(Closed) How Much Did Your Alterations Cost?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How Much Did Your Alterations Cost You (not including price of Dress)

    < $100

    $100 - $200

    $200 - $300

    > $300

  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I paid a $500 flat fee.  I didnt pay extra for anything.  It’s a lot, but piece of mind because I bought at the flagship so I was dealing with the people who see these dresses regularly,

    Post # 18
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    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    235, alteredfrom the waist up, hemmed and bustled  – I wore my dress bustled the entire day

    Post # 19
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    $600 (yikes). I bought a sample gown, sheath-shaped, two sizes too big, three inches too long, with intricate appliqué and beading. In Manhattan. I was afraid it would cost more, actually.

    Post # 20
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Just about $300 for bustle, changing the neckline to a slight sweatheart, taking in the seams, and darts at the chest. I went to a private alterations place that specializes in wedding dresses. Through the bridal salon, it would’ve been a flat $495.

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I only had to have cups sewn in and the bustle added. Mine were $65

    Post # 22
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @RiverBride13:  wow!  I Just called davids bridal and mine will be less than $100, do you know what the $500 was for? 

    Post # 23
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    773 posts
    Busy bee

    My alterations will be free, thanks to a VERY generous and talented lady in our church. But of course, we will tip her.

    I have no idea what a good tip amount is…

    Post # 24
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    528 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Mine were about $400.  I bought a sample dress, so it had to be taken in 2 sizes, hemmed, and a bustle added. 

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Right around $150 – it included hemming, having the dress taken in, cups sewn in, and a French bustle

    Post # 26
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    982 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My alterations are a flat rate of $695 no matter what I have done to the dress. 

    Post # 27
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    DB does NOT charge $500–their charges are based on what you have done.

    I only need a hem, which my grandma is doing for free. I got reeeeeeeally lucky.

    Post # 28
    Bee
    1156 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    Sigh… $800. WAYYYY more than I expected. I took my dress to my usual seamstress who hems my jeans, and she didn’t give me an estimate until she had pinned up the whole dress. Granted, I had a fair amount of work done to it (cups sewn in, French bustle, waist taken in, dress hemmed, etc.) but I still think it was too much. I wish I had gotten estimates from several people before comitting to one, because it just didn’t seem all that reasonable. I hope you can learn from my mistake!

    Post # 30
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Mine were included in purchasing the dress, so $0 🙂 

     

    I called a few places to get quotes once I knew exactly which brand and style # I wanted. Remember chances are you can order the dress from a number of places. A couple places mentioned the bodice was included while others said nothing was. I suggest asking for prices and then approximately the cost of alterations before purchasing. I was suprised when one of them said the price included alterations so I went for it!

    Post # 31
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Mine was $200 for a bustle (french and over) and adding in a corset back (was originally a zipper).

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