(Closed) How much did you pay for alterations? (Poll)

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much were your alterations?

    Under $100

    $100-$200

    $200-$300

    $300+

  • Post # 16
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    79 posts
    Worker bee

    I just didn’t have time to shop around and end up paying a little over $400.  Had 10 point bustles, dress was taken in, cups sewn in, and belt sewn on. 

    Post # 17
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    1073 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I had my dress shotrened and hemmed by a a seamstress who does work out of her home. It was $60. My dress was $450, so not a whole lot compared to the price of the dress. I knew going into it that I would need to have the dress hemmed since it was a really long tea langth and I wanted it shorter. My dress had several layers, it probably would have been less if there were less layers of fabric.

    I would see if you can find a local seamstress to give you a quote, bridal stores tend to charge a lot for alterations. 

    Post # 18
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    608 posts
    Busy bee

    The place I got my dress does alterations for free. Not the reason I chose the dress but it did help in my decision. I got my dress, veil, and shoes in the same place for almost an even $2,000

    Post # 19
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    1323 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

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    heylisten:  My dress was $600 (yay sample!) and my alterations so far have been $150 for taking it in 3 sizes (boo sample!). I’m expecting another $100 or so for hum and bustle as she is very reasonably priced.

    Post # 20
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    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    MY dress was $1,300 and luckily I only had to pay $35 for alterations. My dress came in and fit perfectly! I only needed to have a bustle added. Now I just can’t gain or lose weight in the next couple months!

    Post # 21
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    35 posts
    Newbee

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    heylisten:  I have two dresses that cost $800 total.  One needed to be taken in around the bust and back area.  The other just needed a simple hem (the dress has no train).  $300 total.

    Post # 22
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    495 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

    My ball gown was $1750AUD and my alterations came up to $350AUD.

    I don’t need much done; just hemming (ugh, all that tulle), taking in the bodice, adding sleeves & bustle.

    Post # 23
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    599 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I’m paying around $400-450 total and I am getting quite a few things altered so I like to think it’s reasonable, haha. I’ve changed the neckline and straps from spaghetti into a halter, changed the back into a V, hemmed, permanantly bustled and added cups to my dress. It’s a very beaded lace dress so I think the price is right for all the pain 😆

    Post # 24
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    7440 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    It depends on what you need done and it helps if you have an understanding of how they are done. I paid $120 for hem and to take the shoulder seam in. The tried to charge $75 for the bustle and I said “oh hell no” to that amount for a freaking 4 cent hook. They took off the charge and said it was a wedding gift. 

    Post # 25
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    282 posts
    Helper bee

    My dress is $800 and my alterations is $200 but only because my mom has a friend that can do it. Before we thought about her, I did shop around and I got two quotes for $450 and one for $375. I was definitely shocked when I got the quotes for $450 & wished I didn’t get the lace dress. But after thinking about it, the price seem reasonable.

    Post # 27
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    4835 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

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    heylisten:  I paid $300 for alterations.  My dress only cost $500.  I wasn’t getting any extreme alterations done, but I liked my seamstress and I felt good about paying her to do the work.  She did an exceptional job and made everything come out just perfectly, so I’ve got no complaints.  I’d also never really figured I’d get my dress for so little so paying more than expected for alterations didn’t bother me too much.

    I didn’t shop around, I’m sure someone would have done it for cheaper if I had.

    Post # 28
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    3383 posts
    Sugar bee

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    heylisten:  I was surprised that my alterations didn’t cost more. I was expecting $400 because it needs to be hemmed, so all of the ruffles on the bottom need to be removed by hand and placed back on (Maggie Sottero “Divina”) But they are only charging me $230 (that’s what I was quoted, anyway). My dress was $1,800 before tax.

    Post # 29
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    When they do the alterations, do they press it for free? Or is that an extra charge? I go in for my first fitting Sunday.

    Post # 30
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    264 posts
    Helper bee

    My Maggie “Emma” was $1400ish. I had my first alterations appointment 2 weeks ago…and I was quoted $625. I was floored! The dress ended up being too big under the arms and under the bust area (good thing I didn’t get the size bigger like they suggested!) The dress also needs a hem (2 layers…the lace layer and the satin layer). I am also getting a bustle done…so there is a lot more to be done than I realized. My fiance wasn’t too excited…and neither was I. But…the dress is going to look SO MUCH better. I can’t wait to see it.

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