How Much Do Bridesmaid Gown Alterations Cost?
Bridesmaid gown alterations are something that are almost inevitable. Shopping for a bridesmaid gown is one of the most exciting things a bride gets to do before her big day. Because everyone is shaped a little differently, it is going to be hard for the bride to choose a dress that makes everyone happy. Therefore, it is expected to make some slight adjustments.
How much does it cost?
- Bridesmaid gown alterations on the average can be anywhere between $25 and $150 based on adjustments commonly requested by brides such as hems and sides.
- Alterations for the hem of a satin dress would cost around $40 to $80 and an additional $30 or so to include the underskirt and around $20 each for an additional underskirt.
- If you want to have your gowns shortened from the waist, it would cost about $50 to $120 or more depending on the number of layers the dress has.
- Adjustments on the hem can be around $15 to $100. The more layers that need to be hemmed, the more it will cost. The fabric will also affect the price.
- Another common alteration requested by bridesmaids for their gowns are on the bodice side seams, which can cost about $50 more or less and an additional $30 if the dress has beads and/or sequins.
- Cup size adjustment, whether it needs to be made it smaller or larger, can be $25 to $50.
- Alterations for shoulders, necklines and shortening of sleeves can be around $15 to $60.
- Bridesmaids who want to add embellishments like beads and lace are normally charged $10 to $17.00 per hour, on average.
- Shortening the sleeves can cost $15 to $45.
- Adding shoulder straps to the dress can cost $10 to $22 plus any fabric.
- A blog site, Heritagegown.com, specifically mentions that gowns with lace at the hemline will fetch a higher price because it is more complicated and will require more effort.
- Adjusting a hem from a professional tailor might range from $55 for a very basic hem to $200 for multiple layers. The final price still depends on the construction of the gown.
What is going to be included?
- With so many alterations, a professional will measure ahead of time to get an exact measurement. Once measured, they can go over your options of what they can do. Depending on how busy they are, most alterations should not take any more than a few weeks to finish.
- Be sure to bring the exact bras and shoes that you are going to wear the day of the wedding to make sure it is a perfect fit.
What are the extra costs?
- Alterations for weddings requested to be done on a rush basis will have an additional charge. Rush work are those that have to be done less than 3 weeks to the date it is needed.
- If the bridal gown consists of layers of fabric and takes difficulty in taking apart and putting back together, additional charges will be computed in total cost.
- The cost of additional fabric, patterns and sewing supplies will be add-on costs to the price quoted for labor and services.
- A change in style in the bridal gown will be quoted per work involved.
- Pressing charges can be anywhere from $20 to $60.
- For a fee, the dresses can be delivered to the site of the wedding.
Tips to know:
- Dresses that are fitted with a corset back that ties instead of using zippers or buttons are more flexible on accommodating different sizes.
- To get the best fit, stay as close as possible to your correct size.
- Most professionals require that the bridesmaids fit the gown wearing the bra and shoes that she will be wearing on the day of your wedding to see the exact length and fit.
- Inspect the bridal gown meticulously during fitting because once it leaves the shop it is considered accepted.
- There will be a fifty percent down payment of the estimated charges required to be paid before alterations will be started with the balance due at final fitting and pickup of gown.
- Designer bridal gowns with lace, beading, and complicated hem lines will definitely cost more compared to simple and plain satin bridal gowns.
How can I save money?
- Have alterations done as early as possible to avoid incurring additional charges. Plan your last fitting several weeks before the wedding day to allow for last minute adjustments if needed.
- As always, compare at least three companies in your area to see what they can do for you. Many are more than willing to give you a quote over the phone, or if they have a website, you can find quotes there as well.
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