How much did you/are you spending on alterations?

posted 7 months ago in Dress
Post # 16
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Mines $100 for hemming, taking in, and the bustle. I’m going to tip him $50 though because he’s awesome and that price feels low.  I guess $375 makes sense since it’s too big, mine is only slightly too big.

Post # 18
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would be concerned about your dress looking right when it is done, it is standard that dresses are usually only taken in 2 sizes-you are going 4 sizes down.  

Also, just curious, how do you know you like the dress on if it is that big?

Post # 21
415 posts
Helper bee

I paid $NZ258 ($US181). I had it taken in five sizes around the waist and three around the bust. The dress had been ordered to fit my gigantic hips, but it turned out to even be too big there, so it was brought in around the hips too. I also had the hems done and a bustle added.

Post # 22
2726 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

morganallison :  My Salon does packages. Mine comes under the more expensive category at £230.

That covers everything I need though – taking it in, unstitching and resewing all the lace on the bottom so it can be shortened, and a bustle.

I’ve been told it’s a lot of work lol 

My dress was £1795 for reference

Post # 23
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Got mine done at the bridal shop which I felt better about bc the seamstress has prior experience working with my dress. $345 for hem, 5 point bustle, added cups, and steam/press. It was perfect!

Post # 24
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I spent just under $600 on alterations. 

Post # 25
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Porta, Asbury Park NJ

morganallison :  I know!!! My mothers friend does wedding dress alterations, we are gonna see what she would cost. But Kleinfelds is unlimited fittings and have experience with my dress. I also had to get a larger dress size because of my voluptuous behind and hips, and I plan on losing weight, so it’s gonna need major alterations. I think we should use Kleinfeld’s

Hoping to save on the veil….price for the, are ridiculous  this one is $ pretty sure I can make it myself 😂👰🏻  Disclaimer MY DRESS WILL BE IVORY I HATE THIS COLOR!! 


Post # 26
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

a friend of my mums did mine, she asked for £20! We gave her £100, flowers and champagne. 

It was hemmed, had a bustle added and was taken out at the hips. She also replaced the hand loop as it had Justin Alexander branded all over it and it bugged her 😊

Post # 27
958 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

These posts always make me want to cry…. haha my alterations will be $500 flat, and all i’m having done is hemming (and moving the lacy bottom border up once fabric is removed), tightening the straps, and having cups sewn in…

Post # 28
732 posts
Busy bee

Mine was $250. They took a size 8 dress down to a size 0-2ish. She had to fix the hem 4 times bc I was super picky about length. This also included a bustle. 

Post # 29
2436 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

Wow I wish my alteration costs were as low as you bees!!! My alterations in total is $1,250. With a $2,000 gown I probably should have just had a custom gown made for the price!! Anywho, my alterations include hemming(many layers of fabric!), taking in side seams, adding a detachable strap(have to cover shoulders in church), sewing in a corset bra (under a croset gown… that’s how busty I am) and a bustle. The bustle is $40 per point and I will have a 12 point bustle. I know it’s a lot of work, but the cost is just so crazy. For reference, I’m in New Jersey.

Post # 30
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

$630 for taking in the sides at the waist and up two inches, taking in the princess seams, adding a bustle, and hemming a few feet (lol), which is intense as my dress has like seven layers. I also need some of the button work redone as it was a sample. Not bad for downtown Chicago!


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