(Closed) Do you think it would be costly to alter these dresses?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 5
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

It was my experience that hems are really not that expensive to do.  My dress has several layers, lace and beaded edging but the seamstress told me that a hem, even as complicated as mine was really quick and easy.  Any seamstress worth a darn will be able to perform the alterations you are looking for.  I would suggest getting some recommendations from the bridal shop where you purchased your dress or someone you know that just recenlty got married.  You can then contact a seamstress and inquire about price.  


Post # 6
4824 posts
Honey bee

Basically, I would say all dresses are expensive to take in They have to undo and redo rouching, pleats, beading etc. So if the bodice has that stuff, then yes it will be expensive. If its more simple (basic satin) it may be cheaper.

I know my place had a set fee to have it taken in, no matter the material so it depends where you take it.

Post # 7
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

Alterations costs will depend on who does them. I’d look for an independent one (not affiliated with a salon) and see what they say.

How much are you willing to spend? I’m having a dress altered by her removing the zipper to take it in some, and that costs $35. The same person hemmed my daughter’s wedding gown and charged $25. for that and $20. to steam it and add cups. The estimate for those things at the bridal shop was $250., so they can vary greatly.

Post # 8
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Which one do you like better?  That’s how I would choose. Then find a reasonably priced seamstress (not at the bridal shop).

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