Dedicated July 2016

Alteration Cost?!

FutureMrsMartin, on April 7, 2016 at 9:32 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 77
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Just curious on how much you ladies paid for your alterations? I just left from my alterations and I can't believe how much I spent.... My total was $490 for hemming and taking it in! Crazy! Is this normal?!

On a positive note, I'm still so in love with my dress, maybe even more after tonight! Plus losing 15 pounds I feel even better in it!


  • FutureMrsMartin
    Dedicated July 2016
    FutureMrsMartin ·

    I've showed my dress before but here it is again!

  • P
    VIP May 2016
    Private User ·

    I think my alterations were very close to $400. But I had alterations done on almost every part of the dress.

  • Mrs. Knolle
    Master July 2016
    Mrs. Knolle ·

    I budgeted $500. My dress is kind of elaborate so I'm assuming it will be a lot.

  • Sydney
    Expert April 2016
    Sydney ·

    My alterations were $150 and that was for taking it in and hemming.

  • mrjonesandme
    Master September 2016
    mrjonesandme ·

    My dress shop does flat alterations. $425 for everything that needs to be done.

  • FutureMrsMartin
    Dedicated July 2016
    FutureMrsMartin ·

    Mine has a lot of detail on it too and I had to get alterations on every part of it! But I wasn't expecting almost $500!

  • Kathryn
    Super July 2016
    Kathryn ·

    217 from DB for hemming, moving a panel, and putting in a 16 point bustle

  • FutureMrsMartin
    Dedicated July 2016
    FutureMrsMartin ·

    Another one!

  • Jana
    Super April 2016
    Jana ·

    $520 and I was in shock when I left, but what could I do? I had it hemmed, taken in on the sides, bustle added, and cups put in.

  • Wendy
    Expert June 2016
    Wendy ·

    I budgeted $500 but I had my consultation a couple of weeks ago and she gave me an estimate of $260-320 depending on if I decide to put in a corset back, which I probably won't. I originally wanted one but now I think it will be too much of a hassle when getting ready, going to the bathroom, etc. So since I don't think I'll do the corset, the alterations would be for hemming, adding a belt, and letting out the sides (if I don't lose enough weight! lol)

    ETA: I forgot about the bustle... and a bustle!

  • Sarah
    Dedicated May 2016
    Sarah ·

    I paid around 500 for mine, but the dress has lots of scalloped lace detail on the bottom, so it was a ton of work to alter. Also had to add a bustle and take in some other small areas to fit better. Your dress looks beautiful! Don't worry about the price at this point... it will be worth it!

  • Lorith
    Master May 2016
    Lorith ·

    I had a hem and a bustle put in. It was $120.

  • Brittaney
    Devoted June 2016
    Brittaney ·

    I paid $133 for my lace dress to be taken in and to add a bustle.

  • amytherese
    Super July 2016
    amytherese ·

    Ughh I'm not looking forward to this. Going next weekend.

  • MrsKristenS
    Master August 2016
    MrsKristenS ·

    My alterations will be $400 for hem, bustle, side seams in, and cups. The majority is for the finished lace hem.

  • Beth
    Expert July 2016
    Beth ·

    I had my initial fitting a week ago and they quoted me $285. Of that, $145 is for hemming due to lace at the hem, $80 for taking in the bust a little, and $60 for a 5 point under bustle on the train.

  • Kels
    Master August 2016
    Kels ·

    I've already paid a $150 deposit and just had my second fitting. In the end it's going to be about $250. I had it taken in a few sizes and hemmed. (Was a sample sale dress so needed major size change) No bustle because I was on a budget.

    I was nervous at first to spend so much but it's so worth it! She worked magic & totally makes the dress look even better!

  • FutureMrsMartin
    Dedicated July 2016
    FutureMrsMartin ·

    Thank you ladies!!! Me and my wallet feel way better about it now! Haha ugh this wedding is SO expensive!

  • mimitrue
    Master January 2016
    mimitrue ·

    I paid $175 for hem, taking it in and bustle

  • P
    Devoted June 2016
    Private User ·

    I had a bm dress altered at David's bridal, just had to have it shortened and it cost 160, so I was terrified what my wedding dress would be. Did not go to dB for it and it was only 245 to have it shortened and the bustle done!

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