Post # 1
So I’m clearly out of touch… I had NO idea that having my dress sized down a bit would cost me over $500. I’m confident it will look great when done, but I completely went into sticker shock when she told me the price. I didn’t even have anything fancy done to it. Anyone else have a similar experience? Does $500 seem normal?
Post # 3
Mine were $400, and the dress fit pretty well when I got it.
Post # 4
For an all lace gown $500 is probably fairly normal for alterations.
Post # 5
I’m paying over for $350 for some minor adjustments on the sweetheart neckline, hem, and a bustle. Nothing even needs to be taken in. I was surprised, I’ll admit!
Post # 7
@NDfan2009: all my dress is getting is cups, a bustle and a hem, and it is costing me $425.
Post # 8
Sadly I think this is probably reasonable. My alterations cost around $400 and I had the standard stuff done — hem, taken in in some places, etc. — but nothing major.
Post # 9
Yeah… I didn’t know the cost of alterations until I made an appointment for mine last week. The lady told me on the phone that hemming the dress will be $350, then around another $350 for taking it in (depending on how much it needs to be taken in). She did say the cost would be higher if my dress was lace or had a lot of beading.
Post # 10
Unfortunately, yes, I think it’s fairly typical for bridal… aside from the fact that I think it’s pretty labor-intensive (especially for those of us with lace dresses! :(), I think anyone in bridal knows they can charge a premium!
I was lucky to get an alterations package through the salon, so all of my alterations cost me $200, not counting bustle and cups, which I estimate will cost me another ~$50-100. Since my dress was ~$2,000, I don’t think that’s too bad. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but ~10% of the cost of the dress sounds reasonable. However, if I paid $500 for my dress and alterations cost $500, I think I’d be freaking out! I knew going into it that my dress was going to cost A LOT, and that it will be a beast to alter (covered in lace appliques with beading, fitted, scalloped lace train, lace neckline and back), so I purchased the alterations package to actually save myself some money on what it would likely have cost if I paid for the alterations separately!
Post # 11
Unfortunately that does seem normal. Apparently I got super lucky by going to a small, independently owned shop that charged me just under 100.
Post # 12
@NDfan2009: and ps. your dress is beautiful!!!
Post # 13
I paid $60 for my French bustle/10 ft train!
Post # 14
I paid $140 for my bustle, adding cups and taking the sides in of the bodice.
Post # 15
@NDfan2009: First of all, gorgeous dress!
I was also shocked by alteration costs. My sister went to the same seamstress, but her alterations only cost half of mine, because she had a corset-style dress that didn’t need to be taken in, no hemming, and a shorter train that was easier to bustle. Hers was only about $100, whereas mine costs about $250. I’m getting the waist taken in, hips taken out, bustle added at eight points (I don’t even know what that means), hemming, and cups sewn in.
$500 seems very expensive, but I see that your cities are Boston and Sonoma, where everything seems to cost more than average.
Post # 16
My dress is a (beautiful) beast with a lot of lace and my alterations are going to be right around $500 for cups, bustle, altering the neckline, taking in the bodice and hemming the thing.