(Closed) Price of alterations

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I didn’t get my wedding dress altered but I was in a wedding and my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress needed some alterations.  

I got it taken in about an inch on the sides and it was hemmed up about 2 inches.  That costed me $100… (I didn’t shop around due to lack of time before the wedding)  It took only a few days.

I would guess a wedding gown would be much more $$ and take more time…. of course I would imagine that the price would also depend on what the dress needed – just a little changes or a lot..

Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

Post # 4
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I have two wedding gowns and both of them need alterations.  The first one cost me $450 as the seasmtress had to take it in from a size 8 to a size 0 (I bought a sample).  She also had to have it bustled, cut in length and added bra pads.  The second one is gonna cost me $70 dollars as she is just gonna take in a little in the bust area, add pads and bustle the dress. 

Good luck!


Post # 5
129 posts
Blushing bee

The cost of alterations is going to vary widely depending on how labor-intensive and difficult the alterations are, and where you get them done.  Often, independent seamstresses charge lower rates than having it done directly through your salon.  If you need major alterations or are having a bustle created, you should probably budget at least a couple hundred dollars. 

Post # 6
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am getting mine hemmed, taken in a teeny-tiny bit in the bust, and bustled, and it’s going to be $200 with an independent seamstress.

Post # 7
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My dress shop has a package for $280 you can have unlimited alterations so I went with that.  They had to take it in everywhere so it was worth it. If I paid for each thing it would have cost an arm and a leg.

Post # 9
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

My seamstress is charging $239 for the bustle, taking in a little in the chest area, the hem and to clean it before the wedding.


Post # 10
29 posts
  • Wedding: December 2006

Alterations will very depending on the dress and its construction and what alterations are needed.  Each wedding gown is different.  A seamstress should be able to give you a high level estimate when you go in for a consult.



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