(Closed) wow! sooo much money for alterations on my dress???? is this right?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Wow that is a lot of money for alterations in my opinion.  

But, then again I bought my dress for just about that much…

Can you take your dress to another place or a seamstress to get a quote on alterations??

I would try to see if another place can do the same thing for less…. 

Post # 4
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329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Unfortunately I think that might be standard. I’m getting charged not quite that much, but just need hem and bustle. My friend got married in October and paid $300 for hem and bustle, plus a few torso adjustments.

Post # 6
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397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yikes. I found a seamstress that did it out of her home for $45.  Maybe look around?  However, I do think that is about normal for a bridal shop.  I would def. tell them it’s not fitting how you wanted it to for that much money.  Be bridezilla if you have to!

Post # 7
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1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

$300 is about what I paid for alterations, and I think I got less alterations done than you (just a hem, bustle, bra sewn in). Depending on your metro area, this might be quite normal.  You can always shop around and find alterations for less though.  Try a tailor that doesn’t "specialize" in bridals if your alterations seem uncomplicated.  They always get you with the word "bridal", you know?

Post # 8
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38 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Unfortunately bridal shops like to error on the large side because it is easier to take in a dress than let it out. They just happen to make some money off it too. When I ordered my dress, based on the measurements, I was told I was in between two sizes so I picked the smaller of the two. Now that I have gotten my dress it is too big (and I haven’t changed size at all). I fell like I could have ordered one size even smaller.

Here alterations run $30-50 for hem, $100 for moving the zipper, or $50-60 per side to take in the sides. My grandma is going to do all my alterations for Free ! I strongly suggest asking other places for quotes. And not just bridal shops, many local laundry mats have great <span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>seamstresses who’s rates aren’t jacked up just because the ‘W’ word is involved. If you do go somewhere else, ask your bridal shop if they will still steam your dress before the wedding, or make sure that the new alterations place will take care of that.

Post # 10
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302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I paid 350.00 for my alterations.  Like you I was NOT HAPPY about the cost.  However, after shopping around and reading weddingbee I realized that was the going rate. Where do you live? That will affect the price as well.

Good luck! 

 

Post # 12
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14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wow that’s a ton of money!!! Could you price a separate seamstress that ISN’T a bridal gown employee?

I paid $400 for my dress and it needed no alterations b/c of the way it laces up. And i’m freakishly tall. I would not have been happy about that much money being "suddenly" required. I"d price around. But a lot of times the store "builds in the cost" of the alterations which has happened to a few friends of mine so their dress sounds super pricey but it an all-inclusive price, too. 

Post # 13
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359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Okay; you have me nervous now. I will need alterations + a design modification (want the train + length cut off). I was guessing at around $200. (Runs to update budget).

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yeah, that’s normal for where I live, my seamstress’ going rate is $375; aw, I thought I saved by getting my dress on sale, what a bummer, well, it is designer from Kleinfeld with intricate beading and enbroidery; I’m a  little bummed  the alterations jack it up 🙁

 

I tried to ask at my local laundromat for cheaper but even she said it’s too difficult and to go to the expert even though it’s more expensive; now I’m going to have to haggle and negotiate like crazy

 

My budget was $300, I got my gown at 599; aw, but my alterations will be $375 give or take 

Post # 16
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163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

WOW! I am paying $120 for mine I have a lady that is doing it out of her home. I went 3x to her and she had to take everything in and make the bustle I did not need my hem taken up. I think that them charging that kind of money is horrible. I personally think they order you a size way bigger so they can make their money off their alterations. I would try to find someone who does it on the side or go to a totally different place!

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