(Closed) Wedding dress alterations: how much did it cost you and how long did yours take?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1821 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

It depends on a lot of factors. What you need done to it? What material is the dress made of? Who is doing the altering, etc.

Mine will be around $60 maybe $70. I have a simple chiffon dress that is light and flowy and the only thing that my dress needs is to get it taken in, hemmed, and a little bustle for my train. I was going to get cups sewn in but my dress already had built in cups so I decided not to do that.

I am also using a seamstress who is one of my fmil really close friends. She does alterations out of her home which tends to be a lot cheaper.  I am having 3 maybe 4 fittings. I am onto my third fitting now. The less things you need done to your dress the cheaper it will be. My dress only took a few weeks not long at all. 

Post # 3
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I just went for my first seamstress appt today actually! Mine is costing 265$ total for:

  • 11 point bustle ($15 per point)
  • Dress taken in at the bust all the way down to hips (lace and beading appliqué makes it harder to take in)
  • Hemmed at the bottom

I brought it today and am going to pick it up April 15 so 3 weeks. 

Post # 4
1638 posts
Bumble bee

The lady that I had do mine was a family friend. She charged $10/hr. In the end it was $100. So it tookher ten hours total. It just needed hemmed and to be taken in slightly.

Post # 5
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I purchased my dress from Kleinfelds and they have a flat rate alteration fee of 800 bucks!!!! Sooooo, yea. Thats what I will be paying no matter what work will be done.

Post # 6
1413 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I haven’t had mine done yet – not till next year! – but I was quoted $180 for hemming and taking in when I bought my dress (same size as the sample because of my chest, but the rest has to be taken in).  I was quoted more like $280 if I want bust cups (I’m a DD, so idk if that makes it cost more).

I thought it sounded a little high, but maybe not!  I’m in a touristy area of SC.

Post # 7
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m in Montreal, Canada. My dress is a trumpet shaped Bliss by Monique Lhuillier BL1401. I had two fittings and today was my final one. The dress is finally home 🙂

My alterations took just under one month and cost $530 and included:

-Cutting down a size 10 (bridal sizing) gown to size 4 (street size)

-Cutting off the extra length (of lots of tulle and lining)

-Raising the dress’ neckline and waistline so it won’t sit too low

-Adding major push-up cups to add some volume at the bust so I won’t need to wear a bra

-Since the dress has lace only on certain part of the dress, the lace from the excess fabric was repurposed and added back to the plain areas of the gown


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