So my alterations price was a little over 1500 dollars and I have been searching through online averages and am not seeing anything over 900 dollars. This is close to half of what mine is. I have a fitting tomorrow, but is this normal? Or am I being scammed out of my money?
My bridal salon offers alterations in-house (not at all required to purchase from them) and my original quote was for over $1000. However, since I bought my dress when they were running a promotion, they took 50% off. It's a huge range but I didn't end up shopping around. 🤷🏻♀️
Note that each line item in the quote covered all changes to that part of the dress. Meaning if I severely yo-yo'ed in size, I would not need to pay any more for them to continuously take in and let out the same area. Also, my dress had a lot of lace all over, which may add some complexity to the alterations.
That seems high. Mine did 6 point hustle, hem, added hem lace and more appliqués, redid the bust and the back, made my off the shoulder straps removable, and took it in about 1-2 full sizes and it was $500.
Mine were originally $1350 but I got a second opinion for $900. You can ask for a breakout of the work they are doing to understand why the costs are what they are. My skirt has a bunch of layers with horsehair lining. The bodice needed to be taken in, straps needed to be pulled up, etc, etc. It will help you feel better about the cost and maybe you can ask them to leave things as is to bring costs down.
It depends on where you live and what your dress is. Does it have a lot of beading or lace? Asymmetrical design? Multiple layers all over? Is it fitted like a mermaid? Is your bustle more elaborate than a standard 3 point bustle? Is your fabric more precious(silk)? Is the hem complicated because of the seams?
My dress has a difficult hem because one of the layers can only be done from the inside due to seamlines. That layer alone cost me $90, that’s almost as much as hemming an entire skirt where I live. My seamstress gave me a steep discount on the rest of the layers because she felt bad.
That does sound high, but it all depends on the style of your dress and how much work/time needs to be put into it. My friend needed her dress completely redone after her dog decided to play in the tulle two weeks before the wedding. Needless to say, after removing the lace appliqués, correcting the skirt and sewing them back on, it would have cost her less to buy a new dress. However, that is the extreme and I would suggest you ask around to other seamstresses for a better price.
I agree - it definitely seems high, but it also depends entirely on what you're having done. If it's simple alterations on a simple dress (hem, bustle, maybe straps) it's way too much. If it's a ton of lace appliques, hand beading, or delicate materials, even simple changes can be time consuming and thus pricey. If you're going in for a second fitting, they've likely done a lot of the work already, so you might be stuck with the price. But you could at least ask for a breakdown or explaination of the cost.
Alterations differs depending on the amount of work done. They can range from about $500-$1500. What are you getting done to the dress? A Hem and a bustle are usually about $500 and goes up from there.
That sounds really high, but it also depends what you're getting done! My dress has a ton of detail (covered in lace & beading with a fully ruffled skirt), and I'm getting a bustle, hem, cups sew in, and take in at the butt & hips for only $310. I figured mine would be closer to $500, but she came in a lot lower than I was expecting.