(Closed) Dress Alteration Fees

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine is 500. They called it their alteration “package”. They alter it and store it. It pissed me off because the dress is 900. So you mean to tell me it’s more than 1/2 of what the dress costs to alter it??? <ROARS>

So 259 was a decent price.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I paid $140. My dress is a corset style so there’s very little to be done to it. I believe she took the hem up 1/4 to 1/2 inch and put in a fairly simple bustle. I think I would freak if they asked for $500…

Post # 5
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

About $500, but there was a lot of work (size 14 to 4, French bustle for a huge gown, changed the back a bit), and she did a gorgeous job.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I paid about $200 for mine. She had to take in the waist three times, bustle it (she actually made two different bustles!), added push-up cups to it, removed the spaghetti straps and steamed it. I think mine was so affordable because she wasn’t associated with a bridal salon.

Perhaps yours was that high because of the hem shortening? If it had a lot of detail or beading, it can be difficult to bring the hem up while maintaining the original design of the dress.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had to shop around for the best alteration price. First, I went to a well known tailor in New York City and she quoted me $425. Then I went to a tailor in Chinatown (http://laistailoring.com), who did a beautiful and professional job for $120. Since then, I’ve gone back to Lai for alterations with my bridesmaid dress, etc.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I paid $150 as part of an alteration “package” price.  That includes taking the dress in, hemming the bottom, etc.  It does not include the bustle, which will be around $80, and it also doesn’t include letting the dress out, which I so hope I don’t have to do. 

So my total price will probably be around your price after taxes and whatnot.  I think that’s pretty average.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I made the mistake of having my altered at Priscilla of Boston (unfortunately since I live overseas I have limited time when I visit home and can’t shop around). We went in thinking it would cost $500 tops. My dress was taken in about an inch on each side of the bodice, an inch of the hem, and a french bustle (which was quite complicated because of the asymetrical, dropped waistline) and it cost $1000…eeek!!! My mother and I nearly had a heart attack but it was the best we could do in such short time.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Dress = $500, Alterations = $350

I had the dress shortened, bustled, taken in at the waist, taken in at the straps.  It’s a corset, and I’m short, so I had to have the boning in the corset shortened. I have no lace & no beading but a lot of ruching. 

I know that I could’ve gotten a better deal elsewhere, but for me it was also a matter of convenience – location and hours of the place, confidence in having used them for alterations before, as well as the fact that they’ll hold onto the gown for me until my wedding date.  No way could I fit it in my tiny closet! 

Yes, I think that alterations sometimes can give sticker shock.  But I really think that the most important thing is that you’re comfortable with the tailor who’s doing the job. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks allurex112! I will definitely be checking her out. I got a Priscilla of Boston dress at Sak’s sample sale and do not want to mess around, but have a tight budget to get it done! I have already heard quotes in the $400 range!


Post # 12
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238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Glad to be of help 🙂 I highly recommend her.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My alterations are going to be approximately $400, but that includes quite a bit of work — including removing all the beading from the top bust area and replacing it with lace and new beadwork. My dress was a sample so it also has some fixes to be made – some of the pickups were no longer “picked-up” in addition to just regular alterations (which there actually aren’t that many of – just taking it in at the top!) 

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