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

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a bustle done, support added to the top, the drapping fabric in the back tacked down, and all the beading tightened up all for $113. I took it to a lady that has a small shop in town. The prices at the bridal shops are outragous. Not only did they want $800 for my dress they wanted $100 for each item they did. If I had the hem, bustle, beading tighten, re-inforced top….we were looking at atleast $500+ more!

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

are any of you do it from david’s bridal im scared to see how much my alterations are going to be! 

 

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My salon charges a flat fee of $350 for any alterations that I will need.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had a same-sex wedding, so there were two dresses.  Mine needed to be taken out, and a bustle added.  NotFroofy’s needed to be shortened, and a bustle added.  We also wanted our veils sewn to our tiaras, and I had a blusher veil added to mine.  Total bill was $220.

You might look for an independent seamstress.  Not only are they generally less expensive, but you can search out reviews on the actual person doing your alterations, instead of having to rely on whoever a salon assigns you.

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had my dress changed from a zipper back to a corset back, hemmed, and bustled. I also had some minor adjustments to the chest and glass beading taken out from under my arm (who puts that there???? It cuts!) When all was said and done, it was $600. But to be fair, by bustle was a bitch with 34 seperate points.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Also, my dress was origionally $98 so alterations DEFINATELY cost more than my dress. But I did get it on sale. So I guess I don’t count. Keep in mind that you need to look around a lot. I lucked out with this lady. She was pure awesomeness. Check reviews!!! Just because they are more affordable doesn’t mean they are worth you affording them.

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had mine taken in, hemmed, and a bustle added for $180

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

These bridal shops are insane I completely agree.. You would think if you’re paying over $1,200 for a dress alterations were free! Nope! Mine was 286 for alterations.. 20 for cups to be added to dress, 65 to have sides taken in…. 100 for hem.. and 85 for bustle, and of course they taxed it! 16$..lol

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For mine it will be $225. They are adding a bustle, hemming, and moving a button so that the jewel clasp at the top of the train sits straight and steaming it.

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@Mrs Hedgehog: I added a corset too and they charged 100$ ! wonder if the designer was no charge, and they took the 100$.. Wouldnt be surprised!!

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@d_mari3: question… When I went to see my dress after it came into the shop, beading was loose.. I don’t understand.. if this dress was just made, why is there beading loose in some spots?? Scares me, I start thinking maybe my dress wasnt new.. I don’t trust anyone, especially greedy bridal shops .lol

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had to have the dress taken in through the hips and shortened. The seamstress also created a really complex bustle. The biggest issue was the bust. Despite ordering the same size as the sample, the cups came out way to same for my chest. I kept feeling like I was going to pop out. First they tried putting in boning to make the cups stay up better but that didn’t solve the problem. So they ended up adding spaghetti straps to the dress which they then embellished to match the dress, which you can see from the model pic needed to happen. I just had my fourth and final fitting today and it’s perfect! I finally don’t feel like I’m going to flash everyone. All told it was $450.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m going on Monday to get my dress fitted for the first time.  I am scared because there are lace appliques that will have to be removed in order to hem and tighten things, and then hand-stitched back into place!  She said figure anywhere from $200-$450!!  Gulp!  I will let you know how much it ends up coming to!  I will be getting it taken in at the bodice, shortened at the hemline, French bustle, pads added. We will see!

Post # 30
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920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

corset back and shortening about 5 inches. 50 bucks.

 

try going to a dry cleaners and talking to their alterations they are way way cheaper

 

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My consultant asked the owner if I could have a flat fee of CAD100 (usually starts at 250) for ANY alterations I may have as an incentive to buy the dress. And since I know I’ll need alterations because of my very petite frame, this gave me a sense of peace knowing I won’t have to worry about added costs when the dress comes in! 🙂

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