(Closed) Is this an acceptable amount to pay for alterations?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is this an average price for alterations?
    yes : (12 votes)
    13 %
    no - too expensive : (77 votes)
    87 %
    no - it's a good deal! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2077 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    First- Your dress is STUNNING.  Wow.  I love it.

    Second- I haven’t gotten alterations yet, but I that quote seems really high to me.

    Post # 4
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MademoiselleL:  What kind of bustle? The more complicated it is, the more they charge.

    Post # 5
    777 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Holy moly! I had my dress taken down 2-3 sizes and cups sewn in and it cost well under half of that! Shop around–I’m sure you can do better.

    Post # 6
    8422 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    WOW that is alot it seems….I haven’t gotten my dress yet but at each place I go I ask and the most I have been told is around 300.

    Most places have said 200-300…..you might wanna just check at other bridal salons in your area….might also depend on where you are.

    I live in Florida and have been to 5 different stores now dress shopping and 300 is the most I have been told!

    Post # 7
    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My taking in is going to be about 175, no hem but mine was 175 hem to hollow. Bustle about 100. No sewing in cups.. 

    Yikes.. I guess the hem to hollow took the sticker shock off of alterations for me. Still around $450. I did have some lady quote me just 300 for taking it in. The boning might be a pain in the but I know mine is. 

    Post # 10
    14657 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I paid $130 for about the same amount of work – taking in about 6 sizes, 1 inch hem, cups, and 13 pt under bustle.  ETA:  I went to an independant seamstress that I think I saw a recommendation for here on the bee, and then I dug a little deeper and found many great reviews on line so that put me at ease.

    Post # 11
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @MademoiselleL:  Try an independent seamstress that has excellent reviews on Yelp. J Crew also can give suggestions for excellent tailors/seastresses in your area (even if you didn’t buy your dress from them, just email them and say that you did).

    Post # 11
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    If this helps…I did a poll to see what the avg was because I was worried about being over quoted 

    How much did you pay for alterations?

    based on that poll I think it’s too much

    Also, my 5 layer hem only cost $95….

    Post # 13
    11419 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I paid a bit more than $400 for my alterations. (I think $680 sounds high, but I think I recall reading on WB that is the ballpark of what Kleinfeld’s charges for alterations. I have no idea if that is true or not, however.)

    Post # 14
    550 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    That’s $19 less than what I paid for my entire dress!!!  Find an independent seamstress, thats what I did.  I’m having it hemmed, taken in up top in the bust area, let out at the sides, and bustle for $165.  

    Post # 15
    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    NO. Get another quote. This might be reasonable if your dress had several layers and something difficult like lace, but there are no embellishments.

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