(Closed) married/nearly married bees: how much were your alterations?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1066 posts
Bumble bee

@dovelovesfalcon:  Just commenting on this post because I want to get an idea too…lol…

Post # 4
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The salon wanted $700 – I went to someone working from home and paid $250.  But  I gained weight and had to get it re-done, so had to pay another $200.

I got two pairs of cups sewn into the bust, the side seams taken in (to make the whole dress smaller), a hem, and a bustle.  My dress was also layered (a satin kind of dress with chiffon overtop) and so that made them a bit more expensive I think, because it was like doing two hems.

Still, very pricey!

Post # 5
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Alterations depended on where you go, what you have done, and where you live 

I had a bustle put in 

cups sewn in (my seantress did not believe you should wear anything but panies under your dress bc it messes with the construction of your dress. 

the sides takeen in a bis 

it was less than 200 

Post # 6
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

So far, and it hasn’t been done yet, mine should be $175. That’s with taking off some tags underneath a flower on the dress, taking in the hips to make it more mermaid, taking in the bust, sizing it down, and adding a french bustle.

Post # 7
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

I think I spent around $300… Hem, bustle and it needed to be taken in a lot. I think mine was a bit pricer than most because my dress had a lot of beading that the seamstress needed to work around. That said, she did an AMAZING job and I’m fine with what she charged me.

Post # 8
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I lost a stone between ordering the dress and getting alterations, so a lot had to be done. The hem on all six layers (!) needed to be lifted by three inches at the front. A bustle needed to be added and the bodice, which is beaded, had to be taken in by more than an inch all the way round. On top of that the gorgeous beaded straps were too long for my soft shoulders and had to also be taken in and stitched. 


I did some investigating and went to an independent seamstress that a local bridal store reccommended. Not only was she lovely, but the entire thing cost £105 ($160). She even took the lace hem off one of the inner skirts and sewed it back on, as she had a policy of ‘give it back looking just as you found it’.


Admittedly, since getting the alterations I’ve had to change my bra to lift the girls up a little – but it has gone from WAY too big to a perfect fit and I’m really pleased!

Post # 9
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bought an alterations package when I bought my dress.  I was charged a flat fee ($250) for all alterations needed to make my dress fit (i.e., bustle would not have been included).  I thought this was a pretty good deal, considering I had to take the dress shortened by about 4 inches (and my train is detachable, so it’s actually two hems), the straps (which have appliques only at the seam near the dress) shortened, and the bust and waist taken in to fit my pear shape.  If all that I had to do was get the dress hemmed, I would not have taken this package.

Post # 10
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I needed an inch put in(so it would zip the last little bit), but I’m so smart I waited until THREE days before the wedding. They added about an inch on a seam, it was amazing work.  I found them local, and they charged me $100.00, they had it ready in less than 24 hours. 

Post # 11
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine is going to be $190.   Hemming, bustle, taking in the top and torso of the dress 1 inch on either side, slimming down a section on the hip, tying off any loose beads, fixinig the decorative hem in a few spots,  and tacking down my veil in a few spots so it lays correctly on the wedding day.  I had budgeted around $200-250 in my head, so coming in under $200 was great.  

i’ve heard shops charge a fortune, I found my lady via weddingbee (Sheryl Kelm- Pasadena, MD)  I would start calling around and getting consults.  You’ll want to meet with them to see if they know their stuff…and to see if they are availalble!  The good ones book up fast!  good luck!

Post # 12
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I got a bustle, the original sewed on sash removed, the edges of the new sash sewed to cover up the rough edges, and ribbons sewed onto the back to help keep my bra in place for $60.   I really lucked out.  Other than the few minor additions, my dress was corset back and a perfect fit.


Post # 13
3229 posts
Sugar bee

David’s Bridal quoted $95 for a 5 layer hem (no bustle,  no train). I decided to go with a tailor shop for $110 only because the service was really good.

Post # 15
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

$300 for bustle and some length hemming

Post # 16
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


I’m paying roughly $250 for: 

– My dress (and it’s like 9-layer skirt, yay ballgowns) to be hemmed up from the waist. So not to lose the pretty edgework. 

– a 5-point bustle. 

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