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#1 Birdie07

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    Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:53 PM

    Ok so I have my first dress alteration appointment on Saturday at Davids Bridal. I was wondering I've heard that they run high on price and all I need is a hem. In texas I was quoted 95 bucks. Should I go somewhere else? And do I trust just a regular seamstress with my wedding dress?? Would it be super cheaper. Cheaper is better! I could use that extra money for something else. I'm in the St. Louis area if that helps if anyone has any recomendations. And heres my dress it just needs a small hem and thats all.

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    #2 Saraha

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      Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:55 PM

      I think thats a little pricey for a hem. I Got a dress taken in on the sides and I think I only paid 40 buck... maybe that was just a really good deal. Sorry dont know anyone in your area.

      #3 Saraha

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        Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:57 PM

        I think thats a little pricey for a hem. I Got a dress taken in on the sides and I think I only paid 40 buck... maybe that was just a really good deal. Sorry dont know anyone in your area.

        #4 Saraha

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          Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:57 PM

          I think thats a little pricey for a hem. I Got a dress taken in on the sides and I think I only paid 40 buck... maybe that was just a really good deal. Sorry dont know anyone in your area.

          #5 foxytv

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            Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:24 AM

            I priced my alterations at a regaular bridal store and they say about $100 to take in the bust, waist and do the bustle.

            I have not had David's give me a quote yet (that's where I got my dress too) -- but I know they will be more expensive.

            I got my dress last year and they asked me to wait and do the alterations and bead check all at the same time (probably to ensure I'd get the alterations done there). I already know I am missing a few beads on the dress b/c it was off-the-rack -- so I KNOW I am going to be overcharged and undersatisfied.

            I think $95 is pricey compared to my quote for even more altering. However, I am going to go to David's soon and get a quote as well, b/c I am not going to let them rip me off.

            Why not just take your dress to a regular bridal salon. You will likely get better service, better altering and a lower price. I just stopped in and tried on the dress for them and they gave me a rough quote with no problems.

            I wonder though how much a regular salong will charge for a bead check since I didn't get the dress there?

            #6 chicago88

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              Posted 26 October 2007 - 11:22 AM

              I got my dress altered at David's. It is probably a little pricier but I did not feel like lugging my dress around and I didn't know of another recommended tailor. I know David's will do a good job too. I had to get my dress taken in, hemmed, & bustled, and is was $220.



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              #7 foxytv

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                Posted 26 October 2007 - 11:47 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by chicago88
                I got my dress altered at David's. It is probably a little pricier but I did not feel like lugging my dress around and I didn't know of another recommended tailor. I know David's will do a good job too. I had to get my dress taken in, hemmed, & bustled, and is was $220.
                That price sounds very decent. I guess I shouldn't judge til they give me a quote, right? :-) Did they tell you the price up-front or not until it was done?

                When are most of you ladies doing your first fitting?

                #8 chicago88

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                  Posted 26 October 2007 - 11:57 AM

                  After I put the dress on she told me what needed to be done and the price. I could decide then if I wanted to go with David's or somewhere else. They were very nice.

                  Make sure you bring your bra, shoes, & slip... They'll need this to alter it perfectly.



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                  #9 Birdie07

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                    Posted 29 October 2007 - 06:10 PM

                    Just an update:
                    I took it to a small alteration place. I went in and the little chinese lady asked what I needed and I told her a hem. So she asked me to take the dress out to show her. I did and she looked at it and freaked out. She held the lace and tsk tsked and said "Nope I can't do this" "No" "No way" "This too difficult" She then preceded to tell me how she would have to take the zipper out (which runs down the entire back to my butt) I was a little worried but am grateful she said no. So I took it to David's and just did the 95 bucks on it. The lady was so nice and I saw her work on her daughter who was there that had bought a dress 2 sizes to big and her mom altered it that very day. It was perfect. I hate that I spent a hundred bucks. But I feel so much safer and not as stressed about it.

                    #10 foxytv

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                      Posted 29 October 2007 - 08:45 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by CaliaA07
                      Just an update:
                      I took it to a small alteration place. I went in and the little chinese lady asked what I needed and I told her a hem. So she asked me to take the dress out to show her. I did and she looked at it and freaked out. She held the lace and tsk tsked and said "Nope I can't do this" "No" "No way" "This too difficult" She then preceded to tell me how she would have to take the zipper out (which runs down the entire back to my butt) I was a little worried but am grateful she said no. So I took it to David's and just did the 95 bucks on it. The lady was so nice and I saw her work on her daughter who was there that had bought a dress 2 sizes to big and her mom altered it that very day. It was perfect. I hate that I spent a hundred bucks. But I feel so much safer and not as stressed about it.
                      Awesome! Glad it worked out -- and NO stress!




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