Kim
Beginner October 2019

David's Bridal Alterations Costs

Kim, on June 13, 2019 at 3:07 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 1 24
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Hi Ladies!

I need to get my dress altered soon and I was wondering what you paid at David's Bridal for alterations and what you needed done. I've heard it can be quite expensive so I just want to have an idea so I'm not totally shocked when I go in for the alterations.

Thanks!!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    Not speaking from DB, just from the salon I went to just FYI. I paid $1,600 for my dress and $700 for alterations. I wanted detachable lace sleeves added, jewels sewn onto the sleeves, a 5 point bustle, waist taken in, hem shortened, pads added and back dropped.

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  • Michelle
    Devoted August 2019
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    I brought my dress from David’s bridal for 899 and my alterations was only 50.00. My dress fit my perfectly and I only needed a clip for my train. I was so very lucky. I heard a lot of people spend more then what their dress actually costs. I feel if you spend over 1,000 for a dress your alterations should be free. That just my opinion about it...

    you can take your dress anywhere you want to get alterations made to it. Or if you like your dress the way it is don’t get no alterations..
    best of luck
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  • Peggy
    Master November 2019
    Peggy Online ·
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    Mine was $365 for hem, added cap sleeves, bustle, and bra inserts
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  • Ginsteeca
    Expert June 2019
    Ginsteeca ·
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    I paid $360 for a hem, the bodice shortened, the straps taken in, and a 15 point bustle.
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  • Ashley
    Dedicated August 2019
    Ashley ·
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    I got my alterations there and I was surprised because from other posts, I read they run $300 minimum. I budgeted for that but ended up paying $140!!! I fell in love with some shoes I saw there and decided to try them on and because they were the perfect height, I was able to save $120 on having it hemmed which was close to the price of the shoes. I also went when they were having a sale but I don’t think alterations count towards a sale. All in all, I spent $300 for alterations, the best shoes and a belt for my dress!!!
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  • Ashley
    Dedicated August 2019
    Ashley ·
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    Also, the $140 was for a bra insert, 8 pins and a belt to be seen on
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  • Andrea
    Super October 2019
    Andrea ·
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    I’ve heard mixed reviews about David’s Bridal alterations. If you’re having a ton of stuff done to your dress, it’ll definitely cost more. If you need a simple hem and the sides taken in, it won’t be terrible. I’m actually picking my dress up on Sunday. I’m waiting until September to begin alterations since I’ve been dropping weight.
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  • MD
    Super July 2019
    MD ·
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    Mine was over $500. They are doing a 5-point bustle, hem, adding a belt, and letting the sides out (I bought a clearance dress that was a size too small for me).


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  • Casey
    Devoted October 2019
    Casey ·
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    Im going to DB this Saturday to have my zipper back changed to a corset back. I was quoted $175. That’s cheesier than the local seamstress who charges $200.
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  • Kim
    Beginner October 2019
    Kim ·
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    Thank you! This is very helpful! I need a belt sewn on, it taken in slightly, and a bustle added.

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  • Katherine
    Expert July 2019
    Katherine ·
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    The most expensive parts for me were the hem and the bustle. If you aren't going to do a bustle that would be a great way to trim alteration costs. And if you're into high heels, you could potentially do that instead of a hem? I was not about to do the high heels though.

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  • Hermione
    Devoted February 2020
    Hermione ·
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    They said it be about $220 roughly. That is for a simple 3 point bustle ($50), taking up the sides ($90), and adding sleeves (work cost $40 sleeves cost $40)
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  • Hermione
    Devoted February 2020
    Hermione ·
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    Avoid hem work at all costs. David's bridal make their dresses for someone who is roughly 5'7-5'8. Get a pair of comfortable heels to make you that height if you can.

    They charge by the layer and most dresses cost $300-$500 for just the hem.... You can get 2-3 pairs of awesome designer shoes for that money.
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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
    Sinéad ·
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    Hey Kim! How are you alterations coming along?

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  • Samantha
    Dedicated September 2019
    Samantha ·
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    I paid $225 to have my dress altered. They hemmed it and also added buttons(?) on the back so after the ceremony I can pin the train up so it's not dragging on the ground. I go back in about a week and a half to try it on again and see if anything else needs to be done to the dress. I hope not!

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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
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    I went with a local woman not DB but i just needed boning added into breast area for support (and to hold it tight to my skin- small boob problems, lol ) and a three tier bustle and I'm at about $300 right now assuming nothing else needs to be done.

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  • Sherry
    VIP September 2019
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    I didn't have any alterations done there but when I went to try on dresses at DB, I was told that alterations usually run $400-$800 and up and would take 6-8 weeks to complete.

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  • Michelle
    Devoted October 2019
    Michelle ·
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    I just started my alterations on my dress last weekend and its costing me under 400 for a hem a 7 point bustle and straps shortened and 40 to have the slip hemmed if needed (I'm 4'9)

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  • Charlotte
    Dedicated August 2019
    Charlotte ·
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    Mine actually wasn’t that expensive at DB. I paid $200 for my dress to get it hemmed and for my sash to be sewn into my dress.

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  • Jasmine
    Savvy August 2019
    Jasmine ·
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    Let's just say they quoted me like $600 for basic alterations and I found someone who did all those alterations for under $200 with my first google search. I would look around. I personally feel like their price is higher because of a convenience thing.

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