(Closed) Are alterations really THAT expensive?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Sugar bee

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
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Blushing bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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 # 12
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

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 Laughing.

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I need the bust let out on my dress and it needs to be pressed.  I wonder what that will cost?

Post # 15
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605 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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!

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