(Closed) How much are you paying for alterations? POLL

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much are you spending on alterations

    nothing- fits perfectly!

    around 10-25% of my dress cost

    around 50% of my dress cost

    about equal to my dress cost

    more than my actual dress!

    Other- lemme explain

  • Post # 2
    84 posts
    Worker bee

    Don’t have the patience to compute percentages. My dress was bespoke, so it was made to my measurements. I had one minor alteration made and she charged me $40. The dress cost me under $500. It’s tea length, so not as much work went into it.

    Post # 4
    464 posts
    Helper bee

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    texaslemon:  What a gorgeous dress!! 

    I’m not paying anything for alterations – I can sew, so I’m doing my own.

    Post # 5
    30 posts
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Let’s see. I spent about $1750 on the dress, and alterations cost around $550. I had to have it seriously hemmed (I’m 4’11” so there was a lot to take off!), did a 7 point bustle, had it taken out a bit at the hips, and had the sweetheart cups adjusted. I hope this helps!

    Post # 6
    6263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine were $475 but my bridal shop charged a flat rate.

    Post # 8
    1575 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

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    texaslemon:  Your dress is beautiful! My dress was $2000 and my alterations were $200. I had to get cups sewn in, the hips taken in and taken in under the butt, the skirt hemmed and bustle put in. $550 seems a little high to me!

    Post # 9
    29 posts

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    texaslemon:  mine were $400 and I was really suprised! My dress cost just under $1000. aside from the length and a little bit in the waist it fit well.  I asked for a sweetheart neckline- it had more of a swoop To start with. And I thought that that was why it was more.  But she explained that she would have to recut the bust either way, so adding a sweatheart didn’t cost more. My neckline had a lot of beading and that’s where the cost came from, having to redo all the intricate beading. Otherwise I think it would have been closer to $250. 

    Yours are high, but not too crazy. Mine was a simple a-line so aside from the bust and waist, didn’t need to be fitted too much to me.  and I’m also all different sizes up and down so im sure if I had a fit and flar, it would have required a lot of work to get it right.  Did they give you a break down of costs? 

    Post # 10
    2059 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    my dress shop was having a promotion where if i bought my dress at my first appointment then all the alterations concerning the fit were free, so i only had to pay $200. my dress just had to be shortened and since it was lace it would have been pretty expensive, so i got a pretty good deal. i just had to pay for the bustle, the hoop, and the bra cups.

    Post # 11
    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    my alterations were included in the price of my dress at the salon i purchased through. it ended up being a total nightmare- they didn’t listen to any of my feedback, which resulted in me sobbing when i went to “pick up my dress”. they had added 21 buttons in a line along my butt for the bustle- i was told it would be small hooks under the dress…. long story short, my crying convinced them to change it back, but it was sooo stressful. i wish i had taken it elsewhere to get it altered!  i had lost a bit of weight, so they had to take it in about 3 dress sizes which wasn’t an issue at least. 

    Post # 12
    600 posts
    Busy bee

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    texaslemon:  mine fits more or less I have to just get cups sown in which is around $40 but that’s it

    Post # 13
    5622 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My dress was right around $500, alterations were $360.

    I needed to have it hemmed, the halter taken in, had it taken in around the waist and let out just a smidge around the hips, and had to have the armpit area of my dress molded/taken in.

    I had found a seamstress to do my alterations for $300 but she cancelled and I decided it was worth the extra money to take it back to davids bridal.. at least they wouldn’t skip out on doing it last minute, and if they screwed my dress up, they have to fit or replace it.

    Post # 14
    1190 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My dress was $4k with taxes and the alterations were $600 which was pretty crazy since it wasn’t lace or beaded and nothing fancy was really being done. Not even hemmed. Just a bustle and cups added and taking in of the bodice. 

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