(Closed) How much did your alterations cost?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I bought a sample dress, which was about 2 sizes too big, and had tons of detail. I went to a very highly recommended seamstress, but she wasn’t based out of the salon, so that probably brought down the price a little bit. My alterations were $550.

Post # 19
4134 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Mine were $350, it had lace added to the back of the straps, a 7 layer hem, got taken in twice, and a 14 hook bustle

Post # 20
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When you bought your dress did they say you had to have your alterations done by them as well. I get that a lot of brides have them do the alterations just for conveience but i dont see what the harm would be in taking your dress and shopping around for a seamstress who can fit your budget.

Post # 21
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine was $450 but it had to be taken in a lot at the top where all the bead work was.

Post # 22
7972 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

mine was about $400, i had 2 bustles made, the dress shortened, it needed to be taken in a little bit on the sides, and cups sewn in.


Post # 23
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

@marinesfiance:  I went to David’s Bridal and they wanted to charge me $500 for the alterations. So i went and talked to the botique i bought mine from and they recommended me, and even went with me to meet her, and make sure the lady knew what i wanted to do. lol.

She said it would have been cheaper, but she had to HAND sew the botice with the beading on it. lol

Post # 24
975 posts
Busy bee

$0 for me. My alterations are included.  I am just paying $15 for cup inserts AND I get 10% off my bridesmaids dresses.

I got my dress at a local business owned bridal boutique.  


Post # 25
108 posts
Blushing bee

Mine was $315 – top taken in, hem (many layers), and bustle. Bustle was $100 and it was optional. So I could have spent only $215. I think taking the top in costed about $100 and the rest was the hem. I think your hem should cost less than mine. I also was so nervous before visiting. I think your resonable cost should be somewhere in $100-$300.

Post # 27
1775 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

$250 for mine. I had to get the entire dress taken in a few inches every where other than the bust, get it hemmed and have a bustle put in.

Post # 29
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

@marinesfiance:  They looked at mine and told me. i took it in. But then again, it could have been because i didnt buy my dress from them why they wanted to charge so much.

Post # 30
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

$60 but all that I had done was getting the train cut off.

Post # 31
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It depends what needs to be done, my original quote was $300 for the bustle and them..but now the gown needs to be taken in about a size and a half, so that will be almost $200 additional (which could have been a lot more if the lace would have covered the seams, so I lucked out on that one)

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