Post # 1
i went for my first dress fitting today! aside from almost fainting, it was fun! however, when it came time to pay, i almost fainted again, LOL. i had budgeted $300 for alterations, thats what the dress consultatnt told me it would cost approx. i was even hoping for less.
well my hopes were crushed! for a hem, 12 bustles, taken in at sides and waist, and cups + insertion of cups …. it is cost a grand total of $620!!!!! WHAT THE H*LL!! that is just over half the cost of my dress!
i could not believe it! they told me this is normal and some brides pay double that! i just want to know if lots of other people pay this or was i royally screwed!
Post # 3
@dynamic_duo: My alterations will be a flat fee of $600 no matter what they do.
I am having alterations done by the designer himself at his studio. They are also doing a muslin fitting and lining fitting.
If I had done my alterations at the salon, they would be between $500 and $595.
Other salons quoted me flat fees from $300 – $500 or so.
Post # 4
Heres the link.. a lot of bees responded about the cost of their alterations.. yours is on the high side and they thought mine would be too because of the style of dress..but yes.. its normal
Post # 5
Can you take it to an independant seamstress? I need the same amount of work done, taken in about 4 sizes, adding cups, hem, and bustle. I’m paying less than $200.
Post # 6
Mine was $250 and that included:
hem (taffeta + 4 layers of crinoline), 8 point bustle, taking out seam at the hip, adjusting the corset, removing the padding from the cups, and steaming it.
Post # 7
@pinkshoes: its too late now, i already paid. i only found out the cost after they took all the measurements etc. plus i dont know where else to go. i am not from here (living here for one year internship), and it is very convenient that i just leave my dress at the salon and their seamstress is there.
Post # 8
$120 and that included the gown being taken in at the sides, taken in by the knees, sewn in bra straps, and a 6 point bustle. My gown was a very detailed satin & lace applique gown with beading. My seamstress was awesome and the best vendor I worked with. Minnesota brides should consider Louise Kegley for their alterations!
Post # 9
@CorgiTales: they will steam/press my dress for free before my wedding.
Post # 10
Eek, my alterations are:
- A custom made 3/4 sleeve sheer bolero with lace trim
- Hemming and reattaching the lace
- Bringing in the bodice (which was beaded) a few inches
- Tacking my sash a wee bit higher
- Adjusting a one-point French bustle
- Redoing the neckline to a sweetheart
- Custom hair flower made from the leftover beading on my dress
- Adding 4 pieces of boning to the bodice
- Final measurements (so I can list the dress to resell)
And I think all of that is going to be under $250. My seamstress is fantastic and SO reasonable considering its the Bay Area. (Anne Ventresco, find her on Yelp~!)
Post # 11
Mine cost just over $300.00, for a 6 point bustle, the sides taken out, and for it to be steamed and pressed. I about died, but being a seamstress myself and knowing all of the work that has to go into do the alterations for my gown, I know it will take her hours to get it just right, so even though the cost is high, I know it will be worth it. For what you are getting, I think yours is right about the average for that amount of work to be done.
Post # 12
@noritake22: really you think mine is average? i feel like a lot of bees are spending way less for the same amount of work! i wish i had done more research first 🙁 i am planning to sell my dress after, so rather making back half the cost of the dress, looks like i might just make back the cost of the alterations!
Post # 13
@Ginger123: that sounds like an awesome deal!
Post # 14
my alterations were under $100 but they were half the price of my dress. So if 600 is half the price of your dress that sounds normal
Post # 16
@Mrs. Louboutin: what did you get done?