(Closed) My alterations cost more than my dress

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I spent a great deal on my dress, so I don’t expect alterations to cost more than it did. But I can understand how disheartening it is to think you saved so much money, and then to have the alterations cost more than the actual dress!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

My alteration were around 30% of my dress cost

Post # 5
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411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I know what you’re feeling. I’m sh**ting a brick because the bridesmaids will be carrying bouquets that cost more than their dresses!!!  It’s such a WTF moment. How do such seemingly insignificant things end up jacking the budget up so high?!?!?

My alterations were $200 on a $550 dress. Definitely ANNOYING!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My alterations were also $300.  I did some research before selecting a seamstress and all their quotes were in that range.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My dress was $300 and alterations were around $50. Originally I was going to get it shortened but that would have cost $150.00 – I opted to buy 30 dollar shoes to make me taller 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You’re still getting a dress perfectly made to your specifications for under $600.00.

Lol, trying to see the silver lining.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes!  I got my dress at DB for over half off so it was $450.  Alterations cost us $550.  Still though, since the dress was $1200 originally, I guess it worked out.  We bought it a size too big because it was the sample, so a lot of the price to alter was removing some of the details, taking it in, and putting the details back on.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes! I actually think it’s kind of funny. I bought my dress for $147. Alterations $200. Still a reasonable price to look gorgeous. Imagine if we had bought an expensive dress…and still needed to pay for the alterations!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My alterations are $350 on an $800 dress.  I spent so much less on the dres than I planned that I don’t mind!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Im so scared for this. My fitting is next week and it needs to at the least be taken in and hemmed and possible let out. This may not be cheap.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My dress budget was $500, which I realized was totally unreasonable as soon as I got to the first wedding dress store. But I found an amazing (and brand new) dress at a thrift store for $50! It was several sizes too small, so I had to get a corset back put in and some other minor alternations done. The alterations are going to be $465 — which is WAY more than my dress was, but I’m coming in just over my budget of $500, so I’m ok with it 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress was $4k and only cost $300.00 to alter.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sounds about right. My alterations package (which includes the alterations themselves plus the steaming/pressing) is $475 and the dress was about $850. So in total, over budget :o/

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