(Closed) What alterations did you have done and how much did they cost?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

hem, buslte, taking in a zipper dress $360.

140 for bussel and 120 for hem.

How much were they asking?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I paid $300 for just a hem and a bustle… boo.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Bustle, cups added to the bra and the ribbons from my ties trimmed.  $40

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

$25. All I did was have it shortened a tad and steamed!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had a french bustle (7 points), a hem, and the bust had to be taken in. I think mine was right around $300.00

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t have my dress yet, but one of the salons here does free alterations if you order your dress through them. The bustle is $50. If you purchase off the rack/sample from them, the alterations are guaranted to be less than $150. 

I am seriously considering getting my dress from them just because of their service. I have talked to them on the phone twice, and they are incredibly nice. A big pro to this shop is they carry samples in the store from size 0 to a 32. They said they want every bride to feel special and not have to spend a fortune. And they carry Maggie dresses. (Bonus)

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had my dress hemmed and bustled, and taken in around the butt area (fit and flare dress) for $310. What were you being charged?

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@SFreeman2187: The cost you were being asked for sounds about right – the wedding industry is a crazy thing!  I know it’s a lot…maybe you could try searching on yelp for some other freelance seamstresses?  I found the lady I went to through yelp!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

For the hem, bustle and having the bust tightened a bit, I paid $235.  After our wedding, I had to have it taken in for our reception next week, and that cost $65.  

Just as an aside, I wasn’t entirely happy with the quality of anything I had done. I had to redo the bustle, because she bunched up some of the upper layers of my gown. Then, I had to go along the entire hem of the lace to remove the excess lace she left and should have trimmed off. When she took it in, the zipper gapped, so I had to fix that, and the two hooks and eyes that she added pulled, so I had to replace them.  I don’t know if I’m just extra picky about quality, but I was rather disappointed, because the bridal shop that did the work has a reputation for being upscaled. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mine is $206 total, with tax.  I would have only had to spend $85 for the bustle, but I wanted 2 other things done by my choice.

$35 – cups sewn in

$75 – hips taken in (to make the dress more fit & flare

$85 – bustle

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mine was about $170 for hemming, bustling and putting in bra cups!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Anyone have any idea how much having a slight sweetheart put into a dress would cost?  Very slight–I do not want to be showing cleavage in the wedding.  I am wondering if I can even afford it after reading these prices you guys paid for alterations.  Wow.

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