I just returned from a quick family vacation and I am thrilled to be blogging today because even though my days away from the shop was nice I did have brief moments where I thought how I could make what I do better. So here goes one of our new weekly blog posts, Dear Bree. Everyday I receive e-mails and phone calls from brides asking me  wedding related questions. Matter of fact, I had a bride walk in the shop the other day asking for me  and when I met her at the front of the shop I asked how I could help. She replied with “I hear you are the person to run to when  a bride has a question about their wedding”. I suppose over the years I have earned the title of “fairy wedding godmother”  with guiding several brides onto a better path with my wedding advise. In the end, knowing I helped makes me feel like I made a difference. So today I am addressing a question that I get asked almost every day. “How much do wedding dress alterations cost?” This is going to be a series of questions so bare with me but I hope you will find it to be helpful.

Lets start with ” How much will a hem cost on my wedding dress?” This can range of course depending on the dress and the seamstress.  I would suggestion you budget anywhere from $100-$200. The bottom of your bridal dress will almost always need to be shortened. Make sure to ask your bridal stylist if the designer will custom make your length. This is referred to as a “Hallow to Hem”. Often brides are a little concerned about doing this at the time of ordering because what if she hasn’t found the perfect shoe. That is ok. Select a heel height you are comfortable with and only shop shoes with it or just a tad higher.

To be able to alter a wedding dress is a rare talent and it takes time to handle the gowns with care.  Often a hem to a wedding dress is more complicated than it looks. For instance, you may see some plastic webbing around the bottom, or feel it in the dress. This is called horsebraid or horsehair, and as a result of that little bit of plastic your price will increase. If your dress has several layers that need to be shortened you will be charged more. If you have a lace gown or a lace hem then the price goes up.  Is the bottom of your wedding dress beaded? Guess what, the price goes up even more… So what does an average bridal hem cost? It depends on the gown and the seamstress. You will need to set a budget for both your dress and your alterations. Your bridal stylist should be able to walk you through the best way to stay on budget.

Have a wedding related questions? Then send it to Dear Bree at design@weddingtulle.com I would love to help.

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