(Closed) What to Budget for Alterations?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It all depends on what you need done. Things like adding a corset cost a lot more than a simple tuck here and there and hem. Also I would shop around. I was quoted $500 for my alterations at one place and $150 at another.

The type of gown (like a $500 one vs a $5000000 one) doesn’t matter as much as what you are having done.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

At the store I purchased from, it’s a $350 flat rate for alterations. I forget exactly how they worded it, but I think it was that it includes the side seams (if it needs to be taken in, let out, etc.), hem and anything else needed to make the dress fit you perfectly. And actually, I may not need my dress to be hemmed at all (I’m tall!), and if that’s the case they’ll actually deduct from the alterations cost! I thought that part was pretty awesome.

And then if I wanted any sort of custom design work done to my dress, like adding straps or things of that sort, it would be an additional fee. I don’t know how those fees are based though, because I’m not having anything like that done, so I didn’t ask.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you go to a seamstress that works out of their home, they mostly charge per hour. Mine is charging me $12/hour. So it depends on what you need to get done, mine only needs a bustle and a hem, she quoted me $45. If you need major alterations, or want something added to the dress or something crazy difficult, expect to pay more.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Zusie: It depends on the bridal salon/alterations place, what the dress is made of, and the amount of work you’ll need done.

I have a $1200, all over lace dress, and the alterations right now look like they’ll be about $250, just to hem and add a modesty panel. They won’t need to take it in, but I hope they won’t need to let it out either! I don’t know how much that will be.

ETA: I’ll be going to David’s Bridal.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

As others have said, it depends on what you need done, and what kind of seamstress you are going to. I had a woman working out of her home do my bustle, and it was only $15.

One way to cut down on alteration costs is to order a dress made to measure.  I know that Casablanca offers this for all of their gowns, and other companies might have either full made to measure, or do hollow to hem measurements, which will keep you from having to get the dress hemmed.  My dress was lace, so I knew it would be cheaper for me to pay the $90 that Casablanca charges for custom measurements than to pay for a lace dress to be hemmed (that is always $$$$$). 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Zusie: Ask your bridal salon. I know mine charges $500 for any and all alterations, and if you dont get the all inclusive package they offer different charges depending on what needs to be altered.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

my alerations were $110… for side bustle… bust are taken out.. waist taken in and hem. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yeah, it super depends on the shop and what you need to have done.  Mine cost $230 to hem the bottom and for a 13-point under-bustle.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I feel like I got an amazing deal, my alterations were $50 to take the dress in on the sides and add a 3 point bustle.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think I got a good deal too. I paid $60 for alteration. Dress was hemmed and taken in from the side. A bustle was added as well.

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