(Closed) How much did you pay/ are you paying for alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did you pay/plan to pay for alterations?
    less than $200 : (16 votes)
    46 %
    $200-$300 : (8 votes)
    23 %
    $300-$400 : (2 votes)
    6 %
    More than $400 : (9 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’ll either get mine done out of the country, by a family friend or do them myself, so I’m not a good frame of reference, but I don’t plan to spend more than $50 on alterations.

    Post # 4
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    $0! My dress has a corset and I’m tall enough to wear one off the rack so uh, I totally lucked out. When I looked at styles of dresses I was really conscious as to how much work would need to be done on them

    Post # 6
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I had cups and a three point bustle added, plus I had the hemline shortened (like 6 inches, lol) for about $150.  I didn’t have any structural alterations, though, which I heard can really up the charges.

    Post # 7
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I had the length changed, the waist taken in 2 sizes, and the shoulders of the dress changed (the length was too long for my short frame).  It should’ve cost a lot more because of all the work she has to do to make sure the lace and structure of the neckline stays intact.  However, she’s amazing and about the only person people from the Dallas area recommend – it was only $108 for all of that.

    Post # 8
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m having my corset made tighter, cups inserted and I’ll get some attachment for my train… that’ll cost about 100 € (probably a little less)

    I heard the most expensive part is to shorten the dress (I’m glad to be 5’11”) 🙂

    Post # 9
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Hmmm… perhaps I got taken to town.  I had the dress shortened (dress + crinoline + lining all needed to be shortened individually), cups added in, plus a 7 (!) point French bustle, and I’m over $400 🙁 

    I know our seamstress is really good.  She’s the seamstress at the shop where I picked up my dress… but perhaps i should have taken my dress elsewhere?

    Post # 10
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I know in our area, most of the wedding dress shops tend to charge more than what it actually costs to do.  I assume it’s probably true for most areas.  I also had a bustle in, but it was no where near as elaborate as yours.  I also had to have 3 things hemmed, the underskirt, the overlay, and then the netting, so I’m not sure about that either.  I know the lady I used never charges more than $200 for anything, but she really loves what she does – so that’s probably why. 

    I asked how much it would be to alter the length of my dress at the shop where I bought it and it was $115 just to do that.  But who knows, that might be a fair price in your area!

    Post # 11
    2027 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I spent close to $500, which included having it hemmed, 12 bustles, and it being let out a couple of inches at the top thanks to my humongous ribcage. It had a lot of lace to work around, so unfortunately that increased the cost, as well. I also had cups sewn in. 

    Post # 13
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    ok ladies, get this…i bought my dress and got my alterations done at Alfred Angelos…and i spent $565 on alterations…i had my straps shortened, the dress shortened and 10 bustles. My sil, who had her wedding about 6 mths prior to mine, got hers done by the same lady and it cost her $750 (she had a mermaid gown, it had to be fitted to her exact curves)  its ridiculous what these bridal shops charge. Esp. since i had a second reception dress that i took to a regular tailor and he only charged me $85 for shortening and cinching. 

    really, i recommend asking the local beehive for recommendations on seamstresses.

    Post # 15
    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    This thread makes me feel somewhat better. I am terrfied of what they are going to tell me about my dress. I got it on sale, so it was a take-it-or-leave-it situation. The thigh area (it’s trumpet style) and the bust both need to be taken in. Plus, it needs to be shortened 2-3 in and I want cups added in, plus the bustle.

    I was expecting around $400, but maybe it will be less!

    Post # 16
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    It was about $130 to remove zipper and make corset back, plus shorten the length (seamstress used the bottom of my dress to make the corset ribbon and modesty panel).

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