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We will tailor your bridal gown to perfection! 

The Couture Seamstress is committed to tailoring the perfect bridal gown for your wedding day.

Please Plan Ahead!

Bridal gown alterations are much more complex than other alterations. The gowns have many layers and each layer must be altered separately. Normally we prefer to get started on gown alterations about 3 months out from the wedding to be sure everything is completed on time. On occasion we are able to complete gown alterations within an 8 to 10 week period of time. However, please take into account that at any one time the studio is normally booked for the next 2 to 3 months in advance. This means that if your need your initial consultation in May, for an August wedding, you will have to book the May consultation in February or March to be sure to get the appointment time in May that you would like to have. Shortly after your initial consultation has been accepted and placed on the calendar, we will make contact with you  to schedule 3 fitting appointments to be sure your gown is also in our workload schedule. By handling our calendar this way we are sure not to over book our work and all our gowns are given the attention they need without any undue stress for the bride or the seamstress.

Our specialized services

  • Alter bridal gow​ns
  • Create unique bustles 

  • Redesign bridal gowns
  • Create custom bridal veils

Set up an appointment with us! We look forward to working with you!

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Alterations Cost Estimate

How much do Bridal Alterations Cost?

There is no definitive answer to the cost of wedding gown alterations. However, we have laid out some basic costs and explanations if you have an idea of what may need to be done to your dress. Also, here are some things to consider:

1. Cheaper is not always better. If the cost sounds too good to be true, it is.

2. Beading and lace will always cost more.

3. Once alterations are started, your weight & body size needs to remain the same. If you lose or gain weight after the alterations have started you will have to pay your seamstress again to re-alter your gown for your new size.

4. There is no way to get a price quote over the phone. Make an appointment and go in to visit the seamstress. Not all bridal seamstresses are created equal. If you are not comfortable with the seamstress, find someone you do feel comfortable with. You will be working with this person for 3 to 4 months through this process.

5. Get a solid final price before letting someone start work on your dress. Our prices do not change part way through the process. Please remember, however, if you request an alteration that was not included in the original quote your price WILL change.  Be sure to ask what those additional charges will be.

The hem (the bottom) 

The bottom of your bridal gown will almost always need to be shortened. As such the hem is many times much more complicated than it looks. You may see some plastic webbing around the bottom or feel it in the dress. This is called horse-braid or horsehair, and as a result of that little bit of plastic your price is higher. Have more layers with it? You will be charged more. Have a layer of lace on your bridal gown down there? Yep, the price goes up with that. Is the bottom of your wedding dress beaded? Guess what, the price goes up even more… So, what does an average bridal hem cost? From our experience you can estimate $150-$450.

The sides

Many times, brides need the wedding dress taken in at the sides. Don’t be mad at your bridal boutique for ordering a size too big though, as you would not want to be stuck with a bridal gown that was too small, would you? Again, lace and beading will increase the amount that taking in the sides of your wedding dress will cost. Additionally, most places charge for how much they need to take the wedding dress in, whether it is just in the bust area, the hips, or along the entire seam… So, what is the average cost for taking in the sides on your bridal gown? From our experience you can estimate anywhere from $85-$200.

The bustle

The bustle (picking the back of the bridal gown off the floor so you can bust a move on the dance floor!). If you have a train a bustle is normally needed. This is where we see many seamstresses make the most profit as they put an insane number of bustle points into wedding gowns. In our experience you should rarely need more than 7 to 9 bustle points; but we have seen as many as 35 in a wedding gown. Can you imagine having your friend or mother under your dress trying to decipher 35 bustle points? Neither can we… so what is the average price for a bustle on a wedding dress? From our experience you can expect to pay $75-$125, but beware, many seamstresses will push that number as high as $250. This is something to ask about!

The bra cups

Cups are one of those things that almost all brides want changed in their wedding dresses, but rarely think about. Almost all wedding gowns have a thin cup in them already; but most brides want to add one with a little pushup. The cost to change the cups will vary slightly but you can pretty much expect to pay in the $30-$50 range. This includes the cost of the cups and to have the old cups removed and the new ones sewn in.

The total 

So, in final you may be still wondering… what will the cost of MY bridal alterations be? Remember, there is no definitive way to price the alterations for your gown without a consult with the seamstress. Also remember, most estimates you receive are just that, an estimate and the final price could and most times are several hundred dollars more than this “estimate.” At the Couture Seamstress, the price you receive at your consultation is the cost of the alterations. At the Couture Seamstress this amount will only change if additional alterations are required/requested during the alterations process. If you are not sure if an alteration will increase your amount due, be sure to ask.

From our experience you can expect to pay somewhere between $400-$650 for your bridal gown alterations. Designer bridal gowns with lace, beading, and complicated hem lines will be more, but then again you are going to look amazing rocking a Maggie Sottero down the aisle, right?!

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