(Closed) Holy Alterations!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did I pay too much?
    Yes - you are crazy! : (5 votes)
    14 %
    No - that's about average : (23 votes)
    62 %
    Don't sweat it - you love it! : (9 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3982 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Totaly normal. Especially because of the lace and beading which take a LOT more work than simpler dresses.

    And heck! Less than I am paying! My alterations will run around $500 because my bustle his so huge…

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    23602 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’ll let the other bees who have already had their dresses altered answer this question, but that was what I was quoted when I picked my dress up last week!  I know, the wedding industry is a crazy thing…

    Post # 5
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    2154 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Ohhhhhh em gee. I am going to call tomorrow to make an appointment next month. I am NOT looking forward to that bill. Shudder. But Weddingbee has taught me to anticipate a SERIOUS alterations bill. Shuddershuddershudder.

    Post # 6
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    2190 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    oh my gosh…mine was $20, a lady who does pageant gowns/bridal gowns from her home did mine and it’s perfect! can you shop around??

    Post # 7
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    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I JUST had my dfitting today and it was $330…. for a dress I paid $250 (on sale) for!! UGH… this is where, I assume, Davids Bridal gets you!  I had the following done:

    Hem (this was the most expensive as I am 4’10’!)

    Bustle

    Hem slip

    Ruche the back

    Modesty Panel 

    But, after i got over the sticker shock, i was ok with it because it will be perfect when it is done! 🙂 

    Post # 8
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    548 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @futuremjm:

    I can’t say that it’s a good price because I think that alterations for wedding gowns are relatively an expensive thing. That being said your quote is about right, this is about the average. I had my first fitting yesterday and my quote for alterations was $300 for a bustle and taking in the sides all over the dress. Pressing is additional fee of $125 so all together $425 which I think is outrageous but I’ll have to pay it if I want to have a nice fitted dress  for my wedding in 2 months 🙂

    Post # 9
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I paid $205 for bustle, hem, sewn in bra and off the should straps put on.  Plus, you had the sides taken in, which may or may not have taken some time and skill to do.  It sounds like this person is really good and came with reviews so she might be able to charge that. If you want you could shop around and get some quotes to compare.

    I did buy a dress and it needed to be taken in from a size 10 to a size 4.  It had a lot beading and hemming.  I went to a very well known and very good seamstress in Seattle.  She told me $2000.  Yeah, I freaked and got some other quotes. The others I asked about didn’t have rave reviews, their shop was okay and it was outside of Seattle so they could charge less.  I got quotes of $500 to $400.  I think the seamstress that quoted me at $2000, I was paying for her time and skill.  Her time especially because she’s so well known that she was probably very busy with other weddings and she had take in account how much time it would take for her to alter my dress.   (Yeah, anyway, I ended up selling the dress because it wasn’t worth it to alter since I bought it at a sample sale for $100)

    Also, where do you live, are you near a big city or a little town?

    Post # 10
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    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I feel like I paid way too much for what I got!  At least most of you had a little more than the hem (i.e.-sides taken in, built in bra).  I paid $250 at Alfred Angelo for just the hem and bustle (not even a lace dress- just simple bottom).  I was so mad, she kept saying “oh no, that’s a good price, that’s a good price!” Yeah right.  I told all my bridesmaids to go elsewhere!

    Post # 11
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    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    From my (tiny) experience, independant seamstresses can vary a huge amount too.  I went to two that had great reviews in the area.  For the same work, I was quote $300 by one, and $130 for the other.  I had my dress taken from a 10 to 4, hemed, bustled, and added cups.

    Post # 12
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    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m paying $260 at David’s Bridal for a hem (two layered dress, plus the slip), taken in at the sides, and bustle (which has a number of points because each layer is bustled separately). But my dress is fairly simple chiffon, not too much beading.

    Post # 13
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    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    That does seem expensive, but then again, I guess it can depend on how stuctured your dress is and how many layers it is.  If it’s intricate it could be more maybe?

    Post # 14
    Member
    128 posts
    Blushing bee

    Sounds about right.

    Mine was $435 for cups, hem, bustle, back taken down, hips taken in

    Post # 15
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    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I was freaking out about this just last night.  I tried on my dress again with different heels and came to the realization that I will most likely need to have it hemmed (which I was hoping to avoid).  I called around and altogether for:

    Hem

    Bust taken in, add cups

    Sides taken in at hip

    Neckline altered to add a dip (it is straight strapless now)

    Bustle

    I was given quotes that ranged from $250-$500.  The low end is a private seamstress not associated with any boutique, but recommended by the small salon where I got my dress.  The high end is also a private seamstress but she works in conjunction with a boutique in the city.

    Major sticker shock, but I don’t think that your quote is out of line from what I have heard.

    Post # 16
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    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m in Canada, so it might be different, and my gown is pretty simple with a small train but I am getting

    Bustle $20

    Sides taken in $50

    Hemming $30 or $40.. I can’t remember for the life of me

    Bra cups and extra boning $5 !!

    so super inexpensive.  I was shocked

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