Post # 1
My dress has not arrived yet but I am planning ahead for alterations as mine is custom made so I will not be using a bridal shop for any alterations needed. Can you please share how much it cost you to have your wedding dress altered, what you had done, how long the alteration took to complete, how far in advance did you have to get in touch with your seamstres? I’ll have the option of altering mine in Florida, the UK or Italy due to my crazy travel schedule so everyone please feel free to chip in. Please mention where you had your alterations done
Post # 2
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 $70. I have a simple chiffon dress that is light and flowy and the only thing that my dress needs is to get it taken in, hemmed, and a little bustle for my train. I was going to get cups sewn in but my dress already had built in cups so I decided not to do that.
I am also using a seamstress who is one of my fmil really close friends. She does alterations out of her home which tends to be a lot cheaper. I am having 3 maybe 4 fittings. I am onto my third fitting now. The less things you need done to your dress the cheaper it will be. My dress only took a few weeks not long at all.
Post # 3
I just went for my first seamstress appt today actually! Mine is costing 265$ 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
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
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
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
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
Post # 8
omg! that’s more than what my dress cost! I’m sure they will do an incredible job at that price though