(Closed) HELP! might be a stupid question….about dress ordering and alterations…???

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i hear this always happens, can you ask them if they can make the dress closer to your measurements?  i don’t really “get” this either since they are measuring you i cannot understand why they wouldn’t have the exact dress…

Post # 4
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582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Alterations are almost always an additional price. Stores sometimes give discounts or wave the alteration fee if you spend over a certain amount. The alterations for my dress are 450.  It is expensive to alter a wedding dress, which is why you always need to consider that before buying.

Post # 6
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97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Altho it is a designer gown, it is not a custom made dress. So they will make it per your order (fabric color) but it will come in a predetermined generic size (10, 12, 14, 16). So it’s up to the salon you bought it at to handle the alterations. Some salons include the alterations in their mark-up cost from the manufacturer but yours apparently did not. It sounds like there is going to be alot of alterations so you should be too upset about the cost.

Post # 7
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

They take measurements in order to decide what size to make you.  They don’t make dresses completely custom at most places.  My alterations were about $200 I think.  My dress was a lot less expensive than yours though and all I needed was a hem and for the bust to be brought in a few inches.

Post # 8
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582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well they measure to see which size you fit in for that designer. They usually have a certain pattern for each size. Since not every girls body is the same, once the dress arrives they have to alter it to your body. In order for the designer to exactly customize it to your body( according to your measurements) Im sure it would cost more anyway.  Stores should disclose this upfront when you mention your budget!

Post # 10
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I know what you mean about the wedding business in general!  It’s like they see dollar signs when you say you are planning a wedding!

Post # 11
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118 posts
Blushing bee

The dresses come in regular sizes and are not custom made to fit. They measure you at the shop because they are given bust, waist, and hip measurements for all the sizes that designer makes. The dress shop order in the size that fits your largest area and alter the rest down to fit. For example, my bust and hips were less than the size 0 measurements, but my waist was larger than the size 2 measurement so I ordered my dress in a size 4 and had it altered down. And usually alterations are additional. (Just for reference, mine were $200 for the sides to be taken in and some other minor stuff, but no hemming needed to be done to the bottom so I don’t think your numbers sound unreasonable.)

Post # 12
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1813 posts
Buzzing bee

you could try to find another seamstress…I was told to estimate 300 to be conservative, but that it could be even more.  Mine ended up needing minimal alterations, though, so I am lucky!

Post # 14
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

nah, you aren’t insane.. you don’t have to take it to them for alterations, there are usually smaller shops in your area that can tailor the dress for you.  i agree with the other posters sort of, but i think there may be an additional charge if you want the dress to fit more custom.. it may be worth it versus the alterations charges…

Post # 15
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418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Alterations are almost always extra. Thats pretty normal in the wedding dress world. My alterations were $250 for a hem and a bustle, so I assume yours will be more because you need the dress taken in.

Post # 16
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599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My alterations at a private seamstress only cost $40. You might want to check and see if there is an independant seamstress in your area, they almost always charge WAY less.

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