(Closed) Are these alterations costs normal?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3414 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@cestvrai:  That seems pretty pricey to me.  I’m from a much smaller area but to have all 3 of those done for me (with a lace dress too) the cost would be:

Hem: $90
Bustle: $48-65
Bust: $48

I’m not sure if this would be way under for a bigger area like yours or if this is the norm for all alterations everywhere.

Post # 4
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Briarwood Golf Course/ Country Club

@cestvrai:  It depends on the material of your dress.  With the material I have it will cost in those ranges to get that done. 

Post # 5
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sounds normal to me, especially since you have a lace dress. How many layers? I don’t know the breakdown, but alterations for me cost $380 total. I had a simple (ish) A-Line dress with 5 layers. I had it hemmed, a french bustle, bust taken in and cups sewn into the dress.

Post # 6
4009 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@cestvrai:  PM me. I live in Austin and had a fabulous lady do my alterations. I had a lace dress and needed SO much work done on it (new boning, hemming, added boning to back, corset added, straps added, bustle, hips let out and waist taken in) I didn’t pay nearly as much as you were quoted! She was my best kept secret during my wedding and works from home so no overhead charges As well!


Post # 7
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If I remember correctly that sounds right to me.  I had the same things done (Lace dress: hem, taken in & french bustle) + I had my veil shortened.  I think my alterations ran approx $450 for all of that. 

Post # 8
11533 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@cestvrai:  My alterations were more than $400.  I think it’s within the normal range.

Post # 9
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@cestvrai:  It could just be pricey because this is a good seamstress. She also may offer a discount if you do have more than one thing done to the dress so you should probably inquire about that or ask her what she can do in your budget.

Post # 10
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I paid $475 for the exact same things. My dress wasnt lace but it did have feather detail at the top.

Post # 12
10449 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

The bustle seems expensive (the high range) but everything else seems similar to what my seamstress charges. 

Post # 13
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

For a brick and mortar seamstress, considering that it’s lace I’d consider that in the normal range, but maybe a bit on the pricey side. I was able to ask friends and got referred to a woman who works out of her home and she was half the cost of the quotes I got from the pro seamstresses recommended by my bridal salon.

Post # 14
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It definitely is on the high end, but it really depends on what you need done.  I ordered a lace dress too, and because I’m way pear shape I had to order a size 10 and I’m between a size 2-4 on top.  I’ve talked to seamstresses before I ordered and fully expect to pay around the same amount.  

Post # 15
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I had my sides taken in, bust taken in, a french bustle and hemmed for $200 total – and I saved a ton of money, I found someone who works out of her house about an hour’s drive from me from Weddingbee. Keep asking around. 

Post # 16
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I needed a hem and very minor bust alterations and it was $300 in the Chicago area.


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