(Closed) Dress Cleaning and Alterations- does this seem reasonable?

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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.

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