How I feel about wedding planning sometimes!
So why am I in such sticker shock over the price of my dress alterations? When I bought my lovely, divine, dreamy dress back in June, I knew that there was a lot of work to be done in order for it to fit properly. And while the Kleinfeld's associate told me her guess on the cost of the alterations, I kind of assumed she was quoting me on the high side since it is a rather posh place (For the record, Kleinfeld's wouldn't do the work themselves because they only do alterations for dresses that cost more than $3,000. Yeeeeesh.)
I've made some inquiries at three different tailors in New York City and let me tell you, alteration prices are bonkers. The first one, Pinpoint Bridal, had a minimum of $375 and gave me a very rough estimate of $600. OUCH!
The next two I called were slightly more reasonable (Ellen's Couture and Nelson's) but still really effin' expensive. It was at this point that I realized that Kleinfeld's may not have been overestimating at all. Oh crap.
At this point, the extra couple of hundred dollars the alterations are costing me are honestly just a drop in the giant bucket of money I sometimes picture myself shaking out over the top of the Empire State Building. Ah, well, money was made to be spent, right? Or at least, that's what I tell myself on my self-imposed guilt trips galore. I haven't decided whether to keep looking for a better-priced tailor or just accept the fact that I'll be spending a few hundred dollars more than anticipated but time is ticking away and I need to get started with these alterations ASAP. I'll let you know what I decide and how it goes...
What was your big "sticker shock" item? Did you try to find a more affordable option or just accept it?