How Much Do Wedding Dress Alterations Cost?

Here is the breakdown of how much wedding dress alteration will cost:

Typical Costs
  • On average wedding dress alterations cost between $300 and $800. Most brides require 2-3 fittings.
  • Depending on the style of dress and complexity of the work, the cost for alterations will vary. Hemming, shortening of sleeves, and bodice alterations are three areas most likely to be altered.
  • Bridal salons, especially in a large city, usually charge higher rates for alterations than independent seamstresses.
  • According to Brides: “some salons charge A La Carte, $225 to shorten your gown, $150 to resew seams, etc.; others do a flat fee (around $500 to $700) that covers anything you’ll need to make the dress fit you perfectly.”
What Is Included
  • The seamstress should see the dress on the bride, in order to see what type of alterations are needed. There should be a second fitting to check if further alterations will be necessary, in order to ensure a perfect fit.
  • If wearing any special undergarments with your dress, bring them, along with your wedding shoes, to your alteration fittings.
  • Establish a clear timeline with your seamstress, and allow for a few extra days to fix any problems that may arise, just in case.
Additional Fees
  • Depending on the size of the train and how complicated the bustle is, bustling the dress will cost between $50-$100. This will allow the bride to lift and secure her wedding gown train after the ceremony.
  • The dress will need to be steamed or pressed after alterations. For a simple dress, this will cost around $40 and up towards $100 for a multi-layered dress with a long train.
Shopping Tip for Wedding Dress Alterations
  • The best place to begin your search for alteration services are bridal salons, as they have experience with wedding gowns.

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