Is this outrageous for alterations?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

This is my first experience with alterations so not sure what the average prices are but to have the front hemmed plus sides and bust taken in cost me $140. My dress doesn’t have layers.   

Post # 3
1295 posts
Bumble bee

I had also only ever had my wedding dress altered but to hem it (3 layers) and fix the chest so it wasn’t pointy and she charged $200. She is one of the most affordable in my area so the price you got doesn’t seem crazy to me.

Post # 4
6899 posts
Busy Beekeeper

My hem will be $300 😬 You can always get a second opinion if its too much

Post # 5
3513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

itsaylissa :  it cost me $400 for hemming, letting out, and a bustle. Sheath dress, with lace and satin

Post # 6
1228 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think alterations costs vary depending on the part of the country that you live in and whether you go to a salon, a tailor or a home seamstress.  Maybe you should check around your area or ask your friends for a reccommendation or check yelp reviews.  You have such a gorgeous dress and the perfect figure to pull if off when its altered you will be a stunning bride.

Post # 7
586 posts
Busy bee

mine cost me 500,  and it was 3 layers of tulle adding bonning for support and changing the neckline.  so darn expensive

Post # 8
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I had a TON of alterations and mine was $600 but it transformed my dress. I had it hemmed, taken in, the topand straps had to be moved around so many times because I changed the back of my dress from a keyhole to a completely open back. And I had something like a 17 point bustle because I wanted it to tuck under, I think I’ve seen people on here refer to it as a nacho bustle. So to me I think $400 is a lot for what you’re having done.

Post # 9
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I checked with a couple places before I decided where to get alteraitions. The place my dress shop recommended wanted about $600(!) and I went to another seamstress and she charged me $320. She even told me straight up if I wanted to wear higher heels I could skip the hem and save $200! (I have lots of layers). If you have time I’d recommend getting one more quote, just so you know the price is on-point for your area. 

A lot of times with lace overlays they have to remove it to work on the dress, and hand sew it back on after the alterations, so the time it’ll take them to do that may be adding cost. You can ask the place to itemize the prices for you, so you can see exactly where the money is going/ the time they think they’ll need for each part.  


Post # 10
576 posts
Busy bee

My alterations were $150 which included a bustle, some minor adjustmets like taking it in a bit in the waist, under the arm etc. I also had cups sewn in. I purposely purchashed shoes I could wear without needed a hem because I’m cheap Lol

Post # 11
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

That doesn’t sound quite right. My alterations are $450 as well, but it’s a flat fee and the same cost for everyone. That’s just what the shop charges, the benefit being that I can get anything and everything altered to my heart’s content. Also I suspect the type of bridal salon I went to influences the price–their dresses start around $4k. But very small adjustments, hemming, and a bustle a la carte should not be $450. 

Post # 12
571 posts
Busy bee

It’s a lot, but it doesn’t sound outragous. maybe skip the hem with higher heels?

Post # 13
6 posts

That seems steep. I know alterations costs vary depending on the city. The store I work at would charge $200 for that work. 

Post # 14
545 posts
Busy bee

It may be a little much, but when you think about it, even with hemming they are probably going to have to take off all of the appliqué at the bottom and then hand stitch it back on, so it is not always about what needs to be done, but the amount of work that it is going to take to do it. 

Post # 15
4037 posts
Honey bee

The lady my family has been going to for years charges a flat $400 per bride. After reading reviews, she seemed to be a lot cheaper than the salons where the gowns were bought. I don’t know if she gives a discount if a lot less was done?.

I know my one daughter had the top taken in twice (the salon insisted she order a size bigger than the sample, which fit her perfectly), a huge ballgown skirt hemmed, and bustle for the huge skirt.  

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