Post # 1
So went to David’s Bridal today (after 4 other tries on finding a dress with no luck 🙁 ) and dress after dress was not working out there either. UNTIL….I got brought Oleg Cassini CWG352. Hello and where have you been all my life?!?!?! I never would have thought about putting this dress on but it was amazing. My consultant was aware of my budget but this lady that decided to help pull dresses made a big boo boo in my eyes. This dress was on sale from $1150 to $850. I was like score and happy dance. Well that was out of my budget but not by much so I was ok. Then because it was a 16W that was an extra $100.00…plus being I am tall I could see the tips of my boots (wearing cowboy boots) so I would have to get a longer length. So that was another $100.00. So this out of budget dress I was made to fall in love with is now really out of my budget. I was not too happy and felt like boo hooing like a 2 year old. But I held it in. It wasnt that I wouldnt buy it…I didnt want to. I would rather put that money in more important things to me in my wedding than a dress I am going to wear once. Soooo I left. So I guess this is a rant (sorry….) but at the same time I have NEVER heard of this. Has anyone else had to have a longer length on a dress????
Post # 3
It stinks that the extras knockedout out of budget! Maybe they’ll have a different sale soon, I’d keep an eye out. I also had to have extra added to mine (about 2in) but I don’t think that cost any extra.
Post # 4
Well I am a very short person so, no. If something has to be lengthened for me, it was made for children or was supposed to be tea length on taller women. Try other DB locations and see if maybe the sample was really short?
Post # 5
I am very short but I wanted the train of my dress to be longer so I added extra length. It was expensive ($500) to add the extra length but in the end I believe worth it! I think when it comes down to it if you LOVE the dress an extra couple of hundred dollars can be worth it, it is better than finding a dress you only like and then having dress regret later.
Post # 6
I’m six feet tall so yes I’ve heard this. When I went to Kleinfeld, they told me that every dress I tried on would need extra length and they quoted $200 for that and then told I’d need to get the cups taken out for each dress as well (I’m busty, what can I say?) and that would also be an additional $200. The dress I ended up buying from Nicole Miller was the perfect length so I didn’t need anything extra. I guess it just depends on the place and the designer!
Post # 7
Yes, I had to have length added. As someone who is 6’1″ and watches the entire fashion world cater to petite and average height people, I find it to be pretty much bullshit, as well! $100 for extra fabric is crazy – you know that fabric can’t me more than $30/yard, and they are only adding a few inches. Plus, the dresses are manufactured in countries where the hourly wage is embarassingly low. They are taking the money and running with it.
Now, if only I could get clothing companies to actually carry “long” sizes IN store instead of only online…and get them to carry a line comparable to the selection of petite sizes. A girl can dream.
Post # 8
Also, if that’s a true dealbreaker, i’d try and negotiate with them. It couldn’t hurt, right?
Post # 9
I had to have extra length added to my dress from Alfred Angelo. I’m 5’10” and the sample dress barely touched the floor when I was barefoot. I think it cost around $50, which I didn’t mind much because the dress was pretty inexpensive to begin with. In principle I suppose it does suck, but I’ve become accustomed to shopping being a pain in the ass for a tall gal. 😛 Besides, if I were shorter I’d probably have to pay to have it hemmed anyway. So the only people who aren’t getting stuck with costs for length-related alterations are a few people who are the precise right height for the dress with their heels on.
Post # 10
@crayfish…I have one more store that I am going to and then calling it done. I am almost over the whole dress shopping thing. It wasnt a “deal breaker” because I could buy it and love it…however when I told them my budget and they came in with a dress that was hundreds of dollars more on top of the extra cost of being a Woman and tall. I think that if I dont find something at my last stop I may just cave. I really dont want to spend that kind of cash becuause this is my second wedding and I would rather put it toward things that I will enjoy more than once..haha. We asked if there was anything they could do because of the one lady bringing the out of budget dress in and she said no….but wanted my number and said she would call. So maybe just maybe she will see she broke my heart and hook a girl up..haha.
@Melanie..your so right.I think that I remember seeing that the cost to hem a dress was pretty high so I guess its kinda even..however if I get lenght added and then its too long I will still have to pay..
When they added length to ya’lls dress were you able to tell them how much so you didnt have to get it hemed or is it a standard?
Post # 11
I’m 5’11 and I once had to pay extra length charge for a bridesmaid’s dress. It was an extra $40 and I was pissed! They tried to make it seem less of a big deal by commenting that they didn’t charge for the fact that I needed it plus size as well, but that irritated me even more.
My wedding dress is actually the perfect length so it doesn’t need to be hemmed at all when I have my short heels on. I was surprised by this!
Post # 12
Yup. I’m not even that tall (5’7″) and I guess this designer tends to make the gowns a bit shorter in length. It just hit the floor without any shoes on so I definitely need the extra length.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
To be fair, they have to do more sometimes than just add fabric when you get extra length. If the dress has any detailing on the skirt, say lace or beading on the bottom, etc, sometimes, they have to make a new pattern. Any special orders cost extra, and $100 for length and $100 for a plu size is by no means unheard of, in fact, those are low. I was quoted $270 at one salon if I wanted crystals not put on the dress. That’s right, it costs extra to have something expensive that comes on the dress not put on the dress, because they can’t just process your dress normally.
Post # 14
@jessicaTryan: At AA it was a standard 3 inches. But I don’t need to get it hemmed after adding the 3 inches – just need to find the right height heel. In fact when I went to pick up my dress and try it on, the shoes I was hoping to wear with it were too high. They are about 4 inch heels and the hem was about an inch and a half too high, so I have to go find some mid-height heels.
Post # 15
This is pretty standard….I found this out after trying on dress after dress with bare feet only to realize that if I even put flip flops on ….the dresses would all be too short.
The quotes for going hallow to hem were anywhere from $300 to 800 extra depending on the designer.
The other problem with being tall is that the waist doesn’t hit you at the right spot…the bust is short etc….
Wedding gowns are typically made on models 5’6″ – 5’7 so if you are 5’10” like me everything is a little too short.
Many wedding stores just want you to go up in size…but I do not want to order a size 12 when I need a size 8 ….in order to hope that maybe I gain an inch in the length.
Really a big hassle…
Post # 16
Yes, almost 6′, so had to order extra length and had to order extra length for 3 of my bridesmaids…..most annoying part is paying for the extra length, and then having to pay to cut some of it off and hem it 🙂
I wasn’t surprised though, because lots of places that you buy tall sizes charge more than the standard size