra cups and petticoat. So the break down of $450 is: $220 for 6 layers hem, to take in the dress $100 (the dress is at smallest size 2, but is still loose on me), bustle $95.
Post # 7
Im being charged $500 too but thats the flat rate from the salon, which sucks for me because I have a simple sheath that will only require hemming and taking it in.
However, I do think its a bit high for you. Is it another salon? Or like a dry cleaner type place? especially the $92 bra.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies, its nice to know I’m in line with some of you on this. The place is a small bridal and special occasion boutique that also does all alterations. They even put me in for 3 more fittings so I feel my dress will be perfect and this will all be what I paid for. The $92 bra was a shocker and I can see myself wearing it just that once but better to bite the cost and have support and look good in the pics.
I did call around before choosing this place. None even offered prices without seeing the dress first. I figured better to go with someone I read good reviews and a person I know sending me.
@ CanadianBride2011, Nice tip on ignoring the price tag and focusing on how good they are. I’d rather pay up now then end up with a disaster to fix later.