Post # 1
Hi Bees. I just ordered my wedding dress yesterday for my beach wedding next January. I know I will need alterations and although I love my dress I have read that alterations are more costly than average at the boutique where my dress was purchased. This may sound silly to those who know the answer, but I don’t know how the alterations process “works”. Am I free to find a seamstress when my dress comes in, or am I required to use my boutique? Does this vary by store? If so, whats the norm?
Thank you 🙂
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Post # 2
I think it varies by store. I picked up my dress and took it to a different seamstress because I lived out of town.
My alterations ended up costing me like $600. I almost died!! My dress had a satin layer, and then lace and then lace applique. Also I took it from an A-line to more of a fit and flare.
The sales woman at the brial salon did NOT know what she was talking about and told me all these alterations would be easy, when really they were difficult, costly and SORT OF NOT WORTH IT!
In retrospect I would have kept shopping for the perfect dress instead of paying out the nose for it!
Post # 3
It varies by shop. I know the shop I work at does not require you to but we have a reputation for doing great work at low prices compared to other boutiques in the area so many of our brides choose us along with many brides from more expensive stores around our area. However I always let my brides know they are more than welcome to take their dress else where for alterations.
Post # 4
It varies by shop. I bought my dress at a bridal salon in my homestate, but had them ship it to where I live and I found an independent seamstress for my alterations.
Post # 5
Ok. Thanks for your help!
Post # 6
I don’t think shops can require that you use them – what if you say you need no alterations and just take it? I did use mine though because I was too nervous to find one on my own and I knew the shop would take good care of my dress!
It was VERY expensive – I lost a bunch of weight and it cost $250 to take my dress in and $80 for a bustle. If I wanted it hemmed, it was going to be another $250 – I choose to just buy high shoes.
Post # 7
I didn’t use my bridal boutique. I have a seamstress that I have been using for years, she is also a dressmaker- she made her daughters wedding dress several years ago. I knew I wasn’t going to need major alterations- just hemming and adding a belt- I wanted it sewn on do I didn’t have to worry about it riding up. She also added a small bustle for me- my train is VERY short. She charged me- $50 to do all of this! She is the best, and super cheap. She had my dress for 3 weeks- and I had 3 fittings just to make sure I was happy with everything. My boutique would have charged me over $400 and wanted to charge me a rush fee because we ended up moving the date up. I was like no way!
I think if you should shop around- you for sure need more of a dressmaker than just someone who sews buttons on. You can find alternatives. It also depends on if you need a lot done to your dress. But yes the brial salons usually charge much more than a normal seamstress.