(Closed) How much did your alterations cost?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

P.S. I think you are definitely better off assuming its going to cost more and then not paying as much is an extra plus.  I looked on weddingchannel.com and weddingwire.com to find my seamstress 🙂

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Seriously I almost fell over when they told me $735!!! But my dress needed to be taken down almost 4 sizes (I lost 30lbs). I also need to add cups, reconstruct the built in corset, hem 6 layers of fabric, add new cups and bustle. Since it’s lace she pretty much needs to deconstruct the whole thing and put it back together. Sad but that’s my fault for losing so much weight. 

I mean it was crazy priced but I didn’t want to take it elsewhere.

Post # 34
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Busy bee

My shop was super cheap… $60 to do major work on the sleeves, and just $40 or so to take in 1 layer of lace (overlay) and 1 layer of satin about 3 inches as well as add the bustle.  To shorten a fancy lace hem was only going to be $30 but I ran out of time to have that done.  It all depends on the shop and your location.

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

$700.  Ugh, I know crazy, but it was a flat fee and I knew they’d do a good job.  I needed a good amount of work done (bringing up the skirt on a trumpet dress with lots of delicate lace and shortening the top near the shoulders since I am petite)

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@LaceyBride1123 you totally made me feel better. I paid $735!

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I used to work at David’s but they’ve raised their prices since I quit.  Here’s my best guess:

$60 to take in the sides

$30 to take up the halter

$120 if you need a hem

 

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

$300 to remove bow, remove layer of tuile, add straps, add boning, take in seams. 

 

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@marinesfiance:  $650, flat fee at Vera Wang

the ruching was moved a bit, hem shortened and some of  the ruffles pinned down

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

Mine was between $500 and $600

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@marinesfiance:  needs boning was thin and more flimsy than my seamstress liked. She replaced it all and also put more in around the bust and since I have a long torso, the boning didnt reach all the way to my hips so the top kept falling down! I think she actually threw in most of my boning work for free

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

470 for taking it in at least 2 sizes, hem, and bustle.

Vomit. 

Post # 43
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Wannabee

i altered mine quite a bit and paid $490 at davids bridal. I had the sides taken in, hemmed (lace dress), bussle with many points, and cups added

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@marinesfiance thanks for your sympathy LOL. It was painful but I love it so much that I am still very happy. 

Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@marinesfiance:  I paid $275 to change a zipper to a corset, take in the skirt, hem, spot clean (it’s a sample), bustle, and add cups.  Whew!

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