Post # 1
This is my first time posting, but I’ve been reading heaps of stuff on the board. So I’d like to introduce myself. I’m getting married early next year and will be (most likely) wearing a Pronovias Finisterre dress.
I’m thinking of getting mine online from bridalgown.net and my only concern is this:
I’m quite short; so will definitely need to shorten the dress a fair bit. If I were to alter here (I’m from Australia), do I just go to ANY dress alteration store? Or do I go to stores that stock Pronovias to do my alteration.
More importantly, does it cost an arm and a leg?
Anyone with tips or experience on this? How much did you pay to alter your dress?
Post # 3
I think it depends on how many alterations you need. But mine cost $150 or so, I didn’t need mine hemmed, just taken in at the bust and had a bra sewn in. My material was also not entirely hard to deal with. I don’t know what your gown looks like, but if it has a lot of lace that could make the price go up.
Post # 4
My dress was a corset back and fit perfectly except for the hem. It cost $100 to hem at the bridal salon and then I added a strap for $30. I would just look around for a reputable seamstress who has done wedding dresses before and you can always get quotes at several places until you can find someone who fits your needs!!
Post # 5
I would research and compare more to see how much it is to purchase the dress and have alterations locally. Pronovias sizing can be a little tricky. I ordered true to my street size 2 and the dress fit perfectly. There was a store sample of my dress at the time that I saw in a size 10. I tried it on and was going to buy it, but the cost to alter it ended up being nearly as much as if I had bought it new and then did the minor changes.
For reference, I’m wearing the Pronovias Gaudi. My alterations were $300 to bustle, hem 4 inches (Im short too and this is already ordered in the custom shorter length), take in the waist an inch. To take in the size 10 and make it my size, change the strap length and retain the ruffles and look of the dress was going to be $500+.
Post # 6
chekc all the mom and pop alteration places first! they offer way better dels than big brand stores. it wont look like a perfect hem but if anyone is that close to the bottom of your dress they are way to close lol
Post # 7
Definitely go to a private seamstress! I had one and she altered my dress (took it in 5 sizes and hemmed it) for $100 and it was perfect! she had it ready after a week too! You never know who is altering your dress at a bridal salon, for all you know they could give it to a stringer or a trainee. Look for professional and reviewed seamstresses in your area, they are usually cheaper and you know exactly who is working on your dress and that they are experienced.