Yes the bridal stores are. If you use their alterations department do you get some sort of 'insurance'? Not like they could fix it well if they screwed up the first time, but....
I have mine booked at David's Bridal (they start doing them 2 months in advance)... but I know of a private place cheaper so I may go that route!
I was able to book my alteration with David's Bridal in October - I just had to ask. Then again, all I need is a hem.
But they want to charge me $171 for a hem!!! I'm thinking about going to a private place to get a hem, bustle and the crinoline ripped out of the bottom (maybe). Its pretty hard to screw up a hem and a one point american bustle (although I might look at an Austrian bustle as I have ruching on the back side of my dress already. Hoping I can get that all done for the same amount!