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OMFG!!! I just got back - I had my 1st fitting today (my wedding is in 1 month). I bought my dress from Priscilla of Boston so I went there for the alterations - holy shit - it was obsene ---- are you ready for this?

 

I need:

 

the dress shortened (it is a bubble hem)

the bust darted (sweatheart neckline)

the waist taken in

a 3 point bustle

the zipper let out 1/2"

 

POB wanted to charge me $800!!!!!!!! yes, you are reading right what.gif

 

Um, hell no! I called a friend and got a recommendation for a seamstress at a local tailor shop that specializes in wedding gowns - she is going to do everything for $300.

 

Seriously, i almost had a heart attack - WTF!?!smile35.gif

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Oh gosh You gals are scaring me...my dress arrived this week and I hope to spend no more than $100 in alterations. I guess it's one of those expenses I didn't really "plan" for....

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OMFG!!! I just got back - I had my 1st fitting today (my wedding is in 1 month). I bought my dress from Priscilla of Boston so I went there for the alterations - holy shit - it was obsene ---- are you ready for this?

I need:

the dress shortened (it is a bubble hem)
the bust darted (sweatheart neckline)
the waist taken in
a 3 point bustle
the zipper let out 1/2"

POB wanted to charge me $800!!!!!!!! yes, you are reading right what.gif

Um, hell no! I called a friend and got a recommendation for a seamstress at a local tailor shop that specializes in wedding gowns - she is going to do everything for $300.

Seriously, i almost had a heart attack - WTF!?!smile35.gif
Ok, I've had a drink so I'm chalking this up to the fact that my eyes are a little foggy & deceiving me. I know you didn't say $800huh.gif?wtf.gif
Thank goodness for recommendations!

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I brought my dress to a small local bridal shop and they are charging me between $200-250 to have my the top part taken in about 1/2 inch, have it hemmed, have it bustled, and get cups put in. I wouldn't have a problem shelling out the money except the lady at the shop told me they are charging me more because I didn't purchase my dress from them. That fact to wouldn't have bothered me but they are charging me DOUBLE the norm which just irritates me. If I didn't need to have my dress in a month I would have told her off. The actual seamstress is this sweet spanish lady who doesn't speak but a few words of english. She has been great but everytime I see the owner of the shop I get this irritating feeling. My mother told me I should have hired the seamstress outside of the shop. Oh well live and learn. Shop around early is my advise.

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Now I'm even more ill at ease thinking about this. I'm trying to lose as much weight/inches as possible before the wedding and my dress is a little snug now but fits...

 

Got it at David's Bridal and I know it's going to need hemmed unless I decide on high heels (which I hadn't planned on, but may due to the hem. And if my weight loss is successful, maybe a little more.

 

I want to pay no more than an additional $200. Has anyone had alterations done at David's?

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Now I'm even more ill at ease thinking about this. I'm trying to lose as much weight/inches as possible before the wedding and my dress is a little snug now but fits...

Got it at David's Bridal and I know it's going to need hemmed unless I decide on high heels (which I hadn't planned on, but may due to the hem. And if my weight loss is successful, maybe a little more.

I want to pay no more than an additional $200. Has anyone had alterations done at David's?
No, but that's where I got my dress. They told me that ANY alteration starts at $75.00. I am going to do a little homework and check out some mom and pop shops around my area, and compare them to David's bridal. I am in the EXACT same boat you are too. I am trying to tone and loose atleast 15 lbs before the wedding. I've already lost 5, and am very motivated so I'm counting on being 15 lbs smaller than I am now. My dress won't need to be hemmed, just taken in around the armpits and waiste possibly. I'll let you know what I come up with, but I can almost guarantee that David's bridal is going to be a bit more expensive, BUT since they only alter wedding gowns, they may have more experience?

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Now I'm even more ill at ease thinking about this. I'm trying to lose as much weight/inches as possible before the wedding and my dress is a little snug now but fits...

Got it at David's Bridal and I know it's going to need hemmed unless I decide on high heels (which I hadn't planned on, but may due to the hem. And if my weight loss is successful, maybe a little more.

I want to pay no more than an additional $200. Has anyone had alterations done at David's?

I bought my dress at Davids ($349) and had alterations done for $85. This was to take the dress in on the sides ($50) and for the bustle ($35). I think you should be ok to stay under $200.

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The shop where I got my dress gave me info and it said that alterations average $225. I hate to spend that, but my dress has a tiny row of crystal beading on the hemline, so if it has to be hemmed I dont want to take a chance of it being messed up!

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bump.gif Any other brides willing to share what they paid for their dress alterations?

 

I need to get the top of my dress taken in and bustle added, and wanted to get an idea of costs, particularly in the Chicago area.

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