(Closed) How much did you spend on Alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m in the Detroit area but I paid about $100 to have my dress just hemmed and pressed.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m in the Detroit area but I paid about $100 to have my dress just hemmed and pressed.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am in Louisville, KY and went with a local seamstress that I found on Craigslist.  I needed alterations for me, my 9 year old daughter and my 5 year old daughter.

Wedding Gown- Hemmed and pressed- $55

Jr. Bridesmaid Dress- Hemmed and taken in- $65

Flower Girl Dress- Taken in- $65

For a grand total of $185 for all 3 of us, which I thought was a pretty good deal.  Unfortunately, David’s Bridal would not alter my dress anyway since I did not buy it from them, even though it is a David’s Bridal Dress, very stupid.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m in Bakersfield, Ca and paid $195 for alterations from DB. This included the hemming, taking up one shoulder and then 11 ties for the bustle.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

oh, my wedding dress included a bustle also.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

$0 😀 (but that’s me)

Alterations can be anywhere between $100-300 dollars (and up, I suppose–the most I heard about was $600, but that one was kind of crazy) but it really depends on what you want to do AND the nature of the dress. There are some alterations that may be standard–changing a neckline, hemming, taking stuff in etc., but the cost will go up if the tailor has to deal with a lot of beading or complicated tailoring (such as: my dress has a band at the hem, so if I had to hem it, the tailor would have to cut the band off first, hem the dress, and then reattach the band as opposed to just hemming). The best bet is to take the dress to a recommended tailor. And if the tailor’s recommended and good but charges a smidge more, I would pay it. Good tailoring is worth the $.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@smw332:  If you are in the DC area, I would strongly recommend that you have either Angie Cavallaro or Estee Livioco for your alterations.  Angie is in Fairfax, and Estee is in Gaithersburg.  Here is an article with their contact information.  We used Estee, but everyone I’ve run into who has used either of them has raved about both their expert service and their reasonable rates.

Our alterations were a total of $257 for two of us.  That included letting out the bodice on one dress, hemming a second dress, creating a five-point bustle for each of the two dresses, pressing both dresses, making a blusher for my veil, and attaching both of our veils to headbands.

I would suggest calling one of these two as soon as possible, since they do book early.  But they are definitely worth it!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

$500 for a hem, bustle, and taking in the sides and tacking down the top.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I paid $100 for a hemming (on a 3 layer pronovias gown), and a 1 inch take out. The dress was a sample, and a little too snug so yeah, basically they cut me a deal.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

$250 to have the dress custom made for me.  They are fitting me with a muslin dress, and then sending that out and having the dress made for me.  I thought that was ok, some of my friends spent a lot more than that to have theirs altered.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think the best place to start is by inquiring about the rates for various services. It’s really going to depend on your individual dress, what needs done, and the seamstress.

I live in Seattle and found a great seamstress that works out of her home. My dress needed pretty simple alterations. I had the neckline altered slightly (it’s a halter and the strap was too long), and added a bustle and bra cups. My dress will be steamed the week of the wedding. It’s $108 for all of these services.

Hemming the dress can add significant expense, especially if it’s complicated, such as a lace dress.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would check on yelp to see reviews of alterations places in your area.  Also it depends on how much you need done and the fabric-a scalloped lace hem will be harder to do than a simple satin dress

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

$225 for taking in the bodice and hips a few inches, slight hemming, and adding a french bustle.

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