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Typical cost of alteration

Hi ladies---

One of my friends' mom owns a bridal salon and is also a seamstress. She gave me a dress for free(!) and is also offering to do the alteration for free. I've already given her a gift and thank you card for the dress, but I'd like to pay for the alteration as I know they can be expensive. When I asked her about it, she said don't worry about it, but I just feel bad..
So I thought about just making a guess for the fee. All I needed to alter was to tuck in the side and shorten the hem. I understand there are regional differences, but how much would you expect to pay?
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Re: Typical cost of alteration

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    My alterations are going to be a max. of $275 if I needed everything altered.
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    $400 for a bustle and hem. No other work.
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    I paid $75 for hem only.
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    ugh mine start at $650.
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    Yowza. Talk about regional variances. $75 in Kentucky and on up to $650 in New York!

    OP, that is an amazing gift!!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_typical-cost-of-alteration?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:f2d87808-7c1d-4b92-bf09-1088768ad2b6Post:44f7781b-9047-472c-a2d6-19b2dabe39bf">Re: Typical cost of alteration</a>:
    [QUOTE]$400 for a bustle and hem. No other work.
    Posted by NYCMercedes[/QUOTE]

    <div>wow.  I paid $40 for the same thing in upscale place near Wilmington DE.</div>






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    im from San Diego.. If i need it taken in, its 60, a bustle is 25
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    I paid $125 for hem, bustle, and getting the sides taken in a bit.
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    About $500 for changing neckline, taking in, hem, bustle and cups. My dress is a silk chiffon type material with draping and crazy layers -- so definitely time consuming to alter.
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    I think mine was around $250 for the hem, bustle and putting in cups.
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    Mine was about $300 for taking in the bodice (on a beaded gown), hemming, and a bustle. 
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    Mine is beaded and lace, and cost $180. Taken up at the sleeves, brought up the hem, took in the sides a bit, moved the straps on the slip, redarted the bust on the slip. And then the bustle.

    I found a highly-reviewed private seamstress on WeddingWire. Glad I did, the salon where I bought the dress had terrible reviews, and started at $300.
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    Mine is about 350.00 I believe...plus cost of bustling
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    Hi laides--

    I offered to pay my friend's mom, but she refused to take anything. :) But I was going to offer about $200. Anyway, thanks for your comments!
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