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I posted this on the dress board, but no one has responded yet and I am far too impatient.I ordered my dress today (yay!), so I contacted the suggest seamstress.  She quotes be between 250-350 for a hem and bustle. I felt like it was sort of high... but I really don't know.How much did you pay for alterations and what did you do?
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    I got a hem and bustle and paid like $50.
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    OH WAIT - and sewn in cups too!
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    The alterations folks affiliated with dress shops often have a really high mark-up because of the captive audience.  Try checking on your local board for affordable recommendations, and to see if this is normal for your area.
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    $82 for a hem and bustle... I found a lovely little italian woman who runs a shop out of her home... The recommended seamstress would have charged me $250-300. F THAT
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    A lot of it depends on your dress. Mine was deathly expensive for the hem and bustle because my dress was exceedingly tricky to alter (PIB), so often that's a major factor in determining price.
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    Yay for ordering your dress!I haven't gotten my dress yet, so I don't know firsthand.  But that does seem ridiculously high.  I guess I can see it though, if there's a bunch of beading near the bottom hem that needs to be worked around.  Basically, I'm no help, but I would try getting a quote from another seamstress for sure.
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    Wow I am overpaying! thanks! I asked my local board.. but it might take a few days to get a response.. very slow.
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    It's always less expensive to use a local seamstress rather than the bridal shop.I paid $100 or $120 for a hem, the straps changed and taken up, and the sides taken in.  The sides had a lot of beading that she had to work around or work with too. I used a local seamstress that worked out of her home on the side.
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    Yes I got the AD3300. Not to many layers or beads so I don't see why it's so much other than being ripped off. I posed on my local but it might take a day or two to get a response. slow board.
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    I got quoted $300 to have the sides taken in, cups sewn in, and a bustle added. No hem. I'm slightly pissed because I chose this seamstress on the recommendations of another bride...who paid only $150 for the same alterations.
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    Okay, if that's the dress you have, I do find that to be high. I paid 375 for my hem & bustle but the bottom of my dress was tiered layers of tulle with a lace edging. For yours, that price seems a tad high to me.
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    I just called one place, one I have never heard of but it was 40-50 for the hem and 25 for the bustle... so 75 tops.
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    The alterations threads lately have made me realize how much I grossly overpaid for the work on my dress.
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    $100 for a hem. Alterations are included.. I got lucky with that.But then again, shouldn't a hem be considered an alteration?
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    It depends I am sure on your dress, where you live and who you choose to alter your dress.  Mine was close to $500 and I do not have a train, so no bustle.  BUT, the dress is altered to perfection, nobody but me could fit into it perfectly and there are many other things to consider...If you have to get it taken in and there is a lot of beading and detail, that has to be taken out by hand and reattached by hand.  If you have a strapless, you will want a belt put in if your dress does not already have it so that your dress will stay put where it should and you are not worried about it falling down all day and night or tugging at it.  If your dress is strapless and you want it to be perfect (there is nothing worse than a bride pulling up her gown all night from the chest) then I would go with the higher price tag to be sure it is right.  More expensive does not always mean the best, so either way, find the best in your area and go with that one.  Best of luck to you...
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    I paid $45 for a permeant bustle.  I did not need any other alterations.and my dress fit prefectly.  No adjusting needed through out the night.






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