Post # 1
So I had my second dress fitting this weekend!
Wow, sorry so big! Anyway…my question is my seastress quoted me $245 for a steaming of the dress. That seemed a bit steep! How much did you pay or did you do it yourself? Should I just go out and get a steamer and do it myself? Or shop around for a better price. The alterations were expensive, but she’s the best in town. I just don’t think I can bring myself to pay that much for a steaming!
Post # 3
It does seem really high, but I would be reluctant to do it yourself. It looks like the dress is a satin material which could stain if the steam gets the dress wet. Also, I had a friend with a similar dress who had her dress steamed by her hotel and the pleats fell out (yes they just disappeared).
My hope would be that by getting the seamstress to do it she’ll take the extra care since its her name on the dress. Why don’t you ask her why its so much and what is involved in the service?
I called my bridal salon and they only charge $80 and that includes a spot cleaning incase any marks have been made to the dress during fittings & alterations.
Post # 4
I paid $100 for my steaming. Just had my first fitting this past saturday and had to pay for all alterations up front, the steaming/pressing was part of it and the break down was $100 for that.
Post # 5
I did mine at a local dry cleaner / steamer that is totally unaffiliated with the wedding world (although had a great reputation for their steaming and cleaning of gowns).
If I’m remembering correctly, steaming my dress and slip and veil was a little under $100 (and my dress was chiffon which you have to be extra careful steaming or you can easily ruin it).
I’d shop around – sounds to me like you’re being overcharged.
Post # 6
I paid $160 in San Diego. It will vary a lot depending on your location, whether you need them to steam and store it, and the material/how many layers you have. Satin is really delicate, so I bet that is more expensive.
Post # 7
First, your dress is beautiful and looks great on you!
I am paying $100 to have my dress pressed. I was actually thinking it would be a lot more because I am paying $700 for the rest of my alterations which I think is a lot. So, $100 was a pleasant surprise, and makes me think that $245 is wayyy too much for you to pay. How much are your alterations costing? Maybe everything is just expensive where you are?
If I were you, I would probably just pay the $245 because then you know it will be done well. I was prepared to pay $200-$300 to have my dress pressed, because even though it would have been painful, I wouldn’t have had to worry about something going wrong.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies! I’m in the DC area and my alterations cost about $375, that’s why I was shocked at the charges to press/steam it! I know the material makes a difference, but I still think I’d like to shop around a bit more, I just don’t feel comfortable paying that much!
She’s an amazing seamstress, but then started asking how much my budget was and such…made me feel like she was seeing just how much she could charge me because I honestly don’t know how much things like that cost!
Post # 9
WOW!! I’m shocked!! The steaming should be included in the alterations – afterall most of the wrinkles were CAUSED when she was doing the work. It does take 1 to 2 hours to properly steam a dress….yours would actually be closer to an hour. I’d pay $50 to $100. Steaming a wedding dress can be a little tricky. If it’s a wrinkly mess, get a professional to do it. If there are only a few wrinkles, let the dress hang free for a while (most wrinkles will fall out) and use a home steamer to do the spots still requiring touch-ups
Post # 10
They quoted me $45 for steaming here in Los Angeles. I did not realize that was actually super cheap.
Post # 11
That seems really high! I would call around to a few different places and see if they are anywhere close to that. I was told $60 at the bridal shop when I purchased my dress.