How much is it to get a wedding dress altered?

Price guide

$50 - $1,000

low

$50

median

$600

high

$1,000

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How much is it to get a wedding dress altered?

One of a woman’s greatest nightmares is to wait for her wedding gown for months, imagining how romantic or lovely she will look, only to be disappointed. It could be the wrong size. The train might be too long. The original neckline might not be flattering. The church venue might have dress code requirements for the wedding party. Or maybe, you decided to buy something off the rack and just have it tailored to fit you perfectly.

Finding the right wedding dress seamstress or fitter might be one of the most important tasks for you to get your dream wedding. Aside from hiring someone good, it’s also important to know the average wedding dress alterations cost. This way, you will know if the quotation is too steep or too good to be true.

Depending on the extent of work, the average price for wedding dress alterations ranges from $50 for minor needs like changing a button or fixing a zipper up to $1000 for major or extensive fixes. If you want to learn more about the factors that can affect your final alteration expense, keep on reading this guide that the Airtasker team prepared for you!

When do I need to have my wedding dress altered?

Considering all your other wedding expenses, we know that an additional spend on your dress may seem too much. Wedding dress alteration prices have a wide range, which can cause a lot of uncertainty! However, the answer to this question is always. Your wedding day is a special day for you, your spouse, and your families. You deserve to look your best. Even minor alterations can upgrade your look!

Here are some examples of when you definitely should book a wedding dress alteration:

You bought a ready-to-wear dress

Every woman’s body is different. Each one’s curves are unique. So a dress made for a few ranges of sizes won’t hug your shape properly. Aside from how you look, this can affect comfort, confidence, and even safety! Don’t worry, though. Buying off the rack may save you a hundred dollars, especially when the dress just needs minor adjustments. 

Once you have found the best one in store, schedule the dress for an alteration. A common service requested is hem adjustments, so you don’t trip during the walk down the aisle. These usually cost $150 for slim hems but can go up to $300 for delicate fabrics like lace or chiffon.

You lost or gained weight

Wedding planning is stressful! Even if you have a team of event organizers and the best suppliers, there will be a considerable amount of work left. This can lead to unexpected fluctuations in your weight. Don’t panic if this is the case, because the wedding dress should fit you. Not the other way around. 

A seamstress can take in or let out the side seams for around $100 per size. Another option is to have the zip back changed to corset back. This can give you more room for adjustment on the wedding day itself and if you opt for a photoshoot days after!

You’re not happy with the design

It’s your wedding, so you should feel your absolute best. Brides who love their gowns will probably be able to enjoy the ceremony and party more instead of one who feels so self-conscious the whole time. Think about this. How much does it cost for wedding dress alterations now? A few hundred dollars. You being happy with how you look on your wedding day? Priceless. If you want a bigger ball gown, bustles range from $20 to $60. Reshaping the neckline will probably be around $40 to $60, depending on the material.

Kinds of alteration that you can get done

There’s so much that you can do to turn a regular white dress into a wedding gown perfectly fit for you. This isn’t just about size but includes changes to the design to match your style. A dress with a low neckline can instantly look classier with an added lace sleeve. On the flip side, a dated design can get a modern twist if you add trendier elements.

To give you a better idea, here is a wedding dress alterations price list.

Service

Average price

Take in/out the sides of dress

$35

Take in/out sides of skirt or bodice

$20

Hem adjustment

$40

Adding bra cups

$20

Reshape neckline

$40

Narrow or reduce shoulders

$45

Beadwork or finishing

$30 (per hour)

Bustle

$20

Steaming

$50

 

Take note that these prices are the average ones that we found from market research and previously completed jobs. The final cost will be agreed upon between you and your Tasker.

Tips before having your wedding dress altered

We know you want to look your best on your wedding day. We also know that you don’t want to go over budget with just the dress! So how do you strike the right balance? Here are a few tips before you finally have your dress altered.

  • Make a list of the changes that you want done. Be as detailed as possible, marking which ones are priority alterations and which ones are negotiable.

  • Research on the typical wedding dress alterations prices in your area. (We got you on this one!)

  • Make sure there’s room for alterations in your budget.

  • Be honest with yourself if you think you will lose or gain weight before the wedding.

  • During the fitting, bring your shoes, accessories, and undergarments for your wedding day. This way, you can envision how you would look.

  • Ask a stylish, honest, and trusted family member to come for some honest opinion!

Other factors that can increase the cost of your alteration

As you know by now, there could be so many reasons for and options when computing how much it costs to get your wedding dress altered. This involves a lot of factors, such as:

  • Amount of work that needs to be done

  • If you need the groom’s suit or the bridesmaids’ gowns altered too

  • The type of fabric that you used

  • Beadwork needed to be added

  • If the alterations are rushed

  • Complexity of work needed

  • Location

  • If it’s a busy season like the holidays or around school prom

  • The state of the gown before alteration

  • The experience of the seamstress

If you’re still unsure how much to budget, fear not. Here are posts from other brides and event organizers here on Airtasker for wedding dress alteration services. These can be your basis when you put up a task and allow Taskers to send you offers from there. You can still negotiate before you hire someone.

Price guide

$50 - $1,000

low

$50

median

$600

high

$1,000

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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FAQs

How many fittings will I need?

Most seamstresses and designers suggest three fittings on average, or, at least, don’t go lower than two times. If you need more fittings before the wedding, most Taskers can accommodate, but it might cost more to compensate for their time. It would also mean more alterations being done to your bridal gown.

Why should I book on Airtasker instead of an in-house seamstress?

Not all stores will have in-house service. If they do, there might be a lot of dresses that need to be altered. This could mean delays or missed details. Having a Tasker work on your dress can help you assess if a Tasker can really take on the job even before you book them. Airtasker also connects you to local services, so transporting the dress won’t be a problem!

What’s the ideal timeline for alterations?

This depends on how much work needs to be done, but allot at least six weeks for a relatively stress-free minor alteration. For rush alterations, make sure to communicate with your Tasker often and ensure that they can finish it on time.

Should I opt for one size smaller or one size bigger?

While it’s tempting to order a dress one size smaller for you to wear after you lose weight, consider that this factors into how much it is to get the wedding dress altered. Taking in the dress may need a few stitches and adjustments, but taking it out or adding a panel in the bodice and skirt may cost you double or even more.

Can I bring a friend to the fitting?

This is highly recommended to have someone to consult for the decisions you’ll be making during that fitting. Should you have the dress hemmed shorter? Should you size down? If you’re bringing more than one friend, ask the Tasker first if there’s enough space to accommodate your party.

Can I ask for portfolios or reviews before choosing a Tasker?

Yes, definitely! Taskers who send you offers will have their ratings and reviews from previous projects on their profile when you put up a task. This allows you to see if their clients were satisfied with their work. You can also request their portfolio through the internal messaging feature on our platform. This is available even before you hire a Tasker.

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