Post # 1
When I first started looking for dresses, I had budgeted to spend about $150-$250 on alterations, and even then I was hoping it would come out to less.
Then the more I read about people’s real costs the more I realized that alterations are VERY expensive!
I asked two friends who recently got married, one spent $500 on alterations “almost as much as I paid for the dress” the other spent $600 “about half of my dress cost”
Are alterations really that expensive? Or is it only here in DC? I know for sure I’ll need to have taken in at the bust and waist, and of course, to add a bustle. Not sure yet if I need to have it hemmed, as I didn’t try it with my shoes (dress only comes in at the end of August).
How much were your total alterations (or your quote), and what did you get done for that price?
Post # 3
I paid $800 for my alterations but I had them rush them over night and they had to take the dress out two sizes.
Post # 4
It really depends on the seamstress.
I paid $120 to have my dress taken in at the bust, hips and waist, have it hemmed, and installed a bustle. I got a great deal and it looks fantastic.
I originally went somewhere else first and for the same things they wanted to charge me over $300.
Post # 5
I am paying $550 for my alterations. She is adding cups, adjusting the halter, taking in the waist, creating a french bustle, and adjusting the length of a feather wrap I have in case it gets cold. I feel like this is a fair price for the Bay Area. I paid $2500 for my dress.
Post # 6
I paid $350 but all I needed to do was hem it up and get cups sewn in. No taking in anywhere or anything and it was still that much. I was unpleasantly surprised for sure :/
Post # 7
I’m having my dress hemmed, a bustle put in and the straps taken in (super minor, they are spaghetti straps) and it will cost $110. I was hoping to pay like $50 but I guess that was pretty unrealistic. Overall, if it comes out good when I pick it up, I will be fine with that number.
Since I usually buy dresses off the rack without much problem, I would not stand for alterattion costs of $500+, I would just buy a different dress. It just does not make sense to me. Maybe someone could explain why you paid so much for alterations. I totally get it if you are an unusual size (i.e. really petite) but if you have no problem buying everyday clothes what needed so much work? Also, isn’t then cheaper to just have a dress custom made by a seamstress? Sorry, I’m not trying to make anyone change their mind, I just don’t understand the logic, that’s all.
Post # 8
I am so lucky because I got my dress hemmed, taken in at the hips, taken in at the bust (story of my life), rhimestones taken off and bustled for only $30!!!!! I am so glad I found this place.
Post # 9
Mine will be around $180, but all I need is hemming and adding in the bustle. I got a corset back dress so it fits in the chest and waist very nicely.
Post # 10
It definitely depends on where you’re located, what you need done, and the seamstress you use. I had my dress taken in at the bust, waist and hips and a bustle added, and my alterations were about $85.
Post # 11
@slicey19 — I was thinking the same thing! I can buy dresses off the rack and it fits me fine, never had anything altered, but no dress I tried on fit me ok on hips/waist/bust (I am different sizes on each though). It’s probably because of the material? Most other type dresses have some sort of stretch to them?
@clody — that is a spectacular price!
@rebeltreble — mine is also a corset back, but my waist is two sizes smaller than my hips, so even the corset back would not fit properly around my waist (and a smaller size would not fit on my hips).
My mom actually wanted me to take the dress to Brazil and get it done there, as it wouldn’t cost me more than $50 and she knows some great seamstress. But I can’t imagine the stress a week before the wedding trying to get a dress to fit instead of just enjoying the beach. I got a recommendation for a local seamstress here, that seems she will do everything for $250, but I’m still waiting for August to see how much the bridal shop will charge me for it!
Post # 12
To give you a reference point, 3 years ago I got a simple, satin bridesmaid dress hemmed and taken out at the hips/waist for over $100. The guy did a FABULOUS job and I don’t regret spending that amount of money on it. A good tailor is worth their weight in gold .
Post # 13
mine are being done at David’s Bridal – where I bought the dress…I chose the more expensive bustle because the cheaper one looked that. cheap. I spent about $850 on the dress and $350 on the alterations!
yes, i think it’s rediculous.
Post # 14
I need the bust let out on my dress and it needs to be pressed. I wonder what that will cost?
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
it depends on the area and the seamstress/tailor. mine was $250 for hemming and adding a halter strap–seems like a lot, but that was $300 less than the first quote i got! i have heard about brides finding (usually by word of mouth or scouring of internet boards) great alterations people that work out of their home and are much less expensive.
Post # 16
I was pretty lucky too, and found a place that put in bra cups and a bustle for only $20! My Maid/Matron of Honor went there to have her dress taken in and hemmed, and it was only $50…pretty fabulous prices when I see how much other people are spending!