(Closed) Dress fittings cost WHAT!?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What did your alterations cost?
    Under $100 : (24 votes)
    26 %
    $100-$200 : (12 votes)
    13 %
    $200-$500 : (43 votes)
    46 %
    $500 or more : (15 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Mine were $400, and the dress fit pretty well when I got it. 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    For an all lace gown $500 is probably fairly normal for alterations.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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 # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine are $475

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @NDfan2009:  all my dress is getting is cups, a bustle and a  hem, and it is costing me $425.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @NDfan2009:  and ps. your dress is beautiful!!!

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I paid $60 for my French bustle/10 ft train!

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I paid $140 for my bustle, adding cups and taking the sides in of the bodice.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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.

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