Post # 1
So I just came back from my very first dress fitting and was BLOWN away by the end cost… a whopping $250. That’s a quarter of the cost of my dress!!! Thank goodness my lovely mama is taking care of it! Here’s my breakdown of the alterations: $65 for taking in the waist, $50 for taking in the hip and thigh area to give a curvier look (it’s a trumpet silhouette), and $120 to hem it (scalloped lace on the bottom requires more work to reattach after hemming?). Add everything up and throw in some tax and we’re looking at $250. Please tell me I’m not the only bride who had to spend this much on alterations! I suppose if I look bangin’ in the end, it’s worth it, right? 😉
After you vote, please kindly tell us what you had altered and how much each individual alteration cost you!
Post # 3
I’m interested to see too. I go for my first fitting next weekend and am so scared of what it’s going to cost. I need a bustle and it has to be taken in about 2 sizes, but I don’t need it hemmed so that’s a plus, I’ve heard that’s one of the more expensive alterations.
Post # 6
Mine came in at $325. I needed the entire dress taken in (I’m very small… I bought the smallest size it came in, but it was still too big everywhere). It had a scalloped lace hem, so just the hemming was pretty expensive (she had to detach and hand sew the bottom of the lace layer).Then I had a pretty complicated bustle, so that was $100 or so on its own.
I think overall it was like $75 for the bustle, $125 for taking in the dress everywhere, $25 for sewing in bra cups, $75 for hemming the bottom, and $25 in taxes.
Post # 8
A lot. My bustle cost $120. The other alterations cost about $250.
Post # 10
My alterations were more than $400.
Post # 11
Mine were $200. My dress is only one type of fabric with no lace or beading, so I think it was cheaper than it could have been. I think it also depends on where you live.
Post # 12
I think I got a great deal. $130 for taking it in a few sizes, hem, 13 pt bustle and adding cups.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
$495. Not great, but I knew it was going to be that going in, so there wasn’t any sticker shock.
Post # 14
Mine were $400. I had my zippered back switched to a corset, a bustle added, dress hemmed, and cups sewn into the bodice.
Post # 15
My alterations were $450, which I found to be ABSOLUTELY shocking, especially since my dress had been only $700 (it was a sample).
Here’s a breakdown:
Bustling (for 5 tie-up points): $125
Hemming: $200 (such a rip-off, I would have totally done it myself if I’d known it’d be that much!)
Letting the dress out like 1/2″: $100
Misc (replacing a couple buttons, etc): $25
My advice to any future brides, is to consider not using the tailoring services at your salon. I would definitely get a price list and then find another seamstress/tailor around who you know has done good work and price compare.
Post # 16
60 buckeroos… i couldn’t believe it! That was for bustle and taking in the bodice.