(Closed) Is this a decent price for alterations?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If you are doing this in Atlanta, then definitely yes, it is. Hemming is really expensive. I was blessed that my dress didn’t have to be hemmed. I had my alterations done in the middle of nowhere and it was somewhere around maybe $330 to have the dress (all lace with princess seams) taken in some, to have darts at the bust, to sweatheart the neckline just a bit, and to do the bustle.

ETA: in Miami, where I bought the dress, my quote was $495.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s not as outrageous as some quotes I’ve heard of people getting, but it sounds expensive to me.  I think it’s pretty fair/average.  You could probably do better shopping around some more… I paid $130 for the same thing + cups added.  Another seamstress I went to quoted me $300.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@jackndiane:  I think I just got really lucky… $130 definitely sounds very low for all that work.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sounds very reasonable to me.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

From what I’ve read on these boards, that sounds ok.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

Yes, that’s a good price.  source:  my aunt who is a seamstress for a bridal shop.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a straight across neckline changed to a sweetheart neckline, a three point bustle, hem sides taken in and a zipper back changed to a corset back all done for $105.00  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

No way, that’s too expensive. especially for Atlanta. Go to a private seamstress. I got hemming, got my dress taken in and got a bustle all for about $100, the work was very good too. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You might want to shop around and ask for a bit of a break down of the cost. My independent seamstress charges $17/hour for labor. For hemming (four layers), adjusting an existing bustle and adding cups, should said it’d be a bit  less than $100.

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