David’s Bridal Alteration Cost

Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

To create the perfect wedding dress, an alteration will always be required.  And whether you choose the bridal boutique you purchased it from or a local seamstress, the costs, unless otherwise stated, will come at an additional cost.

David’s Bridal is no exception.

Even if you purchased your wedding dress here, they will still charge you for alteration, according to the many brides who discussed their prices online.

At all 300+ of its locations, according to the official website, they will have on-site specialists who are able to alter your wedding dress that was either purchased in-store or online.

David's Bridal Alteration Cost
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David’s Bridal alteration costs online

The costs of an alteration at David’s Bridal will depend on the complexity of the alteration, the material being used, the amount of work that needs to be done, the garment being altered and how fast you want your dress to be altered.  Even though the website doesn’t list the exact prices, we were able to find multiple brides online who shared their costs and we included our findings in the table below:

What was done?PriceSource
shoulder straps taken up and a bustle added$111LINK
a hem, shoulder strap tightened and a bustle$100LINK
bridesmaid dress for a hem, taking up the shoulders and closing a slit a pinch$105LINK
bustle, taking up shoulders and cups$100LINK
6-point bustle and liner layer hemmed$101LINK
hem, hip section altered, 10-point bustle and cups$360LINK
bustle only$120LINK
hemmed, bustled and taken in a bit$350LINK
add pre-made corset back and corset ties$175LINK
hemmed, bustled added (9 point) and sash sewn in$250LINK
take in bust and top torso, take in waist and down to hips, and bustle$165LINK
eight inches off waist$180LINK
hem (chiffon and liner), take in the top and bustle$250LINK
hem and slightly take in sides$90LINK
corset back, veil bustle, cups put in, bodice taken in and skirt hemmed$345LINK
hemming, taking in the sides, adding beaded sash and first three bustle points$280LINK
hemmed and elaborate bustle$270LINK

During one visit, one member on this WeddingBee.com forum thread was able to take a picture of the starting prices for alterations:

AlterationSTARTING price...
Hem$75 this is for a single layer hem, if your gown has multiple skirt layers this will be closer to $150)
Shorten sleeves$35
Take up shoulders$20
Take in/let out sides$35
Over bustles$35 for first three loops; $5 each after
Under bustle$50 for first three loops; $7 each after
Bra cups$20
Add corset back$200+
Rush fee$25

How can David’s Bridal alter your dress?

According to the company’s official website, they will be able to adjust the length and fit, adjust the sleeves, swap the zipper closure on the corset back and/or create a unique looking bustle.  As long as you purchase the dress via their store, the fittings are free, but the alterations will come at the price.  Based on these factors, most of the prices we researched were in the $100 to $175 range, but some more extravagant dresses did cost up to $350+

What is included in the alteration quote?

The entire alter, according to your measurements and specifications, along with a professional press and steam.  As mentioned, the company is able to personalize your dress to your liking.  Whether it’s adding a new style to a strapless dress, adding full cap sleeves and/or replacing your back zipper with a lacy corset, all locations will be able to provide you a full list of the alterations they are able to do for you.

The full amount will be due on the day of your fitting, and if you choose a rush delivery, which often completes in less than 14 days, then this will be added to the final total as well.

Tips to know

The company recommends you make the appointment the day you purchase the dress as it can take up to four weeks for the alterations to complete.  Depending on your location, the specialist on site will be able to discuss your options.  The first fitting typically takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of dress being altered.

On the day of your fitting, you will want to bring the exact lingerie you plan on wearing the day of your wedding to ensure the dress fits as planned.

Always bring a close friend or family member who is in your bridal party so she is able to learn how to bustle the train.

EverAfterGuide.net recommends starting alterations about four to six months prior to the wedding, primarily due to finding a good seamstress as most will be booked for this amount of time.

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