(Closed) Did you consider alterations prior too dress purchase?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Were you aware of the alterations cost prior to dress purchase?
    yes and it did not deter me from getting my dream dress : (13 votes)
    30 %
    yes and it made me change my mind and choose something else : (11 votes)
    26 %
    yes but my initial quote was lower than the final bill : (2 votes)
    5 %
    no but I wished I would have asked : (6 votes)
    14 %
    no and it wasn't a concern for me because I was already under budget : (10 votes)
    23 %
    other (please comment) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @beautifulmama28:  I asked at every salon. Most in my area had a flat rate charge. My bridal shop is charging a flat rate of $475.

    Post # 4
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    1581 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have never owned a formal/fancy dress that HASN’T had to be altered so it’s one of those things that you just pay for, like your power bill or stamps.  

     

    I did ask about how it would be altered and since it was a brand new dress design/type at the time, they did have to work with it and I got a say in how I wanted it to look. They undercharged my quite a bit because they didn’t know how to do it exactly.  I think it came out to $250 for my $1600 dress. They had to raise the skirt by sewing horizontal folds in the dress and then add (double) boob pads and tighten the shoulder straps.  

    Oh, and they did it in 24 hours 🙂 We tipped well

    Post # 5
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    197 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    The salon I purchased from has a $275 max alteration charge excluding bustle.  I didn’t have any idea how much alterations could cost until I started reading threads here on alteration charges.   

     

    Post # 6
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    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I had narrowed my dress selection to 2, both for very different reasons.  I ended up picking the one that neede the fewer alterations (for cost and concern of it being just right in the end).  My alterations are less than $100 for a French bustle and hemline adjustment.

    Post # 7
    Member
    565 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

    I did change my mind on what I wanted because of alterations. I found a mermaid I loved, but I would have to get 2 sizes up because I have size 6 hips, but size 2 bust. Instead, I opted for a ballgown that just needs to be shortened and taken in a small bit in the side

    Post # 8
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    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I did take it into consideration. There was a $600 sample dress that I loved (and was the bees’ favorite when I polled here!), but I would have easily spent 50%+ of the cost of the dress on alterations to make it fit properly, and that would have put me over my budget. I haven’t purchased a dress yet, but it’ll continue to be a factor, especially if I end up buying a sample.

    Post # 9
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    7276 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    When I found dresses that I really liked I asked about alterations for it. I found one that I loved that I had reservations about because the cost of the alterations would put me over budget. I went to the next store and ended up finding a dress I like even better and even with the alterations it was under budget!

    ETA: Asking about alterations helped me picture the bustle as well. There were a couple I decided against because I did not like the way the bustle would look.

    Post # 12
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    1671 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I haven’t had my first fitting yet, but I looked for dresses that I didn’t want to change, and would pretty much fit. I knew I would have the same alterations in just about any dress, like a bustle and the bust taken in. I want to only slightly alter the fit, not the design. I think it will pan out.

    Post # 13
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    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I never really worried about it. Most salons told me $300-500 or something. I haven’t had alterations yet.

    Post # 14
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    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @beautifulmama28:  It’s tough when you make a decision based on one number and feel pretty good about it and then things change! For some reason alterations is one of the things I’m least looking forward to dealing with financially, I think because it seems like it can be fairly nebulous/uncertain until you’re paying the bill – at least from some bees’ stories.

    Post # 15
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    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @beautifulmama28:  I asked for the price sheet/ranges but that did not stop me

    Post # 16
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    7276 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @beautifulmama28:  I got a ballroom bustle too! I really disliked most of the other options that I saw. I probably would have chosen a dress without a train if the ballroom bustle wasn’t an option. I decided to go to an independent seamstress so I think that knocked a portion of the cost- the total was still almost $300 though.

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