Post # 1
Hi, I just had my first fitting for my wedding gown and I was wondering if the pricing is reasonable.
I bought my dress from David’s Bridal website for $230. The original price was $800, but I was able to snatch it while on clearance.
From the beginning I was very worried that alteration fee will be greater than my dress price. I bought size 0P, and while the chest fit fine, the waist needed to be taken in. I read so many horror stories about alterations at DB, so I went to a local seamstress that get a good review on the Internet.
She will be taking some fabric in on the side for the waist, change a clip on the back, and add a bustle (one button, looks like this http://tinyurl.com/lh6rue5).
She quoted $150 for the alteration. My mother was shocked by the price, because she was anticipating around $100, since the length didn’t need to be changed, and the sides weren’t taken in too much. I was anticipating to shell out $100-150 for alteration, so I was ok with the price, and ended up leaving the dress with her, but my mom’s reaction worries me a little bit.
What do you think? Should I bring back the dress and try another seamstress?
(I live in the Westchester county in NY, if that helps with the pricing.)
Post # 3
That seems about right from what I have seen from posters in the New York area. It also depends on the material and detail. Like if it’s lace or has beading, alterations are a bit more tricky and will cost more.
Post # 4
I had to have my dress let out and got a corset back inputted and the length taken up. Original just the length they quoted me only an additional $100. For the corset back they ended up quoting $500 but I got it taken down to $350 because I thought they were robbing me pretty much.
So yes, $150 I belive is quite reasonable. Taking in a dress is quite difficult because they have to take it in enough without affecting the way the dress flows. If you want another opinion have another search online or even speak to DB and see what they quote you. Theres no harm in shopping around! I got about $800 off my dress because I bought it from a different retailer 🙂
Post # 5
@Redholix: That is very reasonable. Be very careful with a 1 button bustle. i dont know if anyone has told you but they tend to break off.
Post # 6
@PacificMrs: Yeah, my dress has a lot of lace and beading work on it. Everything seems to cost so much more in NY/NYC area 🙁
@Jacofblues: Thank you for the reply. This will give my mom some peace of mind. 🙂
@SparkleBee11: Thank you for the heads-up about the bustle! My dress isn’t too heavy, so hopefully it won’t break off…. I really liked the way it looked with a 1 button.
Post # 7
Sounds fair to me. I had a cocktail dress only taken up in the hem and it cost $45, so I think $150 is fair for the alterations you have requested.
Post # 8
I actually think David’s Bridal would have charged you about $100. And I would have charged much less (but I’m not in NY, sorry!). I’m just curious, did she break the price down for you? I’d like to know what she’s charging you for just that one button bustle. Those are incredibly easy to do so should not cost more than $5-$10. I’m not sure what you meant by changing a clip on the back, but it just sounds like a bit of hand sewing so that shouldn’t cost much. That would mean that she’s charging you over $100 just to take in the sides a little bit. Boy, I’m glad I don’t live in NY.
Post # 9
@Jacofblues: I think alterations here are quite pricey compared to the US, your post and mine seem to indicate it…. Fingers crossed my wedding dress doesn’t need too much tweaking 🙁
Post # 10
@idoalterations: She actually did not break down the price for me. I asked her to, but she sorta mummbled over the situation. I decdied to not pressure her because she was starting to become very defensive and a bit offended (kept emphasizing the fact that I won’t find a cheaper place, and that other places of “base price”).
I too think DB would’ve charged me less, but decided that getting it done at a local place with good reputation will be better – in a sense of I get what I pay for, almost. (I might be just comforting myself though, haha)
Things are so ridiculously expensive in NY! (Check out my thread on hair & makeup here: http://tinyurl.com/m5me32k)
It is really sad to think that I’m paying so much for that one button bustle as well as that one clip on the back (she is replacing the hook on the back because the original one got bent).
Post # 11
@Redholix: I think the price is great for David’s bridal. There are brides who end up paing double and triple there for alterations. Its sad to say but my sister works at Davids bridal and has told me that they charghe a little extra for clearance and sale items.
Post # 12
My alterations for a hem and bustle at DB was just about 200… i think you got a fair price for what you need done 🙂
Post # 13
mine was $400,
needed sides taken in, 2 layers shortened on bottom and the bustle made.
Post # 14
I think she sounds great! JUST my bustle was $80!
Post # 15
@Redholix: Oh my gosh! I really wonder why she has so many good reviews if she’s not even willing to be open about how she’s pricing stuff. The hook should be a $5 fix. It bothers me so much that most wedding vendors take advantage of brides because wedding stuff is just “expected” to be expensive. Like if you’re spending less than $100 on alterations, you must have gone to a crap seamstress. Haha. They charge a lot because they can, basically. By the way, your hair prices are outrageous! I went to a girl who just graduated cosmetology school and got a great deal that way. But I also wasn’t very picky. Anyways, your seamstress better do a good job!
Post # 16
@ashump210: Thanks for the reply! I did read a lot about people paying more than the dress price for alterations – I’m glad that I’m not (yet…haha! Who knows what might happen down the road…but let’s knock on wood.) I think DB has great choices of dress for great prices if you really look around, especially for people like me who’s on budget & don’t really care about brand names. 😀
@DandSwedding: Thanks for the reply! I heard hem alteration is one of the more expensive things. The seamstress tried to get me cut off the hem a bit from my dress (maybe 1/4-1/2 inch was dragging on the ground with my heels on) and I flat out said no. I was so scared, haha.
@ajillity81: Thanks for the reply! What type of bustle did you get and did it work out well?
@BrandNewBride: Oh my gosh, what type of bustle was it?
@idoalterations: I was curious on her not being able to break down the price too. I sent her an email asking for it, so hopefully she’ll reply and I’ll have a written record of it. It’s sad that I feel like I’m tippy-toeing on thin ice, thinking that she might ruin my dress for the heck of it because I’m questioning so much – but I should know what I’m paying for, right? 🙁 sigh*