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Davids Bridal alteration Fees
I found a dress at Davids Bridal that I very much like and they will have to order the correct size for me and even then I'm going to have to get it taken in some around the hip, bust area and maybe a little shortening at the bottom. Does anyone have experiance with alterations at Davids Bridal. Do they do good work? Are their alteration fees reasonable? How much should I expect to pay for the altertions? It is a strapless chiffon A-line with a side drape, beaded lace, lace up back with a sweep train.

Here is the url for the dress:
http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=3754&prodgroup=127

The Dress style number is 9V9409

Thanks for your help.

Married: 2+ years ago
Posted On: Nov 21, 2008 at 12:57 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Allison
Married: 01/09/2009
Reviews: 6
Nov 21, 2008 at 2:51 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
i've heard bad things about the quality of their alterations. i suggest going to a seamstress, i think you'll also get a better price.

Married: 02/14/2009
Reviews: 4
Nov 22, 2008 at 11:59 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
OKay... first let me say I love your dress!! It's so pretty!! Now let me say, if you can find one that looks like it anywhere else, do it! My girlfriend got her dress through David's Bridal. First off they ordered her dress 2 sizes too small and not only wouldn't switch it, but said she must have gained all that weight in 3 months!! Luckily my friend found one in the store off the rack to buy, but then they charged her $400 for alterations!!! And she had to do what you did. Just take it in a little on the bust and hips and hem the bottom. She paid almost as much for alterations as she did for her dress! And the thing about David's Bridal is they make you use their seamstress. If you tell them you are gonna get it altered somewhere else, they won't sell to you (or at least that's what they told my friend). I know it's not what you want to hear, but I wouldn't got to them if I were you. Good Luck!!

Married: 05/23/2009
Nov 23, 2008 at 10:08 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Ive heard bad things about davids bridal too so I was a little sneaky and here is what I did....
I went into the local Davids Bridal store and tried on LOTS of dresses and found one I absolutely love. I wrote down all the sizes I needed and then came home and hit the net. I found my dress on ebay in the size I needed for only 135.00! (it was $600.00 at the store) luckily I dont need any alterations because it fits me perfectly but I do agree that you could go to a seamstress and get cheaper alterations than at the store. You would think after you bought the dress from them they would offer you free alterations anyhow!
Nov 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Having some experience with David's Bridal, my best suggestion is that you order a gown close to your size. Here's a tip if you try on another gown in the appropriate size with same details (strapless A-Line) it will give you an idea of how your gown will fit when it comes in. Be sure to put on a pair of shoes/heels that will be the same height that you will wear on wedding day, the appropriate bra and slip (if needed) and then ask if you can get an estimate of alteration costs from the Alterations Manager (NOTE: I strongly recommend that you do this on a weekday/Weekends will be too busy) If you do this you may find the amount of alterations may be minimal. In terms of alteration costs and quality they will certainly vary by professional. Be mindful though that if you get your gown outside of the store you will pay not only costs for alterations but to have your gown cleaned, steamed or pressed.

Good Luck!

Married: 07/03/2009
Reviews: 5
Nov 29, 2008 at 12:01 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I got my wedding Dress at Davids Bridal. Its beautiful and when i was trying on dresses i had like a size 9 and when i went to order they said i might fit in a size 8 so they would order that if i said go ahead and then if it didn't fit when it came in they would switch it back to the other size for no extra charge. They also told me if i had problems where i gained some weight or lost some lol i could go and switch the size of the dress. So far i haven't had any problems with them and they are very friendly! As for the alterations part I haven't gotten there yet but will be in January and what I saw on the one door of the dressing room it wasn't too expensive.

Married: 08/15/2009
Dec 03, 2008 at 12:38 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I had a horrible experience with David's bridal. it was not my wedding but I was a brides maid...they did a HORRIBLE job on my dress...I had to have them redo it 3 times and they were goign to make me pay each time! I flipped and took it to a private seamstess! I suggest doing the same!

Married: 07/20/2008
Dec 03, 2008 at 5:08 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Wow, I guess I'm one of the lucky few. I had no problem finding my dress or having it altered. When it came in I had to have it altered but they fixed everything just on time. My dress had a lot of bead work and intricate designs and there was even a slight rip in the dress on the side and they fixed it all perfectly. The alteration fees do vary but I decided to stay with Davids Bridal only because I didn't want to take the risk of having my dressed ruined by some unknown seamstress somewhere when I can at least go to a store who has hired seamstress who work on bridal gowns all day. My risk paid off and my dress came out perfectly fine. Plus they steamed and cleaned it. But whatever you do make sure you do it a few weeks before your wedding just in case.
 

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