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#1 David and Laura

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    Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:19 PM

    So I just had my first fitting on Saturday. The salon called be back today; I guess I was supposed to sign something before I left authorizing them to make the alterations. They quoted me $550 for just the first set of alterations(there are a few other things they want to do at the second fitting). If I have the salon do everything, I am guessing I will end up paying around $700 Does that sound right?

    I use an awesome tailor for pants and everyday dresses, and I know she does wedding dresses, too. I am debating on taking the dress to her to get a second quote.

    What do you think?

    #2 JulieG

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      Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:22 PM

      I say get a second quote. That seems insanely high. I am having major changes to my dress and its all lace and its only costing me $225, which I thought was a lot of money.

      What are you getting done?

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      Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:29 PM

      Yeah. I say go somewhere else. That's insane expensive!

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      #4 jak27

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        Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:34 PM

        I think it completely depends on the bridal salon. To me, it sounds high but not outrageous b/c it's a wedding dress and I've never had to have one altered before so I wouldn't know any better!

        But a second opinion never hurts, as long as you completely trust the tailor!

        #5 LCBride2007

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          Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:36 PM

          oh yikes. without knowing the details of the dress (i forgot what it looks like, sorry!) it's tough to say. but my dress had some detailed beading, and was less than $200 to alter. granted, it just needed to be taken in on the sides some - not shortened - but still. that seems like a lot!

          #6 David and Laura

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            Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:42 PM

            Well, they do have to do A LOT to it; take in the sides, the length, and the straps, etc. I am pretty sure they ordered the dress a size too big.

            #7 JulieG

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              Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:45 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by David and Laura
              Well, they do have to do A LOT to it; take in the sides, the length, and the straps, etc. I am pretty sure they ordered the dress a size too big.
              I still think that is way to much money. Mine has to be shortened, taken in at the sides, train removed, halter strap added and the whole thing is lace. So, I think they are waaaaay over charging you and I say take it somewhere else. In my experience, bridal stores don't even do that good a job on dresses that they alter, I think a taylor would do a way better job, as long as they have experience in bridal gowns.

              #8 JaimeLynne

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                Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:51 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by David and Laura
                Well, they do have to do A LOT to it; take in the sides, the length, and the straps, etc. I am pretty sure they ordered the dress a size too big.
                If they ordered it a size too big, isn't that their fault?

                I would definitely take it to your tailor ~ it sounds like you trust them and if you have a reputation with them they will probably be more likely to give you a fair price. I wouldn't even bring up to them how much the salon said they'd charge you. To me that sounds outrageous, but honestly I haven't even started looking at dresses... I hope it doesn't cost that much! It never hurts to get a second opinion tho. Good luck! :)

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                #9 David and Laura

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                  Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:53 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Julesr
                  I still think that is way to much money. Mine has to be shortened, taken in at the sides, train removed, halter strap added and the whole thing is lace. So, I think they are waaaaay over charging you and I say take it somewhere else. In my experience, bridal stores don't even do that good a job on dresses that they alter, I think a taylor would do a way better job, as long as they have experience in bridal gowns.
                  Thanks, I am going to take your advice. I have no idea what is normal, but that def. seemed high to me.

                  #10 LisaG

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                    Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:53 PM

                    That seems a little high. Mine was only $100... I say get a 2nd quote.




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