Post # 1
I purchased my dress last night as a sample and here are the prices the salon quoted for dry cleaning ($150) and alterations ($345). This was for House of Brides in downtown Chicago. Does this sound reasonable? I don’t have a dry cleaner or alteration person that I know and trust in the city.
I guess the big question is does this sound like an OK deal and if not, does anyone have any suggestions for reliable places to take the dress?
In terms of alterations, I will need to adjust the bodice, hem the bottom, bustle the train and do some repairs on the lace where it has snagged.
The dress is in great shape, is silk and the cleaning needed is basically to get the dirt from people trying it on out of it.
Post # 3
Your dress is beautiful!
I have to get mine cleaned and the hem at the bottom sewed (it ripped during the reception) and a place in STL where my parents live quoted $250 for a cleaning, whatever they put on there to preserve it and to box it up. So I think $150 sounds about right.
My alterations were included in the cost of my dress so not sure about that, but $345 does seem kind of expensive.
I’d definitely call a few places and shop around for the right price!
Post # 4
Your dress is gorgous! 🙂
$345 seems a little pricey for those alterations – shop around and look online at reviews. I took my dress to a hole in the wall place where the guy used to work at Nordstrom in their Alterations and left to start his own business. Anyway, he is charging $300 for putting a sweetheart top on, taking the dress down 4 sizes, hemming the bottom, corset back on the dress, bustle, and sewing some other misc. items on the dress for me. At David’s Bridal I think this would have cost me a pretty penny…so bottom line, shop around and read reviews online!
Post # 5
Hey. My salon where I got my dress (in south side Chicago) will charge $300 flat fee for alterations. 826 Armitage will charge from $250 and up. So for our area, I think it’s not that far off. I think you should be prepared to spend money on it – but call around (and use yelp) to see who you feel comfortable with. I’m really leaning toward 826 because I really felt comfortable there.