Post # 1
I went to my first alterations fitting and I got a quote of $432. I’m startingto think that maybe I should’ve price shopped a little. This was my first appointment, and while i didnt feel pressured at all of book the seamstress she made me feel very comfortable and I just immidiately liked her. I suppose that’s important too, but I just need some reassurance that these prices are reasonable.
this is my dress: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/alfred-angelo-2034-brides
Cups sewn in: $20
Take in at the sides: $65
she is also making me a belt, something similar to this: $100
The rest is tax. Should I have kept shopping or is this a deal?
Post # 3
How much does the hem need to be taken up and how much do the sides need to be taken in? If more inches need to be removed, the cost will be higher. Also, I am not familiar with the dress but is the hem lace or beading? That brings up the alterations more expensive than plain cloth.
Post # 4
Sounds right on the money to me!
Post # 5
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: really? My place is a flat fee. They have the fees stated on a printout so you know what they are charging for everything.
They even have a $75 fee for “If bride changes weight prior to last fitting and needs alterations” hah
Post # 6
@lefeymw: Hmm the one I went to based the price on the amount of alterations but I can see why they would have set prices to make it easier. Wow a fee just for losing weight before the last fitting? Eep!
Post # 7
That sounds totally reasonable. With all the draping going on in your dress, I can see why it would be tricky to alter it and make sure it falls correctly.
Post # 8
That sounds about right if you do a search there has been quite a few threads on costs of alterations in the last few weeks. The dollar amounts have been about that range
Post # 9
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: There is no beading on the dress at all, the bottom is kind of mermaid-ish and there’s some tulle underneath that needs to be hemmed as well. I think it’s 3 layers, but only the bottom one is getting hemmed. So with the dress and tulle, it’s 2 hems.
Post # 10
That sounds reasonable. I’m sure you could find someone to do it for less, but the time and energy wouldn’t be worth it to me.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies, I feel better now! I also looked on Etsy for a belt and all the ones I liked are around $100, so I think I got a great deal on that.
Post # 12
Sounds right on the money to me, too. It’s shocking how much alterations cost but it is a wedding dress. Mine were $200 for the hem and sides and $25 for the bustle. But the bustle is an “over” not an “under” which is less expensive because it’s easier. My dress also doesn’t have any beading on it all so, that probably counts for something too.
Post # 13
Wow, this seems very expensive to me.
I ordered my dress online so have taken it to a private seamstress (i.e. not in a bridal salon) for alterations. In total she is charge me $150 to do the following – take in inches on the side, hips and bust, completely remake the bust/top portion of the dress, remove the cups and boning, hem, and add crinoline.
I guess I’m getting a great deal!