Post # 1
I did some searching but most of the threads on this topic are 5-10 years old. I just got my first quote for alterations, admittedly by one of the best rated tailors in my urban city, and they quoted $1000 before tax! I’m just shocked, I budgeted $300 and figured there was a chance I blow that by $100-200 but I was never expecting this. It’s nearly the cost of my dress and the alterations I need are minimal. I looked at their online reviews and many state how reasonably priced the shop is. I guess I’m asking – am I crazy or are they crazy?!
Post # 2
My alterations, which consisted of adding lace straps to my strapless gown and hemming the 5 layers of skirt to my 5’2” height cost between $100-$300. Can’t remember exactly because it’s been a couple years, but nowhere near $1,000.
Post # 3
My alterations are happening right now, but are estimated around $350. This is a local lady. She’s doing hemming from the waist line, took the dress in, totally redoing the straps from the dress, bring the top of the dress up a bit. I paid $1000 for my dress and estimated around $200 for alterations, but that was just a guess on my part.
I think it totally depends on how much you paid for your dress. If you paid $30,000 for your dress, $1000 wouldn’t be out of control. Also, your person sounds really experienced. Do you have a lot of alterations needing to be done, or just the basics?
Post # 4
I just got mine done in a metropolitan city with a lower COL and mine were $700. And I didn’t have to have it hemmed. I just had to have it taken in a hair and the sleeves taken in. I was SHOCKED. The dress was only $1100. Completely blew my budget and I asked my mom if she wanted me to take it somewhere else (she graciously agreed to pay for the dress/alterations), but the bridal shop that I got it at did it and they kept it there (and clean and nice) until my wedding so we just went with them.
$1000 seems kind of like a lot, I would shop it around and see what other places say. If its close to $1000 everywhere you go then I would just go with the best rated. If it is way less at 2-3 other places, then I would look for someone else.
Post # 5
I had mine done through my shop and they had a set flat fee of $750. It seemed kind of crazy to me when I bought my dress because it was made to my measurements but liked the peace of mind of knowing what it would be and since my dress was close to $10,000 it felt safer to have the work done where I bought the dress. In the end they ended up letting out the bodice a bit and adding additional appliques to fill it in, taking in the bust, replacing the zipper, hemming it and adding a bustle so I had more work done than I expected.
Post # 6
What kind of alterations need to be done?
I’m having mine done in a high COL city by one of the seamstresses recommended by the bridal gown shop. I’m paying $350, but it only needs to be hemmed and taken in a little at the waist.
Post # 7
I think it really depends on what alterations you need done. You say they are “minimal” but if you need the bust altered, waist altered, hemming, etc. that really adds up even if it’s a tiny bit in each area.
Post # 8
I don’t remember exactly, but I think my alterations were ~700. It was a little crazy to me because my dress was only $650 before tax (marked down from $1850). This was at a “reasonably priced” bridal tailor, and I took the train out to a less expensive area of my city to get a comparative bargain.
That said, it was a beaded/sequinned dress so the alterations were rather difficult, and I had to have it taken in a few inches throughout the waist/hips/bust/shoulders + a hem & bustle. I think whether or not it’s “reasoanble” really depends on your area, the materials involved, and the extent of the alterations.
Post # 9
I was also shocked when I discovered that alterations for my gown started at $800. I said no way, I was going somewhere else. Butttttt after I saw a bride in one of the fb groups I’m in have the invisible back/neckline on her dress get completely botched, I changed my mind and coughed up the money for alterations. I spent a lot of money on my gown and was terrified it would get ruined.
Post # 10
What are the alterations? And is it lace?
Post # 11
I live in a HCOL area and I think mine were about $700ish for a lace dress that needed to be sized down by four or five sizes.
Post # 12
My alterations were $1,000. A lot depends on the quality of the shop and the area it is located in. Getting your work done at a dry cleaners will run you a lot less than a seamstres’ boutique specializing in bridal only in HCOL area (which was my case).
For reference, my gown needed significan’t hemming (also many layers), a partial corset back added, buidling up the sweetheart neckline for more coverage, and appliques needing to be removed and replaced due to the alterations process.
It was expensive, but it was a flat fee up front and i had as many fittings needed as it took to get it perfectly fit before my wedding.
Post # 13
I was shocked at how inexpensive my alterations were, granted it was super easy.. I had a seperate skirt that I needed taken in and hemmed and it was $15!! she did an impeccable job, I thought it would have been anywhere from $50-$100 and I wouldn’t have blinked and eye!
Post # 14
The first quote for my alterations was $1250! I had a hem
done (ballgown with multiple layers), a bustle, bra cups sewn in and had the chest taken in. I opted to find a cheaper place, and I still paid $800. After all that, my bustle broke within the first 5 minutes and we had to safety pin it! I live in the Sacramento area of CA, and I had my alterations done by a lady whose entire business is wedding dress alterations.
I think a lot will depend on location, as well as how complicated and involved the alterations are. What does your dress look like and where do you live?
Post # 15
How extensive are your alterations? Mine were $600 and some change. But I had this dress below and the alterations were very tedius with all the lace I imagine. I had the sleeves taken in, as well as a little on the sides, and it also needed several inches taken off the bottom which required the lace to be moved up and stitched by hand. I only mention all that for reference. I think it depends on how much they are doing.