(Closed) Cost Of Dress Alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did you spend on your dress alterations?
    No alterations needed/did them myself. : (2 votes)
    8 %
    $100 or less : (0 votes)
    $100-200 : (4 votes)
    15 %
    $200-300 : (11 votes)
    42 %
    $300-400 : (3 votes)
    12 %
    $400-500 : (4 votes)
    15 %
    $500-600 : (1 votes)
    4 %
    $600-800 : (0 votes)
    $800-$1000 : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I paid extra for the hollow to hem measurement, so my only alteration was the bustle.  My gown has a cathedral train, and a 5 point, 2 snap bustle was $100.18.  I just went in to get it done last week, so I haven’t seen the end result yet.

    Post # 4
    Member
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m afraid of alteration costs also. Like you@Kitty285 I’m waiting to see if I put on any winter weight. lol One of my dresses needs to be taking in from top to bottom. I have absolutely NO idea how much this is going to cost. I’m afraid I’m going to go in there and say yeah forget it and just wear my other dress that doesnt need any alterations!

    Post # 5
    Member
    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I had a size 10 wedding dress taken in to fit a street size 2, cups sewn in, and a beautiful 12-point French bustle put in… total cost was $250.  It was totally worth it!  My seamstress made my dress fit me like a glove… so happy with the end result. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    1030 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Thanks for posting! I also arbitrarily have $500 budgeted for alterations because I need a lot, but I have NO idea if I’m even in the right ballpark.

    Post # 7
    Member
    67 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I think it depends on the seamstress but PLEASE make sure to get a quote UPFRONT.  I was silly and believed her when she said not to worry her prices are reasonable.  I was blown away by the cost of my alterations.  One dress was $480 for alterations and the other was $550.  I was so displeased that it tainted my opinion of my dresses.  I had put down a $300 deposit (which she told me was more than enough) then the total bill was over $700 more.  I was in shell shock and completely unhappy.  The alterations bill was more than the cost of my two vintage dresses!  Anyway, be careful.  I learned my lesson.  I won’t hand over the dress without getting a quote in writing first. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    29 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I am drastically different on top than on the bottom so we were able to order split sizing which will make alterations much cheaper. Look if that is an option with the designer of your dress.

    Post # 9
    Member
    3788 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I tried dresses on in a shop today that offers an entire bridal alterations package for $150, no matter what you need done. We talked about hemming lace (taking off the lace, hemming it, and then reattaching the lace — not taking it up from the waist or anything), letting out the waist a little, and altering a straight across neckline to a sweetheart. I think that’s a pretty good deal!

    I planned to have a friend of Future Mother-In-Law do my alterations, but if I would get a dress from this place, I would totally go with them for alterations.

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