(Closed) My Dress Alteration Appointment – Cost

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, mine was around $300 to hem it, make a bustle, and take it in a bit in the sides and chest.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Its kinda funny I have 3 dresses getting altered and never even asked how much anything will be!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

They took my dress in at the bust and around my rear end and added a 13-point (very complicated!) bustle. It cost $215.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Mine was $1,200 for alterations.  You are getting an excellent deal.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

mine was $309 total for hem, taking it in several sizes, removing flowers, changing the back to a plunging V, changing the neckline to a deep sweetheart, removing the boning over the breast, adding cups

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Wow. IT seems a little high to me. But then again; so does every other one that was posted. My salon is charging $40 for all normal alterations (hem; bustle ect.) If u purchased the dress through them; they shouldn’t be ripping you off. It sounds like maybe it depends what area your in. I’m in a small town. I just can’t see spending that much for small alterations….. seems weird they would charge soo much..

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have had 2 alteration appointments so far (the last for hem and bustle) each has cost me about $150 sounds like I am in the “normal” ball park. I was kind of wondering if this was high as well.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My alterations were $600, including hemming about a foot and taking in the sleeves.

My dress is 14 layers though, with intricate beading that they’ll have to take apart bead by bead to bring in the sleeves and then resew them.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

That seems like a very good price! I’m having a french bustle done and cups sewn in, that cost $168.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@PrncssDva: does the $170 include pressing the dress?  if so, that’s a pretty good price.  i know that in general, it’s $10 for each bustle point, so the bustle alone could vary from dress to dress depending upon how complicated your bustle needs to be. 

Also, the hemming cost will vary depending on where the hem can be cut.  if the dress has to be hemmed from a seam (essentially taken up) that will cost more than a hem from the bottom.

maybe ask your alterations lady to breakdown the price for you for each component and we can give you a better idea of whether the costs are reasonable or off-the-wall.  but it sounds very reasonable in my opinion.

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