(Closed) I about passed out! Alterations….how much was yours?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

It depends entirely on what you need done.

Mine only cost me time because I found a gown that needed only minimal alterations that I was able to do myself.

Are you going through a bridal shop or an independent seamstress? Try someone independent, if you haven’t already. Bridal shops often inflate their charges and take a cut off the top, and their seamstresses aren’t always as skilled as they should be. If you go to an independent person, you’ll know she’s good enough to make a living on her skills, and you’ll know she’s getting 100% of the price you’re paying. It’s more likely to be a fair price. It may still be on the high side if you need a lot done, but do some comparisons.

Post # 4
4056 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

mine were $375. They are taking out crinoline, shortening it a tad, taking in the waist and hips a bit, and doing some major pulling in of the bust area.

Post # 5
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@littlemiss511:  depending what you are having done, that’s reasonable.  i paid about that plus another $200 to get it cleaned after the wedding.

Post # 6
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m getting a quote this Saturday for my dress so I’ll come back and let you know!

Post # 7
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My Future Sister-In-Law just paid over $600.00. She had cups sewn in, bustle made, and significantly hemmed (lace edge) . My dress comes next month and I expect mine will be in the $400-$500 range. so I don’t think what you paid is bad at all…

Post # 8
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Haven’t done any yet, but I’ve been told $300-$500 range. 

Post # 9
3230 posts
Sugar bee

$110. I only needed to get the dress hemmed.

Post # 10
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Mine were around $250.  That was to have it taken in and a bustle and bra cups added.


Post # 11
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine was $200 for an over bustle, a french bustle, and adding in a corset back.  I found an amazing independent seamstress, so I wasn’t charged as much as I would’ve been if I had taken it to the bridal boutique.

Post # 12
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@littlemiss511:  $0  I am having my dress custom made to my measurements so alterations are included in the price (which is under three hundred dollars.)

Post # 13
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine is going to be $530.  They will be taking it in at the hips and chest, adding cups, hemming it, and putting in a bustle.  I think it was on the higher side because I have an absolutely massive train and it has to be hemmed the whole way around, and it needs a more complicated bustle.  It was about what I expected to pay in my area.

Edit – I am using the seamstress at the bridal salon where I purchased my dress.

Post # 14
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m scared to find out how much mine will be! I budgeted $400 because I have “fun” dimensions, but I ended up with a dress that has a corset back, so hopefully that’ll help rein in the costs.

Post # 15
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been quoted $350-400. I almost passed out, too. Ugh.

Post # 16
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@littlemiss511: The cost of alterations vary depending on what kind of alterations need to be done and how labor intensive they are… and what a shop/seamstress thinks they can get away with charging. I’ve seen loads of brides happy to pay the first inflated price they’re quoted because it’s their wedding dress and they don’t care what it costs.

That said, my own alterations (Seattle area) for my organza ballgown cost $100 flat for:

  • Entire bodice taken in (the bust and waist were way too big)
  • Layers of crinoline removed to alter dress shape and better accommodate hoop skirt
  • English bustle
  • Final steam/press

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