(Closed) How much does alteration cost (approx)?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think it depends on where you are. I heard $200-300 is about the average,

I went to a lady in California (recommendated by other friends) and the total alteration was about $150. I went back 3 times for dress fitting, and this also includes making a pink sash. I was super happy with the price & results.

Post # 4
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It’s definitely regional. But one thing I’ve heard is good is to NOT go to the bridal shop for the alterations. If you can find someone who’s definitely worked with wedding dresses before, is very good, and is confident with what you need done, you can probably get it cheaper from an independent tailor. That being said, you might try calling around and asking for price estimates so that you have a good idea what’s normal for your area.

Post # 5
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it depends. At the sample sale I went to, I asked about alterations and cost of a particular dress, and she quoted that to take in the bodice and length, it would be about $300. I thought that was too much.

I went to another lady for alterations and she charged me $50 to take in the bodice by a size. I didn’t get the length shortened, but it would have been more costly due to the material (lace). 

Expect to pay more to shorten lace .. or if it has a pattern or design at the hem. 

I think a good amount would be close to $100. However, that’s just me – I know some people are willing to pay more. 

Post # 6
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m going to a lady that does wedding dresses.  I think its around 200. I’m not going to the bridal shop i purchased it from cause they over charge.  I think it was 300-400 plus their seamstresses are only available a couple times a week.

Post # 7
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It really depends on how much you’re having done.  I don’t think you can go by the answers above, only because we don’t know what you’re needing to have done.  Is your dress being let out?  Taken in?  Taken up?  Adding a bustle?  Adding cups?  You could be looking at anything from $25 to $400, depending on what has to be done, the material of your dress, the hemline, etc.

Post # 8
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Mine will be around $80.  I refused to go to the shop where I purchased my dress, as they start at $200, which just seemed outrageous to me!

Post # 9
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

My bridal shop quoted me at 350.  I think that is a lot, but I also think it is regional (I am in northeast).

Post # 10
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I have a related question – I paid for my alterations at my first fitting. Am I going to have to keep paying every time? Or is it a one-time fee no matter how many alterations I need?

Post # 11
31 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

I am paying $350 for a hem, bustle and adjustment to the shoulders. I think it’s too much, but their work is fantastic! I did find a cheaper place, but I questioned their abilities to say the least. I am in FL.

Post # 12
64 posts
Worker bee

You should all understand that Alterations are sometimes as much or more work as making the dress from scratch!   A hem can take days to do depending on the fabric and how many layers are involved.  

Some factory made gowns are incredibly complicated to take apart in order to start working on, and that alone can take hours.  David’s Bridal gowns have a million layers of plastic stiffening and linings and they’re not all connected, and Jenny Yoo dresses have their own special voo-doo which can take several days to de-construct and put back together.    When I see either brand walk in my door I know it’s already extra work!   The more things on a To-Do list add up your bill fast.  Certain fabrics like chiffon and lace dont like to be messed with and so they take extra care and time.

Professional and Experienced sewers charge an average of $200-500. for Alterations in the Northeast.  Why would you hand something as important as your Wedding Gown to someone just because their rates are cheap?

Post # 13
2680 posts
Sugar bee

Im not sure how much mine will be, one store said its usually $150 for the hem and $10 per point for the french bustle, and that my dress would have 20-30 points!  I had heard before that the alterations can be as much as 1/2 the cost of your dress but I think average its at least a few hundred dollars.  Im getting mine done at the place where I got my dress simply because I trust them since they alter all the time.

Post # 14
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i was told that it would be around $200 to have it taken in at the waist although i haven’t visited the seamstress yet so we’ll see.

Post # 15
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Look around for local seamstresses…the bridal store’s in-house seamstress is always overpriced!

We have a wonderful seamstress in our hometown, she even makes bridesmaid dresses (super talented!). She took length off of my wedding gown, brought it in at the bust, and even made the bustle. All for around $100! And did an AMAZING job. 

Definitely shop around for those little ol’ ladies who do it for fun. They always seem to know their stuff!


Post # 16
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I second Miss PG! Don’t pay a salon markup if you don’t have to! Get recommendations from other local brides (try your local board!) and even ask dress shops (though maybe not the one where you got your gown) if they have a good seamstress aside from their in-house person that they recommend!

I hope that helps!

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