Post # 1
I was wondering if this sounds normal to everyone–I received the pricing for altering my dress, and it’s $980! I asked them to take it in on the sides both by the bust and the lower waste/bum area (so 4 seam areas to open and take in), as well as add cups and shorten the length in the front.
The gown is covered in lace and beading, so that’s why they say it is so expensive–the shortening of the hem is $400+tax alone, because the dress has a lace trim, and they said it needs to be removed and put back on by hand.
Is this on par with others’ experience?
Post # 2
livgold11 : I have a lace (but not beaded) dress and alterations are nearly $700. They are shortening the hem, taking it in throughout, taking in some of the lace overlay back/straps (I suspect that would be difficult), and adding a bustle. I definitely thought it was pricey compared to some posts I’ve seen on here (I budgeted $500) but I get three alterations and live in an expensive city, so I’m not terribly surprised. If it’s more than you want to spend, it doesn’t hurt to price compare a couple of other places and see if you can get a better quote, but make sure to check the reviews first!
Post # 3
missinthecity : thanks!! Ok that makes me feel better. Yeah, I have three alteration appointments set up as well, and the dress is literally covered in beads in addition to the lace 😕
I’m just worried that if I take the dress elsewhere and they mess up, there’s nothing I can do! Whereas if the dress store I actually bought the dress at makes a mistake, they are obligated to rectify the situation!
I appreciate your response!
Post # 4
I spent about $800 on alterations – bust cups, taking in the sides, hemming, removing petticoats. Definitely pricey, but I was in the same boat as you. I wanted to keep my dress at the salon rather than take it elsewhere in case something happened to it.
One nice thing is after one alteration, I could readjust as much as I wanted with no additional payment. So when I took the petticoats out, they let me know I could add all or some of them back, take them back out, etc. however many times until satisfied with the fill of the skirt. Same with adjust hemlines or taking in the sides.
All that to say, I don’t think that your alterations are out-of-this-world expensive. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 5
My alterations cost $250. I took in the bust let out the hip area and the seamstress hand sewed on some bling…I went with a private seamstress and not a bridal salon. And I’m glad otherwise I would have spent more on the alterations than I did on the actual dress.
Post # 6
ehmmgee : thanks! Very helpful
Post # 7
My dress alterations are costing $650.00. I have a lace dress with a lace hem (no beads though) I’m having the dress taken in from a size 10 to a size 0-2ish so the whole bodice has to be opened and rebuilt and boning and cups added. It’s also being hemmed with the lace being removed and put back on. The butt is being tucked in to be more fitted and I’m having a bustle added. I got a 10% discount and free cups since my Fiance uses the same seamstress for his work suits.
Your price sounds reasonable to me if there’s beading as that’s a lot more work to alter.
ETA: Any additional alterations are also included.