Post # 16
The boutique where we got my dress from said the number one thing that drives up the cost is the hem.
If it’s a simple untextured hem – cheap as chips
If it’s a lace hem – double the cost.
$1000 sound about right where I am from if it’s a textured hem with all the other alterations required (ie. bustle, boning, cinching etc.)
Post # 17
Mine was $500 (right on budget), and that’s a pretty minimal alteration (hem, train adjustment, that’s for 2 under layers and 4 layers of tulle, the lace bodice needed to be taken in, cups to be put in). It was more work than I expected, so would’ve been even a bit cheaper if it hadn’t need so much done to the bodice.
I suggest look around more to find one with good reviews and more reasonable prices.
ETA: what do you actually need done? Usually a good seamstress will give you a break down of the costs. Ie I was given costs based on the no of layers of tulle and under layers, and type of things needed to be done to the bodice.
Post # 18
Look into local tailors with bridal experience. I went with a popular local tailor who had a ton of positive online reviews from brides. My alterations were just under $200, and that was for a hem and having the entire dress taken in – and my dress was fully beaded. They did an phenomenal job for something I would have paid $500+ for at a bridal alterations shop.
Post # 19
m197500 : I had a extra inch of fabric added to my sleeves to cover my fluddubbeders. I had the hem taken up on my multilayer ball gown, I had my bust area taken in and a bustle added. It came in at 500 dollars for alterations.
Having said that do you have beading or lace on your dress? Sometimes they have to remove that to take it in and then rebead and reapply the lace which can cost due to the man hours required to do the fiddly work. If you are unhappy with the cost then take it somewhere else for a quote. A thousand dollars is a lot but again maybe certain elements of your dress require more man hours than most.
Post # 21
Thanks for all the feedback, bees! My dress was $1,400, so that’s why $1,000 seems like a lot.
It is a lace dress, so definitely part of the expense. This the breakdown I got. I may not need all of these, the dress is about 1 inch big at the waist right now and a little loose above my butt since I have a long torso. I do need a hem and a bustle.
Take in bust to waist: $285 (waist only $250)
Take in back zipper: $295, w/ buttons: $3 each
Take in hips: $225+
Hem: 1-2 layers: $295
Bra cups: $30
Bustle: price starts at $85 for 3 buttons/loops
I have an appointment with a different tailor (also recommended by the store I bought the dress from) this weekend. We’ll see how it goes! If the price is similar, I’ll just pay it and try to black it out from my memory. 🙂
ETA: This is my dress https://www.watters.com/wtoo/products/alisa
Post # 21
Very beautiful dress! I still think $1,000 sounds like a lot but there’s people who spend thousands on the dress alone so I guess if you can make it work then do that! Not like you have any other options besides just shopping around to make sure you get the same quote elsewhere. (Btw I woulnd’t tell the other alterations places how much the first one quoted you until you have a quote from them. You don’t want them to up their prices just because they can!)
Post # 22
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
m197500 : I jsut got quoted for my basic alterations. The top/bust is being taken in an inch or two, then the dress will be hemmed an inch or two and then to add a bustle at the back. I was quoted by the bridal salon between 650-800 for that work.
I then took it to a seamstress that I have custom making my bridesmaids dresses – shes doing all the same alterations for $385. Keep looking! That price seems unreasonably high to me for basic alterations.
If you have a ton of beading or lace or the dress needs ot be taken in a couple sizes I can understand that kind fo cost, but for basics alterations? No way~!
Post # 23
- Wedding: June 2019 - Cortland, NY
Just adding my experience. My seamstress had to downsize my dress size two whole sizes, add a bustle, and hemmed it up the wazoo because I am so short. Total was $450. My dress is lace too.
I think you’re overpaying if the changes are “minimal” lol