Post # 1
I don’t feel like spending a million dollars on alterations for my wedding dress. There is an alterations place connected to the bridal shop where I purchased my dress but I’m sure it will be more expensive than necessary. Has anyone brought their dress to a regular alterations shop to save money? I would obviously check out the place beforehand and make sure it’s reputable. Is it worth it to take the chance? Should I just fork over the cash and have it done at a place that does wedding dresses all day everyday?
Thanks In Advance
Post # 2
Well you could always do some price shopping. Don’t just assume one will be more expensive then the other.
But honestly, as long as you trust the person doing the work, one is not generally better then the other.
Post # 3
I did ask around at “regular” tailor shops and most won’t do wedding dresses that I found. I found my seamstress on Yelp because she has amazing reviews and great pictures ip of her work on other brides. I also felt better knowing my seamstress knows gowns – they’re really quite a world of their own with their intricacies and layers. Obviously it does depend on your gown and what you’re doing – how much do you plan to alter? I altered quite a lot for almost $400 and felt like it was very reasonable for the amount that I changed and how intricate my beaded lace is.
Post # 4
Ask at a local fabric store who they would recommend. They usually hear all of the awesome happy alterations stories as well as the horrible ruined-the-dress ones. I had always sort of heard a buzz that the seamstress at the loal bridal store was so awful that people were amazed she hadn’t yet been sued (she has ruined numerous dresses), and charged too much for her work even when it was passable, and the fabric store confirmed that. Instead, they pointed me towards a very skilled seamstress who never even advertises, just gets enough business by word of mouth.
Post # 5
tarynk35: I think it also depends on the type of alterations you need. If you’re talking about major changes to size/shape of the dress or if the material or structure of the dress is complicated in any way then I would 100% recommend taking it to someone who routinely works on wedding dresses. If you only need it hemed and bustled, then you might have some more leeway.
The shop where I got my dress does not have an in-house alterations person. I looked around online and on Yelp and found someone with 5 star reviews who regularly does wedding dresses and is very reasonable. I’d do some pricing around with other places that do have expertise in wedding dresses before taking it to someone who doesn’t.
In my experience, there were a lot of places that don’t JUST do wedding dresses, but do have extensive experience in them. I found that people who had wedding dresses altered were the type to go on and do a review, so I found a lot of places with multiple wedding dress reviews.
Post # 6
freckles071611: You’re right. I haven’t done research that amounts to anything at this point. I’m avoiding it 🙂
emmmmru: I don’t think I really need that much altered. My gown is A-line…top is V-neck lace with light beading and it needs to be fitted around the bust and is a little loose in general from a little weight loss and then just hemming and a bustle. I never think about Yelp so thank you for reminding me.
thelibrarylady: Hi, thanks for your reply. That is a great idea!
penguinwapi: Hem, bustle, and some fitting in the bodice since it is a little loose. It’s A-line so the bottom doesn’t need anything done to it. I plan to get motivated (ugh) and start price shopping and doing some research. I did find one place with 5-star reviews on google and Yelp that does wedding dresses amongst other items so I might start there. Thanks for your help!