How Much Do a Bridesmaid Dress and Its Alteration Cost?

Here is the breakdown of how much bridesmaid dress and its alteration will cost:

Typical Costs
  • On the low end, you can find off-the-rack bridesmaid dresses from an online shop or department store for $50-$150.
  • For a mid-range price, you can find satin bridesmaid dresses with no elaborate detailing for about $150-$250.
  • On the high end, you can find dresses made with luxurious fabric, such as silk, or intricate details and hand beading. These dresses can cost $300 and up.
  • On average bridesmaid dress alterations cost between $55 and $150, but may vary due to customization and size changes.
What Is Included
  • Bridal salons should take professional measurements of the bridesmaid before placing the order of the dress.
  • Always have your measurements taken by a professional in order ensure an accurate fit — even if you purchase a dress online or are having it delivered from a non-local store.
Additional Fees
  • Most bridal shops will offer alteration services, but will typically charge an additional fee. Depending on what needs to be done, most bridesmaid dress alterations will run between $20-$100.
  • Common alterations include bodice adjustments, hemming and sleeve shortening.
  • Bodice adjustments usually cost the least, unless there’s beading or boning to adjust.
  • Hemming costs vary depending on the number of layers on the dress.
  • Sleeve shortening is not complicated unless there is considerable beading or lace detail.
  • Get alteration estimates in writing before you place the dress order.
Shopping Tips for a Bridesmaid Dress
  • Try to pick a color and style that will complement all of your bridesmaids’ body types and skin tones.
  • As soon as you have decided upon a color and style for the bridesmaid dresses, have the bridesmaids place their orders to avoid rush fees.
  • Unless you plan to pick up the cost, have the bridesmaids’ budgets be the deciding factor in choosing the dress — not yours!

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