Brandi
Devoted May 2020

Wedding dress alterations

Brandi, on February 27, 2020 at 5:31 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 17
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Hey guys! What is the price range of dress alterations? Just trying to get an idea of cost

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Latest activity by Katharine, on February 28, 2020 at 11:05 AM
  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    I’ve seen anywhere from $150-$800+ depending on what’s needed. I would say $300-$500 is a good average.
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  • Jill
    Expert April 2020
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    Mine are $400. My costs come from having lace bodice that is more expensive to alter, needing several layers hemmed, and sewing in a belt.

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  • Crystal
    Dedicated April 2021
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    It can vary so much. At David's bridal they bustle based on how long the train is. Mine was relatively short and it cost 75. We considered having the sides taken in and that was quoted at 80. Then if I wanted it hemmed it was 200. But on the point mine is a very ruffled skirt with alot of layers. I sent mine back twice adjusting the size vs getting the alterations that cost more.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    These numbers are going to vary widely based on area and the types of alterations. My alterations were done in Cincinnati and cost $498.

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  • Michelle
    Dedicated March 2021
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    It depends on the details of your dress (lace and delicate fabrics will cost you more) and how much you need done.


    My alterations were $280, and my seamstress adjusted my sleeves, added 2 strips of boning, created a removable modesty panel, and added spaghetti straps.
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  • Brandi
    Devoted May 2020
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    Ok thanks guys!!!!
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    It can be all over the place from $100-$1,500. Mine were $700. I added off the shoulder lace sleeves and had beading sewn onto them, I had cups added, I had it hemmed on the bottom and I had the bodice taken in. Then the bustle too.

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  • VIP November 2021
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    Mine around $7-800.. gambit she’s also bringing a size 12 dress to a 0 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
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  • Kathryn
    VIP August 2020
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    I'm currently around 400. The hemming for four layers of lace is involved, and they added a bustle for 200 - my train is looong and needs a decent bustle. Cups was 20. I believe at DB she said the bustles the first six point are seventy, then after that its five bucks a button. I think. Corsets are what will get you.
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  • Sherry
    Master September 2019
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    I would assume $400-$800. Could be more, could be less.

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  • Katharine
    Expert July 2021
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    I had fairly minor alterations to my dress - just hemming, adding a simple bustle and reinforcing the straps - and it was about $325. It might have been a little less but my dress had a lot beading she had to work around on the hemming.

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  • Brandi
    Devoted May 2020
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    Ok gotcha! Sounds like I need to keep it to a minimum lol
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  • Nicole
    Super August 2020
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    At the bridal salon where I got my dress, they charge $450-$600

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  • KYLIE
    Super May 2019
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    Mine were about $900. Very intricate bustle because my dress had many layers. Also, my bust is disproportionate to my waist and they had to let out the bust quite a bit. The bodice was heavily beaded so that definitely factored in, too.
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  • Fenja
    VIP August 2021
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    I got super lucky and only paid $250 for hemming, bustle, taking in the sides (a lot), and shortening the straps.

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  • Kendra
    Devoted August 2020
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    So....I just went through this. I got two quotes for my (seemingly simple) dress. One was $350 and the other was $738. Yes, there is a HUGE difference but I picked the more expensive because I trusted the seamstress more. The cheaper one was going to do a 3 point bustle and chop a ton off my train to make it work. The other is doing a 10 point bustle (7 on top and 3 on the lining) to keep as much of the train as possible. Honestly, the seamstress I'm going with is probably closer to a dress designer. The amount of care she took at my fitting blew my mind. It was the first time I could really see it as my dress.

    The $738 includes: adding cups, 10 point bustle ($250), hem of 3 layers of tulle and 2 layers of lining ($350), shortening the straps, and closing a gap around the bust. It's so much money, but I truly felt like I would leave with the perfect dress. The other place hardly looked at my dress before quoting me.

    Trust your gut. Get a quote or two and really pay attention to how much attention they give you. It will be worth it!

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  • Katharine
    Expert July 2021
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    Yea, the more you want to alter the dress, the more it's going add up in costs. I was lucky to find a dress that fit me near perfectly and only needed minimal alterations.

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