(Closed) Bridal salon alterations vs. Local seamstress

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Went to a local seamstress, for a hem (4 layers total) an to take in the shoulders it came to $125. Just look at yelp reviews, do not trust theknot. I have read a few posts about people having trouble with davids’ bridal alterations. 

Post # 3
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1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I did not have my dress altered at the salon I bought it at for two reasons: (1) they got TERRIBLE reviews for alterations, and (2) they quoted me a flat rate of $500, no matter what I wanted to get done, which I thought was unreasonable.

So, I searched the Knot, Wedding Wire, Yelp, etc, etc, and found a seamstress near my neighborhood who gets great reviews and does ONLY bridal alterations. So far so good! I have had two fittings and am very happy so far. She ended up costing me over $400, so I didn’t really save that much by going with her… but the peace of mind of knowing I’m working with someone who is very good at what she does makes it worth it. $500 on a salon with terrible reviews vs. $400 for a reputable seamstress? No question.

FYI, my alterations include: removal of flutter sleeves, sewn in bra cups, taken up at the shoulders (but not taken in at the sides), two hems (one silk and one tulle), and a 5 point American bustle.

Post # 7
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2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I plan on going to a local seamstress. She has worked other formal gowns for me and I know she does a lot of wedding gowns. She is on the pricey side so I’m prepared to pay a minimum of 500. 

Post # 9
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2087 posts
Buzzing bee

I would go to a local seamstress. Bridal shop alterations not only can be pricey, they can also be overloaded and thus arent as attentive to detail. 

While my alterations werent major (no beading or anything to contend with) having them done at a local seamstress only cost me $35

Post # 10
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198 posts
Blushing bee

I have heard that David’s Bridal alterations are pretty pricey compared to what you can get done at a local shop…

I think one of (maybe the only? IDK) benefits of going with DB is that if they mess up on your alterations, they will replace it. Or atleast that’s what the lady told me when I got my gown at DB.

If you are on facebook, find one of those community pages for your area and ask the locals. That is how I found my seamstress.

Post # 12
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742 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I went to davids for my alterations. The price was reasonable–taking it in about an inch and adding a single button bustle… but the work they did was so sloppy. I am having to redo it myself. 🙁

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