bridal gown alterations

Getting your wedding gown altered is one of the most important parts of your wedding preparations. You have put so much work into finding the right person, venue, menu, and cake why would you not put effort into making your gown fit perfectly? When your gown arrives it most likely is not a perfect fit. Do not panic! Almost everything can be fixed and made to be comfortable, secure, and most importantly look fabulous.  


The cost of alterations varies greatly based on the dress but for most dresses you should expect to budget at least $400-600 for a hem, sides taken in, and bustle. Most gowns will run in the $500-$700 or more if beading or a lot of hand work is involved. See the price list below for an estimate of your alteration costs..

Why the cost for alterations? Most people don't know this but in order to properly alter a wedding dress is could take as long as 8-10 hours just to fit the dress in the body. Then there is usually a hem (2-6+hrs), bustle (2+hrs), fittings (2+hrs). Not only that, you need to have many years of sewing experience to tackle a wedding dress. If you add up that time, the equipment and space needed and compare it to what you pay for say a facial, hair cut or a massage per hour you are getting a bargain! So, love your seamstresses and all the hard work they are doing to make your dress perfect. There is nothing like botched alterations to ruin a wedding.


price list


Satin gowns - Hem price starting at $150

Lace gown - Hem price starting at $200

Gowns needing raised at the waist starting at $250

Take in or let outs at seams under arms/ bodice $150-250 (+ $50-100 for beading or lace over seams)

Tuck to tighten bra area $60 (+$20-40 for beading or lace over seams)

Bra cups $40 (inserted in the inside of the dress between liners)

Sleeves or straps adjusted $50-150

Bustle designs starting at $80

Corset added starting at $250

Sleeves Added starting at $250

Steaming Starting at $30 For Bridesmaid dresses, $50 for Bridal Dresses

***Price range for typical alterations (hem, bodice adjusted, bustle, and other small changes)***

Simple/destination dress: $400-600

Lace/Ball gown/Beaded: $600-800

alteration packages- please ask for the package when you begin your alterations

Included Services Basic package for simple dress (no lace hem, lace over seams, or beading)- $500 Basic package for Intermediate dress (most dresses with boning, lace and/or beading, and multiple layers)- $650 Basic package for Complicated dresses-$800 Zero stress package - $1000
All fittings until everything is perfect (for basic Package, final fitting must be at least 2 weeks before the wedding- last minute emergency alterations are an additional fee) X X X X
All typical alterations like bodice adjusted, hem, straps adjusted, straps adjusted and changing neckline X X X X
Taking down more than one size X X X X
Bra cups if needed X X X X
Dress storage until wedding or you are ready to take it X X X X
Steaming of dress and any accessories X X X X
Last minute alterations X
Steaming of bridesmaid dresses X
Weekend alteration appointments X
Dress delivery (within 20 miles) X


what to bring to your appointment


Most wedding gowns will need some adjustment in length as well as a bustle. It is important that you bring the shoes you will be wearing with your dress or at least a pair of shoes that are the same height as the shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day. Also, bring any lingerie such as a strapless bra you will be wearing under the dress. We may find that you need different lingerie or cups need to be installed in the dress but it is good to have a starting point. When you finish with your fitting, you will be able to take your shoe and lingerie with you but please remember to bring it to the shop for subsequent fittings.


bustle types

Bustling a wedding gown is not an exact science. There are several general methods such as over bustle, under bustle, French bustle, and Australian bustle but all dresses are created differently and some look great with one type of bustle and not with another. The weight of the train, embellishments, and other structural elements on your gown will need to be factored into the decision of what method and how many attachment points will be needed to properly and elegantly secure your dress. During your fitting we together will decide which type of bustle is best for you. At your final fitting we will go over how to properly bustle your dress for your reception.