(Closed) Wedding dress alterations $ did I get taken?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1716 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think that could be seen as expensive for just hemming and a bustle but it can be explained by the several layers. That takes time and means she needs to hem each layer. 

I had a deal for my alterations but if I didn’t, it likely would have cost 600-700. There was a ton of alterations done to my dress. 

Post # 3
1352 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I agree with PP about the layers/fabric. I picked my seamstress because she was affordable and had good reviews. I was hoping my alterations would be about $100-150, but it came out to $350 because she had to hem 400″ of chiffon. 🙁 My seamstress explained the cost to me, though, before I agreed to the alterations. Did you ask what each alteration cost, so you could better understand why it’s costing you more than you expected?

Post # 4
3560 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

DancinDarlin :  that’s a great price. Doesn’t matter if you’re having the whole waist taken in or just the boobs – it’s still a shit ton of work. And i had a sheath gown, only 4 layers: hem, bustle, let the hip out: $500. 

Post # 6
1303 posts
Bumble bee

DancinDarlin :  Both my mom and sister sew and have done alterations on bridal gowns.

Layers are a pain in the ass to work with.  They are very time consuming.  Think of each layer as alterating a whole new dress.  You not only have to make sure that particular layer is correct, but that it’s also correct in relation to the other layers.

Some materials are also way easier to work with than others.  If your dress has a lot of layers I’m guessing they’re tulle, or chiffon.  Those are harder to work with than plain satin.

And having to build a bussle for the layers?  Also a PITA.

I think it’s a fair price.  I know of ladies that paid more for alterations than the cost of the dress itself.

Post # 8
11 posts

I worked at a bridal show in a “big” city in the Midwest and the average quote for alterations we have was 600-700 for fuller gowns because they charge for each additional layer of tulle/chiffon. I would say this is right in line with that! But would agree to asking for a cost breakdown. We always gave those and it really helped brides understand. Also are there additional charges if things have to be changed after the first fitting? For example if you lose weight and it needs to be taken in more will you be charged again? We didn’t charge for that because typically more than one fitting was needed. We just charged per service (top taken in no matter how much or how many times to get it right). 

Post # 9
104 posts
Blushing bee

It seems right.  Mine was $350 for 2 layers and bustle at Alterations Expresscry

Post # 12
1303 posts
Bumble bee

DancinDarlin :  Now that I see your dress, that price is absolutely spot on, and might a say, a bargain.

Not only do you have a lot of layers, but they’re all scalloped!  That is not an easy dress to alter!

Post # 13
6602 posts
Bee Keeper

That seems CHEAP for your dress. Hemming that is a nightmare! Mine was also a more difficult hem, and I think mine was $475 or so. Hem, bustle.

Post # 14
3930 posts
Honey bee

I think that’s a fair price for the style of dress involved.

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